Friday, 30 December 2016

Anime Limited posted the latest update to its schedule:
January 9 2017: Space Dandy Series 1 and 2 (Standard Blu-ray Edition)
January 9 2017: Aldnoah.Zero Season 2 (listed on Amazon as appearing both on Blu-ray and DVD)
January 9 2017: The Case of Hana & Alice (listed on Amazon as appearing both as a Special Edition Blu-ray and a standard DVD)
January 16 2017: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone (Blu-ray/DVD Collectors Edition, includes booklet and art cards.)
January 16 2017: Claymore (Limited Collectors Edition Blu-ray), pictured
January 16 2017: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 (Blu-ray - carries first 25 episodes)
January 30 2017: Eden of the East (Blu-ray Collector's Edition, includes art-cards, stickers, 40-page 'official log book.' This edition will include the original 11-part TV series and the two film sequels, Eden of the East: The King of Eden and Eden of the East: Paradise Lost, although this is not indicated on the website listing as of writing.)
January 30 2017: Persona 3 the Movie #1 Spring of Birth, details to follow.
The Funimation releases of Absolute Duo and Mikagura School Suite will both be "Dual Format' releases, containing both Blu-ray and DVD editions of the titles.
Re No-Rin, Anime Limited says, 'This was set to be a Blu-ray+DVD combi set but at the request of the licensor, a change was needed whereby PAL DVDs would be included. After much discussion and deliberation internally on this it has been decided to make No-Rin a Blu-ray only release.'
Customers who have already ordered the combi set will be contacted early in the New Year regarding their order.

Nerima Daikon Brothers Now Available

Anime Limited's DVD release of Nerima Daikon Brothers is now available. In the series, Hideki, leader of the Nerima Daikon Brothers, has a dream to build a dome in his hometown of Nerima to hold a concert for his band. Together with his cousin, Mako (whom he has a crush on), Ichiro, and Pandaikon (a panda he found in his yard that resembles a daikon), they strive to make money any way they can, and in the process, rid the world of evil-doers and steal their money in the process.
In addition, the second half of The Heroic Legend of Arslan is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal. The Collector's Edition includes a 100-page book (character profiles, background info, artwork), plus art cards, character cards and a poster. The series is based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon), adapted from a novel series by Yoshiki Tanaka. Funimation described the story:
In the kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a powerful city ruled by the fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan, the 14-year-old prince of Pars, is a green ruler and lacks the fierce leadership skills possessed by his father. After his father falls victim to a treacherous plot headed by one of his most trusted comrades, the kingdom of Pars falls in the war with the neighboring nation of Lusitania. Narrowly escaping with his life, Arslan must embark on a journey to reclaim the fallen kingdom and fulfill his destiny as ruler of Pars.

Thursday, 29 December 2016


Penguin have launched a new competition which gives fans a chance to have their artwork featured in a new Doctor Who Book.

Doctor Who: The Illustrated Adventures is due to be published by Puffin at the end of 2017. The publishers are looking for images to illustrate the 100 top favourite Doctor Who episodes, as listed in the book.

The images have to be submited using the Template on the Penguin website and the winners will be chosen by the Puffin design and illustration experts and members of the BBC’s Doctor Who brand team.

At least 25 winners will be chosen to appear in the book, but dependent on the number and quality of entries, as many as 100 images could be chosen. Winners who will be the entrants whose entries, in the opinion of the judges, depict (or capture) the chosen episode of Doctor Who most creatively and attractively. Each winner will receive two copies of the book.

Full details can be found on the Penguin Website

List of Top 100 Doctor Who Episodes to be featured in the book.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Digimon Releases Memorial Compilation Album for Singer Kouji Wada

The Digimon Adventure Fes. 2016 event offered a tribute to late singer Kouji Wada on July 31 with its limited-edition Digimon Song Best of Koji Wada album. The franchise announced on Saturday that another compilation CD for Wada is getting a wider release.
Koji Wada Digimon Memorial Best features 19 songs that Wada performed for various Digimon anime. The songs include Digimon Adventure opening theme song "Butter-fly," Digimon Adventure 02 opening theme song "Target ~Akai Shougeki~," and Digimon Tamers opening theme song "The Biggest Dreamer." The CD also includes the collaborative singles "an Endless tale" and "Mirai e no Tobira ~Ano Natsu no Hi kara~."
Digimon series character designer Kenji Watanabe created an illustration for the "-sketch1-" version of the album, and Digimon Adventure tri. character designer Atsuya Uki created an illustration for the "-sketch2-" version. Both versions contain the same songs, and they will ship for 3,129 yen (about US$27) each on January 25.
"Butter-fly" was Wada's major debut, and a new version of the song featured as the opening theme for the first Digimon Adventure tri. film. The fourth film in the six-part anime film series, Digimon Adventure tri. Sōshitsu (Loss), will open in Japan on February 25. Select theaters in Japan will screen the film for three weeks, and it will debut for paid advance streaming on the same day. Theaters will also sell a limited-edition version of the film's Blu-ray Disc. The official website for the fourth film unveiled a visual in October:

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016


Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio had an Audience Appreciation or AI score of 82.

