Saturday, 30 June 2012

Detective conan op 34 announced

The 34th opening has finally been announced and it will be titled "Kimi no Namida ni Konna ni Koi Shiteru". The artist is Natsu Iro, a rookie singer for DC. I'm not familiar with this band and I can't seem to find any info about them online. Maybe they're a new band? If anyone can find out any information (ex. members, previous songs, previous themes for anime, etc.) it would be greatly appreciated. The opening will air with episode 667 on August 4th.

Detective conan 663

Friday, 29 June 2012

Kamen rider wizard tv clip

Hikonin sentai Akibaranger ep 13 (finale - clips show)

Panty & Stocking DVD Details

Manga Entertainment has announced some details of its July 30 DVD release of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt on its facebook page. It will be a three-disc set with over 80 min of bonus material, including the extra "Loft Plus" episode from the Japanese edition. Other extras will include a Making of, Out-takes/Missing Scenes, promos and trailers. The release is rated 18 by the BBFC, uncut.

Studio Gainax's Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt television anime series originally aired in October-December 2010. The story centers around a teen-celebrity-like blond-haired girl named Panty and a black-haired Goth Loli girl named Stocking. The two are angels sent from the heavens to battle the "Ghosts" on Earth.

Bleach Extra Animation Omitted Due to Tight Schedule

In response to queries about the omission of the 'omake' post-credits animation from the DVD of Bleach Season 9 Part 1, Kaze (which has taken over production of Bleach DVDs) tweeted the following:

What happened was due to tight prod. schedule we had to use TV-version video which had no omake this time. It was that vs delays.

Pokemon Conquest Game U.K. Release July 27

The U.K. release date for the game Pokémon Conquest has been announced as July 27 on the game's website. The Nintendo DS game is a crossover between the Pokémon franchise and the Nobunaga's Ambition strategy role-playing game series. It will be available for Nintendo DS systems, and also playable in 2D on the Nintendo 3DS system.

The story is set in Ransei, a wartorn hegemony split into 17 states. The player assumes the role of a military leader of the Hajime state and devises strategies against Nobunaga and other warriors inspired by real-life historical figures. Each commander is linked to a partner Pokémon during battles.

Producer Hisashi Koinuma said that the main story episode takes about 20 hours to complete, but then there are many freeform scenarios for about 200 hours of gameplay. The game features almost 200 Pokémon, including monsters from the recent Pokémon Black and Pokémon White titles.

Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition shipped in Japan on March 17. The game's six-part manga adaptation launched on the Nico Nico Manga service on March 16.

Viz to launch anime on demand

Viz Media is announcing on Wednesday that it will launch Neon Alley, a 24-hour anime service on a major game console to be revealed later. The service will debut this fall and will be available in the United States and Canada.

The service will show anime uncut, dubbed in English, and in HD when available. It will host the English dub premieres of Tiger & Bunny, Inuyasha: The Final Act, Zetman, Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne, and new episodes of Naruto Shippūden. It will also show films such as the Berserk: The Golden Age Arc film trilogy. The service will also run original content with news and behind-the-scenes information on anime and manga.

Neon Alley is a subscription-based service that will cost US$6.99 per month. According to Viz's press release, it will have "limited commercial advertising."

ANN interviewed Brian Ige, Viz Media Vice President of Animation, about the new service:

ANN: So how did the idea for a 24-hour channel start?
Brian Ige: Our top series have millions of weekly viewers, but there's not a lot of opportunities to highlight new series on traditional TV or cable networks. There's also not enough broadcast outlets available to support the amount of high-quality anime coming over from Japan. We wanted to create a destination for fans to explore & discover new anime titles. With Neon Alley, fans will be able to watch their favorite series next to cutting-edge series they didn't even know they were missing.

What made the channel a better choice than expanding VIZ Anime's streaming services online?

Neon Alley and VIZ Anime are two separate but complementary ways to watch anime, speaking to different audiences.

Neon Alley will feature uncut dubbed content, and because of the high amount of crossover between gamers and anime fans, will draw not only fans who enjoy dubbed content, but a wider and more casual anime-viewing audience. With Neon Alley on the game console, fans will also be able to get the best viewing experience, straight to their TV.

VIZ Anime features subtitled video-on-demand content, catering to anime fans who want their favorite shows simulcast straight from Japan.

Are you hoping to attract a more casual viewing audience for this? Do you think the need for a subscription might hamper that?

Neon Alley will be a great way for casual viewers to explore a wide variety of anime, from blockbusters Naruto Shippūden, Inuyasha: The Final Act and Death Note, to new titles like Tiger & Bunny, Zetman, and the Berserk movie trilogy.

Similar to Hulu Plus, we blend a subscription and advertising model to keep the cost low and bring the best uncut, English-dubbed content to fans, and in HD when available. Please register on for news & updates on special introductory offers!

It appears as though you're debuting some titles on the service; particularly Berserk. Is the intention for Viz Media to debut new anime first on the channel?

We evaluate new content on a case-by-case basis. In the case of Berserk, we felt that this movie trilogy would appeal to a wide audience. We're excited to debut the first Berserk movie on Neon Alley later this year!

Any plans to expand to other set-top media streaming devices such as Boxee or Roku?

We may consider expansion to other platforms in the future.

Will the content be available on demand, or will people have to tune in at a specific time to catch the shows they want?

Neon Alley will be a live feed of shows that we curate based on the day & time. When you watch Neon Alley, it'll be like watching your favorite TV channel. Our on-screen Electronic Programming Guide will also enhance the TV viewing experience, and we're continuing to explore ways to bring the best possible experience to subscribers.

The press release mentions "the first season of Neon Alley." What does that entail exactly? Will you run all-original programming for a set time and then switch to reruns, ala a standard cable channel?

Neon Alley's programming will evolve to keep it fresh and interesting for our audience. There will be new content each week, and throughout the season you can expect event programming, specials, premieres and more. Shows will repeat, so if you didn't catch the premiere, you'll have an opportunity to view your favorite anime at a later time!

How'd you come up with the name Neon Alley?

We had a lot of fun coming up with the name. “Neon” suggests “fun” and “excitement,” while “alley” hints at “dark” and “mysterious.” We felt this really describes anime very well, conjuring up images of an exciting, yet unknown place!

Kamen Rider Wizard Revealed Before September Premiere

On Saturday, the August issue of Shogakukan's Terebi-kun (TV-kun) magazine will reveal the costume, logo, and weapons for Kamen Rider Wizard, the latest live-action tokusatsu (special-effects) series in the long-running Kamen Rider franchise. Plans for the series were first revealed by 7 Net shopping retail website's magazine listing for this Terebi-kun issue. The series is slated to premiere on September 2.

Final Fantasy Concert in Edinburgh November 4

There will be a performance of the Distant Worlds concert, celebrating the Final Fantasy games franchise, at the Edinburgh Playhouse on November 4. Tickets go on sale on Friday June 29 at the Distant Worlds website. Final Fantasy composer Masashi Hamuzu will attend.

The concert page describes Distant Worlds as a multimedia event, deploying a symphony orchestra, a choir, vocal and instrumental soloists and exclusive HD video.

The event will be at 7:30pm, and tickets will be from £30 to £65. There is also a VIP ticket option for £135, allowing premium stall seating and letting the holders "meet with Conductor Arnie Roth and Composer Masashi Hamauzu, get autographs and have photo opportunities after the show."

Shinkai's Children Who Chase Voices Dublin Screening July 2

Tickets for the Dublin screening of Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (aka Journey to Agartha), including a Q&A with the director, are available here. The screening will be on Monday July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Light House cinema in Market Square, Smithfield (map). Adult tickets are €9, while concessions are €7.50.

The film centres on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. She embarks on a journey of adventure in the underground realm of Agartha, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world. The festival deems the film suitable for viewers aged 10 and over.

The film is the latest work by Shinkai, the creator of Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and 5 Centimeters Per Second. The screening will be preceded by his short film, She and Her Cat, and followed by the Q&A with Shinkai himself.

Ofcom Drafts U.K. Rules Against Net Piracy for 2014

The U.K. media regulator Ofcom has drafted an anti-internet piracy code, under which illegal downloaders would recieve three warning letters before possible legal action. The proposed regime would begin on March 14, 2014.

