Monday, 30 November 2015

Gundam, GITS Arise and Eccentric Family Released Monday

New releases by Anime Limited, Manga Entertainment and MVM

On Monday November 30, Anime Limited will release the first volume of its Blu-ray edition of the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam.
Manga Entertainment will release the second volume of Ghost in the Shell Arise on both Blu-ray and DVD. It carries the third and fourth episodes of the reboot of the cyberpunk franchise ('Ghost Tears' and 'Ghost Stands Alone'). Kazuchika Kise (chief animation director for Otogi Zoshi, Blood-C: The Last Dark) directed the series and designed the characters and Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier D'Eon, Mardock Scramble) supervised and wrote the scripts. Production I.G produced the series, and Cornelius (Appleseed: Ex Machina) composed the music. The series has a new voice cast with Maaya Sakamoto as Mokoto Kusanagi and Kenichirou Matsuda as Batou.
MVM will release The Eccentric Family on both Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray includes a 64-page hardcover art book with episode guides, character info, and illustrations. The series is set in Kyoto, where humans, tanuki (shape-shifting raccoon-dogs), and tengu (long-nosed goblins of Japanese folklore) intermingle. In the Shimogamo family of tanuki, Yasaburō lives for whatever strikes his fancy at the moment. P.A. Works adapted a novel by Tomihiko Morimi, the author of The Tatami Galaxy (Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei) novel.

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for Date A Live II Anime

Funimation announced the English dub cast for its Date A Live II sequel anime series on Saturday.
The show stars:
Josh Grelle as Shido
Michelle Rojas as Tohka
Bryn Apprill as Kotori
Tia Ballard as Yoshino
Michelle Lee as Origami
Alexis Tipton as Kurumi
Brittney Karbowski as Kaguya
Megan Shipman as Yuzuru
Jad Saxton as Miku
(Note: Funimation had spelled Tia Ballard's name as Tia Billard in the announcement.)
Jerry Jewell is serving as the ADR Director, and Sean D. Roberts and Tyson Rinehart are writing the scripts.
Funimation added in the announcement that it would release an English dub trailer for the series soon.
The anime is the second anime season based on Koushi Tachibana's original Date A Live light novel series, and it premiered in April 2014. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired, and then announced in January that it would release the series on home video.
Funimation describes the sequel as follows:
Itsuka Shido was a once a normal high schooler. But after a spacequake started by an armored girl rocked his world, life was never the same. Tohka, the extra-cute extraterrestrial continued to wreak havoc until Shido sealed her powers with a loving kiss. For a guy whose kiss can seal a Spirit, Shido's still not great with the ladies. In addition to the sealed Spirits he already must appease, he's got three more beautiful girls with volatile powers vying for his attention. And with a mysterious organization on the hunt for Tohka, the DEM's various attempts to subdue Fraxinus, and a new lady loving Spirit, Shido can kiss his normal life goodbye!
Funimation released the first anime season on home video in June 2014

Sony to Close Japan's PSP PlayStation Store in March

Sony Computer Entertainment announced on Friday that it will discontinue its PlayStation Store for PlayStation Portable on March 31, 2016 in Japan. The UMD Passport Service, which allows users to register physical PSP games for a discount on digital versions for the PlayStation Vita, will also end on March 31 in Japan.
Content that has already been purchased will still be downloadable. PSP games will still be available via the web store, PlayStation 3 store, and PS Vita store, and can be transferred to PSP.
Sony launched the portable gaming system in 2004 and ended shipments in Japan in June 2014

DW Seiers 9 promo pics

DW series 9 ep11 AI

Doctor Who: Heaven Sent had an Audience Appreciation or AI score of 80.

The score is lower than average for the series, reflecting the unusual nature of the story, which saw Peter Capaldi alone for most of the story.

The Appreciation Index or AI is a measure of how much the audience enjoyed the programme. The score, out of a hundred, is compiled by a specially selected panel of around 5,000 people who go online and rate and comment on programmes.

DW Seires 9 ep11 reaction

This item Contains Plot Spoilers

Press reaction to the latest Doctor Who episode, Heaven Sent mainly highlights the solo aspect of the story and the acting ability of the show's main star. An instant classic was the verdict of Radio Times. "This is Peter Capaldi’s hour and he has earned it. OK, the running time is five minutes shy of one hour, but this brilliant, bold, extended episode is a one-man show – a tour de force from the magnificent Capaldi."

