Friday, 29 November 2013

Anime Limited Licenses Patema Inverted for Cinema, Blu-ray and DVD

Anime Limited confirmed on its website that it has licensed the feature film Patema Inverted for the U.K. It will have a limited cinema release, as well as a release "as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD with a regular release of the film on Blu-ray and DVD at a later date."
During the stage introduction to Patema Inverted's screening at Scotland Loves Anime in Edinburgh, it was announced that the film had been picked up in the U.K. However, the identity of the licensor was not given.
Patema Inverted begins in an underground world where tunnels extend everywhere. Patema, a teenage girl, loves to explore the tunnels. On one exploration, though, she plunges into an abyss and finds herself in an astonishingly different world.
The film is directed by Time of Eve and Pale Cocooncreator Yasuhiro Yoshiura. The trailer below debuted on Yahoo! Movies Japan.

Japanese Study Guide App Mixes Manga and Anime

Osaka-based company Wao Corp. has put together a new app for foreigners looking to study Japanese. The Android and iOS application takes original manga and animated sequences to deliver a new way to learn Japanese.
The JLPT Prep N4&N5 app follows Australian protagonist Emma as she goes about her day-to-day life in Japan. The app teaches 500 everyday phrases with 60 minutes of animation and over two hours of lessons. The app unlocks new features and players are able to collect anime character cards throughout the game for successfully completing lessons and answering questions.
"JLPT Prep" refers to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, the largest-scale Japanese-language test in the world. It is sometimes used in employment screenings, evaluations for promotions, and pay raises for non-native Japanese speakers.
The app first went on sale in July and is now offered in over 80 countries and is downloaded at 1,000 times per week.

The Wolf Children U.K. Special Edition

Video shows creation of the packaging and art cards for the Collector's Blu-ray Edition, released December 23.

Manga Entertainment has released a video on youtube, showing the creation of the packaging and art cards for its upcoming Collector's Blu Ray edition of Mamoru Hosoda's film The Wolf Children. It will go on sale on December 23.
Manga UK has also released a trailer for the film on youtube, below, which uses the dubbed soundtrack. 

Manga Entertainment to Release Magi on Blu-ray and DVD in February

Manga Entertainment has confirmed on its twitter feed that it will release Season 1 Part 1 of Magi - The Labyrinth of Magicon both Blu-ray and DVD, on February 24. The website UK Anime Network reported that Amazon UK is listing the anime. Manga told ANN, "It's a Viz Media Europe release that we are distributing on their behalf in the UK."
Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic, based on Shinobu Ohtaka's fantasy adventure manga, re-imagines tales from the classic story One Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights). Director Koji Masunari (Read or DieWelcome to THE SPACE SHOW) helmed the 25-episode anime adaptation at A-1 PicturesToshifumi Akai (Kokoro ConnectSound of the Sky) served as the character designer and chief animation director, and Hiroyuki Yoshino (Accel WorldGuilty Crown,My-HiME) handled the scripts. Shiro Sagisu (Bleach,Evangelion, Berserk films) composed the music.
The manga also inspired a sequelMagi - The Kingdom of Magic, currently running in Japan.

Toyota Aqua Uses Hatsune Miku Song for TV Commerc

The Toyota Corolla may be the official car of Hatsune Miku, but that doesn't mean the company doesn't want her support for their other models, too.
Recently, Toyota has been running a new ad for the Toyota Aqua (sold in the US as the Toyota Prius c) that uses a piano arrangement of Hatsune Miku's "Senbonzakura." Originally produced by black rabbit P, the song was first published on Niconico in 2011 and has received over 6.7 million views.
The piano arrangement used in the commercial is performed by Japanese artist Marasy, whose album V-box includes piano arrangements of several Vocaloid singles, including "Senbonzakura."
Toyota asked Marasy to re-record his version of "Senbonzakura" for the ad, spending over four hours in the studio where he watched and re-watched the ad to find the most appropriate arrangement.
Here's the Toyota spot:
Here's the original Hatsune Miku version of "Senbonzakura" for comparison.
Here's a video of Marasy playing a piano cover of "Senbonzakura."