According to a report in the Guardian newspaper:

Under the draft code, the UK's biggest ISPs – BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media – will be required to send letters to customers warning them when there is an allegation from a film, TV or music company that there has been illegal downloading from their computer. Web users who get three warning letters in a year will face having anonymous information of their downloading and filesharing history provided to copyright owners, which could then be used to gain a court order to reveal the customer's identity and take legal action against piracy.
Internet users will be able to appeal against a report on their alleged infringement, at a cost of £20, which will be refunded if they are successful.

The consultation period for the code ends on July 25. The Guardian claims that the code "is expected to pass through Parliament at the end of the year." It also notes that, "While copyright owners can already seek court orders against digital pirates, the new code is designed to enable them to take legal action against the most persistent alleged infringers."

The Hollywood Reporter points out that the code is similar to France's anti-piracy rules. In the U.S., the SOPA/PIPA copyright bills were put on hold in January 2012.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the heads-up.

DW audio news

A classic-era Doctor Who story and a new novel are getting the spoken-word treatment from AudioGo, which is also releasing its fifth and final compendium of lost TV episodes.

The Aztecs, read by William Russell, and The Wheel of Ice, read by David Troughton, join The Lost TV Episodes Collection 5 (1967-1969) in AudioGo's August release schedule.

The Aztecs
Written by John Lucarotti
Read by William Russell
Release date: 1st August 2012 (Digi); 2nd August 2012 (CD)

In John Lucarotti's 1984 novelisation featuring the First Doctor, the TARDIS materialises in Mexico during the Aztec civilisation and Barbara is hailed as a reincarnation of Yetaxa, High Priest of the Aztecs.

But while each of the travellers becomes embroiled in the arcane ways of the Aztecs, Barbara's determination to change history seems doomed from the start.
The audiobook also boasts original sound design.

The Wheel of Ice
Written by Stephen Baxter
Read by David Troughton
Release date: 16th August 2012 (CD or download)

This unabridged reading of a brand-new BBC Books novel features a ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, home to a colony mining minerals for a resource-hungry future Earth.

Aboard the Wheel, which has been plagued by problems, the Second Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe find a critical situation - and three strangers who have just turned up out of nowhere look like prime candidates to be accused of sabotage . . .

The Doctor finds himself caught up in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system.
The Wheel of Ice is also being published in hardback on the same day and can be pre-ordered here.

The Lost TV Episodes Collection 5 (1967-1969)
Release date: 1st August 2012 (Digi); 2nd August 2012 (CD)

The fifth and final instalment in the series features soundtrack adventures from the Patrick Troughton era.

This box set comprises six stories that are either wholly or partially lost from the TV archives, but which can be enjoyed in their entirety on audio. Presented in chronological order of transmission, they are The Enemy of the World, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, The Wheel in Space, The Invasion, and The Space Pirates.

Linking narration is provided by a member of the original TV cast, and the box also features bonus interviews and PDFs of the original TV camera scripts.
No cover image for the box set has been released as yet.

DW merchandise news

A company specialising in merchandise for female fans have been granted a licence by BBC Worldwide to produce a range of official t-shirts themed around Doctor Who. Her Universe aims to feature images, characters and phrases from the Doctor Who universe all with fashion-forward designs for girls to look "Geek Chic", and launches the range on 11th July with three designs themed around River Song's high heels, Amy's experience with the TARDIS, and Van Gogh's painting of the 'cracked' TARDIS.

Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, said:
Her Universe is a line for the fans. Many of our design choices and decisions are influenced by our fans and Doctor Who was the #1 requested license by fangirls for us to pursue next. It was truly a dream come true when BBC Worldwide asked us to do their female merchandise and I am beyond excited to share this extraordinary announcement with our girls today! In the words of the Doctor, I feel like screaming Geronimo!

Items from the Doctor Who Fangirl Fashion Collection can be ordered from the Her Universe website, and will also be available from US national retail outlets

Warner to star in DW

Actor David Warner is to guest star in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine reports that the veteran actor will take a role in a story penned by Who stalwart, Mark Gatiss, which is part of the recording block currently being completed in Cardiff.

Warner has had a long and illustrious acting career appearing in films such as The Omen, Time Bandits, Tron, The Lost World, Titanic and Planet of the Apes. He has appeared in the Star Trek films The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country as well as playing Gul Madred in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Although Warner has not appeared on television in Doctor Who before, he has lent his vocal talents to the series when he provided the voice of Lord Azlok in the animated adventure Dreamland, first shown in 2009. He has also appeared in many audio plays for Big Finish Productions, where he has played an alternative version of The Doctor.

The story, due for transmission in early 2013, will be the fifth script for the series by Mark Gatiss, whose last script, Night Terrors, was shown last year. Gatiss told Doctor Who Magazine he was thrilled to be writing for the Eleventh Doctor once more, this time alongside his new companion played by Jenna Louise Coleman. It will be directed by Douglas MacKinnon who directed The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky in 2008.

The story will also star Irish actor Liam Cunningham, who has appeared in a number of film and television productions including A Little Princess, First Knight, Jude, Dog Soldiers, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Clash of the Titans, The Guard and the BBC One science-fiction drama series Outcasts, and more recently has become known to international audiences as Ser Davos Seaworth on HBO's Game of Thrones.

Two guest stars have also been confirmed for the previous episode recorded, the first to be filmed with Jenna-Louise Coleman. Written by Luther creator Neil Cross and directed by Jamie Payne, both of whom are making their début on Doctor Who, the episode will star Dougray Scott and Jessica Raine.

Scott is a Scottish actor who has appeared in films such as Enigma, Desperate Housewives and, recently, in My Week With Marilyn , while Raine is best known for playing the lead role of nurse Jenny Lee in the BBC1 drama series Call The Midwife.

DWM 449

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine - published tomorrow - looks at the growing pains of a TV legend in a major feature on the development of the programme at seven-year intervals, as it approaches 49 Up.

It examines the moments that defined the show, including the adolescence that brought major format changes, the teenage years with Doctor Who in rude health, its incredibly successful return to television in 2005 – and asks what the next seven years may hold in store . . .

Also in this issue:
Chibnall's Choice: Scriptwriter Chris Chibnall drops hints about his two new scripts for the next series of Doctor Who – and how writing for the show is unlike writing anything else – in Production Notes.
You're Hired! Long-serving Doctor Who casting director Andy Pryor talks exclusively to DWM about his hand in casting three different Doctors, the joy of working on every single episode of Doctor Who since 2005 – and whom he has cast for the next series . . .
Echoes of the Past: Doctor Who celebrated a landmark birthday but the monsters were conspicuous by their absence. Was that necessarily a bad thing? Find out as Countdown To 50 revisits 1983 and Series 20.
Honour Amongst Thieves: Amy's been hijacked by the best thief in town, while the Doctor and Rory have fallen in with the wrong crowd. But what is the secret of the Ziggurat hanging above Cornucopia? Find out in the second part of The Cornucopia Caper, the latest comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray with art by Dan McDaid.
Genesis of Dalek: The Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler encounter a lone Dalek deep within a Utah bunker – but Skaro's finest very nearly didn't make the party. Dalek, 2005's triumphant return for the Doctor's deadliest enemy, is given The Fact of Fiction treatment, with detailed commentary on all 11 drafts of writer Robert Shearman's script and exclusive new revelations from the writer himself!
Details, Details: If you don't read the Production Subtitles on the Doctor Who DVDs then now is the time to start! Subtitles writer and TV Dalek Nicholas Pegg reveals the arcane secrets of compiling a treasure trove of Doctor Who facts and figures in Infomania.
Monster vs Monster: Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Silurians, and Macra – they've all returned to battle the Doctor since Doctor Who's comeback in 2005. But what classic creatures are we desperate to see next? Toby Hadoke wants a return for those green giants the Ice Warriors, while Johnny Candon goes Underground to shout out for the Great Intelligence's Yeti. Who will triumph in this monster Battle of Wits ?
Sympathy For The Devil? The Time Team – Chris, Emma, Michael, and Will – have a devil of a time while watching The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit. But what will the Team make of this terrifying adventure for the Tenth Doctor and Rose?
And The Winners Are: The votes are in! See which books, audios, and DVDs are hits with the readers of DWM in the results of the latest Merchandise Poll, and discover how your favourites fared.
Suited And Booted! The Watcher takes another flick through the pages of the Stockbridge English Dictionary, stares down The Six Faces of Delusion, highlights another masterclass in the dramatic art from a Supporting Artist of the Month, and reaches number 20 in A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects – the Doctor's Impact Suit. It might not be as implausible as it seems . . . as Wotcha explains!
Plus all the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, and a prize-winning crossword.

