Friday, 29 May 2015

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Reunites Haruhi Cast

FUNimation Entertainment posted the English Broadcast Dub cast for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan on Thursday. The cast members that have been announced thus far are all returning from Bang Zoom! Entertainment's dub of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Christopher R. Sabat will serve as ADR director and Bonny Clinkenbeard as lead writer.
The dub will premiere on Friday at 2:10 p.m. EDT.
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan premiered in Japan on April 3. Funimation is streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs and 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 on Nagaru Tanigawa's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series. Yen Press publishes the manga in North America.

Animatsu Acquires Live-Action Parasyte

Animatsu has tweeted that it has acquired the live-action film version of Parasyte. The tweet did not specify if Animatsu had acquired both parts of this two-part film, or only the first. Parasyte: Part 1 was released in Japan late last year, with Part 2 following this year. The film is based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's original manga, which also inspired a television anime serial, Parasyte -the maxim-. Animatsu has already acquired the anime version for a future release.

Parasyte: Part 1


Like the other versions of Parasyte, the live-action Parasyte: Part 1 "tells the story of Shinichi Izumi, an ordinary high school student who is attacked by an alien parasite – a mysterious worm-like creature which penetrates the ears or nose of an ordinary human, attaching itself to the brain and eventually taking over the entire body. Whilst Shinichi is able to fight off the parasite before it reached his brain, it remains within his right hand. Shinichi Izumi and the parasite now live as one. They both come to understand that if one dies, then so will the other. In a bid to survive, they join forces to fight against the threat of other parasites." - Madman Entertainment
Parasyte: Part 1 is the first of two live-action adaptations by director Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Always: Sunset on Third Street) with scripts by Ryūta Kosawa (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Shōnen H). Shōta Sometani (live-action xxxHOLiC, All Esper Dayo!) stars in the films as Shinichi Izumi, Eri Fukatsu (Onnanoko Monogatari) plays Ryōko Tamiya, and Ai Hashimoto (Blood-C: The Last Dark, live-action Another, Sadako 3D) plays Satomi Murano.
Hitoshi Iwaaki's original manga ran in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1990-1995. The 10-volume series (later reprinted in an eight-volume version) has more than 11 million copies in print. Mixxine, the company that eventually became Tokyopop, published Parasyte in its Mixxine magazine and later in compiled book volumes. Del Rey then republished the series from 2007-2009, and Kodansha Comics republished the manga again from 2011-2012.
ANN published a review of Parasyte after the film premiered in Japan, you can read Richard Rowland's thoughts on the film here.

DWM 487

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is on general release today, and looks at the entire history of Earth, from its birth to its destruction:
Planet Earth! It's been attacked, invaded – even moved across the galaxy! Bu thanks to the Doctor, our world endures. Doctor Who Magazine tells the remarkable story of our planet and the many challenges it has faced...

Also inside this issue:
  • An Interview with John Nathan-Turner. A revealing and previously unpublished interview with 1980s producer John-Nathan Turner, conducted during 1989 – the last year of Doctor Who's original run.
  • Who on Video. DWM reveals the history of how Doctor Who was brought to DVD, and talks to the people responsible for the landmark 1993 documentary 30 Years in the TARDIS. Plus, an exclusive look at some of the VHS covers that never were...
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Discover fascinating new facts about the classic 1964 First Doctor adventure The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
  • Verity Lambert's Scrapbooks. DWM chats to Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor's very first companion, Susan, as she continues her look through the scrapbooks of Doctor Who's original producer, Verity Lambert.
  • Blood and Ice! Clara and the Doctor uncover a sinister secret below Antarctica as Blood and Ice – the brand new comic strip written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty – continues...
  • Steven Moffat answers your Questions! Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions, and explains just why the Doctor can never seem to remember what happens when he meets himself...
PLUS! Reviews and previews; Relative Dimensions; Wotcha!; The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 487 – with a special wraparound cover! – is on sale now.

Doctor Who Magazine 487 (wraparound cover) (Credit: DWM)

Art preview for DW comic 4 doctors

Titan Comics has released the first six pages from issue #1 of Doctor Who: Four Doctors, the Summer event coming this August.