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.

The score is identical to that received by last year's Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song.

The highest score of the evening once more went to Call the Midwife on BBC One which scored 88.


This item contains spoilers.

Press reaction to this year's Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, is overwealmingly positive with most reviewers enjoying the first new Doctor Who to hit screens this year.

"The happiest, most heroic Christmas special in years" is is how The Telegraph describes the episode with much praise going to the lead actors. "Capaldi was charismatically mercurial, switching between silliness and sadness. Nardole, who could have been a mere stop-gap until new companion Bill arrives next year, worked well as an affable comic stooge – with the added ability to put his finger on the painful truth of the Doctor’s loneliness and grief"

Praise for the actors was also abundant in Radio Times who called the episode "a beautifully packaged hour of uplifting escapism". "The scenes between the Doctor and eight-year-old Grant (Logan Hoffman) are delightful, allowing Capaldi to work some grandfatherly charm and tottering eccentricity. Canadian actor Justin Chatwin looks great as both the lackadaisical nanny and rippling Ghost, while Britain’s Charity Wakefield is lovely as his Lois-Lane-alike".

A charming and funny festive special is how Digital Spy heralds the story, with much praise for the script by showrunner Steven Moffat. "It's one of the most richly comic episodes in recent memory, employing witty wordplay, great sight gags and even a joke about Pokémon Go."

The script also wins plaudits from the Los Angeles Times. "The episode plays very much to Moffat’s strengths. He has a talent for fast-paced farce, with characters going in and out of doors and portals in space and time —the episode’s central engine, the difficulties of managing a secret identity, is a classic situation-comedy situation — and for crafting banter of both the light and glancing kind and of the kind that intimates deeper feelings below."

The Guardian appreciated the move away from the traditional, overly Christmas type of episode. "There are only scant, functional references to Christmas in The Return of Doctor Mysterio. Rather, it channels the classic 3.10pm movie of yore – specifically, the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve Superman films. And for that, it ranks in my personal top five of Christmas Doctor Whos."

GamesRadar feels the episode sets the right tone from the start. "The pre-titles sequence is a charmer, establishing the wry, buoyant tone. Logan Hoffman’s winning as the young, comic-crazed Grant Gordon while the Doctor’s sniffy take on superheroes is good value, particularly the sly line where he wonders if Spider-Man’s radiation-imbued superpowers are “vomiting, hair loss, death”. That’s dark for Christmas."

Cartermatt enjoyed the comedy in the story. "Everything that we saw between The Ghost and Lucy was ridiculous, but also incredibly funny. The exchange where he was going to reveal his secret identity to her while she realized how amazing Grant was to her was amazing, especially when he chickened out of making the move when he realized that she admired Grant’s “honesty.”"

IGN is less enthusiastic about the story calling it an OK return for the Doctor. "Its most effective moments land with the few brief times when it connects to that tale or the Doctor’s past, with the rest of the superhero-themed segment feeling slightly detached and less relevant"

AV Club is also less impressed "On balance, The Return Of Doctor Mysterio is just about fine. It’s probably a lesser episode than The Husbands Of River Song, but it also has a better sense of its overall purpose than that episode did, which careened from cartoonish to tragic with minimal warning."

Nerdist appreciated the central theme of the episode. "The Return of Doctor Mysterio is exactly the kind of adventure story we need for a Christmas Day. It tells us we don’t need superpowers or a mask and cape to be heroic, and that the bravest thing you can do is speak your mind and stand up to the bullies of this world. That’s what Doctor Who is, and I for one have badly needed it."

Finally, Den of Geek was impressed by the directing. "Visually, director Ed Bazalgette is immediately on board with the style of the piece. His comic book-into-real-life opening was quite lovely, but also there’s the segment where he splits the screen. This is an old Hitchcock trick, of course, but when the Doctor starts to edge over the line of his split, then the comics aesthetic clearly came to mind too."

Our own review of the episode can be found in Doctor Who Reviews


The Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, had an estimated audience of 5.68 million viewers on BBC One, a share of 27.1% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnigfht figures.