The Express agreed. "As a concept it actually worked surprisingly well and Peter Capaldi managed to carry off the whole thing without it feeling too weird. He led us through this adventure, which was an exploration of grief and the fear of death"

The Metro calls the episode an epic one man show. "Capaldi delivers 100%, carrying every scene and showing every facet of his Doctor: anger, terror, playfulness, intensity, resignation and, finally, a fierce refusal to do anything other than do what he has always done: find a way to win."

A mind bending masterpiece is how Digital Spy sums up the story. "One thing's for certain - even after 5 years in the job, showrunner Moffat is refusing to rest on his laurels, switching up not just the show's style but its substance. He's out to prove that you can still do something new with a character that's been around for half a century."

The writing was picked up by AV Club who thought it a perfect episode. "It’s a tour de force for writer Steven Moffat, director Rachel Talalay, and star Peter Capaldi, who is by himself for a good 95 percent of the episode’s running time."

Den of Geek also praised the writer "This is Steven Moffat on very good form. He's being confident and clever with time, without zipping backwards and forwards and asking us to hold on. There’s an inherent trust that the audience is on board with what he’s doing, and – in a recurring theme this series – there's a genuine gamble with format and story.". The Register agreed "It's a terrific episode penned by showrunner Steven Moffat. Season 9 has veered off course once or twice, but over all it's been thoroughly entertaining. And I say this even though those damn sonic sunnies are still being worn by the Doctor."

IGN thought the episode showed the Doctor needed Clara. "It’s telling how empty he is now without her. He’s lost without her, and I’m sure this notion will play into next week’s season finale as well where it looks like the Doctor is out for blood.". While thought the return to Gallifrey had been underplayed. "The fact that the BBC carelessly revealed in the logline for "Heaven Sent" that the Doctor would be returning to Gallifrey tells me that the folks involved with the show don't think the Time Lords' return was particularly noteworthy. But to me as a fan, it feels a bit like we've been cheated out of a really great story"

Indewire praised the production values "This is a "bottle episode," an episode that takes place entirely in one small space the characters -- or in this case, character - can't get out of. Normally slotted into a series for budget constraints, that's probably not the case here, with a glorious CGI'd castle straight out of "Game of Thrones" and some incredible special effects, but it's deeply claustrophobic and unsettling."

Gamesradar thought it showed the 52 year old series could still have fresh ideas. "Heaven Sent” proves there’s still virgin territory to be explored. It’s refreshingly unlike any episode we’ve seen before."

You can read the Doctor Who News review in our


Radio Times (5-11 Dec 2015) (Credit: Radio Times)As mentioned earlier this week, the latest edition of the Radio Times to be published, 5-11 Dec 2015, features a festive Doctor Who front cover, an annual tradition from since the series returned in 2005!

This edition covers both the finale of the current series, Hell Bent, and looks forward to the
forthcoming Christmas Special, featuring a three page interview with Steven Moffat, during which he discusses his shyness, how to replace Jenna Coleman and also on taking inspiration from other writers:
Some things you see on TV are so bad, you think you shouldn’t write for a week in case you’re contaminated. In case it’s got into your head. The sheer rubbishness of the dialogue and story construction. You have to detox. But you read a script by Russell [T Davies] and suddenly everything makes sense in an immaculate, clean way.

Talking about his own eventual departure and on finding on a worthy succesor to run the show, Moffat said:
That's an issue I'm actively engaged in. Everything is difficult in Doctor Who, including leaving. I'd never leave it in the lurch because it means too much to me. Let's not pretend it's not a big problem. But there will be a solution.

The 'legendary' Christmas double edition of the Radio Times (19th Dec - 1 Jan), featuring the 'legendary' Doctor Who Christmas Special, is due to be published in London/Midlands on 5th December, and on general sale from 9th December.

DW Seires 9 ep11 overnights

4.51 million viewers watched Doctor Who: Heaven Sent, according to unofficial overni ght viewing figures.

The episode had a 20.7% share of the total Television audience.