BBC Books DW autumn release

A Dalek graphic novel plus a non-fiction title looking at the Doctor Who universe are to be brought out by BBC Books later this year.

The Dalek Project by Justin Richards and Mike Collins will be published on Thursday 6th September, and Albert DePetrillo, senior editorial director for BBC Books, said:
The Dalek Project has been many years in the making, and I know that fans will find it worth the wait. Justin's brilliant script – one of my favourite Doctor Who stories in many years – is brought thrillingly to life with Mike Collins's art. It's a big, bold, beautiful book, and I can't wait for people to read it.
Three weeks later, on Thursday 27th September, A History of the Universe in 100 Objects by James Goss and Steve Tribe hits the bookstores, and DePetrillo commented:
How do you convey the size and originality of the Doctor Who universe? It seems impossible, but James and Steve's book is perhaps the best place to start. They've selected 100 items from the history of the show and used them to tell a huge - and hugely enjoyable - story.

Anyone wanting to explore the deeply creative world of Doctor Who will love it – and Peter McKinstry's stunning artwork helps make this the ultimate gift for Doctor Who fans.

The Dalek Project
By Justin Richards and Mike Collins

A stunning new graphic novel, featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith.

1917. It's the height of the Great War and Hellcombe Hall is a house full of mystery: locked doors, forbidden rooms, dustsheets covering guilty secrets, and ghostly noises frightening the servants.

Most mysterious of all, the drawing-room seems to open directly onto a muddy, corpse-filled trench on the Western Front . . .

Arriving at this stately home, the Doctor meets Lord Hellcombe, an armaments manufacturer who has a new secret weapon he believes will win the war: he calls it ‘the Dalek’.

Soon, the Doctor and his new friends are in a race against time to prevent the entire Western Front from becoming part of the Dalek Project!

A History of the Universe in 100 Objects
By James Goss and Steve Tribe

The history of the Doctor though 100 famous - and infamous - objects!

Every object tells a story. From ancient urns and medieval flasks to sonic screwdrivers and glass Daleks, these 100 objects tell the story of the entire universe, and the most important man in it: the Doctor.

Each item has a unique tale of its own, whether it's a fob watch at the onset of the Great War or a carrot growing on the first human colony on Mars. Taken together, they tell of empires rising and falling, wars won and lost, and planets destroyed and reborn.

Within these pages lie hidden histories of Time Lords and Daleks, the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, the plot to steal the Mona Lisa and the story of Shakespeare's lost play. You'll find illustrated guides to invisible creatures, the secret origins of the internet, and how to speak Mechonoid.

A History of the Universe in 100 Objects is an indispensible guide to the most important items that have ever existed - or that are yet to exist.

NY Screens classic DW

New York City's The Paley Center for Media, in conjunction with BBC Home Entertainment, has announced that it will begin monthly Saturday afternoon screenings of four select serials from the classic series.

Just What the Doctor Ordered will give fans a rare opportunity to see special digitally remastered episodes on the big screen and with superior sound. In addition, trivia competitions will be held with the chance to win DVDs and more.

Screenings begin at 1pm, and are as follows:
Saturday, June 30th - Resurrection of the Daleks
Saturday, July 28th - Death to the Daleks
Saturday, August 25th - Spearhead from Space
Saturday, September 29th - To be announced
More information regarding these events can be found here.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

DW comic guide to be published

A guide to the first 15 years of Doctor Who in comic-strip form is to be published later this year.

Written by Paul Scoones and published by Telos, The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979 will chronicle the format from its origin in TV Comic to just before the ongoing strip was launched as a regular feature in Doctor Who Weekly. During this time, more than 200 stories were published in TV Comic, Countdown, TV Action, TV Century 21, the Doctor Who annuals, and the Dalek books.
First launched in the pages of TV Comic in November 1964, the comic-strip version of Doctor Who is just one year younger than the television series on which it is based. This is its story.

Every strip is covered in depth, including plot details, continuity, points of interest, and analysis. For the first time, details about the creation and development of the adventures are documented, alongside comments from some of the original writers and artists.

Follow the exploits of the Doctor in his first four incarnations alongside John, Gillian, Jamie, Sarah, and Leela as he battles Daleks, Cybermen, Quarks, Kleptons, Trods, Sarracoids, and the Ugrakks!

The A5 book will be approximately 500 pages long, including an eight-page colour section.

Scheduled for publication on 30 September 2012, it is available to pre-order.

At the moment, it is only being offered in paperback. However, David J Howe, of Telos, has said that a hardback run may be produced if there is enough demand for it - equating to roughly around 100 people interested in buying one - in which case purchasers will be given the opportunity to upgrade pre-orders.

Post-1979 guides are planned. Scoones said that this book was the first of what would most likely be a number of volumes covering the comic-strip history of Doctor Who.

DW series 7 ep1 to be screened at the BFI

The British Film Institute is to premiere the first episode of the 2012 series of Doctor Who, Asylum of the Daleks, on Tuesday 14th August 2012 at 6:00pm.

The episode, which has been described as including "every Dalek ever", was named in the Institute's advance programme. The screening will include a Q&A session with writer and show runner Steven Moffat plus other members of the cast and crew yet to be confirmed.

Tickets go on sale to the public from 10th July (BFI members from 3rd).

As previously reported, the episode will also be shown at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, which runs from 23rd to 25th August.

The television premiere of the episode has yet to be announced; however, last year's Let's Kill Hitler received both a BFI and MGEITF premiere in August prior to its broadcast on the Bank Holiday weekend, which for this year would be Saturday 25th August.

Speaking on the BBC's Doctor Who website, executive producer Caroline Skinner said:
This is an epic Dalek adventure that kicks off the new series in explosive style! If you think you know all there is to know about the Daleks, think again.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Tokumei sentai Gobuster ep 18

Hikonin sentai Akibaranger ep 12 (Finally)

One Piece Anime's 2-Hour Nami Special to Air in August

Toei Animation announced on Monday that an all-new television anime special, One Piece Episode of Nami: Kōkaishi no Namida to Nakama no Kizuna (One Piece Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends), will air on Saturday, August 25 at 9:00 p.m. (The One Piece television anime series normally airs on Sunday mornings.)

The story segment about Nami's home village, which figures heavily in the One Piece television anime's ongoing Fishman Island arc, is recreated with all-new animation. Nami steals the Merry Go (Going Merry) pirate ship from Monkey D. Luffy and the rest of her shipmates and seemingly abandons them. Luffy and the others give chase and eventually track Nami to Cocoyasi Village (Coco Village).

Hirohiko Uesaka, the head writer of the television anime, is credited with the special's script, while the television anime's animation director Yukiko Nakatani designed the characters on the special.

Angel Beats and Two Ghibli Films on DVD/Blu-Ray Monday

On June 25, Manga Entertainment is releasing the series Angel Beats! in both Blu-ray and DVD editions (the Blu-ray is pictured). The series involves teenage characters who have died in our world and now find themselves at a strange school in the afterlife. The main characters form a battle team and wage a war against Angel, a mysterious girl who apparently controls the school. The anime consists of 13 TV episodes, plus a comedic episode made for OAV. As well as the anime, the franchise includes two manga series, a light novel series written by creator Jun Maeda, and two Internet radio shows.

Also on June 25, StudioCanal is releasing two Studio Ghibli films in Blu-ray/DVD doublepacks. The films are Howl's Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki from the British novel by Diana Wynne Jones, and Tales from Earthsea, directed by Hayao's son Goro Miyazaki from the novels by Ursula Le Guin.