Top of the tree this year was the Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing which had 7.17 million viewers, followed by The Great Christmas Bake Off with 6.23 million. Later in the evening Mrs Brown's Christmas Boys, which has topped the ratings in recent years, scored 6.13 million. The drama Call the Midwife had 6.06 million while soap EastEnders had 5.9 million.

ITV's highest rated programme was Coronation Street with 6.12 million. The Queen's Christmas Message had 5.19 million watching on BBC One and 2.95 million on ITV.

The overnight figures are an initial estimate. Final figures, including those who record the programme and watch within a week, will be released early next week.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Toei Reveals Space-Themed Super Sentai Series Uchū Sentai Kyūranger

Toei and TV Asahi opened a website on Monday to reveal the 41st Super Sentai series, Uchū Sentai Kyūranger. The new series will premiere on February 12 at 7:30 a.m. The series has a theme of "space" (uchū) and "constellations," and for the first time will feature a nine-member hero squad. (The word "kyū" in Japanese means nine, and the show's title harkens back to the first entry in the Super Sentai series, Himitsu Sentai Goranger. "Go" means five in Japanese.)
The story features an evil organization called "Jark Matter" who rule the universe in the far distant future. The nine "Kyūtama" transformation items that harness the power of the constellations choose nine heroes to become the Kyūrangers and save the universe. Each member is an alien from a different constellation, and include not only human-type aliens but also android-type and werewolf-type aliens.
The cast for the human-type Kyūrangers includes (from left to right):
  • Taiki Yamazaki as Snake Charmer Silver (named after the constellation Ophiuchus) / Naaga Ray
  • Yōsuke Kishi as Scorpion Orange (Scorpius) / Stinger
  • Takumi Kizu as Lion Red (Leo) / Lucky
  • Sakurako Ōkubo as Chameleon Green (Chamaeleon) / Hami
  • Tetsuji Sakakibara as Swordfish Yellow (Dorado) / Spada
The characters for the non-human-type Kyūrangers includes (from left to right):
  • Eagle Pink (Aquila) / Laupta 283, a pilot android
  • Scales Gold (Libra) / Balance, a mysterious mechanical lifeform
  • Wolf Blue (Lupus) / Garu, a half-beast werewolf
  • Ox Black (Taurus) / Champ, a robot wrestling champion
Manga artist Masato Hisa (Area 51, Nobunagun) designed concept art for the transformation suits in the series. Takayuki Shibazaki (Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger), Teruaki Sugihara, and others are directing the series, and Nobuhiro Mōri (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger) is writing the scripts. The show's opening theme song is "Lucky Star" and the ending theme song is "Kyūtama Danching!," although the official website hasn't revealed the artists for either theme song.
The 40th Super Sentai series, Dōbutsu Sentai Zyuohger, premiered on February 14.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the 24th season of the Power Rangers franchise, adapts Toei's 39th Super Sentai series, the ninja-themed Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. Power Rangers Ninja Steel premieres in January.

Happy Holidays from the Anime World!

200 Voice Actors Face Off in TV Special's Popularity Contest

TV Asahi variety producer Keisuke Higuchi Tweeted on Saturday about an upcoming television special that will pit 200 Japanese voice actors against each other in an ultimate popularity contest. The "Ninki Seiyū 200-nin ga Honki de Eranda! Seiyū Sōsenkyo! 3-jikan SP" (200 Popular Voice Actors Seriously Selected! Voice Actor General Election! 3-Hour Special) television special will air on TV Asahi on January 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Details are scarce about the special, and it's unclear whether voting is taking place beforehand or during the course of the program. Higuchi's Tweet reveals he apparently had a hectic schedule during filming for the special. However, the producer did not divulge which voice actors are participating in the show.
Performers for the special include the comedy duo Bakushō Mondai and singer and entertainer Eiji Wentz (live-action Kitaro's Kitaro, Nodame Cantabile in Europe's Franck Latoine). Actor and singer Kanji Ishimaru will act as presenter, and TV Asahi's Megumi Aoyama and Ayaka Hironaka will serve as announcers. Kazuya Kojima of the comic duo Unjash, entertainer Chiaki, and Nogizaka46 idol group members Rina Ikoma and Sayuri Matsumara will appear as studio guests.
Many television specials with voice actors and anime re-airings will also fill Japan's airwaves around New Year's.
Which Japanese voice actors do you think are the most popular? Who do you think will come out on top in this popularity contest? Tell us in the forum!

