Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sentai Filmworks Announces Watamote English Dub Cast

Sentai Filmworks announced the full English dub cast forWATAMOTE on Wednesday. The series will ship on Blu-ray and DVD on August 26. The cast, directed by Emily Neves, includes:
Sentai Filmworks describes the story:
At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she's easily the most popular girl around! The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and romance shows. In fact, the sad truth is that she gets tongue tied just talking to people, and throughout middle school she's only had one actual friend. All of this makes Kuroki's entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school a new and special kind of hell.
While Kuroki desperately wants to be popular, she's actually worse off than she would be if she was completely clueless as to how to go about it. After all, the things that work in "otome" games rarely play out the same way in reality, especially when the self-appointed "leading lady" isn't the paragon she thinks she is. There's not much gain and plenty of pain ahead, but even if it happens again and again, there's always someone else to blame!
The 12-episode anime series ran last summer and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

Funimation Announces A Certain Magical Index II Dub Cast

Funimation announced the English dub cast for its home videorelease of A Certain Magical Index II on Wednesday. The dubwill premiere at Baltimore's Otakon convention on August 8-10.
The cast includes:
Funimation describes the story:
When science and sorcery clash, the result is explosive in this sequel to A Certain Magical Index from the studio that brought you Shakugan no Shana! The Book of the Law—an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic—has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition—and drama—in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.
The series will be released in two DVD and Blu-ray combo packs. The first release will include episodes 1-13 and is slated for release on October 14. Funimation began streaming the series on January 14. The company also licensed the A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion film.

Anime Production Companies, Manga Publishers Crack Down on Piracy

The Japanese government, along with 15 anime production companies and manga publishers, will initiate an anti-piracy campaign, focusing predominately on China, next month. The Cultural Affairs Agency estimates a loss of 560 billion (about US$5.5 billion) yen to Chinese piracy in major cities in 2012. The Ministry of Economy estimated damages of two trillion yen (US$19.6 billion) from America in 2013.
The enforcement will begin on Friday and span five months. It will cover 500 manga titles and 80 anime titles with online reading, storage, video sharing, and torrent sites marked as specific targets. The companies and government will begin sending requests for content removal on Friday to about 580 identified violators.
The companies involved, as well as Japan's Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA), and Tokyo Otaku Mode also started the "Manga Anime Guardians" project (MAG) in order to protect manga and anime content overseas. The project's website, which opened on Wednesday, provides a search engine for manga and anime titles and then directs users to legal avenues to obtain them.
The project uploaded a "thank you" movie with anime characters expressing their gratitude with music by Yoko IshidaSayaka SasakiChihiro Yonekura, and JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama.

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DW and Ebay

With less than a month until the début of the twelfth Doctor, online marketplace ebay has compiled a list of the top ten Doctors by merchandise sales on the site. 

Top of the list is Doctor number four, Tom Baker, whose seven year tenure in the role created enough memorabilia to outsell the other Doctors by 203%. 

The most recent Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith fall into second and third place, while Peter Capaldi, who has so far only had a minute on screen, comes in an number 10. 

For collectors, Sylvester McCoy – the seventh Doctor – is the most lucrative, yielding the greatest individual return. Items related to his brief stint sell with the highest value, with prices for his figurine peaking at £565. 

Top 10 Doctors by sales
  1. Tom Baker
  2. David Tennant
  3. Matt Smith
  4. William Hartnell
  5. Paul McGann
  6. Patrick Troughton
  7. Sylvester McCoy
  8. Colin Baker
  9. Peter Davison
  10. Peter Capaldi
eBay Spokesperson, Laura Wilkinson-Rea says,
It really speaks to Tom Baker’s iconic Doctor Who status that he continues to outsell the other Doctors. It also seems like the Universe is safe for now as the Doctors are far outselling the baddies. For example, currently lists 200,000 items of Doctor Who merchandise - totally dwarfing the Dalek’s 14,000. We’d be fascinated to see what spin Malcolm Tucker would put on this!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Gets TV Interview on Good Morning Texas

Voice actors Christopher Sabat (Vegeta) and Jason Douglas (Beerus) appeared on WFAA's morning program Good Morning Texas with a slew of Dragon Ball Z fans to discuss Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The actors' respective characters faced off in a recent released dub clip, but the actors seemed cordial on TV regardless of how their characters might feel towards each other.
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Brings Nostalgia to the Big Screen

Tickets for the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods North American film screenings are now on sale through the official English website. Screenings start on Tuesday, August 5 in nearly 800 theaters.
Funimation describes the story:
Following the events from the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of the series will be delighted to know that Battle of Gods is an original work from Dragon Ball creator, himself, Akira Toriyama.
The September issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine announced on Saturday that a new Dragon Ball Z movie will open during the Golden Week string of holidays next spring. Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay and character designs of the new movie "that the entire universe eagerly awaits!!"

