Tuesday, 31 March 2015

U.K. Writer Jay Basu to Pen Metal Gear Solid Film Script


The Deadline website reported on Monday that British writer Jay Basu (The Dinosaur ProjectFast Girls) has closed a deai withSony Pictures to write the planned film of the Metal Gear Solidvideo game series.
Most of the games in the Metal Gear Solid series follow Solid Snake, a special forces operative that slowly becomes involved in a global conspiracy. The first game in the series, released in 1995 on the PlayStation, sees him neutralizing a terrorist threat from a renegade special forces unit called Foxhound, who have taken hostages and seized control of a nuclear launch facility in Alaska.
Series creator Hideo Kojima originally announced plans for a Metal Gear Solid film adaptation in 2006, and it was planned at the time for a 2011 release. However, production president Michael De Luca announced in 2010 that planning for the film had been postponed indefinitely. However, in August 2012, Kojima announced that Arad Productions, owned by Avi and Ari Arad, is producingthe movie. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer) is attached to direct.

Animax Adds New Nisekoi Season


The Animax website has announced that it will stream the second season of Nisekoi - False Love (called Nisekoi:), one of the new series in the spring 2015 TV season.
Naoshi Komi's original manga and the anime revolve around Raku Ichijō (Kouki Uchiyama), a normal high school student who happens to be the heir to a yakuza group. The attractive but violent transfer student Chitoge Kirisaki (Nao Tōyama), the heir to a rival yakuza group, transfers to his class, and the two must pretend to date to keep a war from breaking out between their families.

19th Detective Conan Film Casts Former Kara Idol Kang Jiyoung


The official website for the 19th Detective Conan film,Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari (Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno), announced on Monday that the film has cast Kang Jiyoung, a former member of South Korean pop girl group KARA. She will play a guide in an art museum, the setting of the film.
Kang Jiyoung, a huge Detective Conan fan, had informed the production of her desire to participate in the film when it was already close to completion, and the production hurriedly created a role for her to play.
The film's story centers on Conan as he tries to track downKaito Kid, who supposedly steals a replica of one of Van Gogh's Sunflowers paintings during an auction. (A real version of the painting depicted was owned by a Japanese collector, until it was destroyed during World War II. A version of the painting depicted in the movie was recently recreated.) The tagline on the announcement image for the film, which was drawn by original manga creator Gosho Aoyama, reads "You will solve this? This art..."
Kang Jiyoung has previously been cast in the Assassination Classroom live-action film as Irina Jelavic, and in the live-action Jigoku Sensei Nube film as Yukime.
Detective Conan: Gōka no Himawari will open in Japan on April 18, and will feature Kaito Kid, as well as a theme song from the rock band Porno Graffitti.
Kobun Shizuno is returning to direct the film, and Takeharu Sakurai is writing the script. Katsuo Ono is again to composing the music. Minami Takayama is reprising her role as Conan Edogawa with Wakana Yamazaki as Ran Mōri, Rikiya Koyama as Kogorō Mōri, and Kappei Yamaguchi as Kaito Kuroba/Kaitō Kid.

Cup no Fuchiko Collaborates with Disney for Crossover and Character Figures


Cup no Fuchico, the popular series of perch-on-cup drink companions, is collaborating with Disney at last, offering a line of figures that includes Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and a girl dressed as the above.
Each blind box figure will sell for 529 yen in limited quantities at Village Vanguard bookstores.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DVD Released Monday


On Monday March 30, Manga Entertainment will release a Season Two DVD box-set of Yu-Gi-Oh!, containing episodes 50 to 97 on seven discs. It collects episodes from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series which began in 2000. (There was an earlier series which began in 1998, but it only ran for 27 episodes.) It is adub-only edition.
From the fetch.fm site:
"After defeating Pegasus and winning back his grandfather's soul, Yugi and the spirit of the Millennium Puzzle begin to feel that this was not the end of their journey and that destiny has something more in store for them. These feelings are further fueled when a new enemy emerges: the mind-controlling Marik. Marik is able to control the minds of those around him. With direct ties to ancient Egypt, Marik is plotting to take over the world by acquiring the powerful Egyptian God Cards and the seven Millennium Items, with the help of his henchmen."