Your Name Among Mark Kermode's Top Ten Films of Year

Shinkai blockbuster ranked at number nine by British film reviewer

The British film reviewer Mark Kermode has included Mark Kermode's your name. in his list of the Top Ten films of 2016 (at number 9).
In the video, Kermode argues that it does Shinkai no favours to describe him as a new Miyazaki, "since his work is so completely different." He describes your name. itself as "really intelligent and thought-provoking, but the animation is sweeping and wonderful." (Kermode's full review of the film is here.)
Last year, Kermode chose Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya as one of the Top Ten films of 2015.

MVM Acquires God Eater

MVM posted the following on its Facebook page:

We're happy to announce we'll be releasing God Eater next year on both DVD & Blu-ray! But far too early to clarify price/date etc.
The series is set in 2017, when the Far East is ruled by angry gods. 20 years ago unknown life forms called “Oracle cells” begin their uncontrolled consumption of all life on Earth. Humanity both fears them and reveres them as "aragami." They are immune to all weapons and the mankind's numbers continue to dwindle. The last bastion of hope is the newly developed "God Arcs" weapons that utilize Oracle cells to fight back. The weapons wielders band together into an elite force dubbed "God Eaters


The Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, had an estimated audience of 5.68 million viewers on BBC One, a share of 27.1% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial overnigfht figures.

Full details shortly


The BBC have released the teaser trailer for the forthcoming next series of Doctor Who, shown before the end titles of this year's Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio:

The next series is due to air in the United Kingdom during the spring of next year.

Happy Mysterio

Today sees the premiere of the Doctor's only adventure for 2016, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which takes its now traditional spot in the BBC One Christmas Day television line-up. There's still time to enter our competition to predict the ratings of this festive episode - details below!

At the time of writing, there's six hours to go before Doctor Who is broadcast in the United Kingdom, but in the meantime the BBC have released a wealth of videos to promote the episode:

Phanton publiushing

Fantom Publishing have released details on the next two releases in their Who Talk range of alternative audio commmentaries.

First up is the original television adventure, An Unearthly Child. Producer Paul W T Ballard explains:
"One of the first thoughts we had after the success of Web and Enemy, was to revisit the first Doctor Who story and complete the commentary for it. The original DVD release of An Unearthly Child covered only two out of four of the episodes, plus the pilot, whereas we have been able to introduce some new voices to the mix and complete all four instalments plus the pilot.

The commentary features William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Jeremy Young (Kal), Waris Hussein (Director), Brian Hodgson (Special Sound) and Clive Doig (Vision Mixer), and is moderated by the omnipresent Toby Hadoke.

The second release celebrates the Cyber 60s, with Paul saying:
Whilst we have an ongoing mission to cover episodes without any commentary at all, we are also having fun bringing new contributors to the fold to provide alternatives on some classic serials. I think Cyber60s is a fitting celebration of fifty years of one of Doctor Who's most popular monsters.

The set contains commentaries for the Patrick Troughton serials The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Wheel in Space and The Invasion. Moderated by both Paul and Toby, this release features Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Michael Kilgarriff (Cyber Controller), Sally Faulkner (Isobel), Sylvia James (Make-Up), Roger Bunce (Cameraman) and Marcia Wheeler (Assistant Floor Manager).

The company are also offering a special edition bundle featuring both commentaries: each set will be signed by an actor from each release as well as a both disc featuring additional commentaries on The Tenth Planet and The Moonbase. These CDs are very limited, and exclusively available via the Who Talk website.

Who Talk will return in 2017 with a full of schedule of alternative DVD Commentaries.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Anime Song Event in London January 18

There will be a talk/performance related to anime songs on Wednesday January 18 from 6.45 p.m. (ending at 8.15). The venue is London's Foyles Bookshop (Level 6) on Charing Cross Road, between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road tube station. Places are free but must be booked at this link.
Entitled "Anisong - The Musical World of Anime," the talk is presented by The Japan Foundation. From the event website:

From the onset of anime in Japan, the accompanying music has always been fine-tuned to the content of the anime as well as its audience. While the music style of each song varies and differs depending on the period, the songs used and created for anime are often passionate, melodic and almost always undeniably infectious. Recently the songs have evolved from mere accompaniments or frills to the anime to become more independent and acknowledged in their own right as a genre known as anisong (“Anime songs”). Responding to this musical phenomenon, The Japan Foundation present a special event delving deep into the topic of anime music, which is today considered one of the main driving forces in the Japanese music industry. Featuring a talk by Dr Rayna Denison, lecturer at the University of East Anglia, the event will trace anime music's brief historical journey while examining the impact it has had upon the anime industry and its viewers.
Following on from the talk, there will be a special performance by Aya Ikeda, the songstress behind the themes of the very famous anime series Pretty Cure (aka Precure) a “magical girl” anime, as well as the opportunity to sing along too.


