Saturday, 31 January 2015

Ressha Sentai ToQger ep 45

Friday, 30 January 2015

MVM Schedule Changes

UK Anime News reports two schedule changes to upcoming titles:
Onimonogatari (pictured), one of the sequels toBakemonogatari, has been pushed back from February 16 to March 16.
Infinite Stratos Season 2 has been pushed back from March 16 to June 8.
MVM also confirmed by twitter that Super Sonico The Animation will be released both on Blu-ray and DVD on June 15.

Prince of Tennis Creator Commentates for NHK at All Australian Open

With the Australian Open on its way to wrapping up, tennis fans are gripping their seats with excitement. During times like these, it is the duty of all good sports programs to bring commentary that can convey just that sort of excitement. This past week, NHK's headliner sports news program Saturday Sports did just that by inviting a very special guest to appear and provide commentary, none other than Takeshi Konomi, the author of Prince of Tennis.
Konomi's appearance, which was broadcast live on January 24 at 9:50PM JST, provided live commentary on the Australian Open as Japan's representative Kei Nishikori battled the U.S.'s Steve Johnson in his third match of the tournament. The match resulted in a win for Nishikori, moving him up into the fourth round. Nishikori would continue on until he was eliminated in the Quarterfinals.
In addition to his commentary on Nishikori's match, Konomi appeared previously onSaturday Sports. Appropriate to his expertise in atheletic bishonen characters, Konomi's topic for that appearance was on explaining what goes into Nishikori's appeal.
The night before his January 24 appearance, an excited Konomi posted about his invitation to be on the show via his Twitter account, making a joke about possibly wearing the American jersey worn by Prince of Tennis's Ryoma (pictured left).

Viewster Adds Death Parade and Yatterman Night

The Viewster streaming website has added three more series:Death Parade (pictured), with the first three episodes availablehereYatterman Night, with the first three episodes availablehere; and World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsmanwith the first episode available here.

Lost DW interview found

A long lost interview, featuring William Hartnell, has been recovered in part by the BBC. 

Hartnell was interviewed by Roy Plomley, for the Home Service radio programme Desert Island Discs in 1965. The edition was transmitted on 23 August while Hartnell was at the height of his powers as the Doctor. 

The recording was thought lost, erased by the BBC. However it is understood that a 16 minute section has been recovered and will shortly be available on the BBC iPlayer. The recording was available for a short period earlier today, but was removed pending an official announcement. 

Desert Island Discs celebrates its 73rd Anniversary today, having been running continuously on BBC radio since 1942. In the programme guests chose the music they would take to a desert island if they were stranded there alone. Jon Pertwee and David Tennant have both also appeared in the series.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Toyota, Dwango Plan "Real Car Shogi" Match at Seibu Dome

Toyota Marketing Japan and the media company Dwango are planning a shogi (Japanese chess) match using real Toyota cars as pieces. The large scale match between 55-year-old 9-dan professional shogi player Yoshiharu Habu and 25-year-old 7-dan shogi player Masayuki Toyoshima will be held at the Seibu Dome in Saitama on February 8.
The Seibu Dome will be repurposed into a giant game board. The cars representing each piece are:
  1. Crown Athlete & Land Cruiser (kings)
  2. 86 (hachiroku), Mark X, Esquire (rooks)
  3. FJ Cruiser, Hiace, Mirai (bishops)
  4. Prius, Alphard, Noah, Estima (gold generals)
  5. Harrier, Voxy, Vellfire (silver generals)
  6. Auris, iQ (knights)
  7. ProBox, Corolla Axio (lances)
  8. Aqua, Vitz, Passo (pawns)
Professional test drivers will take part in the match by moving the "pieces."
The match is part of a collaboration promoting the Den-Ou Sen finals, a set of shogi matches that pit human players against AI specifically designed to play shogi.

Funimation, Kodansha Develop Free-to-Play Fairy Tail Game

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that has an agreement with Japanese publisher Kodansha to create a free-to-play online game based on Fairy Tail. Online video game developer and publisher GameSamba, for whichFunimation CEO Gen Fukunaga serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, is developing the game.
The game will be a turn-based RPG. Players will be able to customize a character with their chosen type of magic, create their own guild, and explore Fiore to recover their lost memories. Characters from the Fairy Tail guild will appear in the game as allies. Players will also be able to team up with their friends.
Kodansha USA is publishing Hiro Mashima's original manga, and Funimation is releasing the first anime on home video in North America. Crunchyroll and Funimation are both streamingthe second series as it airs in Japan.