The weekly event, running through August and September 2015, stars the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and their comics companion, as well as the War Doctor, in a special adventure written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Neil Edwards.

The first issue is released Wednesday August 12, supported by the global Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday August 15.

The e​vent follows straight on from the issue #15 conclusions of Year One, with the second years of the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors beginning after the event's finale.

To keep up to date visit DoctorWhoComicsDay.com or follow Doctor Who Comics Day on Facebook or Twitter.

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Deadline: Paramount Acquires Rights to Live-Action Beyblade Film

The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Wednesday that Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to create a live-action film based on the Beyblade franchise. Mary Parent (Pacific Rim, 2014 Godzilla) is set to produce the film with her company Disruption Entertainment.
Takara Tomy's Beyblade line of toys inspired a manga series in 2000-2003, and Viz Media released the 14-volume series in North America in 2004-2006.


The manga inspired three television anime series (Beyblade, Beyblade: V-Force, and Beyblade G Revolution) between 2001-2003, and the Beyblade the Movie: Fierce Battle film in 2002. A spinoff manga, Metal Fight Beyblade, has inspired the Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Beyblade: Metal Masters, Beyblade: Metal Fury, and Beyblade: Shogun Steel (pictured at right) television anime series, as well as the Metal Fight Beyblade VS Taiyō Shakunetsu no Shinryakusha film.


Nelvana has localized the seven television anime series for North America, and the company has also produced the Beywheelz and Beywarriors: Beyraiderz Western-exclusive animated spinoff series.
Deadline reports that the toy line has generated US$2.5 billion in revenue, and that Takara Tomy plans to launch a new generation of Beyblade toys in 2017. Hasbro releases the toy line in North America.

Anime Studios' Success Calculated Based on 10 Years of Disc Sales

Director Hideaki Anno made news yesterday when he remarked in an interview that the current anime market in Japan wasn't sustainable, possibly collapsing as soon as five years from now. How much merit this idea has is up for debate, but there is some measurable data fans can look to for an idea of how the market is doing.


Hundreds of anime series are currently being produced each year with varying sales results. Fans compiled a list of the total number of series released from 2005 to 2014, organized them by animation studio, and then ranked them with a "success percentage" based on how many series created by a studio in that time span averaged at 3,000 discs sold or more.
The studios are ranked with the bottom 15 and top 10. The animation numbers do not include sub-contracting work.

Least Successful Anime Studios Based on Series' Disc Sales (2005-2014)

RankStudioTotal Series ProducedTotal Sold 3,000+ DiscsSuccess Percentage
1Sunrise's 9th Studio1000.0%
2ZEXCS2328.7%
3TMS Entertainment47510.6%
4Manglobe14214.3%
5GAINAX11218.2%
6GONZO35720.0%
7MADHOUSE681420.6%
8Studio DEEN651726.2%
9Nomad11327.3%
10Satelight32928.1%
11Tatsunoko Pro14428.6%
12Artland24729.2%
13AIC12433.3%
14XEBEC341235.3%
15ARMS16637.5%

Most Successful Anime Studios Based on Series' Disc Sales (2005-2014)

RankStudioTotal Series ProducedTotal Sold 3,000+ DiscsSuccess Percentage
1Kyoto Animation201890.0%
2Shaft292069.0%
3Diomedea13861.5%
4Seven Arcs12758.3%
5A-1 Pictures502958.0%
6P.A.WORKS11654.5%
7Production I.G351851.4%
8Dogakobo19947.4%
9J.C. Staff693043.5%
10Bones261142.3%
[Via Yara-On!]