Strictly Come Dancing was top for the day with 10.23 million watching. ITV managed 7.59 million for I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! which was ahead of The X Factor which had 6.6 million viewers.

On the overnight figures, Doctor Who was 6th for the day, behind Pointless Celebrities and BBC News, but this will be reversed when final figures are released next week.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Yu-Gi-Oh's Millennium Puzzle Cast in Pure Gold To be Displayed at Jump Festa

With a replica this fancy, one would hope there were a pharaoh inside to help you win card games.
In celebration of the upcoming 2016 film, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, Jump Festa 2016 will display a pure gold replication of Yugi Mutou's Millennium Puzzle. Recreating the mystical Egyptian object that Yugi used to channel the mysterious Yami Yugi, this Puzzle is made from 25 million yen (US$203,933) worth of pure gold and weighs over three pounds. The Millennium Puzzle will be featured at the event on December 19.
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions will be released in Japanese theaters on April 23 and celebrates the franchise's 20th anniversary. Advanced ticket orders will receive a special "Blue Eyes Alternative White Dragon" card.

Hyper Japan Christmas Market Schedule Update

Update - A previous report said that the performance of IA on Sunday would be at 12 noon; in fact, it is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. In addition, IA will also appear in the Meet and Greet area on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Hyper Japan Christmas Market will run from Friday November 27 to Sunday November 29 at Tobacco Dock in London, near Tower Hill, Shadwell and Wapping (directions). The festival has announced two anime-related guests: Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani and producer Rui Kuroki, both from Production I.G They will appear on the Friday at 6p.m. and during the first session on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Naoyoshi Shiotani (pictured) directed both the Psycho-Pass TV series and the spin-off film, as well as Blood-C: The Last Dark. Rui Kuroki's producer credits include the Psycho-Pass film, Kuroko's Basketball, and segments of Halo Legends and Batman: Gotham Knight.
The Hyper Japan event will also feature performances by IA, a Vocaloid character. Her voice is provided by the singer Lia, who sang theme songs for Air, Clannad, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Angel Beats!, Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku, Little Busters! Refrain, and Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil. IA will appear at 8 p.m. in the second Saturday session and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, followed by a Meet and Greet at 11 a.m.
There will also be an unofficial Hatsune Miku Vocaloid concert by the fan group 'Mirai no Neiro.' The concerts will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. in the first Saturday session and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Pokémon Picross eShop Game Slated for December 3

The Pokémon Company International announced on Wednesday that it will release its free-to-start Nintendo 3DS puzzle game Pokémon Picross via the Nintendo eShop on December 3 in North America and Europe. The game is also slated for early December in Japan.
Nintendo announced the game earlier this month. The game allows players to solve puzzles that reveal pixel portraits of Pokémon

Start Your Day with a Real Schoolgirl Wake-Up Call

While electronic devices offer the experience of being aroused by a cute anime-style high schoolgirl, waking up to a real one has remained the province of dreams for some time. Now JKMorning offers such a prospect.
Its website is taking registration for a morning wake-up call from real high school girls. It claims that one-offs or regular calls are both possible. The girls will also be screened and must meet "certain standards." Payment will be handled through PayPal. It is also currently seeking girls to make the calls.
The service is sparking considerable attention on the Japanese Internet, much of it critical. The website is absent of important details like terms of service, the organization behind it, a fee system, or a Q&A section. It is also unclear how the site will use its customers' personal information, or when the service can begin. Despite discussion of these omissions and much snarky banter, several have already signed up and tweeted about it.
In an interview, Kantarō Suzuki, the man behind the service, was not surprised at how popular JKMorning already is. He said that he conceived of the idea while talking with his friends and had the website up only a week later. He also says that rates have not been decided and that he did not feel the need to post terms of service since money had not been handled yet. Suzuki assured the interviewer that measures would be taken to protect the girls and that he has plans to introduce a similar service involving boys in the future.

Sword Art Online Date Change

Anime Limited has confirmed that its release of Sword Art Online II: Part 2 has been moved back to December 28

DW series 9 ep 10 script

The BBC have made the script of last week's episode, Face the Raven by Sarah Dollard, available to read online via their BBC Writers Room. The "purple script" from 26th June 2015, under the episode's original title Trap Street, includes a number of additional passages of dialogue/scenes that were lost prior to its ultimate filming and transmission, examples of which include Rigsy's full name and the appearance of his fiancée Jen, the mystery of Derren Brown, plus dialogue from the original ending scene that appeared post-credits.