In Howl's Moving Castle, a young woman, Sophie, is magically aged into an elderly lady by a witch; Sophie ends up travelling in the walking castle of the witch's nemesis, the seductive wizard Howl. In Tales from Earthsea, a mad boy-prince commits murder and runs away into the wilderness of his world, eventually coming under the care of the great wizard Ged. Both of the films are already available in DVD editions.

Finally, Manga Entertainment is also releasing Season 9 Part 1 of Bleach on DVD.

London Anime Con on June 30 and July 1

The next London Anime Con will take place on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 at the regular venue of The Rocket Complex (166 Holloway Road, near the Holloway Road underground station). The program of events is available here, including a Cosplay Masquerade on 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

As the lower level of the Rocket Complex is a licensed bar, the event is restricted to attendees aged 18 and older. An ID with proof of age is required on the day; for more details, see the FAQ here.

Tickets are £10 for one day, or £15 pre-pay for both days. An evening pass from 6 p.m. is £5 on the door (£4 pre-pay). According to the site, the event cannot guarantee on-the-door entry, but there will be a front-page site announcement if it looks likely to sell out.

The event is run by AnimeLeague, which also runs the Alcon conventions at De Montfort University in Leiceseter.

4°C/Toyota's 3rd PES Anime Short, Music Video Posted

Studio 4°C and Toyota Motor Corporation began streaming the third 4-minute 23-second episode, "Fun Fun Drive," from its web promotional anime series PES: Peace Eco Smile on Friday.

The comical shorts center around PES, a traveler from space, and NaSuBi, a mysterious life-form who is enamored by the charm of Earth. They immerse themselves in the Tokyo neighborhood of Kichijōji and learn about kindness to people, the value of loving, and the importance of the little happinesses in life. The second video from the series was posted earlier this month.

Yuichiro Hayashi (Batman: Gotham Knight) is directing the project, and Akiko Yajima (Crayon Shin-chan's title character) is voicing NaSuBi. The musical artists Halfby, Yuri Miyauchi, Hiroko Sebu, Seiichi Yamamoto, yuya matsumura (white white sisters), and Spangle call Lilli line are all collaborating on the soundtrack. A new music video of Sebu's contribution to the soundtrack — listed only as "title undecided" — also began streaming on Friday:

London Maid Cafe Event July 15

The Japanese Maids Cafe London group has announced its next event will be on Sunday July 15 at the Hellenic Restaurant in Camden Town.( A map is included on the webpage.) An event had been scheduled for June, but was cancelled.

There will be three sessions on July 15: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; 3.30 to 5.30; and 6 to 8. Advance bookings on the website are £25 in advance, including a three-course meal. (There are four alternative meals available.) If there are still places on the day, then tickets will be available at the door, but will cost £10 more.

From the site:

As well as taking orders and serving food, our maids will play games with the customers and give dance performances. This includes routines to “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu” songs & Dance, plus “Romantic Ukare Mode” and “Seikan Hikou” dance routines. Our Japanese Maids are also professionally trained performers who also sing, dance and play piano for entertainment at the special events.
The Maids will also play party games with the customers including Pop-Up Pirate, Jyan-Ken (Rock-Paper-Scissors), Jenga, Connect4 (each game £2 per person).

The meals will be prepared on the premises by a qualified Japanese chef. The meals will include a choice of Yaki-Soba, Beef Curry, Japanese Mushroom Spaghetti and Omu-Rice. Each meal also comes with a Japanese dessert of Green Tea, Wasabe and Sesame ice cream.

The Maid Café will also feature anime visuals from a range of popular anime series and films as a colourful

Hyper Japan to Host World Cosplay Summit Preliminary in November

The Hyper Japan festival has announced that its next Earls Court event in November will host the Preliminary U.K. round for the for 2013 World Cosplay Summit.

According to the Hyper Japan site, "The World Cosplay Summit (pictured) is a week-long series of events, with pairs of cosplayers taking part in activities such as parades, photo shoots, press conferences and TV appearances. The grand finale is the World Cosplay Summit Championship, when the cosplayers perform on stage at the outdoor Oasis 21 arena in front of an audience of 20,000, competing for the title of World Cosplay Summit Champion.” The final is held annually in the Japanese city of Nagoya in Japan, and is broadcast by TV Aichi.

The U.K. is participating in the Summit for the first time in 2012. The winners of the preliminary round this Spring were Laura Sindall and Alexander Rutter.

Full rules and entry forms will go up on the Hyper Japan site by July 1, and entries will open on September 1. Pairs of cosplayers will be able to enter; they will need to live in the U.K or have a British passport. All queries about the cosplay competitions at Hyper Japan should be emailed to

The next Hyper Japan festival will take place from Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November 2012 at Earls Court.

DW fan publications

Fish Fingers and Custard - Issue 10
Issue 10 of the Doctor Who Fanzine, Fish Fingers and Custard, is out now and can be purchased from the website. In the latest Issue
The casting of Jenna-Louise Coleman
In Conversation With A Blue Man - An Interview with Simon Fisher-Becker aka Dorium Maldovar
Six Appeal - what one Doctor means to a young boy
Season 18 - A Breath of Life, or A Strangulation?
Which Fan Group Are You?
Monster In The Bathroom - A brand new comic
The 44 page issue costs £2 in the UK and £4 for the rest of the world.
VWORP!1 is a new, unofficial guide to Doctor Who, written from the perspective of an American fan.

Every story from 1963-2011 is summarized, reviewed, and there's an "icon" system throughout the book to help readers spot such things as Dalek stories at a glance. There are also numerous essay pieces and asides which don't cover specific episodes or seasons.

Also covered are the two Peter Cushing movies from the 1960s and the two charity specials from the 1990s (Dimensions In Time, The Curse Of Fatal Death)

The author has two aims for the book: one is to find the good side to every adventure, and the other is to creatively interpret the stories so everything fits in a single timeline with as little use of the "alternate universe"/"unbound" escape hatch as possible.

A sequel, VWORP!2, is planned for 2013 and will cover the 2012-2013 seasons of Doctor Who, the various spinoffs (Torchwood, SJA, K-9), and Big Finish audios.

The official page for the book can be found on google

Friday, 22 June 2012

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World's First Hello Kitty Beauty Spa Opens in Dubai

The world's first Hello Kitty Beauty Spa inspired by Sanrio's iconic cat character has opened in Dubai. The boutique describes itself as "a spa dedicated to all your girly needs with gorgeous packages for kids and adults in true Parisian glamour settings."

The spa features a service menu for both "Queens" (women) and "Princesses" (girls). Services include hair cuts, manicures, pedicures, and massages with food and drink items also available. The Sharaf Group, which manages the Hello Kitty franchise in the area, developed the project with designs by H&H Interior Design.

Last year, cosmetics retail chain Sephora unveiled a Hello Kitty makeup line, and the cat character's high-end fashion brand Pynkiss launched later that year. Hello Kitty also appeared as a cover girl for Taiwan's Elle fashion magazine last December. The undergarment brand Hanky Panky is releasing Hello Kitty lingerie this month.

Power Rangers - We Didn't Start the Fire

Power Rangers is copyright and property of Saban Brands and Toei. "We didn't start the fire' is copyright and created by Billy Joel.

I, Lavender Ranger, wrote and sang this, horribly. If anyone is a good singer and wants to sing it, let me know. I was trying to do Zordon. I tried squeezing everything I could, some things had to fall to the wayside. And some seasons are covered less than others.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Saban, Bandai,
Toei, Zyuranger, Super Sentai,

Zordon, Rita, Jason, Kimberly,
Zack, Trini, Billy Bulk, Skull, and

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning

Green Candle, Lord Zedd, White Ranger, Peace Conference,
Serperntera, Power Transfer, Zedd married Rita

Movie, Ivan Ooze, Dulcea and Mordant
Ninjor, Kim's gone, Katherine is a cat

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning

Rito, Master Vile, Shogun Zords,
Zeo Crystal, Alien Rangers from Aquitar

Machine Empire, Power Chamber, Gold Ranger,
Tanya, Trey of Triofia, Jason is back

Turbo, Divatox, Justin, Dimitria,
Pass the Torch, Phantom Ranger, Chase into Space

Andros, Astronema, Zhane, Battlizer,
Psycho Rangers, Zordon's Dead, Countdown to Destruction,

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Lost Galaxy, Terraventure, Manga Defender, Miranoi,
Trakeena, Kendrix out, Karone is in.