This week sees Titan Comics release the latest Doctor Who comic featuring the Tenth Doctor, the spectacular finale of year two. .


Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
Cover A: Wellington Diaz - B: Will Brooks Photo - C: Matt Baxter - D: Claudia Ianniciello - E: Nick Abadzis

The grand finale of Year Two! The impossible has occurred, and an ancient foe, long since defeated, has returned again to plague the Doctor, the universe, and to threaten all of reality! Has Anubis fallen to the ways of his father, Sutekh... or has Sutekh found a way to transcend death? Whoever survives will head into Year Three forever changed!
TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Cover_A_Wellington_Diaz (Credit: Titan) TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Cover_B_Will_Brooks (Credit: Titan) TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Cover_C_Matt_Baxter (Credit: Titan) TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Cover_D_Claudia_Ianniciello (Credit: Titan) TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Cover_E_Nick_Abadzis (Credit: Titan) TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Preview (Credit: Titan) TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Preview 2 (Credit: Titan) TENTH DOCTOR #2.17 Preview 3 (Credit: Titan)

Thursday, 22 December 2016

New Power Rangers Film Gets Graphic Novel Sequel in March

Boom! Studios revealed on Monday that is publishing Saban's Power Rangers: Aftershock, a graphic novel sequel to the upcoming Power Rangers film, on March 29, five days after the movie's launch. Ryan Parrott (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Batman: Gates of Gotham) is writing the story, and Lucas Werneck (Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier) is illustrating.

The graphic novel will be a 96-page, full-color softcover book. It will retail for US$14.99. There will be two covers: an illustrated cover by Greg Smallwood (pictured above) that will only be available at comic book shops and a movie version cover (pictured below) that will be available at bookstores.

Lionsgate describes the new Power Rangers film:
Saban's Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
The film is planned for a March 24, 2017 release in the United States. The movie will open in Japanese theaters on July 15, 2017.
The main cast includes:
Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger Jason
Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger Kimberly
Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger Zack
R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger Billy
Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger Trini
The film's staff revealed an earlier set of character posters in September that offered a glimpse of the Zords featured in the movie.
In addition to the main cast, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston plays Zordon, Elizabeth Banks plays Rita Repulsa, and David Denman plays Sam Scott (the father of the Red Ranger).
Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is on board to direct the film. John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Max Landis (Chronicle), and Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) are scriptwriters for the film.
Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dragonball: Evolution) is composing the film's score. Kelli Jones (Straight Outta Compton, Sons of Anarchy) is serving as costume designer, Hamish Purdy (The Revenant) is in charge of set design, and Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings) is handling suit design and visual effects. Paul Jennings is the stunt coordinator, Andrew Menzies is the production designer, and Matt Lloyd is director of photography.
Allison Shearmur and Brent O'Connor are serving as executive producers. Haim Saban, Brian Casentini (Power Rangers TV series), Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen are producing the film.
Boom! Studios and Saban Brands are also publishing a new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic, a spinoff comic focusing on the Pink Ranger, and a six-issue mini crossover comic combining Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Justice League.

Ghost in the Shell Trailer and Cinema Venues

List of cinemas screening 1995 original on January 25

MangaUK has posted a new trailer for Mamoru Oshii's 1995 film Ghost in the Shell (above) and a list of venues screening the film on January 25.
Tickets for all the screenings can be bought at the official site.
Aberdeen Union Square Cineworld
Barnet Everyman
Basingstoke Festival Place Vue
Bath PictureHouse
Belfast Odyssey Independent
Birmingham Odeon
Birmingham Broad Street Cineworld
Birmingham, Electric Independent
Birmingham, Star City Vue
Bluewater CDL Showcase
Brighton Odeon
Brighton Komedia PictureHouse
Bristol Showcase
Bristol CDL Showcase
Cambridge PictureHouse
Cambridge Vue
Cardiff Showcase
Cardiff Odeon
Chelmsford Everyman
Cheshire Oaks Vue
Coventry Showcase
Crawley Cineworld
Derby CDL Showcase
Dublin Cineworld
Dublin Vue
Dudley Showcase
Dundee, DCA Independent
Edinburgh Cineworld
Edinburgh Cameo PictureHouse
Enfield Cineworld
Exeter PictureHouse
Exeter Vue
Gateshead Vue
Glasgow East Showcase
Glasgow Quay Odeon
Glasgow Renfrew Street Cineworld
Harrogate Everyman
Hemel Hempstead Independent
Hull Vue
Inverness Vue
Lancaster, Dukes Independent
Leeds Everyman
Leeds CDL Showcase
Leicester CDL Showcase
Lincoln Odeon
Liverpool Showcase
Liverpool One Odeon
Liverpool, FACT PictureHouse
London East, Stratford East PictureHouse
London Central, Central PictureHouse
London Central, Panton Street Odeon
London Central, Prince Charles Independent
London East, Hackney PictureHouse
London East, West India Quay Cineworld
London East, Westfield Stratford Vue
London North, Crouch End PictureHouse
London North, Finchley Road Vue
London North, Holloway Odeon
London North, Islington Vue
London North, Wood Green Vue
London South, Croydon Grants Vue
London South, Greenwich Odeon
London South, Kingston Odeon
London South, Ritzy PictureHouse
London South, Wandsworth Cineworld
London South, Wimbledon Odeon
London West, Westfield Vue
Manchester Showcase
Manchester Printworks Odeon
Manchester Red Vue
Manchester, Home Independent
Metrocentre Odeon
Milton Keynes Cineworld
Newham Showcase
Northampton Vue
Norwich PictureHouse
Norwich Vue
Nottingham CDL Showcase
Oxford PictureHouse
Oxford Vue
Paisley Showcase
Peterborough CDL Showcase
Plymouth Vue
Portsmouth Vue
Portsmouth, No. 6 Independent
Reading CDL Showcase
Sheffield Cineworld
Sheffield Vue
Shetland, Mareel Independent
Southampton PictureHouse
Southampton Odeon
Southend Odeon
Stirling Vue
Swansea Vue
Teesside Showcase
Walsall Showcase
Watford Vue
York PictureHouse
York Vue