Other scripts available from the site include the opening stories of this series and for series three

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Life of Satoru Iwata, Late Nintendo CEO, Remembered in Documentary

Thousands paid their respect when Nintendo company president Satoru Iwata passed away in July, facing the brunt of typhoon at his service in Kyoto or leaving notes and letters at The Nintendo World Store in New York and the Nintendo headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
The ripples of Iwata's death are still spreading throughout the gaming community. Metal Gear Solid series composer Norihiko Hibino and pianist Ayaki covered the song "Onett" from EarthBound in tribute on the duo's single Prescription for Peace: A Tribute to the Departed earlier this month. It also includes the track "Sincerely Yours" to honor late musical mentor Eiki Oshimi.
Norman Caruso is also chronicling Iwata's career in his latest Gaming Historian 30-minute episode, "The Life of Satoru Iwata."
Iwata saw the start of his gaming career at HAL Laboratory, developing known classics like Earthbound and the Kirby franchise. As CEO of Nintendo, he pioneered many gaming innovations such as the Nintendo DS and introducing motion control to games with the Nintendo Wii. He often served as the face of Nintendo Direct, which were short online press conferences that showed off upcoming Nintendo titles. Many Nintendo Directs placed Iwata in quirky and humorous situations such as an intense mock battle with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime back at E3 2014.

Bleach Brave Souls Mobile Game Gets Worldwide English Release

KLab Global began accepting pre-registration on Wednesday for a worldwide English-language release of its iOS and Android game BLEACH Brave Souls.
The app game is free-to-play with in-app purchases. Players can create a team of three characters from Tite Kubo's Bleach manga and complete quests with hack-and-slash gameplay. Service for the game offers weekly leagues where players can compete with others for prizes.
The game launched in Japan in this past July. The game has more than 7 million downloads, though KLab noted earlier this month that in-game item sales have slowed since August.
Image © Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, dentsu, Pierrot
Update: KLab corrected its press release to say that the game has more than 7 million downloads, not 700 million.

Germany to release DW series 9 on DVD/BLU-RAY

German DVD distributer Polyband released a trailer for the upcoming Series 9 DVD and Blu-Ray boxed set, announcing the release date even before the UK.

The 6-disc set, containing all 12 episodes of Series 9 as well as the upcoming Christmas Special, will be released on 18th March 2016. According to the Polyband Website, there will be many bonus features on the set, including a 45 minute interview with the cast, conducted by former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Will Wheaton.

Series 9 will premier in Germany on 3rd December 2015 on the TV channel FOX. You can already pre-order the DVD's and the Blu-Rays at Amazon Germany.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Familiar of Zero Light Novels' 1st Volume After Creator's Passing Scheduled

The website of late author Noboru Yamaguchi's alternate-world fantasy light novel series Zero no Tsukaima (The Familiar of Zero) announced on Wednesday that MF Bunko J will publish the series' 21st of 22 planned volumes on February 25, 2016. It will be the first novel in the series in five years since the 20th volume's release in February 2011.
The announcement did not reveal the name of the author writing the new volume, but it did state that the volume will also be published outside Japan simultaneously (although not necessarily in English). The website also revealed the new volume's cover art of the heroine Louise, illustrated by returning artist Eiji Usatsuka:
Sou Yurugi, editor-in-chief of Kadokawa's (Media Factory) MF Bunko J imprint announced in June that the light novel series will continue. Yamaguchi had planned to finish the series before he passed away in 2013. According to MF Bunko J, he dictated the remaining plot of the series, including its ending, from his sickbed and entrusted it to the editors.
The editors acknowledged that the publisher has received a steady stream of requests to continue the series from fans, and added that the late novelist's family also expressed their desire that the series be completed.
Media Factory published the 20th of 22 planned volumes in February of 2011. Zero no Tsukaima F, the fourth and final television anime series adaptation of the novels, premiered in 2012. North American publisher Seven Seas Entertainment had licensed the light novel series but eventually published its manga spinoffs instead. Seven Seas describes the beginning of the story:

In a world where sorcery reigns supreme, bumbling witch-in-training Louise Francoise le Blanc is known by her classmates at the Tristain Academy of Magic as "Louise the Zero." During an important coming-of-age ritual, when each student must summon a lifelong familiar, Louise proves herself inept when she mistakenly conjures a teenage boy from earth. Now, whether she likes it or not, Louise "the Zero" and Saito, the ever-whining earth boy from Japan, are bound by the laws of magic as master and servant

Fairy Tail Zero Prequel TV Anime Casts Kana Hanazawa as Zera

This year's 52nd issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced on Wednesday that Kana Hanazawa will voice the character Zera in the television anime of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail Zero manga. Kanazawa said that she wants to faithfully portray Zera's strength and gentleness. She added that she looks forward to being able to chat with Mavis.
The other cast members are:
Mamiko Noto as Mavis
Katsuyuki Konishi as Yuri

Hiroshi Shirokuma as Warrod

Yoshihisa Kawahara as Precht

Akira Ishida as Zeref
Kodansha Comics announced this month that it has licensed the manga and will release it in summer 2016. The company describes the manga as follows:

This is it: The Fairy Tail prequel fans have been waiting for! Series creator Hiro Mashima himself draws an all-new series that depicts the founding of the Fairy Tail guild. Many years ago, Mavis Vermilion was a servant on Sirius Island, mistreated by a guild master and his daughter, Zera. But Mavis stayed positive, because her mother once told her that fairies never visit people who cry about their problems. When the guild came under attack, Mavis pulled Zera from the wreckage into the forest. Seven years went by, and the powerful wizards Warrod Sequen, Precht, and Yuri Dreyer arrived on the island, seeking a powerful jade gemstone. This journey would change the course of magical history...
The tagline above reads, "The beginning of many things!! The adventure guided by magic and companions …"
The anime will premiere in January.
Kodansha Comics publishes the main Fairy Tail manga in North America, and Crunchyroll is releasing new chapters online as they come out in Japan.
Mashima's main Fairy Tail manga has inspired two TV anime series, two video anime, an anime film, and several spinoff manga. The second TV anime series began airing in Japan in April 2014, and Crunchyroll and Funimation stream the series as it airs. Funimation is releasing both series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America.

Byrnhildr in the Darkness Listed on Amazon UK

The anime Byrnhildr in the Darkness (Gokukoku no Brynhildr) is currently listed on Amazon UK. According to the listing, it will be released by Manga Entertainment on February 15 2016.
Sentai Filmworks previously described the series:

A high school senior Murakami Ryota had a childhood friend called Kuroneko who died in an accident. Ryota had made a promise with Kuroneko that he will prove there are aliens in the universe. In order to fulfill his promise, he joined the astronomy club at the school as its only member and kept observing the stars almost every night. One day, a girl who looks like Kuroneko transferred into his class. To his surprise, the girl's name is Kuroha Neko which is really similar to his childhood friend's name. However it seems that there is something unusual about her. It turns out that she is a witch who actually escaped from a research laboratory.
Studio ARMS (MAOYU, Queen's Blade) animated this story by the creator of Elfen Lied and Nononono.

RIP Anothny reid

The writer Anthony Read has died, aged 80.

Born in 1935, Read attended the Central School of Speech and Drama and, following National Service, worked in Fleet Street in advertising, journalism and publishing before deciding to become a full time writer. He joined the BBC on 2nd November 1963 - just some three weeks before the show we remember him for launched on television! Early work included being a writer for The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling and script editor for the Peter Cushing incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, but it was in the latter half of the decade when he became known for The Troubleshooters, a series he script edited, wrote and later produced for.

During the 1970s he returned to being freelance, working on shows such as Marked Personnel, The Black Arrow, Crown Court and Z-Cars (a return to one of the first shows he had written for in 1962). However it was in 1977 when he came to be associated with Doctor Who, invited by producer Graham Williams to take over from Robert Holmes, working alongside the outgoing script editor on Image of the Fendahl and The Sun Makers before formally taking charge of scripts with Underworld. Having co-written The Invasion of Time with Williams, the pair went on to devise the umbrella-themed Key to Time Season Sixteen, with Read also taking on producer duties when his colleague became ill. Having 'discovered' a talented writer during that run, he then recommended the reins of script editing be passed to 'newcomer' Douglas Adams, and returned to write a story for the following season, The Horns of Nimon. After leaving Doctor Who he contributed scripts to The Omega Factor (which starred his first 'companion' Louise Jameson).

