Tuesday, 31 July 2012

News Film 4 Screenings This Week: Ponyo Wednesday Ocean Waves Thursday Paprika Friday 9

The following anime films are being screened on the Freeview TV channel Film 4.

Wednesday August 1, 4.45 p.m. Ponyo - Hayao Miyazaki's whimsical Ghibli fantasy about an enchanted fish who encounters a boy and strives to become human.

Thursday August 2, 11 a.m. Ocean Waves - Studio Ghibli's feature-length TV film about the strange relationship between a high-school boy and his haughty female classmate on the island of Shikoku. Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki (Here is Greenwood, House of Five Leaves). In Japanese with subtitles.

Friday August 3, 11 p.m. Paprika - Satoshi Kon's final completed film before his death, about a beautiful "dream detective" who can travel through people's minds. In Japanese with subtitles.

Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning London Cinema Screening on September 23

The website of the British magazine Neo reports that London's BFI Southbank centre will screen the first Tiger & Bunny feature film, Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning-, on Sunday September 23 at 5p.m. This will be the same weekend as the film is released in Japan, Neo reports.

The first Tiger & Bunny film is directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani (Betterman, GaoGaiGar: King of Braves, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera). According to the April 2012 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.

Manga Entertainment Updates on Podcast

Manga Entertainment has released the fifth in its series of podcasts (110 minutes), featuring Jerome Mazandarani with Jonathan Clements, Andrew Hewson and host Jeremy Graves.

Among the announcements, the home release of Makoto Shinkai's film Journey to Agartha (aka Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below) has moved back to February 2013, "because we couldn't get the dub in time."

On the Blu-ray box-set release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica on October 29, Mazandarani said: "I'm concerned that the Complete Season Blu-ray box-set may be shortlived; that we may have to delete it and re-release it at a higher price or that we might have to release some single-disc Blu-rays... That isn't 100% confirmed at this stage... We don't want to upset the licensors, because it's a premium price Blu-ray in Japan." (In Japan, the individual Blu-ray discs of Madoka Magica sell for the equivalent of £59 each.)

On Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Mazandarani said, "If we do get a better manufacturing deal on Blu-ray discs in the future and a lower minimum order quantity, I will definitely come back and have a look at Brotherhood on Blu-ray and just see if we can get the rest of the series out..."

During the programme, Mazandarani made some comments regarding the recently announced acquisitions at Manchester MCM Expo.

- Guilty Crown will start being released in 2013. While Mazandarani could not confirm anything at the time of recording, Manga is 'planning' to bring out the series on both Blu-ray and DVD, and that it 'may well' be a combo release, a 'two-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray pack with some special packaging.'

- On the Christmas Eve DVD release of the Gintama feature film; "It's a good jumping-on point for people who have heard of Gintama but haven't seen any of it. That's why we chose to bring the film out and we haven't done the series yet. Let's see if there's an appetite for Gintama."

Konami Explains Transition of 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh Assets

The retail news source ICv2 posted an interview with Konami Digital Entertainment Vice President Card Business Yumi Hoashi discussing the status of 4Kids Entertainment's former Yu-Gi-Oh! assets on Monday. Konami received the rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise last month after the sale of 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh! and CW Network-related assets was granted to a joint bid by Saban's KidsCo Media Ventures LLC and Konami's 4K Acquisition Corp.

In the interview, Hoashi revealed that Konami is taking over 4Kids' New York office and creating a new company with some 4Kids employees. Konami will wholly own the new company that will handle the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime's adaptation, distribution, and related merchandise licensing.

Konami plans to continue broadcasting Yu-Gi-Oh! anime in North America while expanding distribution by finding a new television channel to rebroadcast the series in the United States. Saban's KidsCo affiliate received The CW Network's Saturday Morning block agreement terms in 4Kids' assets sale. Hoashi confirmed that the programming block is still airing Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. EST followed by the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Canada's YTV network also broadcasts the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal television anime.

Konami will also actively solicit new licensees for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal toy line. Hoashi noted that 4Kids' "difficulties" in the past year prevented it from soliciting such toy licenses. 4Kids filed for bankruptcy last year shortly after TV Tokyo, Nihon Ad Systems, and ADK filed a lawsuit over Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing. The suit reached an "amicable" settlement earlier this year, with ADK and TV Tokyo paying US$8 million to 4Kids.

Konami is the Japanese licensor and distributor of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, while Saban once produced the Fox Kids programming block. (4Kids also once produced Fox's Saturday morning programming until 2008.)

Manga Investigating Technical Issues on Panty and Stocking DVD

Manga Entertainment has posted the following on its twitter feed regarding today's release of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt on DVD:

We are investigating the technical issues that some of you are reporting on the Panty & Stocking DVD. We'll post an official reply in the next few days. We obviously do have a thorough QC [Quality Control] process for all releases, so this weekend's complaints have been a surprise for us. I apologise to any of you who have felt let down by the problems you've encountered with your DVDs. Manga Entertainment will act quickly and decisively to rectify the problem and to ensure our customers are satisfied. Once again, on behalf of Manga Entertainment please accept my apologies for any inconvenience that has been caused to you.
Manga UK did not cite a specific complaint with the discs. However, Andy Hanley of the fan website UK Anime Network made comments about the discs in tweets to Manga, and also in his review of the series on the website. In Hanley's review, he says that episodes eleven, twelve and thirteen of the series "all cut off before the episode actually finishes," with around twenty to thirty seconds missing in each case. Hanley also says that a "post-credits twist" on the final episode is cut almost entirely from the DVD.

Update - ANN UK has checked its own preview copy of Manga's DVD edition of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. Each of the final three episodes (11, 12 and 13) on the preview copy cuts off abruptly at the end, consistent with Andy Hanley's report.

DW audio news

Big Finish has had its licence to make Doctor Who audio adventures extended to December 2015.

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said:
I'm so excited that we can continue our voyages with the Doctor for at least another three years, and so pleased that AudioGO and the BBC continue to trust us with the telling of these stories.
Fellow executive producer Nicholas Briggs commented:
It's been a privilege and a pleasure for me to have worked on the Doctor Who audio range since 1999. I'm looking forward to continuing the excellent relationship we have with AudioGO and the BBC – and, of course, to the many exciting adventures for the Doctor I'll be working on over the next three years or more.
Line producer David Richardson added:
We're already making plans for 2015, which will be the sixteenth year of Doctor Who audio productions from Big Finish and will include our landmark 200th main range play!

In addition to the Doctor Who main range and Companion Chronicles, we are working through ideas for an exciting new range which we hope to announce during 2013.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Power Rangers Megaforce Cast Revealed

RangerCrew's sources had revealed that four of the five actors for next year's Power Ranger series, Power Ranger Megaforce are confirmed! The new show will be adapting the 34th Super Sentai series, Tensou Sentai Goseiger.

Model/Actor Andrew Gray has been cast as the Megaforce Red Ranger! Andrew is 25 Years old and lives in Carmichael, California. Check out his official page!

(Awaiting official confirmation) New York Film Academy student John Mark Loudermilk will be playing as the MegaForce Blue Ranger! Join him on Twitter and Facebook.

Actress/model Ciara Hanna was cast the Yellow MegaForce Ranger. She has starred in such shows as Big Time Rush, the Bold & the Beautiful and has auditioned for America’s Next Top Model! Become a fan onFacebook!

(Awaiting official confirmation) Christina Masterson will be the Megaforce Pink Ranger! Christina had a small role in 2005′s “Monster-In-Law” with Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. Check out her IMDB page.

For those who are looking for Black and "Silver Ranger", the actors are yet to be confirmed. And yes, you read it right! There's a "Silver Ranger" in this Power Rangers adaptation. Well, we all know who it should be.

Power Rangers Megaforce features Gosei, a supernatural guardian, who protected the Earth for centuries along with his robotic aide, Tensou. During the massive invasion of the evil Warstar aliens, Gosei calls uponfive teenagers with attitude to form the ultimate team... the Power Rangers Megaforce!