Lightspeed, Mitchell, Titanium
Time Force, Jen & Alex, Ransik from the year 3000

Wes, Eric, Trizimium, Silver Guardians,
Disney, Jetix, New Zealand, Wes & Jen don't kiss

Wild Force, Master Org, Shayla, Forever Red, Zenaku, Never Give Up
and a whole bunch of zords

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Ninja Storm, Wind Rangers, Thunder Rangers,
Cam's a Ranger, Dino Thunder, Mesogog, Tommy is back again

Evil White Ranger, SPD, Doggie,
Buttery, Swat Mode, A-Squad and Emperor Grumm

Kat Ranger, Sam's a ball, and Sky is red.
Mystic Force, Udonna, Koragg, Leanbow,

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Rita is Mystic Mother, Daggeron, Nick is Bowen
Operation Overdrive, Once a Ranger, and Mac's a bot.

Jungle Fury, Dai Shi, RJ, Spirit Rangers
RPM, Venjix, Tenaya, Dr. K,

PMC, Nickeldeon, Samurai, Jayden's secret, Bulk and Spike, Deker,
Antonio, Super mode, Mega Mode, Shogun Mode, Mike Rules, Megaforce

What else can I say?
I can't take it anymore

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
But when we are gone
Will it still burn on,
and on, and on
and on, and on,

and on

Obiturary Caroline John (1940- 2012)

The actress Caroline John - who played companion Liz Shaw - has died aged 71, it was announced today. The news came via a tweet from the BBC on the Doctor Who Twitter feed.

She passed away on 5th June but the news was not made public by the family until after the funeral took place yesterday in south-west London. The cause of death is unknown as yet.

Born in York in September 1940, John trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama then worked in theatre, touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

In 1969, she won the part of scientist and companion Dr Elizabeth Shaw opposite Jon Pertwee as the Doctor when the show was revamped for its seventh season, seeing the title character exiled to Earth. Liz Shaw appeared as a regular character for one season in 1970, with John playing two roles in the final story of that year, Inferno, the other character being Shaw's parallel-universe counterpart, Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw.

After leaving the series she had many theatre roles, and in 1982 she appeared in the BBC TV adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, which starred Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes. John returned to Doctor Who in 1983 for the 20th-anniversary special The Five Doctors, in which she played a fake Shaw. She reprised the role of Shaw for the 1993 BBC Children In Need special Dimensions In Time.

Married to Geoffrey Beevers, John appeared as Madame Salvadori with him in the Big Finish audio drama Dust Breeding, which was released in 2001. She also portrayed Liz Shaw for Big Finish for four stories in the Companion Chronicles range, starting with The Blue Tooth in 2007 and most recently in Binary, which was released just three months ago in March. In addition, she appeared as Shaw in the straight-to-video P.R.O.B.E. stories of the 1990s, which were written by Mark Gatiss and co-starred Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy.

Paying tribute, Companion Chronicles producer David Richardson said:
Carry was the first assistant I ever saw in Doctor Who, and through meeting and working with her many times she remained a favourite over the years. She was an accomplished actor, and the most lovely, warm person you could ever hope to spend time with. Carry loved working on the Companion Chronicles and came in to record what would be her final contribution, The Last Post, on January 26.
Colin Baker tweeted:
Devastated to hear that the lovely, talented, wise and gentle Caroline John is no longer with us. So sad. Thoughts with Geoffrey and family.
while Mark Gatiss also paid tribute via Twitter:
Very sad to hear that the lovely Caroline John has passed away. RIP.
and on the official site Steven Moffat wrote:
Caroline was a brilliant actress and in her role as Liz Shaw, a tremendous co-star for Jon Pertwee in his first year as the Doctor. She was not just a sidekick but a scientist in her own right and a match for the universe's number one know-all. The Doctor's companions should never be his assistants - they're the people who keep him on his toes, and that's what Caroline did. From everyone at the show, our thoughts go out to Caroline’s family.
Big Finish executive producer Nicholas Briggs said:
I met Carry many years ago while filming. She was the Detective Inspector and I was her assistant. We had such a laugh working together, and when we came to record a Myth Makers interview a few weeks later, we just couldn't stop giggling. She was a lovely lady who was always so much fun to be with, and even though she could enjoy a saucy joke or two, there was also something of a delightful prudishness about her. When I think of her smile and her warmth now, it brightens my heart.
John and Beevers also starred together in the Agatha Christie's Poirot episode Problem At Sea on ITV in 1989. In addition, the couple had roles in the Channel 4 adaptation of the political thriller A Very British Coup in 1988. They had three children: a daughter, Daisy, and sons Ben and Tom.

Her most recent screen appearances included the 2003 rom-com film Love Actually (written and directed by Richard Curtis and featuring Bill Nighy as well as Steven Moffat's Curse of Fatal Death Doctors Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Grant) and the ITV drama series Vital Signs (with Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in 2006 and the BBC daytime drama Doctors (with Malcolm Tierney and Matthew Chambers) in 2008.

She also narrated the audiobook of Elisabeth Sladen's autobiography, which was released last November, and narrated the audiobooks of Doctor Who And The Auton Invasion (2008) and Doctor Who And The Cave Monsters (2007), which were adaptations of her first and second Doctor Who stories respectively.

People Update

Karen Gillan won the award for Scottish Fashion Icon of the Year at this year's Scottish Fashion Awards. On the red carpet beforehand the actress had said: "It would be a huge honour to win an award like that and really unexpected. I honestly didn’t think I would be nominated for anything wearing the clothes I wear." Talking about her departure from Doctor Who she said: "It was so sad. It was this bittersweet thing 'cause I'm really excited to move onto other things, I'm actually going on to do a film in Glasgow which I'm really excited about, but yeah it was so sad 'cause I'm leaving my best friends in a weird way." [STV, 14 June 2012]

The actress also made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in order to promote her forthcoming film, Not Another Happy Ending.

Arthur Darvill is to star in the West End production of Jonathan Lewis's award-winning play Our Boys alongside Laurence Fox (aka the husband of Billie Piper) and Cian Barry. The play's synopsis: A candid account of the tedium, terror and tribulations suffered by five young soldiers recovering from injuries incurred in the line of duty. But when their daily routine of TV, lonely hearts ads and banter is interrupted by the arrival of an unwelcome authority figure, their unlikely camaraderie gives way to betrayal, accusations and all-out war. The play opens at the Duchess Theatre on 3rd October, with previews from 26th September. [Whats On Stage, 15 June 2012]

Neil Gaiman, John Challis, Jon Culshaw, and Andrew Sachs are among the star names providing the Voice of the Book for The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live! which is currently on tour in the UK. The show re-creates the masterwork by Douglas Adams. Celebrity Doctor Who fan Culshaw is renowned for his impressions of Tom Baker, while Sachs has appeared in Doctor Who audio dramas and was the voice of Skagra in the webcast of Adams's Shada. For more details on where and when the different voices are appearing, see the Hitchhiker's Live! website.

Steven Moffat explains how he approaches writing: "I never make a note of anything, I never even write a plot down. I have a terrible superstition of writing things down. I have to write in sequence and only in sequence." [Entertainmentwise, The Sun, 28 May 2012]

John Barrowman will once again take on a role of Jack this coming Christmas - alongside his faithful 'companions' Ian and Janette Krankie in the pantomine Jack and the Beanstalk! The trio return to the Glasgow SECC for their third 'adventure' together, with managing director of QDos Michael Harrison saying: "We are thrilled that John, Ian and Janette are returning to Glasgow, where they have received huge audience acclaim. Over the past few years, together with our colleagues at the SECC, we have staged Glasgow’s biggest and most spectacular pantomime and I can promise that Jack and the Beanstalk will be another giant and unmissable show!" The show will run between 15th December and 6th January. Playbill, 11 Jun 2012]

Peter Purves will also be appearing in panto later this year, playing Alderman Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington at Harpenden Public Halls from 15th to 22nd December.