Sanrio Announces Hello Kitty's 1st Ever North American Live Shows

Sanrio's arguably most recognizable mascot character is hitting the road and heading to North America. Hello Kitty will appear in her first ever series of live stage performances in the U.S. and Canada as part of her Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival. She's bringing her buddies Dear Daniel, My Melody, Badtz-Maru, Keroppi, Chococat, and Purin with her for the events. Entertainment will include stage performances with a DJ, interactive exhibits, and exclusive merchandise.
The tour will be held at the following locations:
  • Target Center in Minneapolis on May 29-31
  • Denver Coliseum in Denver on June 5-7
  • Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles on June 12-14
  • Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on June 19-21
  • Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento on June 26-28
  • Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA on July 10-12
  • PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC, Canada on July 17-19
  • ShoWare Center in Kent, WA on July 24-26
  • Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR on July 31-August 2
  • Maverik Center in West Valley City, UT on August 7-9
  • Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on August 14-16
  • Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ on August 21-23
  • Venue TBD in Dallas on August 28-30
  • Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK on September 11-13
  • NRG Arena in Houston, TX on September 18-20
  • Cedar Park Center in Austin, TX on September 25-27
  • Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on October 23-25
  • Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on October 30-November 1
Tickets are on sale on the event's official page and more dates and locations will be added soon

Shan the Sheep Meets Evangelion

Multiple Shauns at Harajuku exhibit in June, including one by Hideaki Anno

Crunchyroll reports that Aardman Animations' children's character, Shaun the Sheep, will appear at a charity exhibition at the 'Tokyo Plaza' in Omotesando in the Harajaku district.

There will be 130 cm statues of multiple versions of Shaun, designed by different Japanese artists. (There is an image of the designs at the Crunchyroll link.) There will be an 'Evangelion' Shaun by Hideaki Anno; a Sugar Sugar Rune Shaun by his wife Moyocco Anno; and further Shauns by Sanrio, the calligrapher Tomomi Kunishige (a calligrapher) and Osamu Watanabe (a sweets artist).


The Harjuku exhibition will run from June 12 to 25. The feature film Shaun the Sheep (which has already been screened in Britain) comes to Japan on July 4.


There is a similar tour of Shaun statues taking place in London, and another due in Bristol.

Psychic School Wars Listed on Amazon UK

The Sunrise feature film Psychic School Wars (Nerawareta Gakuen) is being listed on Amazon UK in two separate editions: a DVD and a Collector's Edition Combi Pack. Both are listed for release on September 28, from Anime Limited.


Kōji Seki attends Abeno 6th Middle School, a prep school where the high emphasis on studying leads to unruly students. When Michiru Takamizawa is elected the student council president 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.


Nerawareta Gakuen is based off Taku Mayumura's 1976 science-fiction children's novel of the same name. The novel has previously inspired four live-action television adaptations and two live-action films. However this anime film adaptation is the first time the novel has been made into an anime feature. The film was produced by Sunrise's Studio 8 (My-HiME, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Accel World) with director Ryosuke Nakamura (Mōryō no Hako, Aoi Bungaku Series) and released in Japanese theaters in November 2012.

Live-Action Parasyte at Edinburgh Festival in June

The Edinburgh Film Festival in June will include two screenings of the live-action Parasyte: Part 1, with tickets available at the link. The first screening is at 11 p.m. on Thursday June 25 at the Filmhouse. The second screening is on the following day: 8.45 p.m. on Friday June 26 at the Odeon.

Parasyte: Part 1


"Parasyte: Part 1 tells the story of Shinichi Izumi, an ordinary high school student who is attacked by an alien parasite – a mysterious worm-like creature which penetrates the ears or nose of an ordinary human, attaching itself to the brain and eventually taking over the entire body. Whilst Shinichi is able to fight off the parasite before it reached his brain, it remains within his right hand. Shinichi Izumi and the parasite now live as one. They both come to understand that if one dies, then so will the other. In a bid to survive, they join forces to fight against the threat of other parasites." - Madman Entertainment
Parasyte: Part 1 is the first of two live-action adaptations by director Takashi Yamazaki (live-action Space Battleship Yamato, Always: Sunset on Third Street) with scripts by Ryūta Kosawa (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Shōnen H). Shōta Sometani (live-action xxxHOLiC, All Esper Dayo!) stars in the films as Shinichi Izumi, Eri Fukatsu (Onnanoko Monogatari) plays Ryōko Tamiya, and Ai Hashimoto (Blood-C: The Last Dark, live-action Another, Sadako 3D) plays Satomi Murano.
The film is based on Hitoshi Iwaaki's original manga which ran in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1990-1995. The 10-volume series (later reprinted in an eight-volume version) has more than 11 million copies in print. Mixxine, the company that eventually became Tokyopop, published Parasyte in its Mixxine magazine and later in compiled book volumes. Del Rey then republished the series from 2007-2009, and Kodansha Comics republished the manga again from 2011-2012.
The manga also inspired a television anime, Parasyte -the maxim-, which premiered on NTV in October 2014.
ANN published a review of Parasyte after the film premiered in Japan, you can read Richard Rowland's thoughts on the film here.