Power Rangers Megaforce premieres in early 2013 on Nickelodeon.

Panty & Stocking DVD Plus Black Lagoon Blu-rays Released Monday

Manga Entertainment is releasing the lewd comedy Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt on Monday July 30. It is a three-disc set with over 80 minutes of bonus material, including the extra "Loft Plus" episode, a Making of, Out-takes and Missing Scenes. The release is rated 18 by the BBFC, uncut. (According to the BBFC website, the 18 rating was due to content in episodes 5 to 8 of the series, which "contained strong sex references and very strong language.")

The Studio Gainax series 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.

Monday also sees the Blu-ray debut of Black Lagoon, in two sets containing the first and second seasons (both left). Animated by the Mad House studio, the hardboiled crime series follows the exploits of a team of mercenaries operating out of a lawless Thailand city (based on the manga by Rei Hiroe). The series was reissued in a single DVD set on July 9, but the Blu-rays were delayed by a delivery error by the disc manufacturer.

Finally, Manga Entertainment is also releasing Part 2 of the romantic drama series Clannad. The first part of the sequel series, Clannad After Story, is due to follow on September 24.

Funi Adds Seikishi, Yamato: R, One Piece: Strong World, Fairy Tail Film, Akira

North American anime distributor Funimation announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it has licensed the following anime: Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar (Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari), Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection, One Piece Film Strong World, the Fairy Tail: Hōō no Miko film, and Akira. In addition, the company has added additional rights to Aquarion Evol, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Sankarea, and Maken-Ki! Battling Venus. The company has also licensed season two of Fairy Tail and season five of One Piece.

Funimation has acquired the streaming, broadcast, home entertainment, video on demand, pay-per-view, and DTO/DTR rights to the Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar video anime series. With this series, Funimation has now acquired the streaming, home entertainment, theatrical, and merchandise rights to the complete Tenchi Muyo! anime franchise. Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar is set in an alternate world called Geminar, where countries have fought endless wars with replicas of humanoid Seikishi weapons that they found in ancient ruins. 15-year-old Kenshi Masaki, the half-brother of Tenchi Muyo! protagonist Tenchi Masaki, is summoned from Earth to Geminar. The 13-episode original video anime series was originally released in 2009-2010.

The company has acquired the home entertainment rights to Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection. The anime film, which was the first film from the Yamato space opera franchise in 26 years, opened in Japan in December 2009. The film is set in 2220, or 21 years after the first Yamato story and 17 years after the story of the last film, Final Yamato. A 320,000-kilometer-wide black hole threatens Earth, so 300 million people set a course for Amaaru, 27,000 light years away. The transport fleet is attacked, and the new Yamato battleship leads the counterstrike. 38-year-old Susumu Kodai, the hero of the first series, is now a space captain, and he has a daughter named Miyuki with his wife Yuki (the heroine of the first series).

Funimation has the home entertainment rights to the Fairy Tail film, Fairy Tail: Hōō no Miko. The film revolves around a mysterious girl named Éclair who appears before Fairy Tail, the world's most notorious wizard's guild. She lost all of her memories, except for the imperative that she must deliver two Hōōseki (Phoenix Stones) somewhere. The stones may spell the collapse of the magical world, and Natsu, Lucy, and the rest of the Fairy Tail guild are caught up in the intrigue. Hiro Mashima, the creator of the original Fairy Tail manga, is in charge of story planning and visual design for the film's all-new plot, and he is also drafting the guest character designs and image concept art. The film opens in Japan on August 18.

Funimation has the home entertainment rights to One Piece Film Strong World. The 10th anime film based on Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga opened in Japan in December 2009. Oda personally oversaw this film's production. The film features the Straw Hat pirates traveling back to East Blue and battling the legendary pirate Shiki after he kidnaps Nami.

The company has also acquired home entertainment rights to an additional 24 episodes of Fairy Tail, and the fifth season of One Piece. The fifth season of One Piece will include episodes 264–336, which spans the entire Enies Lobby arc and ends with the ice hunter arc. One Piece Season 5 will be released in summer 2013.

Funimation revealed it has acquired the home entertainment rights to Katsuhiro Otomo's film Akira. Bandai Entertainment had previously reissued the film on DVD in February of this year, and the most recent U.S. reissue before that was a Blu-ray Disc in February 2009 by Bandai Visual USA. Streamline Pictures and Geneon Entertainment released the film in the past.

Funimation revealed it has added home entertainment rights to the Aquarion Evol television anime series. The anime production studio Satelight had announced earlier on Saturday that Funimation has the streaming rights to the series.

Funimation also announced it has added the home entertainment and digital rights to the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime series. Funimation previously revealed it acquired the streaming rights to the series in April, and the company streamed the series as it aired in Japan. In addition, Funimation has added the broadcast, home entertainment, theatrical, and merchandise rights to Sankarea. The company streamed this series as it aired in Japan as well.

Lastly, Funimation has added the home entertainment, broadcast, pay per view, and merchandise rights to the Maken-Ki! Battling Venus television anime series. Funimation and the video-streaming service Niconico had streamed the series as it aired in Japan last year. Hiromitsu Takeda's original Maken-Ki! manga centers around Takeru Ōyama, a boy enrolled in an elite school where the girls (and boys) fight with mysterious items called Maken. The student body includes the enigmatic girl Kodama, a girl named Inaho who calls herself Takeru's fiancée, and his childhood friend Haruko.


The actor Geoffrey Hughes has died at the age of 68.

Geoffrey Hughes was well known for supporting roles in several British television series. He played the lovable rogue Eddie Yeats in the soap opera Coronation Street from 1974-1983 as well as Onslow in the sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, Twiggy in the television comedy The Royle Family, and Vernon Scripps in the ITV drama series Heartbeat.

In 1986 he played Mr. Popplewick in The Ultimate Foe, the story which comprised the final two episodes of the Trial of a Time Lord Series of Doctor Who. Popplewick was the identity used by the Valeyard while in the Matrix.

Hughes also had a number of film credits to his name including Smashing Time, Till Death Us Do Part, The Bofors Gun, The Virgin Soldiers, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Carry On at Your Convenience, and the cartoon Yellow Submarine for which he supplied the voice of Paul McCartney.

Hughes lived on the Isle of Wight where he was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant in 2009, providing the official link between the island and royalty at formal events.

Hughes had thought he had beaten prostate cancer in 2009, but a year later, after collapsing at his home, found it had returned. His agent said he died "peacefully in his sleep" on Friday night.

DW @ the olympics opening ceremony

The eyes of the "universe" were focused upon London last night for the Opening Ceremony of the 30th Modern Olympic Games, with some 27 million viewers in the UK alone tuning in to watch a celebration of British iconography, including James Bond escorting the Queen to the Games and Mr Bean in Chariots of Fire. Doctor Who was also represented by the TARDIS materialisation sound effect complementing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody during the 1970s music section.

An additional segment to feature a video montage accompanying the theme tune itself had originally been planned but was dropped for timing reasons. Doctor Who's brand manager Edward Russell clarified:
A video montage which very briefly showed all 11 Doctors was approved but we were told it may not be included which was clearly the case.
In Doctor Who lore, of course, the ceremony saw the Doctor himself light the Olympic Flame (Fear Her, 2006). In reality, the Olympic Cauldron (made up of 205 petals representing every country competing at the Games) was ignited by seven aspiring young athletes chosen by British Olympic champions.

DW series 7 trailer - Aug 2nd date

The BBC have confirmed that the first official television trailer for Doctor Who's next series will air on Thursday 2nd August, around 8:00pm on BBC1, with a repeat the following week.

The trailer forms part of a series of promotions for shows that form the latest Original British Drama campaign that will run throughout the London Olympics coverage over the coming seventeen days.