Your Name First Home Release Details

Film can be pre-ordered on Amazon, expected release date is October 2017 or later.

Anime Limited has announced some early details for its forthcoming home release of Makoto Shinkai's your name.
According to Anime Limited, 'We do not anticipate (your name.) to be available before October 2017 and it could even be potentially later than that.' (The film is currently listed for pre-order on Amazon UK for October 2017, but Anime Limited stresses this is placeholder date.)
The film will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD edition. All editions will contain both the English-dubbed and subtitled versions of the film.
Regarding an Ultimate Edition, Anime Limited says, 'we would absolutely love to do (an Ultimate Edition), but we have to wait and see what materials will be available to us... If we can release an Ultimate Edition, we will."
Extra content and packaging TBC.


Big Finish have announced that the Fourth Doctor Adventures will continue into 2018 with a new series featuring the Doctor (Tom Baker), Leela (Louise Jameson) and K9 (John Leeson).

This time around the series will be released as two boxed sets of four episodes each. January 2018 will see the release of Series 7A, consisting of Episode One by Andrew Smith, The Crowmarsh Experiement by David Llewellyn, and The Mind-Runners / The Demon Rises by John Dorney; May sees the release of Series 7B, with The Shadow of London by Justin Richards, Episode Six by Dan Starkey, and Kill The Doctor! / Episode Eight by Guy Adams.

For digital listeners, as well as the two boxed sets it will also be possible to buy the episodes individually. Pre-orders can be purchased at a discount to the final release price. For full details see the Big Finish website.

Meanwhile, Season 6 kicks off in January, which as well as K9 will feature the Doctor's Time Lord side-kick Romana (as portrayed by Lalla Ward):

The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Beast f Kravenos (Credit: Big Finish)6.01 The Beast of Kravenos
Written by Justin Richards, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released January 2017

A stunning new star act is wowing the audiences of the New Regency Theatre. The modern mechanical marvel of canny canine charisma - the automated dog that can answer any question - the incomparable - the unbeatable - K9!

The Doctor and Romana have returned to Victorian London and been reunited with their old friends Professor George Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago. However this is not merely a social visit. A terrifying crime spree is sweeping the capital, and the burglaries of 'The Knave' defy all logic.

Something impossibly dangerous is taking place amid the fog. Only the time travellers and their friends can stop it... but can they be sure they're all on the same side?
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Eternal Battle (Credit: Big Finish)6.02 The Eternal Battle
Written by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released February 2017

The TARDIS has landed in a war zone. The Doctor, Romana and K9 find themselves traipsing through an inhospitable battlefield. Strange lights flicker in the sky, and stranger creatures lurk in the darkness.

When rescued from an attack by a Sontaran tank, the time-travellers discover they’re facing a far more dangerous foe than the battle-hungry clones. This terrifying fight has been going on longer than anyone can remember… and shows no signs of stopping.

With the TARDIS missing and their luck running thin, the Doctor and his friends’ only hope of survival is to uncover the truth about what is happening on this planet. If they can discover the secret of the eternal battle they might just survive... but it might just mean the end of them all.
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: The Silent Scream (Credit: Big Finish)6.03 The Silent Scream
Written by James Goss, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released March 2017

On the set of a busy Hollywood movie in the late 1920s, a damsel is in distress! As cameras roll, she opens her mouth to scream and... nothing comes out. Nothing at all. It's happened again.