Kill la Kill Third Volume Delay

Anime Limited has made the following announcement on its website, confirming a delay to its upcoming release of the third volume of Kill la Kill (pictured).

We were delighted to have pre-release copies [at MCM London Comic Con] for attendees to purchase but by the final day of the event it became apparent to us that some people were experiencing issues removing the digipack and book from the rigid case inside the Collector's box. We checked some of the stock we had on the booth and following this we immediately had all remaining stock at our production house quarantined as we experienced the same problems. This is despite the samples we were sent prior to the event, and that we ultimately signed off on in order to have them produced in time for the event, not having this issue. In turn a new rigid box correcting the issues discovered for all units will now be produced.

As a result it does mean that Kill la Kill Part 3 has been delayed once again with a new tentative date being the end of June or possibly even early July.
Anime Limited will also set up a replacement scheme for those buyers who purchased Kill la Kill Volume 3 at MCM London Comic Con.

To everyone who purchased Kill la Kill Part 3 at MCM London Comic Con, May 2015 – we are going to begin a replacement scheme for the reason specified above. To apply for your replacement please email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com with the subject line “KILL LA KILL PART 3 – MCM LONDON REPLACEMENT” and it must including the following: - your full name
- your postal address
- a photo of your Kill la Kill Box 3 DVD/Blu-ray
- Please tell us in your email if you purchased the DVD or Blu-ray version and proof of you having been at MCM London Comic Con in the form of sending us a copy of the confirmation email you will have received when you purchased your tickets online.

NOTE: If you purchased your ticket(s) to the event on the day you attended and/or don't have email confirmation, please include a picture of your ticket/pass/wristband in the photo of your Kill la Kill Box 3. Please have both the Box and you ticket/pass/wristband in clear view.(If you can't do any of the above, email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com so we can discuss.)
VERY IMPORTANT – Deadline to apply for Kill la Kill Box 3 MCM London replacements is 9am on Monday 8th June.
In terms of when replacements will be fulfilled, we are endeavouring to get them to all applicants as soon as possible, but we are aiming for it to be before the general release of the title.

Capaldi to appear at SDCC 2015

BBC Worldwide have announced that Peter Capaldi will be making his debut appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con. The actor will feature on a Doctor Who panel on the 9th July, alongside co-star Jenna Coleman, Missy/Master actress Michelle Gomez, lead writer Steven Moffat and fellow executive producer Brian Minchin.

Capaldi says of his appearance:
Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It's become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H, is a further twist to the cosplay and comic madness I may never recover from

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

New Lupin III Show to Launch with Lupin's Wedding to New Beauty

Lupin's gang gathers at ceremony of female conglomerate head with a secret

This year's Lupin III, the first full-fledged television anime to star the legendary thief character in three decades, unveiled a new character on Wednesday. Rebecca Rossellini is a business owner with beauty to match even Lupin III's mainstay heroine, Fujiko Mine. In the first episode of the new series, an invitation to Lupin and Rebecca's wedding, addressed to Inspector Zenigata, arrives. Fujiko, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa gather at the ceremony.
Rebecca is the young president of a conglomerate based in the Republic of San Marino, the story's setting. She has also worked as a model and an actress, and has become an international "gossip queen" due to rumors of affairs with many celebrities. She has an independent wild streak, as well as a secret she cannot tell anyone.
The new character is the "mysterious beauty" teased in the promotional video that debuted in April:

Text: 2015. After 30 years, he returns!
Text: The setting is Italy and San Marino.
Logo: Lupin III
Text: A new history begins for Lupin III, the world's greatest thief.
Text: Original creator - Monkey Punch
Text: Chief director - Kazuhide Tomonaga, Music- Yuji Ohno
Text: Premiere broadcast in May in Italy. Showing on NTV and other channels this fall.
The new series will be the first full-fledged Lupin III television anime series to star the legendary thief character since 1984-85's Lupin III: Part III ended three decades ago. (Sayo Yamamoto and TMS Entertainment made the Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine television anime spinoff in 2012.)
 