Funimation Licenses The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Show By Rock!! Anime


FUNimation Entertainment announced at Anime Detour on Saturday that it has acquired the rights to Show By Rock!!and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. Streaming times will be announced at a later date.
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan will premiere in Japan on April 3. Funimation describes the story:
From the creator of the international hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya comes a new spinoff featuring familiar faces! In an alternate universe, shy, awkward Yuki Nagato attempts to court her crush, Kyon, with the help of her best friend and neighbor, the perky and indomitable Ryoko Asakura. Together, the trio defends their high school literature club from extermination…and from the pestering of their over-the-top classmate Tsuruya and her friend and minion Mikuru.
The original The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan manga is Puyo's official spinoff based onNagaru Tanigawa's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America.
Sanrio's original Show By Rock!! anime will premiere on April 5 in Japan. Funimation describes the story:
Set in the glamorous metropolis Tokyo Midi City, where music—and the dream of musical superstardom—is everything. Here, “battle of the bands” is more than just a teen rivalry: Dozens of ensembles compete for the honor of playing atop the city's highest tower. When a Gothic Lolita-clad catgirl cutie named Cyan stumbles into the music world, she too is swept up by the dream of fame. After joining forces with three other colorful characters—bunnygirl honor student Chuchu, shy doggirl Retoree, and adorable sheepgirl Moa—the quartet becomes Plasmagica, the freshest band on the scene. Armed with special instruments, the girls face off with other bands striving for stardom, like the cool and passionate Visual Kei band Shingan Crimsonz, or the handsome pop idols Trichronika. Will the band find celebrity? Or are they doomed to be one-hit-wonders…
Takahiro Ikezoe (Slap Up Party: Arad SenkiOzma) is directing the project at animation studioBONES (Soul Eater Not!Fullmetal Alchemist), while Touko Machida is handling series composition. Masaru Oshiro (Ie Naki Ko Remi, Major) is designing the characters, while Ryō Hirata(Appleseed XIIIChaika the Coffin Princess) will provide supporting character design and prop design. Fumihiro Katagai (Chaika the Coffin PrincessShangri-La) is credited with concept andmecha design.
FUNimation Entertainment also confirmed on Friday it will continue to stream Assassination ClassroomOne Piece, and Fairy Tail for the Spring 2015 season.

Funimation Announces English Dub Casts for Ping Pong, Wanna Be the Strongest in the World


FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub casts forPing Pong the Animation and Wanna Be the Strongest in the World at Anime Detour on Saturday.
The Ping Pong cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevinsand ADR engineer Alyssa Galindo, includes:
The series will ship on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on June 23.
Ping Pong adapts Taiyo Matsumoto's manga. Masaaki Yuasa (Mind GameThe Tatami Galaxy,Kick-Heart) is directing the television anime at Tatsunoko ProductionsNobutake Ito is designed the characters.
Funimation streamed the series as it aired last spring.
The Wanna Be the Strongest in the World cast, under directorJoel McDonald and lead ADR engineer Peter Hawkinson, includes:
The series will ship on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on June 23.
The series premiered in 2013 and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Funimation addedthe episodes streaming in in October.
ESE and Kiyohito Natsuki launched the original Wanna Be the Strongest in the World manga in the inaugural issue of Comic Earth Star in 2011. Rion Kujo (Aesthetica of a Rogue HeroIkki Tousen: Shūgaku Tōshi Keppu-roku) directed the series at the studio ARMS (MAOYUIkki Tousen) andRin-Sin (Queen's BladeIkki Tousen) designed the characters.

Studio Ghibli Easter Screenings on Film4


The following Ghibli and Ghibli-related films will be shown through the Easter period, with dubs in the morning or late afternoon and subtitles in the early hours.
Sunday March 29: Arrietty, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, dubbed (1 p.m.)
Monday March 30: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Tuesday March 31: Howl's Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Wednesday April 1: Whisper of the Heart, directed byYoshifumi Kondô, dubbed (11.a.m.)
Wednesday April 1 (technically the early hours of Thursday April 2): The Little Norse Prince, directed by Isao Takahata, subbed (2.05 a.m)
Thursday April 2: The Cat Returns, directed by Hiroyuki Morita, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Thursday April 2 (technically the early hours of Friday April 3): Ocean Waves, directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, subbed (2.30 a.m.)
Friday April 3: Kiki's Delivery Service, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Friday April 3 (technically the early hours of Saturday April 4) : Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, subbed (1.20 a.m.)
Saturday April 4: My Neighbour Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (1 p.m.)
Sunday April 5: Ponyo, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (1 p.m.)
Monday April 6: The Wind Rises, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Monday April 6 (technically the early hours of Tuesday April 7): From Up On Poppy Hill, directed by Goro Miyazaki, subtitled (2.05 a.m.)
Tuesday April 7: Princess Mononoke, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Wednesday April 8: Porco Rosso, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Wednesday April 8 (technically the early hours of Thursday April 9): Only Yesterday, directed byIsao Takahata, subbed (1.30 a.m.)
Thursday April 9: The Castle of Cagliostro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Thursday April 9 (technically the early hours of Friday April 10): My Neighbors the Yamadas, directed by Isao Takahata, subbed (1.50 a.m.)
Friday April 10: Pom Poko, directed by Isao Takahata, dubbed (11 a.m.)
Friday April 10 (technically the early hours of Saturday April 11): Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata, subbed (1.30 a.m.)
Saturday April 11: Tales from Earthsea, directed by Goro Miyazaki, dubbed (1 p.m.)
Sunday April 12: Laputa: Castle in the Sky, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, dubbed (1 p.m.)
Sunday April 12 (technically the early hours of Monday April 13) : The Wind Rises, directed byHayao Miyazaki, subbed (1.30 a.m)