The Doctor, Romana and K9 have arrived in a terrified Tinseltown. A new film is being made and several stars of the silent screen are viewing it as a potential comeback... but it may prove a poisoned chalice. Actors are vanishing and strange creatures stalk the streets.

Something evil is lurking behind the scenery. Can the Doctor stop it when he doesn't have a voice?

It's time for his close-up.
The Fourth Doctor Adventures: Dethras (Credit: Big Finish)6.04 Dethras
Written by Adrian Poynton, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released April 2017

In the control room of a World War 2 submarine something strange has started to happen. As the ship runs out of control, its crew begin to fall unconscious...

Finding the submarine in the last place they'd have expected, the Doctor and Romana are confronted by a mystery. Once fully populated, there are now only three men on board. And there's now also a chimpanzee.

What has happened to the rest of the crew? What are the strange noises they can hear outside the hull?
6.05 The Haunting of Malkin Place
Written by Phil Mulryne, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released May 2017

The Doctor and Romana meet the spiritualist Talbot, who has been called to investigate ghostly apparitions in a 1920's mansion.
6.06 Subterranea
Written by Jonathan Morris, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released June 2017

The travellers are taken deep underground by a steam-driven alien drill ship, where the terrifying Silex await.
6.07 The Movellan Grave
Written by Andrew Smith, directed by Nicholas Briggs
Released July 2017

An archaeological expedition in 1980 uncovers a Movellan power pack. Before long, a reactivated alien ship is rising – a ship that contains a deadly secret weapon from an interstellar war...
6.08 The Skin of the Sleek
Written by Marc Platt, directed by Ken Bentley
Released August 2017

The Doctor arrives on the amazing world of Funderell, which is covered by a giant gelatinous ocean that people can walk on... but stand still and you sink.
6.09 The Thief Who Stole Time
Written by Marc Platt, directed by Ken Bentley
Released September 2017

The Doctor arrives on the amazing world of Funderell, which is covered by a giant gelatinous ocean that people can walk on... but stand still and you sink.


BBC Worldwide have released details on the forthcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of this year's Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, in the United Kingdom:

The Return of Doctor Mysterio (Blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Return of Doctor Mysterio (DVD) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)
This Christmas sees Peter Capaldi return as The Doctor, alongside Matt Lucas who returns as Nardole with a stellar cast including Charity Wakefield, and Justin Chatwin. Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio, will be on DVD and Blu-ray from 23rd January 2017.

In this epic Christmas Special, The Doctor joins forces with a masked Superhero for a fantastic New York adventure.

With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost.

The 60 minute Doctor Who Christmas Special is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark).

Bonus material for the DVD & Blu-ray includes two features:
  • The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero
    The Doctor has no superpowers, but he can stand proudly alongside the greatest superheroes ever known. In this special program, we’ll ask what it is about the Doctor that makes him so heroic.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio
    Join stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, showrunner Steven Moffat, and many more for this very special inside look at the making of The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

The Return of Doctor Mysterio is available to pre-order on DVD or Blu-ray from our Amazon Shop, and there is still time to win a copy in our Predict The Ratings competition!


There have been a few recent developments on the German market that are of interest.

  • Pandastorm Pictures are going to release the TV Movie on DVD and Blu-Ray early 2017. There will be three different editions. First of all on 17th February there will be a limited "Collecter's Edition Mediabook", which will contain two DVD's and one Blu-Ray. The regular editions of the DVD (2 discs) and Blu-Ray (one disc) will be released on 31st March 2017 and feature a different cover. All three editions will contain the German and English language soundtracks, as well as all bonus features of the UK releases. Also included will be exclusive material for the German market. Details to follow.
  • German books publisher Cross Cult are going to release the novelisation of The Pirate Planet ("Der Piratenplanet") by James Goss on 27th February 2017. This will be Cross Cult's last confirmed Doctor Who novel.
    One of Germany's biggest publishers, Bastei Lübbe, will take up the reign and release the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks ("Die Hand des Omega") on 21st July 2017. It will also be available in the audio book format.
  • Adding to their German editions of the popular Titan Doctor Who comic books, Panini Comics Germany just released the first volume of the IDW story Prisoners of Time ("Gefangene der Zeit"). There was also a limited to 200 copies variant cover, drawn by popular 80's/90's comic book artist John Ridgway, only available on the German Doctor Who convention TimeLash II last October. Volume 2 will be released on 28th February 2017.
  • Germany's only Doctor Who convention TimeLash will take place for a third time on 28th to 29th October 2017 in Kassel. Guests announced so far are Daphne Ashbrook (Grace Holloway) , Philip Hinchliffe (70's producer and writer) and Annette Badland (Margaret Slitheen). More guest announcements to follow on the official TimeLash Facebook page in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available in early January on the TimeLash Homepage.