Noel Clarke has revealed his favourite Doctor: "Matt. He just brought something different to it that I like. No disrespect to the others. I'm not going to say them just because I worked with them. Also when Matt got on, the budgets were larger and the show was more ambitious.". Appearing on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch on 17th June, the actor added that his actual favourite was Peter Davison who was the Doctor as he grew up. [Radio Times, 15 June 2012]

Janet Fielding handed a petition to Thanet council as part of a No Night Flights campaign to stop plans to allow night flights to take place at Manston airport. The actress said: "Along with the health and environmental issues surrounding night flights, there are potentially disastrous consequences for Ramsgate's recovering tourism industry which needs to be protected. Who will want to stay in a hotel with planes flying over all night? This needs to be investigated in full." [Thanet Times, 22 May 2012]

Bill Nighy revealed how he could have become the Doctor: "I was offered the role once, I won't tell you when because the rule is that you're not allowed to say you turned that job down because it's disrespectful to whoever did it. I will say that I was approached. But I didn't want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to Doctor Who or anything. I just think that it comes with too much baggage." [People, 3 June 2012]

Catherine Tate is to return in the next series of the US version of The Office, with her character Nellie Bertram from the previous series finale set to be a regular. [Contact Music, 4 Jun 2012]

Lara Pulver commented on recent gossip about her potentially becoming the first female Doctor: Steven and I have both said we thoroughly enjoyed working together, and then there was me being in Wales so the media put two and two together. (and would it have been amazing?) Yes and no. Not if it meant the end of the Doctor Who franchise because the fans aren’t keen on it. [Standard, 15 June 2012]

Veteran cameraman Jules Greenway has been awarded the The Guild of Television Cameramen's top award for his work over the last few decades. The recently retired 68-year-old worked on a number of shows in his career, including Doctor Who, Z-Cars, Top of the Pops and Blue Peter at the BBC, and Tales of the Unexpected at Anglia. His production team also won a BAFTA for their coverage of the 1998 Derby. He reflected: "I always favoured the dramas as they were the opportunity to shoot complicated shots. Sports events were exciting to do but very repetitive, the shots are very similar, while with drama you are constantly looking to do something different. Most cameramen’s pleasure is in executing a good shot, doing it well and being pleased with the end result.". [Eastern Daily Press, 19 May 2012]

Concern has been raised over Richard Gent, who disappeared a number of weeks ago leaving his phone and wallet at home after cancelling plans to meet friends. The actor has appeared in shows such as Casualty, Being Human and Torchwood. Police have asked anyone who has knowledge of his whereabouts to contact them on the missing persons helpline: freephone 116 000.

In Memoriam

The actor George Murdock passed away on 30th April. He played a Preacher in the recent Torchwood series Miracle Day and has appeared in a number of sci-fi shows including Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The X Files - he is perhaps best known as playing "God" in the film Star Trek V - The Final Frontier.

Brian Hibbard passed away on 17th June after suffering from prostate cancer. The actor played the assassin Keillor in the Sylvester McCoy story Delta and the Bannermen, and appeared in a number of soaps including Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and last year EastEnders. For a different generation, however, he will be remembered as the former lead singer of The Flying Pickets! [BBC News, 18 Jun 2012]

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Law Penalizing Downloaders, Criminalizing Ripping Passes in Japan

On Wednesday, Japan's House of Councillors passed a bill into law that covers a variety of issues regarding the usage of documents and digital content. 233 of the Diet's 242 members cast votes on the law: 221 for and 12 against. As the bill had already passed the Diet's House of Representatives last Friday, the law will go into force on October 1.

The law includes sections outlawing the "ripping" of content, for personal use, that involves the bypassing of digital copy protection such as the CSS system on DVDs.

The law also includes a section added in committee that imposes a penalty to the already illegal act of knowingly downloading copyrighted material without permission, and those charged with illegal downloading will now face up to two years of prison or fines of up to 2 million yen (about US$25,400). The law also obligates national and local governments to educate minors on illegal download prevention

I.G Animates Shorts About Female Olympians for Acer

Anime studio Production I.G collaborated with electronics maker Acer Japan to produce shorts to celebrate the female athletes heading to the London Olympics this summer. The "Surprise 4 U." videos focus on Acer Japan's catchphrase "Surprise Yourself."

In particular, the shorts highlight five members of the so-called "Sunrise Japan" group of prominent female athletes: Shizuyo Yamasaki (boxer/comedian), Kyōko Hamaguchi (wrestler), Satsuki Itō (boxer), Satako Urata (beach volleyball player), and Takemi Nishibori (beach volleyball player). Jun'ichi Fujisaku is directing the shorts produced by Mizuho Nishikubo. Yoshihiro Ike is composing the music, while Ryō Hirata is designing the characters.

The "~Satsuki's Strange Challenge~" ("~Satsuki no Fushigi na Chōsen~") video centers on Itō. She won her first championship one year after trying boxing for the first time in high school.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Cosplay Registration Open for Manchester Expo July 21

Registration for the Cosplay Masquerade at the Manchester Comic Con MCM Expo on July 21 is now linked from here, while the full rules are available here. The registration will be open until July 7 or until all the places are filled. A small number of places may also be available on the day of the masquerade.

The Manchester MCM Expo will take place at the "Manchester Central" venue (map).

'Kamen Rider Wizard' Listed by Magazine's Retail Page-

The 7 Net Shopping retail website's page for the August issue of Shogakukan's Terebi-kun (TV-kun) magazine lists a magazine feature on "Kamen Rider Wizard." The issue will ship in Japan on June 30.

Shotaro Ishinomori created the first Kamen Rider live-action tokusatsu (special-effects) series in 1971, and the series has since spawned a perennial franchise.

Bodacious Space Pirates' Captain Marika Gets Nendoroid Figure

The Japanese figure maker Good Smile Company will release a Nendoroid figure of the protagonist from the Bodacious Space Pirates television anime series. This super-deformed version of the high-school-girl-turned-pirate-captain Marika will ship in Japan this October.

The Nendoroid Marika Kato figure will come with three facial expressions as well as optional pirate hat, sword, and cape parts. The set will also feature replacement arms that people can pose with the sword or Marika's "Armalite Anti-Armor Beamgun."

The ten-centimeter (about four-inch) figure will be made of painted ABS and PVC plastics. The retail price will be 3,800 yen (about US$48), but the Japanese website for the online retailer Amazon is offering the figure for 3,489 yen (US$44).

An anime adaptation of Yuichi Sasamoto's Mini-Skirt Uchū Kaizoku (Mini-Skirt [Space] Pirates) space-opera novels was first revealed in 2009 for release in 2011. The television series was relaunched under the new Mōretsu Pirates title at Tokyo Anime Fair in 2010.

Bodacious Space Pirates premiered in Japan on January 7, and Crunchyroll is streaming the show as it airs. Sentai Filmworks announced in December that it licensed the anime series for release in North America.

People update - tennant projects

Following on from his recent appearance this week in the BBC's series True Love, former Doctor David Tennant has a number of new projects to keep him busy in the coming months.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

The actor will be reading a new adaptation of the James Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service as part of 007 Reloaded, a series of audio books to be released in September. The series will be released by BBC Audio Go, with Ian Fleming's niece Lucy saying: "I am delighted to say that Ian Fleming Publications and AudioGO are thrilled to be working together to present some of Britain’s best-known actors reading Ian’s classic Bond novels, for your ears only..."

Other readers include Bill Nighy for Moonraker and Hugh Bonneville for Goldfinger.
[Ian Fleming official website, BBC AudioGo, 16 June 2012]

The Politician's Husband

For BBC television, he is to star in a new BBC serial with Emily Watson entitled The Politician's Husband:

Senior Cabinet Minister, Aiden Hoynes (Tennant), is happily married to Freya (Watson), a junior minister. When we meet Aiden he is a rising star in Westminster. He went into Parliament driven by idealism, but after his son Noah was diagnosed with Aspergers he allowed himself to be sucked into the power games of Westminster, which provided him with a place to hide.