Hatsune Miku Gets New Manga in Ribon Shōjo Magazine


The May issue of Shueisha's shōjo magazine Ribon will announce on Friday that a manga starring Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid characters will premiere in the magazine's June issue on May 1. Yukari Somekawa will draw the series, titledMiraiTune.
The characters have appeared in a number of other manga series, including earlier manga in RibonDark Horse Comics published KEI's Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix (Maker Hikōshiki: Hatsune Mix) manga in North America.

Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie Manga Ends in April


The May issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Supermagazine announced on Wednesday that Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru's manga adaptation of Lupin III vs. Detective Conan The Movie will end on the magazine's next issue on April 25.
Yutaka Abe and Denjirō Maru launched the manga last August. The pair also drew the three-chapter manga adaptation of the 2009 Lupin III vs. Detective Conan television special.
The film crossover between Monkey Punch's Lupin III and Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan(Case Closedopened in Japanese theaters in December 2013. In the film, the "Cherry Sapphire," an illusive secret treasure that holds the key to the entire world, will bring the two titular characters in a "head-to-head confrontation." Lupin is suspected of stealing the gem, and "when the truth is revealed, the curtain will open on the greatest battle in the world."

Fairy Tail 'Real Puzzle Game' Opens in Tokyo, Osaka in April


Game company Taito announced that it will open a "real puzzle game," titled "Fairy Tail Puzzle Quest ~Welcome to Fairy Tail!~," in Tokyo and Osaka on April 25.
In the game, the players are members of the Fairy Tail guild, solving requests and progressing the story. Players will meet characters like Natsu, Lucy, Gray, and Erza, solving puzzles alongside them and exploring the world of Fairy Tail. Much like Real Escape Games, players have to solve puzzles to get items and passwords, but the game has no time limit.
Taito will open the game in the eighth floor of the Yodobashi Akiba building from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Tokyo, and in the first floor of the Ario Yao building from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Osaka. The last day for both events is on May 31. After May 11 the event will be weekends only.
Recent anime-inspired Real Escape Games have included an Attack on Titan game in Yokohama Stadium (which eventually reached U.S. cities) and a Detective Conan game in Takamatsu city.

DWA moves to panini UK

Doctor Who Adventures, the UK-published magazine aimed at younger Doctor Who fans, is to move publishers to Panini UKfrom next month, where it will become a stablemate of Panini's existing Doctor Who Magazine.

DWM editor Tom Spilsbury confirmed the news on the Gallifrey Base Doctor Who fan forum this evening, stating that the first Panini issue will appear on the 23rd of April, with an advert to appear in the new issue of DWM due out later this week.

DWA began life in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. Like most of Worldwide's magazine output, it was sold off to Immediate Media in 2011, who have published the title until this point. Initially a fortnightly title, its success saw it increased to weekly publication from issue 47.

However, DWA has seen a marked decrease in circulation figures over the past five years, selling an average of just under 20,000 copies per issue in the first half of 2014, as opposed to over 50,000 for the same period in 2010 (see our previous story). It has also decreased in publication frequency from a weekly back to a fortnightly and then a monthly title.

The website DownTheTubes.org has further information on the news, including a preview of the first new-style DWA comic strip. This strip will be drawn by Russ Leach - there is no news yet on whether DWA's long-standing artist John Ross will return to the publication at all.

The DownTheTubes article also confirms that Jason Quinn will take over as editor, with the April 23rd issue being a new issue 1, as opposed to continuing the existing numbering. The current issue of DWA on sale, issue 363, will be the final one to be published by Immediate Media, and will remain on sale until next month.

DW series 9 new cast appearance

The BBC has announced that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is to star in a guest role in the next series of Doctor Who. 

Williams is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival. 

On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
I'm so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added:
We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.
Two more story details have been released by the BBC. The first is The Girl Who Died which is written byJamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Mathieson wrote the aclaimed Series Eight stories Mummy On The Orient and Flatline. Also announced is The Woman Who Lived by Catherine Tregenna. Tregenna wrote four episodes of Torchwood: Out of Time, Meat, Adam and Captain Jack Harkness, which was nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. 

The two stories will be directed by Ed Bazalgette, currently earning rave reviews for working on the BBC One 18th-century drama Poldark. 

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound, who recently appeared in the series Cucumber, also joins the guest cast alongside BBC Three’s Siblings and CBBC’s Horrible Histories star Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.