Animax Adds Persona 4 The Golden Animation

In a press release, the Animax UK site announced that it will add the series Persona 4 the Golden AnimationAniplex USA describes the story:
Spring. Far from the city, time flows peacefully in this rural town.
As the cherry blossoms scatter in the wind, a young man named Yu Narukami steps off the train at Yasoinaba Station. Yu has come to this town, where his uncle lives, for family reasons; he will be transferring into the local high school, Yasogami High.
And so begins his school life...
The shopping mall after school. A series of murders taking place in town. The Midnight Channel, airing late at night...
What lies in store for Yu and his friends "this time around?"
The cast includes Daisuke Namikawa as Yū Narukami, Showtaro Morikubo as Yōsuke Hanamura, Yui Horie as Chie Satonaka, Ami Koshimizu as Yukiko Amagi, Kappei Yamaguchi as Kuma (Teddie), andKana Hanazawa as Marie.
Before directing this series, Tomohisa Taguchi worked on the opening and the important parts of specific episodes in the first Persona 4 The Animation series. The first anime's Seiji Kishi will serve as chief director of the new anime.
Shoji Meguro is returning from the game series and the first anime to compose the music of the new series alongside Tetsuya Kobayashi, a collaborator since Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream. Series script supervisor Jun Kumagai worked on the scenario of every episode of the first series. Character designer Yuu Shindou worked as a key animator on episodes of the first series.
The anime premiered in Japan on July 10.

Tekkonkinkreet and Poppy Hill Screenings on Film4

There will be two anime film screenings on the Film4 channel. Early on the morning of Thursday July 31 (effectively late Wednesday night), there will be a showing of the urban fantasy film Tekkon Kinkreet at 1.25 a.m. The soundtrack was created by the British electronic musicians Andy Turner and Ed Handley of Plaid. The film was previously described by London's Barbican as follows:
Based on Taiyō Matsumoto's manga series of the same name, the film is visually inspired by Fernando Meirelles's film City of God. Set in the fictional city of Takaramachi (Treasure Town), the film follows a pair of orphaned street kids as they deal with gangsters or ‘yakuza’ attempting to take over the city.
Also on July 31, Film4 will screen Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill at 11 a.m. in the morning. Goro Miyazaki (the son of studio founder Hayao Miyazakiadapted the shōjo mangaKokuriko-Zaka Kara by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama. The period slice-of-life story is set in 1963 Yokohoma, and follows a teen girl and boy who become friends while campaigning to save their school clubhouse. Later, the pair realise some troubling facts about their past.
Both films will be shown one hour later on the Film4 +1 channel.

Yokohama Faces An Adorable Flood of Pikachus

While there are literally hundreds of Pokémon to choose from when it comes to finding a favorite, many still find themselves drifting towards Pikachu, the pudgy and adorable electric rat that's captured the hearts of fans of all ages since day one. Luckily, for those immune to Pikachu overload, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this rosy-cheeked critter, including Pikachu cafesfilled with Pikachu-shaped foods.
If you find yourself in Yokohama between August 9-17, you can also check out "Pikachu Tairyo Hassei Chu," or "Pikachus All Over the Place," an event spread out over 14 locations around town.
Fortunately, the town has the Pikachu supply covered, as seen in this ad for the event:
The nine day event will include plenty of photo opportunities, a two-day Pikachu Festival (August 16-17) complete with a towering Pikachu, nightly projection mapping shows until August 31, stage shows, hands-on workshops, Pikachu-decorated landmarks, Pikachu games and rides, a stamp rally, limited edition merchandise, and a Pikachu cafe. Check out the official website (Japanese) for more images and information.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Gets A Live-Action Trailer, Sort Of

With theatrical screenings of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods beginning around the country in justover seven days (or, if you must, over 9,000 minutes), Funimation is trying to drum up some extra excitement with a live-action trailer.
Produced in collaboration with the guys over at Mega64, who have in the past reimagined Bioshock InfiniteBatman, and others, this trailer has it all, including a flaming shoe, and aluminum foil armor.
Incidentally, an extended trailer was recently posted for a brand new 2015 Dragon Ball Z film, which credits Dragon Ball mangaka Akira Toriyama for the original concept, screenplay,, and character designs. It will tell a new story, as with Battle of Gods.