Akumakon Convention in Galway January 17 to 19

The Galway convention Akumakon will hold its fourth event from January 17 to 19 at the National University of Ireland. Pre-reg tickets are available here until December 31. Tickets are €20 pre-reg or €25 on the door. (Buyers of pre-reg tickets do not need to print anything out, but they should bring a form of photo ID to the event - see link for details. The information on the photo ID must match the information on the booking form.)
Guests include Hirokatsu Kihara, who was involved with NausicaƤ of the Valley of WindLaputa: Castle in the SkyKiki's Delivery ServiceMy Neighbor TotoroGundam Seed and Code Geass. He has also written his own manga. (Kihara co-presented a talk at the previous Akumakon event in January 2013.)

PR Super megaforce app

Someone hacked the Ranger Key App, and got these pics, they got live-action full size of Rangers, helmets and Ranger Keys pics. There is also Titanium Ranger, Magna Defender and Blue Senturion but no Ranger Keys of them. All the sixth Rangers are there but out of the Extra Heroes, Wolf Warrior, White Mystic, Kat Ranger, Sentinel Knight, Dai Shi and Camile are missing so maybe they will be added later. Biggest surprise is Ninjor.The Ninjaman key will be released in Japan along with the Metal Heroes keys. The Gokaiger never became Ninjaman so most likely we wont see it on the show but cool theyll be making the toy.
More about the app:

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers:

Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers:



 Blue Senturion's helmet and full body pic is there but no Ranger Key, he got one in Japan so he should get one....
In Space:

Lost Galaxy:

Magna Defender got a helmet and full body pic but no Ranger Key, he had one in Japan so he should get one.


 Titanium Ranger had a helmet pic and full body pic.

PR Super megaforce in Macy day thanksgiving parade

Someone on Twitter says a Yellow Ranger fell but I dont see that. Is it my imagination or is the MM Green Ranger's helmet all green?




DW debated in the House of Lords

Tributes have been paid to Doctor Who in the House of Lords, the upper house of the UK Parliament. 

The debate was That this House takes note of the contribution of broadcast media to the United Kingdom economy, moved by Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, a Liberal Democrat peer who has worked for both the BBC and Channel 4. 

In the debate Baroness Grender, in her maiden speech, referred to Doctor Who and its record breaking weekend.
This debate necessarily starts with the record we have in public service broadcasting, of which the cornerstone is the BBC. BBC Worldwide is the largest TV programme distributor outside the major US studios, and its impact on the reputation of the United Kingdom overseas is one which increases our ability to trade worldwide and way beyond broadcasting. My noble friend Lady Bonham-Carter’s timing for this debate is perfect, following the amazing weekend marking the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Simulcast in 94 countries, setting a Guinness world record, with record-breaking figures in America, it was event TV drama at its best, delivered around the globe. That thrill of seeing all the Doctors saving Gallifrey is something my eight year-old son will remember until the 100th anniversary.
Lord Birt, former BBC Director General John Birt, also paid tribute to The Doctor.
Our comic, eccentric and very British superhero, Doctor Who, who rightly has been much mentioned today, reached 50 last Saturday with a near-simultaneous broadcast in 94 different countries, as the noble Baroness, Lady Grender, mentioned. Nothing like that has ever happened before.
Baroness Humphreys, who is President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, paid tribute to the BBC investment in Wales, in particular at the drama centre of excellence on Cardiff Bay.
Programmes such as Doctor WhoMerlin and Sherlock and many others have been produced in Cardiff over a number of years but they are now produced in the BBC’s new drama facility in the recently built drama village at Roath Lock in the Porth Teigr, or Tiger Bay, area of Cardiff Bay. The drama studios there are the length of three football pitches, and more than 600 actors, camera operators and technicians are employed there—all, of course, contributing to the local economy.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble mentioned the weekend global simulcast.
Your Lordships have already mentioned Doctor Who. Its 50th anniversary special has just had a record-breaking global simultaneous broadcast—I am informed by officials that it is called a simulcast—that reached 94 countries across all the continents.
In closing the debate Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury looked back to the past and directed a question directly at Lord Grade, previous Director of Programmes at the BBC Michael Grade.
Finally, as Doctor Who has dominated the debate and I see my noble friend Lord Grade in his seat, I cannot resist wondering whether, had he known that Sylvester McCoy would regenerate into John Hurt, he would still have cancelled the programme? 
Lord Grade nodded vigorously to indicate the affirmative. 

The full debate can be viewed via the Parliament TV site and the transcript is available from Hansard.