Ura Sunday Lets Fans Vote for Manga to Get Anime Adaptation

Shogakukan 's web comic magazine Ura Sunday unveiled in itsManga ONE app that it is collecting votes to decide which of the manga it currently publishes will get an anime adaptation.
Users can vote once every 12 hours, and the ranking updates every day. Votes will be tallied on April 30, and the manga that receives the highest number of votes will get an anime adaptation. Manga that have already been adapted into film, such as Shinobu Ohtaka and Yoshifumi Ōtera's Magi: Sinbad no BōkenShohei Manabe's Ushijima the Loan Shark, and Tamiki Wakaki's The World God Only Knows, are disqualified.
As of Wednesday, the top 15 list is as follows:
  1. Kengan Ashura
  2. Mob Psycho 100
  3. Hito Kui
  4. Helck
  5. Chōeki 339-nen
  6. Sekaiki
  7. Ichiba Kurogana wa Kasegitai
  8. It's MY LIFE
  9. Kijō Senshi Mokuba-san
  10. Yuusha ga Shinda! Murabito no Ore ga Hotta Otoshi-ana ni Yuusha ga Ochita Kekka
  11. Bishonen-ness
  12. Mōkin-chan
  13. Love Boy Love
  15. Mamiya-san to Issho
The Manga ONE app launched on December 4. It runs several new manga chapters a day.

Aniplex USA to Release Aldnoah.Zero Soundtrack

Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that it will release the Aldnoah.Zero anime soundtrack. The imported soundtrack will ship in the United States and Canada on February 10 for an MSRP of US$44.98 and a sales price of US$34.98.
The soundtrack features 20 tracks of score composed byHiroyuki Sawano (Attack on TitanKill la Kill).
The anime's second season, also scored by Sawano, beganairing earlier this month. CrunchyrollHulu, and Daisuki are streaming the series as it airs.
Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka MagicaFate/ZeroPsycho-PassGargantia on the Verdurous Planet) is writing the series with Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki at A-1 Pictures and TROYCAKatsuhiko Takayama is in charge of the series scripts. Manga artist Takako Shimura (Wandering SonSweet Blue Flowers) provided the original character designs, which Atsuko Matsumoto is adapting for the anime. I-IV and Kenji Teraoka are designing the mecha.

Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F to Be 1st Japanese Film in Imax 3D Theaters

The upcoming film Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: The F in Fukkatsu, or The Resurrected F) will be the first Japanese film to open in 3D IMAX Digital Theaters. The film willpremiere in 18 3D IMAX screens as well as other 2D and 3D screens throughout Japan on April 18.
2013's Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods film was the first Japanese film wo be screened in IMAX theaters, but was not screened in 3D.
Dragon Ball manga creator Akira Toriyama said in an interview in November that the 'F' in the film's title stands for "Frieza," who will be revived in the film. Toriyama noted that he thought of the title while listening to "F" by rock band Maximum The Hormone, whom he came to know personally through a friend. The song itself features Frieza as a motif, and will be used as a "battle song" during one of the battle scenes in the film. The band originally released the song as its eighth single in July 2008.
Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay, and character designs of the new movie. Dragon Ball Z animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro is directing the new movie. Pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z (Sailor Moon CrystalBodacious Space Piratesperforms the film's theme song. 

The film stars two original characters designed by Toriyama himself: Sorbet (seen above-left) and Tagoma (above-right). The characters are the survivors of the Frieza army who use the dragon balls to revive him.
Those who purchase advance tickets receive an exclusive earphone jack strap of either Goku or Frieza modeled by Toriyama. Regular advance tickets cost 1,400 yen (about US$12), middle and elementary school student tickets cost 800 yen (US$7), and pair tickets cost 2,100 yen (US$17). Special movie ticket cards are on sale now.

New K-9 Book

A campaign is currently in progress to raise funds to publish a new book about the Doctor's second best friend*, K-9. The initiative is being driven by K-9 series co-creator Paul Tams, and will explore the character's many lives through Doctor Who, K-9 and Company, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and in his own series.