Funimation Streams Bayonetta: Bloody Fate English Dub Trailer

Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer on Sunday for its upcoming release of theBayonetta: Bloody Fate film.
The cast includes:
Funimation describes the film:
Based on the best-selling franchise, this pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you've never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself. Fans of the franchise won't want to miss this chance to see their favorite fantasy come to life in a killer flick packed with mind-blowing action and scandalous scenes of seduction!
Kizaki (Afro SamuraiBasiliskSuper Street Fighter IVX-Mendirected, storyboarded, and shotBayonetta: Bloody Fate off a screenplay by Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis IITetsujin 28-gō Gao!X-Men). Ai Yokoyama designed the characters based on Mari Shimazaki's original game art. (Shimazaki also supervised the project.) Hiroya Iijima (Afro SamuraiTiger & Bunny) designed the angels, while mechanical designers Katanao Akai and Takashi Watabe (new Evangelion films,Ghost in the ShellSuper Street Fighter IV) were in charge of the creatures and guns, respectively. Unlike even the Japanese version of the original game, the anime film has Japanesevoices.
Platinum Games and Sega released the first Bayonetta action game about a shape-shifting, fighting witch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan in October 2009 and then in North America in January 2010. Platinum Games is now developing Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U.

DWA 351

Get a photograph of yourself reading Doctor Who Adventures in an unusual place this summer and you could win a Doctor Who goodie bag.

That's the competition being run by the fortnightly magazine in the new edition out today.

Editor Moray Laing said:
Whether visiting friends or relatives next door, heading off to a beach - or even popping off to an alien planet or a different time zone, we want to see pictures of readers reading the latest issue in unusual places. We'll print the best and funniest pictures in a future issue - and our favourite photograph will win a prize!
Full details in the magazine.

Also in issue 351, the Eleventh Doctor appears in the comic strip for a final adventure, written by former script editor Andrew Cartmel, plus:
  • The latest news
  • Top tips for being the Doctor's companion
  • A guide to the Eleventh Doctor's stories
  • Top 10 TARDIS trips
  • Dalek secrets about the Dalek Emperor
  • Strax's guide to the Cybermen
  • A look at filming of the latest series
  • Puzzles and posters
Issue 351 of DWA, which comes with a TARDIS key ring, notepad, stickers and a sonic pen, is available until Tuesday 12th August.

DW world tour

BBC Worldwide have confirmed that the Doctor Who World Tour will touch down in Mexico City on Sunday 17th August, with series stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman to appear at the Teatro Metropolitantheatre for the screening of series premiere Deep Breath and a Q&A session.

Update: the following day sees the pair travel to Brazil, where they appear at the Vivo Rio Auditorium in Rio de Janeiro.

Vice-president and managing director for BBC Worldwide Latin America and US Hispanic, Fred Medina, said:

Doctor Who is one of the most popular shows in Latin America with some of the most dedicated fans and we are excited to bring Doctor Who: The World Tourto both Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.This is a unique opportunity for the fans in these cities to see for the first time the main cast of the series and have a memorable experience.

More details on the activities and ticket information for both days will be announced shortly.

DW Orchestra UK tour in 2015

BBC Worldwide have announced that the successful Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular will be arriving in the United Kingdom during May 2015, to be performed by the BBC’s National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.

Content of the performances are detailed as follows:

The version of the show performed on the 2015 UK Tour will include some of the music performed at previous Doctor Who Proms and the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular shows performed in Australia and in New Zealand in 2012 and 2014. It will also include a very considerable amount of material not performed at any of the previous shows, both from the first adventures of the Twelfth Doctor (which broadcasts on 23 August 2014) and from previous incarnations.

Two performances are planned for 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the following venues:
  • Sat 23 May 2015 - SSE Arena, Wembley, London
  • Mon 25 May 2015 - Motorpoint Area, Cardiff
  • Tue 26 May 2015 - National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
  • Wed 27 May 2015 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • Thu 28 May 2015 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
  • Fri 29 May 2015 - SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Tickets for the performances go on sale to the general public from Friday 1st August, but fans will be able to book early from 10:00am on Wednesday 30 July via theSeeTickets website. There are also some pre-order packages available that can be purchased along with the ticket:
  • Standard Edition: includes souvenir brochure and a t-shirt design not available on the tour
  • Platinum Edition (3000 only): includes souvenir brochure with limited edition cover, t-shirt design not available on tour, limited edition numbered tour poster, souvenir ticket, limited edition tour laminate and lanyard

DW listen

The latest trailer Listen!, introducing the new Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi was broadcast on BBC One just before the 5:25pm early evening news:

Tom Baker sculpture revealed

Hyde Fundraisers is to reveal a new likeness of the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker, at its charity display atSpaceport, Merseyside. 

The new sculpture will be unveiled at 10am on Sunday 3 August and will join the collection of replica characters created to raise funds for BBC Children In Need and other charities. 

The Fourth Doctor has been sculpted by Phil Robinson, the man responsible for re-creating the Davros mask for the 2005 stageshow The Trial of Davros. The sculpture will include a replica costume from Season 18 as the Doctor is stepping from the Police Box. 

On the day there will also be the chance to meet Robinson and see some of his other sculpted work, meet Hyde Fundraisers and get some photographs. 

The official BBC exhibition with genuine props and costumes from the TV series is the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.