The series was originally announced at the MIPCOM event in Cannes, France last October. The series is set to have its world premiere on Italy's RTI channel. The series will be broadcast in Japanese television this fall. The story of the new series will take place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s.

Monkey Punch, the creator of the original 1967 Lupin III manga, commented that he is excited for the start of a new animation series, and that he is looking forward to Lupin's exploits.
Franchise veteran Kazuhide Tomonaga (key animator on Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, particularly the whole iconic car chase) is serving as chief director, and Yuichiro Yano (Moyashimon, Francesca, Mujin Wakusei Survive, Patapata Hikōsen no Bōken) is directing at Telecom Animation Film. Writer Yuuya Takahashi (Donten ni Warau, Tiger & Bunny, Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone) is in charge of the series scripts. The franchise's veteran composer Yuji Ohno will again compose the series' music.

Tomonaga noted that the Lupin III anime that his generation watched four decades ago was completely different from the previous anime aimed at children. He added that it had a very huge impact on the diehard adult fanbase. For the generation that already experienced that amazement as well as the generation unaware of those days, Tomonaga wants to make an exciting animation that is realistic yet sprinkled with fantastic elements. Furthermore, he wants to depict a Lupin in which conflicting elements coexist — hard-boiled yet comical, cool yet tongue-in-cheek.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

Update: TMS updated the promotional video so that it no longer reports that the Italian broadcast will premiere in May:

Square Never Intended Final Fantasy To Be 'Final'

There are many theories on how Square Enix's Final Fantasy franchise got its name. Despite the implications in its title, the series has extended well beyond one game. Final Fantasy XV is heading to PlayStation 4, with mini-franchises based on Final Fantasy IV VII, X, and XII further pushing the total number.

Fans speculated the title was based on the financial stakes if the original game failed or that game director and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi threatened to leave the gaming world all together if Final Fantasy wasn't a success.
Sakaguchi put those rumors to rest during his keynote speech at Kyoto's Ritsumeikan University. The franchise's title had more to do with marketing and the crew had a few criteria to meet when naming the game. The title needed to be easily abbreviated using the Roman alphabet and that abbreviation needed to be four-syllables. Short and sweet. Using the word "Fantasy" was an obvious choice, given the game's genre.

After initially considering Fighting Fantasy but finding out the name was already in use, they chose "Final." The abbreviation "FF" (efu efu in Japanese) fit the four syllable requirement.
According to Sakaguchi, "Really, anything that started with an F would have been fine for the title."

Director Hideaki Anno Laments Over Anime's 'Decline'

Acclaimed anime director Hideaki Anno has revealed his growing concern over the current state of Japanese animation in a recent interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti . In this interview, he makes the bold statement that anime is "losing its spark," and after it has run out, will likely give rise to something newer.

His fear stems from his opinion on today's system of anime production. He worries that as it is now, this era of anime will barely last another five years, citing apprehensions over a looming potential loss of both funding and human resources.
However, he goes on to point out that anime, while having its base in Asia, is "headed towards a good place." He is confident that anime will continue elsewhere in the world, but still fears its imminent demise within Japan over the coming years.