Other programmes during this prolific time included The Professionals and the science fantasy cults Into the Labyrinth and Sapphire and Steel; he also dramatised/wrote all three series of Chocky, devised from the book by John Wyndham. A return to the world of Sherlock Holmes with The Baker Street Boys earned him an award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain. During the 1980s he moved away from writing for television, though he did contribute to the medium occasionally, notable writing several episodes for The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson in 1998.

A long-time friend with David Fisher (hailing back to the 1960s), the pair collaborated on a number of non-fiction works, including The Fall of Berlin, The Proudest Day: India's Long Road to Independence and Colonel Z: The Secret Life of a Master of Spies. He also wrote a number of solo works focussed around the Second World War, including winning the Wingate Literary Prize for Kristallnacht; however he also kept up his fictional ties, especially with regard to his soft spot, The Baker Street Boys.

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A roundup of publicity for the penultimate episode in the current series of Doctor Who, Heaven Sent.

Trapped in a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. One final test. And he must face it alone.

Pursued by the fearsome creature known only as the Veil, he must attempt the impossible. If he makes it through, Gallifrey is waiting…

Writer / Steven Moffat
Director / Rachel Talalay
Producer / Peter Bennett

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Heaven Sent: Known Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 28 Nov 20158:05pm
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 28 Nov 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am GMT)
CanadaSPACESat 28 Nov 20159:00pm EDT(2:00am GMT)
Asia PacificBBC EntertainmentSun 29 Nov 201510:00am SGT(2:00am GMT)
New ZealandPRIMESun 29 Nov 20157:30pm NZDT(6:30am GMT)
AustraliaABCSun 29 Nov 20157:40pm AEDT(8:40am GMT)
Europe (Benelux)BBC FirstTue 1 Dec 20159:00pm CEST
United KingdomBBC TwoFri 4 Dec 20153:35am(British Signed Language)
South AfricaBBC FirstSat 5 Dec 20156:00pm SAST
IndiaFXSun 13 Dec 201511:00pm IST
FinlandYLE2Mon 14 Dec 20156:05pm EET
DenmarkDR3Fri 1 Jan 2016~8:00pm CET(unconfirmed broadcast)
GermanyFOXThu 21 Jan 20169:00pm CET(dubbed into German)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Hyper Japan Christmas Market Friday to Sunday

The Hyper Japan Christmas Market will run from Friday November 27 to Sunday November 29 at Tobacco Dock in London, near Tower Hill, Shadwell and Wapping (directions). The festival has announced two anime-related guests: Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani and producer Rui Kuroki, both from Production I.G They will appear on the Friday at 6p.m. and during the first session on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Naoyoshi Shiotani (pictured) directed both the Psycho-Pass TV series and the spin-off film, as well as Blood-C: The Last Dark. Rui Kuroki's producer credits include the Psycho-Pass film, Kuroko's Basketball, and segments of Halo Legends and Batman: Gotham Knight.
The Hyper Japan event will also feature performances by IA, a Vocaloid character. Her voice is provided by the singer Lia, who sang theme songs for Air, Clannad, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Angel Beats!, Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku, Little Busters! Refrain, and Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil. IA will appear at 8p.m. in the second Saturday session and at 12 noon on Sunday.
There will also be an unofficial Hatsune Miku Vocaloid concert by the fan group 'Mirai no Neiro.' The concerts will be at 8p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. in the first Saturday session and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Yahoo! Auction for 3,290 PSOne Game Library Ends With 3 Million Yen Bid

One auction bidder just won themselves a huge haul of classic PlayStation games. Seller 'Wmmft148' listed a collection of 3,290 PlayStation games on Yahoo! Auctions and netted 3,000,0000 yen (US$24,417) for the whole lot. According to the seller, they tested about 1,200 of the games and found them all to be playable.
The collection takes up two tatami mats (roughly 4ft x 2ft) and fills 98 boxes. Wmmft148 uploaded a 13-minute video quickly previewing many of the titles, from side-scroller beat 'em ups to mahjong.