Writer/creator Paula Milne said: "It is said that all power corrupts but the power balance within a marriage can be unspoken and subtle whereas the power games in politics are more overt and manipulatory. The drama explores the personal realm of a political marriage played against the ruthless hubris of Westminster politics - and what can happen when those two realms collide." The serial begins filming in London during July.
[BBC Media Centre, 19 Jun 2012]


Switching channels, Tennant has signed up to play a cop in a new show for ITV1 inspired by the Danish detective series The Killing. Broadchurch is written by Chris Chibnall, will be produced by Richard Stokes and directed by James Strong for Kudos (Spooks, Hustle). The show is described thus:

This is not just another detective show with a quirky sleuth. There is more to it. It will be in the same vein as The Killing in that it will be suspenseful — just when you think you know what’s going on, David’s character will turn the whole thing on its head. It’s a challenging role but one he is relishing.

It is due to go into production later this year, and broadcast next January.
[The Sun, 2 Jun 2012]

Sunshine on Leith

Finally, he has also been tipped to play a key role in a film version of the musical Sunshine on Leith, based on songs by The Proclaimers; the actor is a big fan of the band and has previously expressed interest in such a project. Fellow Scot Billy Connolly has also been suggested as a co-star, though the film has yet to be cast.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

AKB48 Goes Detective Conan in Latest CM

Idol Group AKB48, partners with Detective Conan manga author Gosho Aoyama, as they participate in a murder mystery campaign to promote Ezaki Glico's Ice no Mi candy. Check out the first part of the “AKB48 Murder Case” series of commercials below:

In the story, AKB48 members discover the dead body of fellow idol Rena Katō. Atsuko Maeda appears as a detective and volunteers to handle the case. She saw that Katō leaves the cryptic messages "N" and "23K.24AB." Currently, all 89 current members of the idol group become suspects.

The first of five commercials will premiere on television in Japan on June 25th, with a 9-chapter manga adaptation by Masaki Goto that will debut in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on July 4th.

Brighton Japan Festival Begins Friday

The Brighton Japan festival begins on Friday June 22. It will include a two-day 'open-air anime festival' called Asahi Anime, taking place on Saturday June 30 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday July 1 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Asahi Anime will include Manga drawing, Cosplay contests and workshops, a Lolita fashion show, a Build-a-Gundam event and stalls selling manga and anime toys. The venue is Brighton's Bartholomew Square. Entry to the Asahi Anime festival is free, although there may be charges for some of the workshops.

Also, the Duke of Yorks Picturehouse cinema in Brighton (map) will screen two anime films and one manga-related film.

June 23

From Up On Poppy Hill (details) 4 pm. The latest Studio Ghibli film, a period teenage drama by Goro Miyazaki set in 1963 Yokohama.

June 27

Himizu (details), 6.30 p.m. Directed by Shion Sono, this is the live-action version of the manga by Minoru Furuya, about an abused teenage boy in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami.

June 30

Genius Party Beyond (details), 11.30 pm. This is a 2008 anthology of five short films by the anime Studio 4°C. The final segment, "Dimension Bomb," was directed by Koji Morimoto and scored by Brighton's Juno Reactor.

In addition, on June 23 the Homu venue in Bartholomew Street will show Ringu, the classic 1997 live-action supernatural horror, based on Koji Suzuki's book which also was also adapted in manga form. There is the option of a three-course meal before the film; this begins at 7 p.m. and the combined package costs £25 (details). Alternatively the film can be booked without the meal; the screening is at 9 p.m. and tickets cost £7; click the relevant option on this page.

There will also be a trio of 'interactive' Japan-themed talks on June 28, presented by Brighton's Catalyst Club at Homu in Bartholomew Square. The first talk at 8.30 p.m. will be by Tim Pilcher on "The Wonderful Worlds of Miyazaki."

Additionally, there will be a "Japanese Fancy Dress" event on June 26 and a "Retro Games Night" at Marwood Coffee Shop on June 30, both free.

Wolf Children Licensed in 34 Areas, But Not U.S. & U.K

The staff of Wolf Children (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki), the latest film from director Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars) announcedo on Monday that the film has licensed for distribution in 34 countries and regions. Those areas currently include Korea, Taiwan, France, and Spain, although the rights for North America and the United Kingdom are still under negotiations.

The film's story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two wolf children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city.

Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki will open in Japan on July 21 after a June 25 world premiere in France.

Manga Entertainment Updates

Madoka Magica, Strike Witches 2 and Vesperia film release dates, plus hopes for Autumn U.K. screenings of Ninja Scroll.


Manga Entertainment has released its fourth podcast, which runs 79 minutes. While the show is mainly given over to discussion of Dragon Ball Z, Jerome Mazandarani of Manga confirmed the following details:

- The upcoming DVD and Blu-ray editions of Puella Magi Madoka Magica are now scheduled for release on October 29. They should also be on sale at the next London MCM Expo event on the preceding weekend (October 26 to 28).

- The postponed DVD release of Strike Witches 2 is now scheduled for September 24, and the feature film Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ is scheduled for December 3.

Also, towards the end of the podcast, Mazandarani recalls how the 2011 reissue of Akira on Blu-ray and DVD was preceded by a limited cinema release, as well as by dubbed and subtitled TV screenings on the Syfy HD channel. He adds, "Hopefully, listeners around the country will be able to enjoy Ninja Scroll in a similar way in HD this Autumn before the home video release; hopefully we'll do a very similar campaign."

Tiger & Bunny U.K. Release Slips to 2013

Kaze has tweeted that the UK release of Tiger & Bunny has moved back to the beginning of 2013, 'due to the dubbing schedule changing.' The first DVD/Blu-ray combo pack of the series was previously scheduled for October in the UK.

On twitter, Kaze was asked whether the previously-announced September U.K. premiere of the spinoff film, Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning-, was still going ahead. Kaze replied that there would be more information soon.

The Tiger & Bunny anime centres super powered beings known as NEXT, who wear sponsor logos while fighting crime on live television.

Fictious awards news

The annual Portal Awards have been announced by Airlock Alpha, and sees Doctor Who represented in a number of categories:
•Matt Smith is once again nominated as Best Actor - as with last year he faces Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) and Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), plus this year's nominees Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones).
•Similarly, Karen Gillan is nominated in the Best Actress - she again faces last year's winner Anna Torv (Fringe) and runner-up Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), plus Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13) and Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary).
•The third member of TARDIS crew, Arthur Darvill, also gets a look-in this year as he is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor; he'll face Robert Carlyle (Once Upon a Time), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), last year's winner John Noble (Fringe), and Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13).
•Series regular Alex Kingston is also nominated again in the Best Special Guest(TV) category for her appearance in Let's Kill Hitler - she out last year to Leonard Nimoy, who's in the list again this year for Fringe. The other nominees are Misha Collins (Supernatural), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13) and Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story).
•The representative for Best Episode this year is taken up by A Good Man Goes To War, which will face Brave New World from Fringe, Emily Lake from Warehouse 13, Ghost of Harrenhal from Game of Thrones, and Slash Fiction from Supernatural. (Last year's nomination was also from the sixth series, The Doctor's Wife, with the nomination criteria for this year being shows broadcast since 1st June 2011!)
•This year's Best Series include Doctor Who, last year's winner Game of Thrones, Fringe, Supernatural and Warehouse 13.
•Elisabeth Sladen was nominated for the Gene Roddenberry Award last year, but lost out to J.J. Abrams; the late actress is nominated again this year and faces Doctor Who/Sherlock maestro Steven Moffat, as well as Edgar Rice Burroughs, DeForest Kelly, and George R.R. Martin.

The full list of categories are available from Airlock Alpha, and fans will be able to vote once a day between 25th June and 25th July.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Spice and Wolf and Hetalia Film on U.K. DVD

Manga Entertainment is releasing the first 13-part season of Spice and Wolf on Monday June 18. The anime adapts Isuna Hasekura acclaimed novel series (illustrated by Jū Ayakura), which focuses on how business (and religion) gets done in a medieval world. The two main characters are a travelling peddler called Kraft Lawrence, who encounters a girl with furry ears and a tail, who claims to be "Holo the Wise Wolf," a nature goddess. Manga is also due to releases Spice and Wolf II, presently scheduled for August 6.

Manga is also releasing the feature film Hetalia Paint it, White! (Ginmaku Hetalia - Axis Powers Paint it, White [Shiroku Nure!]), based on the Hetalia - Axis Powers comedy manga and anime series.