As well as Doctor Who, the list includes Merlin, Hunted, Good Cop, Accused, The Secret of Crickley Hall, The Paradise, Ripper Street, plus the stalwart soap EastEnders. The 'series' of trailers kicks off from 28th July with a special "Bundle" compilation.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, said:
BBC One drama offers audiences the most vibrant and most original home-grown drama in Britain today. This upcoming range of new drama titles are the very best of British, made with ambition and scale that I hope will capture the imagination of our audiences with the same spirit as the London 2012 Olympics.

DW @ 50 stamps

The Royal Mail is to release a set of stamps to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year, with the first day cover reportedly due on 8th January 2013.

No other details are available at present, with the Royal Mail informing us:
Unfortunately it is too soon to have or to send out any information regarding an issue in January 2013. Probably around end of November or start of December we should have a FIRST publication that we can send.

It won't be the first time that Doctor Who has been officially recognised in such a prestigious way. A Dalek was chosen by Royal Mail to represent television in The Entertainers' Tale issue that was released on 1st June 1999. The set also comprised Bobby Moore (sport), Charlie Chaplin (cinema), and Freddie Mercury (popular music).

Friday, 27 July 2012

Hetalia's Fourth Season Scheduled for December

Manga Entertainment has tweeted that it will release the fourth season of Hetalia - Axis Powers in December 2012. The same month will also see a box-set edition of seasons 1-4 of the series. The announcement follows the recent release of the feature film Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White! in June, followed by the third television season in July.

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The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine - out today - has a "Patrick Troughton" flavour to it, with a number features on the actor and his Doctor's adventures. To mark this, an exclusive brand new interview imagines what would happen if the current Doctor Matt Smith were to talk to him ...
MATT: Patrick has a very Doctory face. Everything about Patrick is Doctory! He is peculiar without ever asking you to find him peculiar. All the elements were right. I loved his costume.

PATRICK: Well, you go along to the costumiers and they produce various things, and you say, "Ahh, that would be good..."

Also in this issue:
Do You Want To Know A Secret? Head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat drops his guard and reveals what's happening with the next 14 episodes of Doctor Who, exclusively in Production Notes!
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship! DWM talks to writer Chris Chibnall and grills him about his forthcoming scripts in the new season of Doctor Who – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and the "very different" Episode 4...
Remembering Carry: DWM pays tribute to the late Caroline John, the much-loved actress who played the Third Doctor’s assistant Liz Shaw and died in June – and looks back over her life and times.
Recollections of the Daleks: seasoned Dalek operators Nicholas Pegg and Barnaby Edwards give DWM readers on a unique, Dalek-eye view of the making of 2005’s Bad Wolf/The Parting Of The Ways – accompanied by photos from their private collections!
When Pat met Colin: stern Sontarans, ambitious Androgums and fantastic food! Yes, it’s time to uncover the fascinating details of what really happened when the Second and Sixth incarnations met, as The Fact of Fiction looks back at the 1985 adventure The Two Doctors
Doctor Who's Replacement? DWM investigates Starwatch, a sci-fi series that, had it been made in the 1990s, would have starred Jon Pertwee. With never-before-published images from the project, DWM talks to the people who tried to make it happen...
When Pat Met Jon... and Peter and Richard and Tom: Countdown to 50 takes a nostalgic look back at the story which celebrated Doctor Who’s 20th anniversary with some old friends – and some ever older enemies! – as it remembers The Five Doctors.
Treasures Beyond Imagining... The Doctor, Amy and Rory face up to a ruthless collection of alien criminals within a mysterious ziggurat stuffed with priceless treasures in The Cornucopia Caper, the latest DWM comic strip, written by Scott Gray with art by Dan McDaid!
Find the Doctor! The Time Team convenes to watch one of the most innovative and controversial Doctor Who stories of all time – 2006’s Love & Monsters. But what will Emma, Chris, Will and Michael make of it...?
The Bare Essentials: DWM strands Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candon on a desert island, with only eight Doctor Who stories each to keep them company. But which episodes will they choose? And whose selection do you agree with? Find out, in A Battle of Wits!
Wotcha: the mysterious Watcher marvels at the TARDIS’ food machine, challenges readers with his Six Faces of Delusion, and champions another Supporting Artist of the Month in Wotcha!

PLUS! All the usual features, latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword - and a giant-sized, double-sided poster featuring the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and "every Dalek ever"!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Obituary Mary tamm (1950-2012)

The actress Mary Tamm - who played the first incarnation of Romana - died yesterday aged 62 after a long battle with cancer, her agent Barry Langford has announced.

Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, on 22nd March 1950, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and then acted with the Birmingham Repertory Company. Stage roles included Amanda in Private Lives and Beverly in Abigail's Party. Film and television roles followed, including Tales That Witness Madness, two appearances in Coronation Street, The Odessa File, and the film version of The Likely Lads.

She joined Doctor Who in the role of Romanadvoratrelundar, aka Romana (or Fred!), alongside Tom Baker as the Doctor for the sixteenth year of the show, which revolved around the search for the Key to Time. During the run she has the chance to play another character in the form of the identical Princess Strella in The Androids of Tara (not to mention android versions of both!). She only played the role of Romana for one year, citing that the character could not develop any further from its 'traditional' companion role, with The Armageddon Factor's guest actress Lalla Ward continuing the character from the following story.

Post-Doctor Who, Tamm continued her TV career with a recurring role as Jill Fraser in The Assassination Run and The Treachery Game, Jennifer Reynoldston in The Hello Goodbye Man, Yvonne Edwards in Paradise Heights and a stint in Brookside as Penny Crosbie. Other guest appearances included Casualty, Holby City, Jonathan Creek, Crime Traveller, Heartbeat, and adding EastEnders to her CV as Orlanda in 2009. She was due to play a judge in the film Far Out Far In but illness forestalled that role.

Though departing from Doctor Who in 1979, Tamm continued her association with the show through the audio plays of Big Finish, reprising Romana for the Companion Chronicle The Stealers from Saiph in 2009. This was followed by Ferril's Folly and Tales from the Vault in 2011. She is also set to feature posthumously alongside Tom Baker once more, with the pair starring in the second series of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, due to be released from January 2013.

The first volume of her autobiography First Generation (Fantom Films) was published in 2009. Her official website can be found here.

She is survived by her husband, Marcus Ringrose, and daughter, Lauren.

Her agent Barry Langford said:
She had a great zest for life. She was a fantastic actress - she played stage parts of such range, parts that would take your breath away. She could play any role, and do so wonderfully.

On Twitter
Colin Baker (The Doctor): Shellshocked to hear Mary Tamm is gone. A funny, caring, talented, lovely and down to earth lady. My heart goes out to Marcus and Lauren
Nicola Bryant (Peri): Just heard the terrible news that Mary Tamm has died. Completely shocked. Very sad. Thoughts go to Marcus & Lauren. RIP Mary.
Edward Russell (brand manager): My condolences to Mary Tamm's family. As a companion, Romana was my hero when I was 8 years old. So very sad. Guess we've reached that point in Doctor Who's history where it's time for many of its rich cast to say goodbye. Thank you for taking part.
Barnaby Edwards (actor): Very sad to hear of the death of Mary Tamm. A lovely actress and a sharp, witty person.
Paul Cornell: I'm so sorry to hear about Mary Tamm. It's an obit every month in DWM these days. How terrible.
Andy Pryor (casting director): Sad times. Caroline John and now Mary Tamm. We salute you both.
Kai Owen (Rhys): Sad news indeed. RIP Mary Tamm.
Benjamin Cook (DWM): Such sad news about Mary Tamm. I interviewed her once, in 2009. (Couldn't believe she was old enough to be a grandmother.) RIP. "I never, ever thought of Romana as a sex symbol," she said. "Glamorous, but not sexy… An old-fashioned, movie star style."
Gary Gillatt (DWM): Mary Tamm now. Another tragedy. What an awful year it's been to be a Doctor Who fan. This terrible silence, slowly rolling over it all.

Entertainment weekly cover

Doctor Who has been granted the accolade of being the cover story of the US media magazine Entertainment Weekly.