Hideaki Anno created giant robot classics like Gunbuster and Neon Genesis Evangelion. He is currently working on the latter's continuation through the film series Rebuild of Evangelion, whose fourth and final film is still in production. He also has his hand in creating live-action movies, such as an upcoming Japanese Godzilla film. He recently celebrated his 55th birthday.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' English Teaser Unveils August 4-12 Theatrical Run

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that its limited theatrical run of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' film will be from August 4-12. Theater locations and times have not yet been announced.
The company also began streaming a teaser trailer:
Chris Ayres is returning to play Frieza in the English dub. He previously played the character in the Dragon Ball Z Kai edition of the earlier television anime series. Todd Haberkorn will join the cast as Jaco.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' premiered on 658 screens in both 2D and 3D in theaters across Japan on April 18, although advance screenings were held before then. The film is the first Japanese film to open in 3D IMAX Digital Theaters.
The film will eventually screen in 74 countries worldwide. Funimation hosted the North American premiere of the film on April 11 in Los Angeles.
Original manga creator Akria Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay, and character designs of the new movie. Dragon Ball Z animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro directed the new movie. Pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z (Sailor Moon Crystal, Bodacious Space Pirates) performed the film's theme song, and also voiced roles in the movie, playing "angels" of hell that reside where the protagonist Son Goku's enemy Frieza has been imprisoned.
Toriyama said in an interview in November that the 'F' in the film's title stands for "Frieza," who is 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 is 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

Toei Files 'Kamen Rider Ghost' Trademark

Toei filed a trademark for "Kamen Rider Ghost" in Japan on April 28, and the filing was made public on Tuesday. The first television series that launched the live-action special effects franchise Kamen Rider premiered in 1971, and the current series, Kamen Rider Drive, premiered last October.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Vegeta Versus Vegetables in New Cup Noodle Commercial


From the iconic anime franchise Dragon Ball Z, Prince Vegeta of Planet Vegeta can now be seen destroying an onslaught of giant vegetables to fix himself a quick meal in a new advertisement for Cup Noodle.
The commercial show off a new flavor, Cup Noodle Vegeta. It is made with crispy cabbage and a variety of vegetables prepared within a pot-au-feu and bacon broth to bring out the flavor in the veggies. The new flavor comes out in Japan today and goes for 194 yen (US$1.60).
In July, the Dragon Ball franchise will see a brand-new anime in the form of Dragon Ball Super.Dragon Ball Super will premiere on Fuji TV and other channels on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. This will be the first new Dragon Ball television series since Dragon Ball GT, which aired from 1996 to 1997. The story of the anime is set a few years after the defeat of Majin Buu, when the Earth has become peaceful once again.
Cup Noodle's previously promoted its quick meals with commercials featuring a soccer samurai and Kanna Hashimoto performing miraculous stunts.

Digimon GEM Figure Line Adds Sora, Piyomon, Joe Kido, Gomamon


On the heels of last week's announcement of the Digikore! DATA 1 mini-figures, the GEM line of high-quality figures revealed plans to add Sora Takenouchi with Piyomon and Joe Kido with Gomamon. The figure series already includes Mimi Tachikawa with Palmon and Kōshirō "Izzy" Izumi with Tentomon.
The Sora figure comes with replacement parts so buyers can change her facial expression from smiling to winking. Joe also comes with an alternate facial expression. They're both made mostly of PVC and measure 100 mm (about 4in) high.
Each figure costs 5,832 yen (about US$49) or they can be bought together for 11,016 yen (US$93). Preorders opened on Friday and the figures are expected to ship in October.

DW 12th Doctor Comics

Wednesday sees the release of Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #8 written by Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, Nikolai Dante) with art by Brian Williamson (Torchwood), bringing the climactic finale of 'The Fractures' story arc. 


Bursting from a twisted parallel universe and clawing their way through the void, the Fractures are here, and nothing could prepare the Doctor for their insidious assault on reality. The Doctor, Clara and UNIT must battle the Fractures, as they slip through the cracks in our world to wear the skin – and bodies – of innocent people, puppeteering them from the inside! When the war spills out of quiet suburbia and threatens the world, it will take a father and daughter – separated by whole universes – to bring the conflict to an end.
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Anthony Ainley Bio DW

The biography of the Master to the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh Doctor, Anthony Ainley, is due to be on general release later in the year; however, it is now available to order directly from Fantom Publishing, signed by the author, Karen Louise Hollis.