Paul Tams says:

It's amazing there has never been a book dedicated to the full story of K9; his adventures in Time and Space and beyond and the making of the TV shows in which he appeared. We aim to correct this oversight and present an amazing volume of features, photos and behind the scenes information. We also aim to have several new stories and comic strips from classic writers including his original co-creator Bob Baker himself.

The book will become a lasting tribute to the people who created, acted alongside, designed and built K9 throughout the years and an insight into the world of TV production. Plus a look behind the scenes at plans for K9's further adventures on screen!

Funding for the book is being organised through IndieGoGo, and there are a number of perks that can be chosen by those who participate in the campaign.

Details on the modern series of K-9 can be found at the K9 Official website.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Yuu Watase: New Fushigi Yugi Manga Runs as Self-Contained Chapter

Yuu Watase, manga creator of Fushigi Yugi and Arata: The Legendwrote on her blog on Monday that Shogakukan'sMonthly Flowers magazine is running her Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko) manga as ayomikiri, not a full series, in February. The term can mean a self-contained short story of a few chapters or less. The term usually means a one-shot story, but Monthly Flowersmagazine is announcing that the manga "begins" in February.
The March issue of Monthly Flowers announced the new manga on Wednesday, and the manga will begin in the next issue on February 28.
The magazine teases:
"Fushigi Yugi's Byakko Chapter begins at last!"
"The new work fans have long waited for!! The story of the Priestess of Byakko, as written in the Universe of the Four Gods, finally debuts!!"
Watase previously reported that she would restart her Arata: The Legend manga this year.

Toonami's Adjusted Schedule Cuts Attack on Titan, Cowboy Bebop, GiTS, Space Dandy

The official Tumblr for Adult Swim's Toonami block announcedon Tuesday that Attack on TitanCowboy BebopGhost in the Shelland Space Dandy will no longer air after February 7. The block was reduced to 12:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. on Saturdays, running for a total of 3.5 hours. The update promised more new shows in the future. Toonami did not guarantee any of the cut shows would return to the schedule. Toonami credited low ratings in the later hours as the reason why the shows were cut.
Toonami posted the following schedule starting on February 7:
12:00 a.m.Dragon Ball Z Kai
12:30 a.m.Kill la Kill
01:00 a.m.Naruto Shippūden
01:30 a.m.InuYasha: The Final Act
02:00 a.m.Gurren Lagann
02:30 a.m.One Piece
03:00 a.m.Deadman Wonderland
This Saturday, January 24, the block will run from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. EST and will not air a new episode of Attack on Titan. On Saturday, January 31 the block will run from 11:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and not air IGPX and Samurai JackIGPX will also go on hiatus, and both IGPX andSamurai Jack "will likely be back at some point." The final two episodes of Samurai Jack will be available on Adult Swim's website and video on demand.

Margaret McDonald, Leraldo Anzaldua Star in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions' English Dub Cast

Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast for the television anime Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! anime on Thursday. The cast includes:
Additional voices include: Houston HayesBeth LazarouDavid Matranga, Kyle Colby Jones, Allison Sumrall.
Sentai Filmworks streamed previews of the main heroines' dub voices:
The series will ship on Blu-ray and DVD on February 24.
The anime adapts of Torako's romance comedy light novel series of the same name. The story follows a high school freshman named Yūta Togashi was once a "chūnibyō patient," a teenager with delusions of grandeur. He wants to bury this embarrassing past and begins a new life in high school — unsuccessfully. His classmate Rikka Takanashi, a "current" chūnibyō patient, has forced Togashi into "making a contract" with her.
Tatsuya Ishihara (Air, Clannaddirected the series, and Jukki Hanada (Rozen MaidenCampione!) edited the scripts. Kazumi Ikeda (ClannadKanon) designed the characters and oversaw the animation.

Kill la Kill's Toonami Premiere Time Set

Aniplex USA announced on Tuesday that Kill la Kill's new premiere time on Adult Swim's Toonami block will be February 8 at 12:30 a.m. The series was originally slated to premiere at 11:30 p.m. on the same night, but Toonami's schedulechanged after losing an hour of programming.