The title, which has been running since 1990, is one of America's most popular entertainment magazines, with a circulation of 1.8 million and an estimated readership of 8.2 million. To make the cover is regarded as a major achievement, an honour unprecedented for a UK-made series, and something BBC America has been celebrating on its Facebook site.

Inside, it asks whether the time has finally come for the Time Lord to break big in America, and describes the upcoming season as maybe the most eagerly anticipated ever, as the Doctor prepares to say goodbye to his two trusty companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams.

The publication notes the number of on-screen shout-outs the show gets from programmes such as Community, Criminal Minds, Craig Ferguson's The Late Late Show, Supernatural, and Grey’s Anatomy. Executive producer Steven Moffat tells the magazine:
It's not an obscure show anymore. It's not even a 'British import'. It's just Doctor Who.
The cover story tracks the ups and downs of the show's long history and previews the new episodes with help from Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as well as Moffat.

Entertainment Weekly also checks out the 25 Best Cult TV Shows From the Past 25 years.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Urotsukidoji Manga Creator to Attend London MCM Expo in October

Toshio Maeda, the manga artist who created such sexual horror titles as Urotsukidoji (animated as Legend of the Overfiend), Nightmare Campus, La Blue Girl, Adventure Kid, and Demon Beast Invasion, has announced on his "Tentacle_Master" twitter account that he will be at October's London MCM Expo. The event takes places from October 26 to 28, although Maeda did not specify which days he would be attending. In another tweet, he mentioned that he would be "tied up by movie shooting" on October 25, during his stay in London.

Maeda was interviewed by Helen McCarthy in December 2011 on the Manga UK blog. When he was asked about his new work, Maeda commented: "I keep in touch with certain producers, including Mr. Yamaki [Yasuhito Yamaki, producer of the anime Legend of the Overfiend], to discuss new work, but it might be live-action, not anime. I'm just waiting to see which way the wind blows.”

Power Rangers Owner Taking Down YouTube Videos

The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq. blog reports that SCG (Saban Capital Group) Power Rangers, the company that owns the rights to the Power Rangers franchise filed a lawsuit against Kunal Kandpal, a woman who allegedly uploaded videos of the recently-aired first episode of Power Rangers Super Samurai to YouTube.

SCG Power Rangers filed a takedown notice with the video streaming website, but Kandpal, who is believed to be living in India, reportedly filed a counter-notice reading:

"This video is my private Property n u cn see hw many views i get on this video people are requesting me to upload more of this video, so please get clear who the hell is jealous of my video and trying to removie it frm YouTube. [sic] I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief the material was removed due to a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled..."

The filing of the counter-notice has led to SCG Power Rangers filing both a copyright infringement suit against Kandpal, as well as for DMCA representation, a complaint that is normally filed against parties that unlawfully issue takedowns.

Fullmetal Panic! Another Novel Has Return of "That" Male Character

An image from the latest issue of Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Magazine has revealed that the upcoming fourth volume of Full Metal Panic! Another, the new spinoff novel project based on Shoji Gatoh's Full Metal Panic! light novel series, will feature the return of an individual only named in the article as "that man," who the piece states that "any FMP! fan will know." The teaser also features a silhouette of a long-haired man resembling the illustration of Kurz Weber on the cover of the tenth volume of the original novel series.

The fourth volume of Full Metal Panic! Another will feature two stories, a "Kikuno vs. Adelina" story, as well as another featuring the silhouetted man from the article. The volume is currently slated for an August 17 release.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that a new "FTA" project related to the series is in development.

Based on Shoji Gatoh's Full Metal Panic! light novel series, the Full Metal Panic! Another spinoff novel series debuted in August 2011. The story is set over a decade after the story in the original Full Metal Panic! light novels, and it centers around a boy whose destiny is changed after an encounter with a D.O.M.S. Arm Slave robot operator named Adelina.

In June 2010, the North American publisher Tokyopop revealed its plans to publish the fourth and fifth volumes of the original Full Metal Panic! novel series in 2011. Tokyopop shipped the two volumes in one book in February 2011 before announcing that it will close its North American publishing operations in May 2011. Full Metal Panic! centers around a mercenary group called Mithril on a parallel Earth in which the Cold War did not end in 1991. The final main volumes in the original novel series shipped in Japan in summer 2010.

British Olympian: Pokémon's Charizard Led Me to Judo

The news agency Reuters reported on Monday that British Olympian Ashley McKenzie began studying judo after losing a fight on a street near his house in London over a Charizard Pokémon card at age 11.

McKenzie, now 23 years old, said about the event, "This Charizard was the best card. It was my life back then."

After losing the fight and his Charizard card, McKenzie did some research and realized his attacker fought him with judo moves, and he went to a local club to learn more. At the club, he found his attacker and his Pokémon card. McKenzie noted, "we spoke, we're friends, I started judo. Obviously I got my Pokémon card back."

McKenzie will compete in the Judo event in the Olympics in London, which start on July 27.

BBC America to air DW Specials

BBC America are set to present four new original Doctor Who specials in August of this year They cover many different aspects of Doctor Who, they are as following:

The Science of Doctor Who: explores the real life science behind the biggest concepts and most iconic ideas in Doctor Who. The Science of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, August 4, 11:00 pm ET.

The Women of Doctor Who: Behind every great Time Lord there's a great woman. Whether they're busting Daleks or the Doctor's ego, the women of Doctor Who prove that you don't need testosterone to save the universe. Premieres Saturday, August 11, 9:00pm ET.

The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who: When the Doctor's around, tomorrow is yesterday, yesterday is tomorrow and 18th century France is in your fireplace. Confused yet? You've already seen it in the future. The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, August 18, 11:00pm ET.

The Destinations of Doctor Who: Leave the beach towel at home and take a trip to the end of the Earth – literally. From the Starship UK to one very haunted hotel, you won't find the destinations of Doctor Who in any guidebook. This final instalment premieres Saturday, August 25, 9:00pm ET.

DW @ 50

The fourth in our occasional series marking the 50th anniversary of events leading to the creation of a true TV legend.

The story so far. In May two BBC drama script editors had been asked to write a report identifying specific science fiction stories suitable for adapting for television.

It was on 25th July 1962, fifty years ago today, that Alice Frick and John Braybon presented their follow-up report to the Head of the Script Department at the BBC, Donald Wilson.

Science fiction was not unknown on British television at the time. In June the BBC had transmitted six half-hour episodes of a serial called The Big Pull, written by Robert Gould. Produced by Terence Dudley, the story concerned an alien invasion of earth, made possible by the return of a manned space capsule allowing the aliens to travel through the Van Allen Belt. Later in the month the sequel to the previous year's A for Andromeda, The Andromeda Breakthrough, also began a six-week run.

Meanwhile, ITV screened Dumb Martian, adapted from a story by John Wyndham, an Armchair Theatre production broadcast as a prelude to Out of this World, the first science fiction anthology series in the UK. This was commissioned by ABC's drama supervisor, Sydney Newman, a lifelong fan of science fiction, who was working out his notice at the ITV company before joining the BBC later in the year.

The report commissioned by the BBC was to investigate literary works and to see if any were suitable for adaptation for television. It was comprehensive and detailed. In the eight weeks it took to produce the report Frick and Braybon had read hundreds of science fiction stories, coming up with a short list of titles that they thought may be suitable for dramatisation on television. The two script editors were ambivalent about the appeal of science fiction, making it clear that they were not making a judgement as to whether any script should actually be produced. They were very clear that should a production be considered then it must be as realistic as possible.

They set out four main points at the top of their report. The stories must not include Bug-Eyed Monsters. The central characters must never be Tin Robots. The stories must not require large and elaborate science fiction-type settings, and they must provide an opportunity for genuine characterisation. The couple were very much of the opinion that any distraction which caused the audience to lose the belief that what they were seeing on screen was possible, would cause the drama to fail, citing some current ITV shows that they believed had failed for that reason.

They suggested two types of plot that they considered would make the best scripts for television: those dealing with telepaths, and those dealing with time travel. The latter they thought was particularly suitable as a variety of script editors could be assigned working on a number of plots.