The Man Behind The Master (Credit: Fantom Publishing)Anthony Ainley: The Man behind The Master
Researched by Karen Louise Hollis

Although known to an audience of millions the world over for his portrayal of The Doctor's arch nemesis The Master in Doctor Who during the 1980's, Anthony Ainley had a prolific career which encompassed starring roles in Spyders Web and It's Dark Outside, as well as appearances in renowned dramas such as The Pallisers, Elizabeth R, Nicholas Nickleby, Upstairs, Downstairs, and cult films including Blood On Satan's Claw and The Land That Time Forgot.

But the dramas in Anthony's real life were far more fascinating than any of the many parts he played on screen. Born the illegitimate son of actor Henry Ainley, and taken into care at the Actors' Orphanage at the age of four, Fantom presents the hidden story behind one of Doctor Who's most enigmatic characters.
Karen said:
This is the first time all aspects of his life have been drawn together. I have had the pleasure of interviewing a number of friends and colleagues from every aspect of Anthony's life, and examined the archives to bring together the most complete and fascinating story.

Monday, 25 May 2015

One Piece Film Z Released Monday


On Monday May 25, Manga Entertainment is releasing One Piece Film Z on both Blu-ray (pictured) and DVD.
Said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons of old, the Marines' trump card, the "Dyna Stones," have suddenly been stolen by a group of renegade vigilantes. The terrifyingly powerful man responsible, former Marine Admiral "Z", now stands in the path of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates. Can the Straw Hats defeat "Z" and his crew, or will the New World meet its end at the hands of this mad man?
One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda personally served as an executive producer on the film. Avril Lavigne contributed hersongs "Bad Reputation" and "How You Remind Me."
MVM is releasing the series Devil Survivor 2 on Blu-ray. (The DVD is already available.) In the series, high school senior Hibiki Kuze and his best friend Daichi Shijima discover a website that will send videos of their friends' faces just before they die, only to receive videos of each other on the very spot where they're standing. When sudden disaster strikes, the same site that foretold doom allows them to summon the "demons" they need to survive, and the two friends along with classmate Io Nitta are thrown into an uneasy alliance with a secret organization fighting to stop the end of the world.
The anime series adapts AtlusShin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Nintendo DS role-playing game. Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation) directed the series, and Yoshimichi Hirai is the assistant director at the studio BridgeMakoto Uezu is in charge of the series scripts, andKotaro Nakagawa is scoring the music.
Manga Entertainment is also releasing Bleach Series 15 Part 1 (subtitled "The Invading Army"), carrying episodes 317 to 329

Ultimate Retro Game Console Compatible with 11 Different Cartridges


Retro gamers who are tired of hardware failures and the clutter of multiple, often clunky consoles now have something to look forward to. Cyber Gadget, a Japanese game accessory manufacturer, is developing a console, Retro Freak, that is compatible with the cartridges of 11 older consoles. These are:
  • Family Computer (a Japanese Nintendo system equivalent to the West's NintendoEntertainment System)
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Super Famicom (the SNES's equivalent in Japan)
  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Color
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Genesis
  • Mega Drive (the Genesis's equivalent outside of North America)
  • TurboGrafx-16
  • PC Engine (the equivalent of the TurboGrafx-16)
  • PC Engine SuperGrafx

The main Retro Freak system

The Retro Freak cartridge adaptor
Once inserted into the system, the cartridges can be "installed" so games can be played without worrying about cartridges again.
The Retro Freak comes with its own controller, but the various consoles' controllers can also be used. A USB port enables PlayStation controllers to be used wirelessly.

Graphics are upscaled and can be modified to filter out the sharp edges that appear in high resolution. Sound can also be modified to take advantage of stereo systems.

The effects of image filtering
Cheat codes enabling features like invincibility or maxed-out levels can still be entered.
The Retro Freak also features more convenient saving than many of the games it plays. Games can be saved and restarted at any point. Games that have run out of battery power can be saved and played on the Retro Freak. All save data can be exchanged with the cartridges.

"Quick save completed"
This impressive system is scheduled for a September release in Japan and will be priced at 20,000 yen ($165), although a "Premium Model" will cost 26,000 yen ($215). The difference between a Standard and Premium Model is yet unknown.

A demonstration of the Retro Freak's graphical enhancements over analog versions