At least 7,978 PSOne games were released in the U.S. during the console's run.

Original Yu-Gi-Oh! Voice Actress Looks Back on Getting Role

Years after first having the role, voice actress Megumi Ogata has recently looked back on first voicing Yugi Mutou from the original 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.
The memory apparently came to Ogata after listening to "Yōryū Risui," a Samurai Deeper Kyo character song for Sanda Yukimura (another of Ogata's roles).
She has since tweeted about her memory of getting the role.

The tweet above states: "I then remembered the conversation I had with the director when I was chosen for the part. He told me 'I can feel the scent of darkness from you.' There were a lot of talented voice actors there that could have done it, but he told me I had the air of Kaneto Shiozawa about me. I was ecstatic, but confused..." (Kaneto Shiowaza was a Japanese actor known for his distinctively cold voice that often landed him the parts of villains or anti-heroes throughout his career).
The character's alter-ego, Yami Yugi, was known for his sinister personality and cruel games he would subject his enemies to, which is likely what the director saw in Ogata's voice.
Her tweet was suddenly misinterpreted to mean that she was unhappy with the way she got the role and quickly posted an apology for the misunderstanding.

Her follow-up tweet states: "I wrote that I was happy about the role, but I only said I was confused as a joke. But a lot of people on this site misunderstood that and that was pretty mean!"
Along with Yugi Mutou, Ogata is known for for her roles as Sailor Uranus from Sailor Moon, Kurama from Yu Yu Hakushou and Yukito Tsukishiro from Card Captor Sakura, and Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion

Fushigi Yugi Gets 1st Stage Musical Starring Former Morning Musume Reina Tanaka

The first stage musical adaptation of Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yûgi manga has been green-lit. The first of two parts, titled Fushigi Yûgi ~Ake no Shō~ (Fushigi Yûgi ~Vermilion Chapter~), will open in Tokyo's Owlspot theater on April 8, and will run until April 17 with a total of 15 performances. While the company amipro worked on three previous stage play productions of Fushigi Yûgi, this will be its first musical adaptation.
Former Morning Musume member and current LoVendoЯ rock band member Reina Tanaka (pictured right) will play the lead role of Miaka Yūki. This is her first stage production since graduating from Morning Musume in 2013. A self-proclaimed fan of the original manga, Tanaka expressed her excitement over playing Miaka.
Other cast members include:

  • Ryō Hirano as Tamahome
  • Juri Aikawa as Nakago
  • Takahisa Maeyama as Hotohori
  • Mao Miyaji as Nuriko
  • Yoshikazu Kotani as Tasuki
  • Eiji Takigawa as Mitsukake
  • Tachibana Tatsumaru as Chichiri
  • Tsubasa Hattori as Amiboshi
  • Tomida Daiki as Chiriko
  • Mina Kuryū as Shouka
  • Zendō Ware as Eiken
Hirano, Aikawa, Miyaji, Kotani, and Daiki are all reprising their roles from the previous amipro stage play adaptations of the manga.
Kōtarō Yoshitani (Alice in the Country of Hearts musical, Hetalia ~Singin' in the World~) is directing the musical, and is also writing the script. Asuka Ami is credited as producer.
Viz Media publishes the original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

Miaka is a junior high school student studying for entrance exams for Johan High School, the top school in the city. Not academically inclined, Miaka would rather forget studying and spend more time eating snacks--her favorite pastime--but she's cramming for the exam to please her mother. While studying at the library with her best friend Yui, she finds an old book called The Universe of the Four Gods. Upon reading the book, the girls are transported to a land resembling ancient China. Immediately on their arrival, a pair of bandits attempts to abduct Yui! A mysterious young man with the kanji for "demon" on his forehead comes to their rescue, but now he wants to be paid for his act of heroism!
Nelke Planning produced a stage play of Fushigi Yûgi in March, focused on Tamahome, and starring Golden Bomb band member Yutaka Kyan. It was the first stage play adaptation of the manga not produced by amipro.
Watase ran the 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 also publishes Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden in North America. The original manga inspired a television anime and several original video anime titles. Both Geneon Entertainment and Mediablasters licensed the television anime in North America.

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