Super-Local Anime TV Channel Planned for Akihabara, Nipponbashi

Ginga TV, a local television and internet-based station dedicated to anime-related programming, has announced that it will begin airing programming this October via UHF television broadcast in Tokyo's Akihabara district and Osaka's Nipponbashi district (sometimes colloquially known as "Denden Town"), as well as over the Internet. The channel advertises itself as "the first terrestrial television channel specializing in anime," and plans to broadcast anime, local news, and anime-related educational programming, as well as programs on voice actors and anime theme songs. The channel plans to also feature "socially" created anime programming made by the public. The channel also plans to distribute programming in English and Chinese over the Internet.

A diagram on the channel's website indicates that the Akihabara broadcast will cover an area approximately a kilometer (about 0.6 miles) in diameter in Akihabara and approximately 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in Nipponbashi; the website states that there are plans to expand the channel's reach. The frequencies that the channel will be broadcast over were allocated to applicants by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications after the switch-over from analog to digital television that took place in Japan last July. In addition to watching the channel through standard televisions in the area, many individuals in the areas will be able to watch the channel using their phones via the widespread 1seg Japanese mobile phone data broadcasting service.

The public document announcing the allocation of these broadcast "white spaces" lists two other applicants that have received permission to broadcast in Akihabara, including a "Town Link Project" applied for by Sony and Animax Broadcast Japan.

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Queen Honurs - DW realted News

Actress Jean Marsh has been awarded an OBE for services to drama in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List published today. She has appeared in Doctor Who three times: firstly as Joanna in The Crusade (pictured right), then as Sara Kingdom in The Daleks' Master Plan, and finally as Morgaine in Battlefield. As well as acting, Marsh - who was married to Jon Pertwee between 1955 and 1960 - also co-created the drama series Upstairs, Downstairs (in which she played Rose Buck) and The House of Eliott.

Also in the honours list from the world of Doctor Who is former stuntman Eddie Kidd, who appeared in Survival as a double for William Barton. Kidd has been given an OBE for services to the charitable giving sector in the UK.

In addition, the comic book writer and playwright Grant Morrison, who wrote the stories Changes, The World Shapers, and Culture Shock for Doctor Who Magazine between 1986 and 1988, has been made an MBE for services to film and literatur

DW Audio news

Big Finish continues its month of special offers this weekend with a celebration of the popular duo Jago and Litefoot; both their first audio appearance in The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers and the first complete series of adventures are available at a reduced price between now and 8:00am 18th June.

This is followed by a celebration of The Celestial Toymaker, with the character featuring in The Lost Stories: The Nightmare Fair, The Magic Mousetrap, and The Companion Chronicles: Solitaire; the three stories are available to purchase separately or in a special bundle deal between 6:00pm 17th June and 8:00am 20th June.

Sara Kingdom (as played by Jean Marsh) is the focus of the next offer, with Home Truths, The Drowned World and The Guardian of the Solar System available on offer between 6:00pm 19th June and 8:00am 22nd June.

Finally, Doctor Who: Short Trips volumes one, two, three and four will be on special offer between 6:00pm 25th June and 8:00am 28th June. The series features tales read by William Russell, David Troughton, Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred and India Fisher.

DW DVD news

Planet of Giants

The British Board of Film Classification has passed the special features for the forthcoming DVD release of the final complete William Hartnell story to be released, Planet of Giants:

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00:15:17:10 SUDDENLY SUSAN

As previously reported, the release will feature a recreation of the original four-part story based on the original scripts and featuring newly recorded dialogue and animation. The commentary by Clive Doig, Brian Hodgson, Sonia Markham and David Tilley was also passed on 6th June.

A clean version of the cover art by Lee Binding for the DVD has been published via the Tea-Lady Design Facebook page.

Future Release Updates

Lee Binding has reported that an announcement about The Ambassadors Of Death will be made in the next week or so. The graphic designer recently completed the DVD cover, saying: "Ambassadors sleeve submitted to @classicdw. No Liz Shaw on the front, sadly. No decent pics. Rest: kinda classy, which is nice. « I'm sure the usual #doctorwho ming-mongs will complain anyway. 'It's not GREEN. Ambassadors is a GREEN story!' *rolls eyes* «" Meanwhile, an image of the colourisation process for the story undertaken by Richard Russell was shared on Twitter by Stuart Humphryes (aka @Babelcolour), who himself is working on episode one of The Mind of Evil.

Brian Hodgson recently mentioned that he had recorded a commentary for the incomplete Patrick Troughton adventure The Moonbase. It is currently unknown if this is for a Revisitations makeover of the 2004 Lost In Time collection of existing, isolated episodes, or if it will form part of a special release of the story with an animated reconstruction of the missing episodes one and three. The Special Sound Designer also mentioned a commentary for Fury From The Deep, though this seems more likely to be for The Underwater Menace, of which episode two was recovered last year - again, the context of such a release is currently unknown.

Behind The Scenes

Producer Chris Chapman tantalised the Twitter community this week with updates on extras being made for the series: "Heading back to London after a day of exciting Doctor Who stuff - storyboard complete! « About to start the edit proper on Secret Project 5 (our 31st Who doco) - this one's a bit mad, a bit Louis Theroux and a bit golf-y.. « SP5 is presented by Toby Hadoke and is intended for the same DVD release as SP6 (which hits the edit next week)! «"

Finally, a small event in the history of the range was marked on 29th May, reported by the BBC's Classic Series Twitter feed: "Many thanks to Ed Stradling for all his hard work, as he delivers his final documentary. Hope to persuade him back for the odd special!"

DW on Stage on production news

Actor, writer, and comedian Toby Hadoke has penned a sequel to his acclaimed show Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf.

My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver is to tour on preview before being taken to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Teasing the new show, Hadoke, who also acts as a moderator on classic Doctor Who DVD releases and is a contributor to the Doctor Who Magazine column A Battle of Wits, said: "It mentions Vernon Dobtcheff, Meglos, genocide, and Fear Her - and it is nice about two of them."

Inspired by an obsession with Doctor Who and picking up where Moths Stole My Doctor Who Scarf left off, Chortle Award nominee Toby Hadoke's highly anticipated second show is compelling, incisive, and universal in appeal. Join him as he takes you on a heart-warming journey that begins with losing a partner, ends with gaining a stepson, and pays homage to the restorative powers of the Time Lord in between. Intimate knowledge of the TARDIS is not required to enjoy this bitter-sweet comedy of parenting through sci-fi evangelism.
Directed by Mark Attwood, it will be previewing as follows:
•Thursday 28th June: Tara Theatre, Earlsfield, London
•Sunday 1st July: The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells (NB: Free entry to ticket-holders of Friday 29th June performance of Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf)
•Thursday 5th July: Lantern Theatre, Sheffield
•Thursday 19th July: The Magnet, Stockport
•Friday 20th July: Bedford Fringe, The Howard Room, Bedford Corn Exchange
•(to be confirmed) Sunday 22nd July: New Diorama Theatre, Triton Street, Regent's Place, London
• (to be confirmed) Monday 23rd July: XS Malarkey, Fallowfield, Manchester
The 60-minute production will then transfer to the Edinburgh Fringe, where Hadoke will be performing it at The Gilded Balloon Teviot every afternoon from Wednesday 1st August to Sunday 26th August, except for Wednesday 15th.

Friday, 15 June 2012

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K-ON! Anime-Inspired Eyeglasses Offered in Japan

Zoff, a Japanese retail chain for eyeglasses, will begin taking pre-orders for eyeglasses inspired by the K-ON! film on July 20 — even though only one of the six characters actually wears glasses in the anime. The six models are designed to match the characters — Yui, Mio, Ritsu, Tsumugi, Azusa, and Nodoka; Zoff paid particular attention to faithfully recreating Nodoka's onscreen eyeglasses.

Besides the eyeglasses frames, each set comes with non-prescription lenses, an eyeglasses case, a lens wipe, and four mini eyeglasses charms.

Zoff is exclusively offering these eyeglasses through its own online store and the TBSishop, two days after the film's Blu-ray Disc and DVD go on sale in Japan on July 18. Zoff also offered eyeglasses inspired by Library Wars and Sengoku Basara, among other anime.

on July 18. Zoff also offered eyeglasses inspired by Library Wars and Sengoku Basara, among other anime.
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