Maid Cafe Valentine Event in London February 15

The Maids of England group has announced a Maid Cafe eventon Sunday February 15 at the necco Japanese Cafe bar in Exmouth Market between Holborn, Angel and Kings Cross (map here.)
There are two different sessions, at 12 p.m. to 1.45 and at 2.15 to 4. The first session will have a Lolita fashion theme, and the second will have a high school uniform there.
Regular tickets are available here at £9 each. In addition, there are special 'chocolate' tickets which can be bought here. The chocolate tickets do not give entry to the event - a regular ticket is also needed - but they buy a handmade chocolate and a letter from one of the staff.
The 'serving cast' include five maids and two butlers.

Anime Limited Updates

Anime Limited has confirmed more details on its March titles and its schedule into June.
March 2
Kill la Kill Part 2 [Collector's Edition on DVD and Blu-ray] This will contain episodes 10 to 19 over 2 discs. This package will come with a rigid art box, a digipack housing the discs and an art book (over 200 pages). Outside Japan, the UK will be the only territory where this art book will be available. It will have subbed and dubbed soundtracks, clean Opening and Ending titles and Web Previews.
March 23
Voices of a Distant Star/The Place Promised in Our Early Days Double Pack (DVD and Blu-ray editions). Both DVD and Blu-ray will be packed in a standard amaray case, including a 12-page booklet and a reversible sleeve design.
March 30
Wings of Honneamise (standard DVD edition, plus Collector's Edition containing DVD and Blu-ray). The Collector's Edition will come with a rigid box, a digipack and a 20-page booklet.
Anime Limited adds that 'As things stand the film will be presented in its complete uncut form, however (all going well) we are intending to make the scene that was removed from the original UK home video release (many years ago) chapter marked to make it easy for those who don't want to watch it to skip past it.' The scene in question involves a sexual assault, and was cut from theManga Entertainment VHS edition to secure a 'PG' certificate.
April 13
HAL [Standard Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
April 27
Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Rising- [Collector's Edition] (DVD+Blu-ray combi)
May 25
Kill la Kill Part 3 [Collector's Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
June 8 (provisional release date)
Baccano! Complete Series [Collector's Edition] (Blu-ray only)
June 29
Space Dandy Season 2 [Collector's Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
Space Dandy Season 2 [Standard Edition] (Blu-ray only)
Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 Set (DVD only)
[provisional release date] Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (DVD, Blu-ray)
Regarding Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition digipack replacements, Anime Limited says 'Our supplier is hoping to start sending the next wave of digipacks before the end of this week (w/c 26th January.) This isn't to say they will have all be sent out during this week, but the process will be underway. We fully appreciate it's been a long wait for some of you and once again we apologise for the delay.'

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Video: One Piece Composer on Shanks' Theme

The above video shows One Piece composer Kouhei Tanakatalking about 'Katayoku no Taka," which is the theme for the character of Shanks. "This music is full of heroism but also a bit sad. It has a great melody and I love it."
The One Piece music concert will be held at London's Cadogan Hall on Saturday February 7 at 8 p.m., performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Tanaka. A press release described the event as 'a spectacular multimedia video and music show featuring a world-class level full orchestra playing the best selections from the One Piece TV series and movies.'
Cadogan Hall is close to Sloane Square (directions). Tickets are available here.

Fushigi Yugi Gets New Manga About Priestess of Byakko

The March issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Yuu Watase, manga creator ofFushigi Yugi and Arata: The Legend, will launch the newFushigi Yugi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko) manga. The manga will start in the magazine's next issue, which will ship in Japan on February 28. The manga will have a color opening page, and it will also adorn the issue's cover.
The magazine teases:
"Fushigi Yugi's Byakko Chapter begins at last!"
"The new work fans have long waited for!! The story of the Priestess of Byakko, as written in the Universe of the Four Gods, finally debuts!!"
The magazine also notes that there will be news on the Suzaku and Seiryū stage plays.
Watase ran the original Fushigi Yûgi manga in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic (Sho-Comi) magazine from 1992 to 1996, and Shogakukan published 18 compiled book volumes. She then drew Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden from 2003 to 2013. Viz publishes both of these earlier manga and other works by Watase in North America. The original manga inspired a television anime and several original video anime titles. Both Geneon Entertainment and Media Blasters licensed the television anime in North America.
A new stage play from Tamahome's point of view will run in Tokyo from March 19 to March 29.