The report went on to list seven titles that the couple considered would be suitable for television production:

Guardians of Time by Poul Anderson / Three to Conquer by Eric Frank Russell / Eternity Lost by Clifford Simak / Pictures Don't Lie by Katherine MacLean / No Woman Born by C L Moore / The Cerebrative Psittacoid by H Nearing Jr / The Ruum by Arthur Porges

The report finished by concluding that a science fiction series was a possibility which had had a varied degree of success in the past. The report would not be acted upon for another nine months.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Summer Wars Airing Tops Totoro, Spirited Away in Tweets

According to the Japanese portal site BIGLOBE's Twipple Trend service, Friday's airing of Summer Wars triggered more tweets than My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away did when those two films aired earlier this month. Summer Wars garnered an average 341,000 tweets per five minutes, while the July 6 broadcast of Spirited Away averaged 336,000, and My Neighbor Totoro's July 13 broadcast earned 340,000.

Mamoru Hosoda and Mad House's Summer Wars film began airing at 9:00 p.m., and Twipple Trend recorded the average number of tweets at five-minute intervals for about 150 minutes. Summer Wars' broadcast ended at 10:54 p.m., after triggering more than 7.8 million tweets. "Koi-koi!," a term featured in the anime's climax at about 10:50 p.m., also topped Twipple Trend's "Hot Word" tweet ranking.

The Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro's peak tweet was "Nekobus" (Catbus; blue line on graph) at 10:50 p.m. during its broadcast, while Spirited Away's peak tweet was "Haku" (red line) at 11:30 p.m. Both messages ranked below Summer Wars' peak tweet "Koi-koi!" (green line).

Even though Summer Wars' tweets peaked at the "Koi-Koi!" climax, that term was only the ninth most popular word tweeted during the film:

Rank Spirited Away My Neighbor Totoro Summer Wars
1 Haku Totoro Kazuma
2 Yubaba Mei Hanafuda
3 Chihiro Satsuki (katakana) Riichi
4 Kaonashi (No-Face) Satsuki (hiragana) Wabisuke
5 Ghibli Eva* Love Machine
6 Yatsuzaki Nekobus (Catbus) King Kazuma
7 Haku-sama Summer Wars Avatar
8 Setsuko** Ghibli OZ
9 Totoro Kanta Koi-Koi!
10 Summer Wars Piano* Natsuki

* Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo was previewed at the end of the airing with piano footage
** There is an urban legend about a girl with a striking resemblance to Grave of the Fireflies' Setsuko in Spirited Away. The girl appears alone on a bridge at about the 1:40 mark in Spirited Away.

Japanese Twitter users set a record in December when they sent 25,088 tweets per second during the re-airing of Laputa: Castle in the Sky. The record was set at the moment that the main characters Pazu and Sheeta say the spell word "balse" at the climax of the film. Fans also posted 530,000 when Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind re-aired in May.

Leeds Anime Screenings on November 11

The Leeds Comic Art Festival Thought Bubble, which runs as past of the Leeds International Film Festival, has tweeted there will be a day of anime screenings on Sunday November 11. Tickets to "Fanomenon Anime Day 2012" are available online, but with no details (as of writing) about which anime will be screened. Tickets are £15 (concessions available), the starting time is 12 p.m. noon and the only venue listed on the event page is Leeds Town Hall.

DWM 450

BBC America: DW Documentary

BBC America are to broadcast four new special documentaries in the lead-up to their premiere of the next series of Doctor Who. Forming part of their Supernatural Saturday themed evenings, the first documentary will be broadcast on Saturday 4th August:

Explore the real-life science behind the biggest concepts and most iconic ideas in the incredible Doctor Who universe.

The documentary will be preceded by repeats of last year's documentaries, Best of the Companions, Best of the Monsters and Best of the Doctor from 6:00pm.

The following weeks will see documentaries on The Women of Doctor Who (11th August), The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who (18th August), and The Destinations of Doctor Who (25th August).

DW audio news

Big Finish have now released the latest adventures for the Doctor and his companions for July; producer David Richardson said:
We’re really proud of this month’s releases. A brand new trilogy starts for the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex with Protect and Survive, and so begins a journey that will be packed with scorching surprises...

The latest Lost Story is The First Sontarans by Andrew Smith, and it's probably my favourite from the entire range. You’ll discover the secret of the Sontarans – and it's a secret so significant that I hope listeners will help us keep it under wraps until everyone gets a chance to hear it...

Finally Ian Chesterton is back in The Time Museum, caught up in a vast exhibit dedicated to... Himself. It's a glorious script from James Goss, that takes a nostalgic foray into the early days of Doctor Who.

In addition, the first episode of The First Sontarans is currently available to listen to for free, via the Big Finish podcast feed.

Protect and Survive (available to order)
by Jonathan Morris
starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Peter Oliver

If an attack with nuclear weapons is expected, you will hear the air attack warning. If you are not at home, but can get there within two minutes, do so. If you are in the open, take cover in the nearest building. If you cannot reach a building, lie flat on the ground and cover your head and your hands.

Arriving in the North of England in the late 1980s, Ace and Hex seek refuge at the home of Albert and Peggy Marsden... in the last few hours before the outbreak of World War Three.

Meanwhile, the Doctor is missing. Will there be anyone left for him to rescue, when the bombs begin to fall?
The First Sontarans (available to order)
by Andrew Smith
starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant

1872. After finding a strange signalling device on the moon, the Doctor and Peri travel to the depths of the English countryside to track down the source of its transmissions. But they're not the first aliens to arrive on the scene.

Old enemies of the Doctor are drawing their battle lines in the forest and the local humans will be lucky to escape the conflagration unscathed.

For hidden within this village is a deadly secret - a secret that could destroy the entire Sontaran race... and reveal the terrible mystery of their creation.
The Time Museum (available to order)
by James Goss
starring William Russell

"This is The Chesterton Exhibition. A series of breathtakingly faithful tableaux, painstakingly detailed to the nth degree. Dedicated to the life of that most extraordinary time traveller, Ian Chesterton!"

Ian finds himself in a shrine to his own past, and on the run with a man named Pendolin.

From Coal Hill School to Jobis Station, from Totter’s Yard to the Crusades, Ian’s history is unfolding.

And a confrontation with a deadly enemy with a voracious appetite awaits…

People update

Talking about sport and acting, Matt Smith said: "One of the things about playing a sportsman and learning about the psychology and mentality of sport is that there are so many parallels between that world and the world that I inhabit. There's practice for one thing and that sense of discipline and preparation. But it's also about sacrifice. If you want to give it a good go, you've got to make some sacrifices and be as dedicated as you can be. Particularly with Doctor Who; it's two or three hours of line-learning a night." He also ruefully commented: "I'd love to play football now. Everyone at work plays on Tuesdays, but they won't let me. I guess it's the insurance companies and, realistically, if I turn my ankle over and we can't shoot, then we're screwed, aren't we? You just can't. It's a small price to pay." [Radio Times, 21-27 Jul 2012]

Karen Gillan may have just finished working with Steven Moffat but her connection with the name continues as she heads to the Scottish town of Moffat to film the rom-com Not Another Happy Ending. Film crews will also be shooting in Glasgow. [Dumfries & Galloway Standard, 20 Jul 2012]

John and Carole Barrowman's novel The Hollow Earth is to be made into a television series. The rights have been taken up by Zodiak Kids UK and the show is being developed by its production company The Foundation. The writing duo said: "We are so thrilled to have our TV rights in such good hands, we can’t wait to see all of Matt and Em's wild adventures and all their art come to life for viewers." [WorldScreen, Licensing, 19 Jul 2012]

Billie Piper has pulled out of the forthcoming production of BBC Three comedy series Tom and Jenny in order to concentrate on her family. [Express, 16 Jul 2012]

Author Mark Morris visited a school in Selby to chat about writing, with the classes encouraged to design and create their own Doctor Who monsters! School receptionist Ellen Briggs said: "For every Doctor Who enthusiast among the children and staff it was a dream visit.", whilst pupil Caitlin added: "It was really interesting to find out about the Doctor Who books. [Selby Times, 14 Jul 2012]

Artist and illustrator Alister Pearson is urging people to contact him if anyone tries to sell paintings that are attributed to him. Pearson, who has done numerous covers for Doctor Who books, magazines, and videos, is seeking to verify their authenticity before they are bought. Anyone who sees any of his artwork for sale or is offered the chance to buy it should contact him first on alister@alisterpearson.co.uk.

DW book news

Bigger Inside Press have announced that a new book is to be compiled for release during the show's 50th Anniversary year, and the authors are soliciting material from contributors:

Seeking Original DOCTOR WHO Essays For 50th Anniversary Book!

2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the debut of Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi show on television. To commemorate this historic milestone, Bigger Inside Press is compiling The Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Reader, a collection of insightful and entertaining essays about the greatest show in the galaxy! Spearheaded by Don J. Krouskop, author of the acclaimed best seller The Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Trivia Quiz (2011 BearManor Media), this volume will contain the best critical, expository, and anecdotal writing on this amazing program ever penned by its loyal fans.

If you'd like to contribute to this historic tome (and get paid for writing about Doctor Who!), you can submit your original essay via email. It can be a review of your favorite story or season, a general overview of the series, a retrospective of cast & crew, an exploration of the show's deeper themes, a personal memory of the show and its impact on your life, or just about anything else Doctor Who-related that catches your fancy (NO FAN FICTION!). Submissions should be between 2500 - 8000 words in length. Authors whose entries are selected will receive a royalty of 5% of net sales of the book.

Don't miss out on this chance to contribute to a once in a lifetime publication!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Go-Busters Episode 23 to Air Commercial Free This Sunday

TOEI's official Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters page have revealed that will be airing “Mission 23:Those Who Follow Their Intent” commercial free next week to make way for the London Olympics, ending a few minutes earlier.

It has been confirmed that Kamen Rider Fourze will not be airing due to that very same reason. It will return on August 5th for the series' 45th episode. This will be Fourze's fourth to the last episode, before the airing of Kamen Rider Wizard this September 2nd.

Fourze, Go-Busters Film Press Conference Video Streamed

English Video Game Actors Join Disney's Wreck-It Ralph Cast

Disney's upcoming animated video game adventure comedy Wreck-It Ralph will enlist a number of familiar voices to reprise their video game roles.

Appearing in the film is Sonic the Hedgehog, as voiced in English by Roger Craig Smith. Smith has also lent his voice to Resident Evil (Biohazard)'s Chris Redfield and Ezio from Assassin's Creed. Members of the Street Fighter IV dub cast are reuniting to reprise their respective roles in the film as well. Gerald C. Rivers (M. Bison), Reuben Langdon (Ken), and Kyle Hebert (Ryu) all have credited appearances in the movie. Langdon also voiced Dante in the Devil May Cry video game and the anime's English dub. Hebert has voiced adult Gohan in Dragon Ball GT and the character's respective video game appearances, as well as Kiba Inuzuka in the Naruto anime and game adaptations.

The movie will also feature characters from Q*bert, Paperboy, and Pac-Man.

The story follows Ralph (John C. Reilly), an 8-bit video game "bad guy" who decides to travel through the interconnected world of the arcade to change his fate and become a hero.

The film will open throughout North America on November 2.

anga Entertainment Announcements at Manchester MCM Expo

The website UK Anime Network has reported the following announcements from Jerome Mazandarani's noon panel at Manchester MCM Expo on Manga Entertainment's new releases and acquisitions.

- Manga has acquired Guilty Crown both for Blu-ray and DVD.

- Aria the Scarlet Ammo and Jormungand have also been licensed.

- Fractale is licensed, and comes out on DVD on December 10.

- Freezing is licensed for December. (This title was confirmed by Manga on twitter.)

- There are three releases due on December 24: the first Berserk feature film (Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago); the Gintama feature film (DVD only); and Persona 4 The Animation (DVD/Blu-ray).

- The World God Only Knows is confirmed for October 1.

- Chaos;HEAd and the second volume of Blue Exorcist are both scheduled for October 22.

- Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ comes to DVD/Blu-ray on December 3.

Scotland Loves Anime To Screen Two Berserk Films Plus Sunrise's Nerawareta Gakuen

The current SFX Anime Special magazine, entitled The Ultimate Guide to Anime reports on the first confirmed titles for this year's Scotland Loves Anime event in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The films will include the first two parts of the new Berserk cinema trilogy, as well as Sunrise's adaptation of the SF novel Nerawareta Gakuen. The Cinema Today website streamed a 30-second teaser video for the film (see above), featuring the creator group supercell's opening theme song.

Other Scotland Loves Anime titles confirmed so far are the new HD remaster of Ninja Scroll, and Makoto Shinkai's Journey to Agartha (aka Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below.) The article indicates that further screenings, and guests for both Glasgow and Edinburgh sessions of the event, are awaiting confirmation.

The Berserk films are based on the "Golden Age" arc in Kentaro Miura's epic dark fantasy, previously adapted in the 1997 Berserk TV series by the Mad House studio. The first two films are Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King), released in Japanese cinemas in February 2012; and Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen II: Doldrey Kōryaku (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Doldrey War), which followed in June.

Nerawareta Gakuen, produced by Sunrise's Studio 8 (My-HiME, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Accel World) is due for release in Japan this Fall. According to the magazine, it will open in Japan this October, the same month as the Scotland Loves Anime event. The film adapted from a children's SF novel, which has already inspired four live-action television adaptations and two live-action films.

The story is set in Abeno 6th Middle School, a prep school attended by the main character Kōji Seki. The school puts a high emphasis on studying, but the resulting stress leads to unruly students. Michiru Takamizawa is elected the student council president, and she begins ruling over the school with a brutal iron fist. Kōji rises up against Michiru, and Kazumi Kusumoto joins him in the battle with the student council.

Scotland Loves Anime will also screen a "mystery" film at the Edinburgh weekend, and short anime works including Combustible by Katsuhiro Otomo and Tsukumo by Shuhei Morita (Freedom).

The event will run at the Glasgow Film Theatre from 12-14 October, and at the Edinburgh Filmhouse from 19-21 October.

Clarification - While the phrasing of the magazine article suggests that only the first Berserk film will be shown, ANN has confirmed with Scotland Loves Anime that actually the first and second films will both be shown.

Universal Studios Japan Offers One Piece Dishes, Chopper Face Paint

The Universal Studios Japan amusement park has announced that they will offer food dishes and face paint inspired by Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga as a part of the promotional campaign for their 2012 "One Piece Premier Show" live performance. Both the Premier Show and the various promotions will run from July 7 to September 9.

As part of its special menu, the park will offer dishes including a "Tony Tony Chopper Popcorn Bucket" for 2,480 yen (about US$32) and a "Wise Sayings of the Mugiwara Crew Pizza" that features quotes from the series printed on strips of roasted seaweed for 4,000 yen (about US$50).

The park's Hollywood Movie Makeup store will also be offering special face paint inspired by One Piece's Chopper character for 2000 yen (about US$25).

Tickets to the One Piece Premier Show bundled together with an entry pass to the park is 8,900 yen (about US$113) for adults and 6,200 yen (about US$79) for children for "premier seats," and 7,900 yen (about US$100) for adults and 5,200 yen (about US$66) for children for "regular seats."

My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies Blu-rays November 12

ANN has confirmed with StudioCananl that the Studio Ghibli classics My Neighbor Totoro (left) and Grave of the Fireflies (right) will each appear in Blu-ray/DVD packs on November 12. The films were respectively directed by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and first appeared as a double-bill in Japanese cinemas in 1988.

As reported on the UK Anime Network site, the new editions are already listed on the play.com website. Both films are already available as UK DVDs.

My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies Blu-rays November 12

Princess Mononoke Stage Play Already Sold Out

The Whole Hog Theatre company has tweeted that its upcoming stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki's anime film Princess Mononoke has sold out in under 72 hourse.

The play will be performed at London's New Diorama Theatre at 7:30 p.m. from April 2 to April 6, 2013. Asked if there were any plans to tour the play, Whole Hog replied, "Keep your eyes glued to our website in case any more news comes up."

The project has been in development for over a year, in cooperation with Studio Ghibli. The stage performances will feature giant puppets made from recycled materials as well as original live music.

Anime on Demand Streaming Lagrange's Second Season

The website Anime on Demand is now streaming the first two episodes of the second season of Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne, also known as Rinne no Lagrange - Flower declaration of your heart. The site tweeted that Anime on Demand "will be back on schedule next week."

In the first season, a girl called Madoka is recruited by another girl, Lan, to pilot the robot "Vox" and protect her city from space invaders. They are joined by a third girl, Muginami, who has a different goal than Ran.

Tatsuo Sato (Martian Successor Nadesico) serves as the chief director, while Toshimasa Suzuki (Sōkyū no Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Heaven and Earth) is the series director. Production I.G is credited with the original story, while Xebec (Broken Blade) is producing the animation. Haruyuki Morisawa (Dream Club, To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku) drew the key visual art for the anime. The car company Nissan is creating the robot designs.

The Bonichi Shimbun paper reported that the second series will run for 12 episodes to July to September.

New SFX Magazine Anime Special Released

The British SF/fantasy magazine SFX has released its new special about anime and manga today, Friday July 20, entitled The Ultimate Guide to Anime. The cover price is £7.99. The 122-page magazine comes with a DVD containing two episodes of Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts; a double-sided Fullmetal Alchemist poster; and three Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW art cards.

The magazine's cover story is on Dragon Ball Z. It also includes articles about the Toei Animation studio, Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, cosplay, anime simulcasts, Blood-C and others.

This is the sixth anime special published by SFX over the years.

DW Movie update

Matt Smith has ruled himself out of appearing in a big-screen version of the show. Speaking to Collider at last week's Comic-Con the actor explained:
For my money, whoever is playing the Doctor should be in the movie. I don't think there should be two Doctors. I think it would take four or five years to get something like that off the ground, and I don't anticipate that I'll be playing the Doctor then. My skin and the aging process couldn’t take it. But, I don't see any reason why it couldn't work. I think they should get Steven to write it because he’s the best.

Meanwhile, Steven Moffat re-iterated that any film version of Doctor Who will not be a separate entity to the current television series. Speaking to Airlock Alpha at the same event, the show's lead writer commented:
There will not come a time when there's a separate kind of Doctor Who. What was talked about there was that there would be a separate Doctor and a different continuity. Of course it won't. That would be silly. Everyone knows that's silly. The BBC knows that's silly, and is not going to do that.

The likelihood of an alternative film version of the show was promoted by director David Yates back in November when he told Variety that BBC Worldwide Productions were undertaking the project and writers were being considered for a version that "would start from scratch".


The man behind the Fifth Doctor's costume, Colin Lavers, has died.

Colin Lavers was a costume designer for the BBC. In 1982 he was scheduled to work on the Doctor Who story Four To Doomsday, which just happened to be the first story recorded by Peter Davison, and therefore the realisation of the Fifth Doctor's costume became his responsibility.

The cricket motif came out of discussions with Davison and producer John Nathan-Turner, who insisted the question-mark lapels sported by Tom Baker's Doctor should remain.

Lavers was also the costume designer on the 20th-anniversary story, The Five Doctors, which gave him the responsibility of creating costumes for a large number of Doctor Who alumni, some of whom had not been seen on television in colour before. He also worked on the 1978 story The Power of Kroll and the 1983 story The King's Demons.

Other productions in his long career included EastEnders, Last of the Summer Wine and Judge John Deed.

The future of BBC TV centre

BBC Television Centre in London will remain a key broadcasting centre under a deal signed by the Corporation today.

The future of the iconic building had been in jeopardy ever since the BBC announced it was selling the Centre as part of its plans to reduce its property holdings by 30%. Television Centre was built towards the end of the Fifties as the BBC's first purpose-built television complex and was where some of the most recognised and respected British television programmes were made. It was the home of Doctor Who throughout the '70s and '80s when every single studio-based story, bar one, was shot at the Centre.

The BBC today completed the sale of the Centre for £200m to Stanhope Plc, a development company based in London and the south-east. The company has over 30 years' experience as developer, development partner and development manager. During this time it has been wholly or jointly responsible for the delivery of commercial projects in excess of £10bn of commercial value. Recent projects include Central Saint Giles, 23 Savile Row and AirW1, as well as headquarter offices for NM Rothschild and Unilever.

Following redevelopment the BBC's commercial arms BBC Studios and Post Production and BBC Worldwide will lease refurbished office and entertainment space in the completed scheme. The listed elements of Television Centre will be retained and enhanced, including the instantly recognisable exterior view, and some studios, including Studio 1, will be available for hire as television production facilities.

The rest of the site will be developed to include a mix of uses including leisure, office and residential. BBC Chief Operating Officer Caroline Thomson, who oversaw the sale, said: 
This is an exciting deal both for the BBC and for London. Working with Stanhope we will build a new creative hub in west London. It marks a critical step in the transformation of the BBC's property portfolio and the delivery of great value to licence fee payers.
David Camp, chief executive of Stanhope Plc, said: 
We are looking forward to working with the BBC to deliver a vibrant, mixed-use scheme for the Television Centre site. We will preserve and enhance the much-loved iconic buildings surrounding the forecourt for workspace, hotel and residential uses.

DW experience news

Today saw the official opening of the Doctor Who Experience to the public take place at its new home in Cardiff Bay.

A special ceremony marked the event, with a young visitor dressed as the Eleventh Doctor (complete with fez) given the honour of cutting the ribbon to open the Experience, and a Dalek, Cybermen, Silent and Silurian were on hand to greet visitors and pose for photos.

DW @50 New Job role announced

As the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who approaches, the first indication of special programmes to celebrate the milestone has surfaced with a recent advertisement by BBC Careers for a new producer, stating that a "passion for drama and a knowledge of Doctor Who is essential," and that the applicant should preferably have knowledge of period drama.

The role is for a single drama on BBC Two, with the producer based at the new Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff Bay for a five-month term. Full details of the position included the following:
You will be producing high-quality, cost-effective drama and will be accountable for the delivery of the drama on time and within the agreed editorial brief and production budget. One of your main responsibilities will be to help develop the script to the highest standards as well as encouraging, fostering and developing creative talent and ability on behalf of the Drama Department.

You will need drama-producing experience. A passion for drama and a knowledge of Doctor Who is essential.

Ideally the successful candidate will have a wide-ranging knowledge of the television drama production processes, preferably including period drama and use of CGI, and an understanding of the jobs of programme and resource personnel who are engaged to complete the production.
No other details of the post are known at present, but "docudramas" following iconic careers and film/TV developments have become common in recent years. The possibility of Doctor Who becoming such a subject was broached on The Graham Norton Show back on 11th February, when actor/writer Mark Gatiss was asked if he was involved in such a project - to which he avoided a direct answer to the question and said "I'm writing on the back of my hand, now, what a good idea that would be!" Gatiss previously contributed to 1999's Doctor Who Night on BBC2, including a spoof documentary on commissioning the series, The Pitch of Fear.

Applications for the role closed on Wednesday.

Friday, 20 July 2012

DW @ SDCC 2012

This past weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con two Doctor Who panel discussions proved to be immensely popular.
The first occurred Saturday night at the Nerd HQ event hosted by actor Zachary Levi. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill casually talked about their experiences on the show, the upcoming 50th anniversary, and sang an impromptu rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Matt Smith also spoke of his love for Patrick Troughton, and his dream episode would be to have their respective Doctors meet.

The next day, 6500 fans packed the Inside Doctor Who panel held in Hall H for the opportunity to see Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner. The moderator for the event was Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist.

Among the subjects discussed was the upcoming season, where clips from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy were screened.

Of Asylum of the Daleks, Karen Gillan had this to say:
I've never been massively scared of them before...I like them because they're iconic, but they've never scared me before. They did in this episode.
However, the real focus was given to the upcoming departure of Amy and Rory in episode five. But, Matt Smith summed up the series as a whole:
This show isn't about us. The show is the star. Each week it can be anything...The heartbeat of the show is in the quality of the writing.
The Q & A portion yielded interesting information. As for a multi-Doctor episode, Moffat said he flat out wasn't going to tell the crowd. But, when asked the answer to the the Doctor's name he replied:

It's been there from the start. He never gives his name...It's a tremendously important question. But I know why, and you will find out the truth.
For further info on the panels please visit BBC America, Radio Times, Examiner.com, and Screen Crave.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Kamen Rider Fourze, Go-Busters Live-Action Films' Promo Streamed

The Cinema Today website began streaming a promotional video for the Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Minna de Uchū Kitā! (Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Everyone, Space Is Here!) and Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters the Movie: Tokyo Enetower o Mamore! (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters the Movie: Protect the Tokyo Enetower!) live-action special-effects films on Wednesday. Both films will premiere in Japan on August 4.

The title character from Kamen Rider Wizard, the latest tokusatsu (live-action special-effects) series in the long-running Kamen Rider franchise, will debut in Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Minna de Uchū Kitā!. Inspired by the Kamen Rider Fourze television series, the story begins when Space Ironmen threaten Earth. The Kamen Rider Club must travel to space and join forces with the space technology development organization OSTO Legacy to defeat the planet's attackers. However, the Alicia Federation that created the monsters and its mysterious agent Inga Blink stand in the the Kamen Rider Club's way.

Based on the Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters tokusatsu television series, the 36th installment in the Super Sentai franchise, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters the Movie: Tokyo Enetower o Mamore!'s story follows the Go-Busters team as they protect Tokyo Enetower from Vaglass. The evil organization tries to obtain the energy source Enetron and threatens humankind's peace. The Vaglass agent Enter's creation Steamloid makes Buddyloid robots rust, preventing them from fighting with the Go-Busters. Unable to use Buddyloids in Buster Machines, the team has to find a way to defeat Vaglass begore it can attack humans again.

People who order advance tickets for the films will receive either a Kamen Rider Fourze or a Red Buster roller stamp. People who see the films in theaters will also receive two Kamen Rider Wizard and Red Buster cards.

Ninja Scroll U.K. Blu-ray Moved Back to November 26

Fetch Publicity confirmed the following to ANN:

Due to unforeseen circumstances Manga UK has been forced to push back the release date of Ninja Scroll to the 26th November 2012.
Manga are delighted to be releasing this anime classic on Blu-ray for the first time and would like to thank fans for their patience and support.

Manga had previously scheduled Yoshiaki Kawajiri's classic anime action feature film on Blu-ray on October 15. It will be in a limited edition steelbook, exclusive to the U.K.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tokumei sentai ep list synopsis

Next week, it will mark Ayame Misaki's return in tokusatsu as the avatar, Escape in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. Will she work along with Enter, or work on her own, for Messiah? Let's see in the coming episodes!

Mission 22: Beautiful Avatar: Escape - 07/22
Gobusters receives an email that there is a Enetron robbery occurring at a hotel so the team were dispatched. It turns out that it was a prank made by children, but during this course, Escape makes her appearance.

Escape takes advantage of the misdirection and holds her own "game". Back at the base, Ryuuji found out that the email were originslly made by elementary school students. Surprisingly, Messiah will create his own Metaloid this time to defeat the Go-Busters.

Mission 23: N/A - 07/29
Commander Kuroki heard a cheerful voice from his receiver. It's Yoko's birthday! She will be turning 17 years old, and the team needs to come and celebrate with her. Nick prepared for her birthday party. While they try to enjoy this special occasion, it was abruptly cut off by an attack from both Enter and Escape.

Super Hero Max 2012 to air this August

Inline with the Kamen Rider Fourze and Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters summer films, TV-Asahi had announced that they will be airing a tokusatsu special this August, entitled “Super Hero Max 2012.”

The special will air discussions featuring the Super Hero Time tv series. A “Super Hero Max Navi” hosted by Gokaiger heroines, Yui Koike and Mao Ichimichi, will air to introduce the Super Hero Max 2012 special presentation. Meanwhile, Yudai Chiba will be discussing highlights of the Tensou Sentai Goseigers EPIC on the Movie.

Apart from the discussions, TV-Asahi will also be re-airing episodes from Super Sentai series, and Kamen Rider director's cut films. The line up are as follows:

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Episodes 1-20 (talk)
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Episode 1-12 (catch-up)
Tensou Sentai Goseiger: EPIC on the MOVIE
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: The Fateful War
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger vs Go-Onger: Silver Screen BANG!
Kamen Rider W FOREVER: AtoZ / Gaia Memories of Fate and DC
Kamen Rider Blade Episode 1-12 (catch-up)
Kamen Rider Chou Den-O Trilogy
Kamen Rider Blade: Missing Ace Director's Cut
Kamen Rider Decade & W: Movie Wars 2010 Director's Cut
Super Hero Max 2012 will air starting this August 4th.

Discotek Adds Lupin Special 'Never Before Released in U.S.'

North American home video distributor Discotek Media revealed on Tuesday that it acquired "a never before released in the U.S. [Lupin III] special." Discotek revealed the acquisition at the end of its announcement of the separate license for Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo. Discotek will announce the title of the Lupin III special "later this year."

The North American home video distributor Discotek Media confirmed with ANN on Tuesday that it will release the Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo film. The company will release the film on DVD in 2013 with four different English dubs, including the dub from Geneon Entertainment, Streamline Pictures, Manga Entertainment UK, and TOHO. The release will also include a Japanese audio track with English subtitles.

The 1978 film Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo film was last released on DVD by Geneon Entertainment in 2003 (pictured at right). TMS Entertainment began streaming the film on Hulu with the dub from Geneon in January.

Zipangu Experimental Film Festival Returns to London September 14 to 16 Read more at http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/2012-07-18/zipangu-experimental-film-festival-returns-to-london-september-14-to-16#bUvcMEuJaiSaMlKJ.99

The Zipangu festival, which showcases avant garde Japanese cinema and animation, has announced its third event will run in London from September 14 to 16. The venue for 2012 will be the Cinema Museum in Kennington, near Elephant and Castle tube station (map).

According to the press release, the new event will feature the return of the Beyond Anime section, featuring independent, experimental, Japanese animation. There will also be a strand called Reel Zipangu, "a tribute to the legacy of celluloid in a rapidly digitalising world. With the majority of our screenings from 16mm or 35mm film, including several screenings of as yet unseen rarities, Reel Zipangu aims to celebrate the very physical essence of celluloid film."

Another strand will examine Japan's Brazilian immigrant community.

The full programme will be announced at a "soon to be revealed" event at the Prince Charles Cinema on August 22. As with last year's Zipangu Festival, the programme will tour venues in the U.K. following the London screenings.

Read more at http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/2012-07-18/zipangu-experimental-film-festival-returns-to-london-september-14-to-16#bUvcMEuJaiSaMlKJ.99

DW @ SDCC 2012

Matt smith in bert and dickie TX Date

Bert and Dickie - the 1948 Olympic rowing drama starring Matt Smith - is to be broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday 25th July at 8.30pm.

Written by William Ivory and directed by David Blair, the 90-minute production, filmed last August, tells the true story of chalk-and-cheese scullers Bert Bushnell, played by Smith, and Dickie Burnell (Sam Hoare), who were paired to row for Great Britain in the double sculls event a matter of weeks before the event at the 1948 Games in London.

Also appearing in the drama are Geoffrey Palmer, Alexandra Moen, Clive Merrison, Ron Cook, and Graham Padden.