Warlord Games have announced that the next release in their range of miniature figures will be based upon characters from this year's Christmas special, The Return Of Doctor Mysterio:

The first new episode in twelve months sees The Doctor and the previously decapitated Nardole (Matt Lucas taking on the companion role, now thankfully with his head reattached) arrive in present day New York. They team up with reporter Lucy Fletcher and the mysterious superhero The Ghost to fight aliens with a fondness for brain-swapping.

These two beautifully sculpted pewter figures feature The Ghost as portrayed by Justin Chatwin, and Dr Sim, played by Aleksandar Jovanovic.

Warlord Games: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (cover) (Credit: Warlord Games) Warlord Games: The Ghost (Credit: Warlord Games) Warlord Games: Dr Sim (Credit: Warlord Games)

The set is available to pre-order from their website.

DWM 507

Two new issues of Doctor Who Magazine are on sale now

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 507 (Credit: Panini) Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 507 (Credit: Panini) Doctor Who Magazine 507 features new companion Nardole who returns in this year’s Christmas Special and for the 2017 series.

Matt Lucas chats to DWM in a rare and exclusive interview

Some people say, ‘I quite liked Nardole, but why does he need to come back?’ Well, there is an answer. I can’t tell you why he needs to come back, but I can tell you that he does need to come back. There’s a job that needs to be done, and it’s not a job that the Doctor can do on his own. Nardole is there to help him. It’ll all become clear.
You can read the full interview inside the new magazine...

  • DWM previews the amazing new Christmas Special!
  • A chat with the man behind the mask – Justin Chatwin, who plays The Ghost in the Christmas episode!
  • Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions.
  • DWM takes an in-depth look at the Doctor’s superhero credentials.
  • Despite the lack of series on TV, 2016 has still been a year to remember in the world of Doctor Who...
  • Why the Doctor took a week off from fighting Daleks in 1965 to engage in some slapstick comedy…
  • 24 years after it launched, the Doctor Who pinball table has returned in digital form.
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.
  • There’s a double helping this issue as our team watches The Sarah Jane Adventures episode The Death of the Doctor, and the 2010 Special A Christmas Carol.
  • Writer Russell T Davies reveals fascinating new facts about the 2006 Christmas Special in this issue’s Fact of Fiction.
  • DWM reviews the recent DVD release of the animated edition of the 1966 classic, The Power of the Daleks.
  • A review of all the Who goodies which make perfect Christmas gifts.
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • The Watcher ponders the Reset Button...
PLUS! All the latest official news, Christmas competitions, and The Watcher’s Christmas Quiz.

Doctor Who Magazine 507 is on sale now, price £5.99, with a GIGANTIC FREE POSTER!

Doctor Who Magazine - 2017 Yearbook (Credit: Panini) The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2017 is a 100-page special edition, packed with all-new content.

There are exclusive interviews with the cast of the recent spin-off Class and the crew of the 2017 series of Doctor Who. The director and costume designer of Friend from the Future describe the making of the mini-episode, and there is an extensive section of tributes to Doctor Who luminaries who passed away during 2016.

Elsewhere there are round-ups up the year’s Doctor Who-related books, records and Big Finish releases, along with a report from November’s launch event for the new Power of the Daleks animation.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Even though there wasn’t a new television series in 2016, Doctor Who never stands still. This is our review of the year, and there’s been so much activity – from the BBC, its licensees and the fan community – that we’ve had a job squeezing it all in!
Doctor Who Magazine Special: The 2017 Yearbook is on sale now, price £5.99.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Sentai Filmworks to Release Utawarerumono: The False Faces With English Dub

Section23 Films announced in its April release slate that Sentai Filmworks' release of Utawarerumono: The False Faces will include an English dub. The series is slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on April 25, 2017.
Utawarerumono: The False Faces premiered in Japan on October 3, 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.
The first Utawarerumono anime was original licensed and dubbed by ADV Films but later picked up by FUNimation Entertainment. Sentai Filmworks released the Utawarerumono OVA with an English dub earlier this year.
Sentai Filmworks will also release Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle, Girls Beyond the Wasteland, and Is the order a rabbit?? in subtitle-only releases in April 2017.

Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Anime's TV Ads Preview Theme Songs

The official website for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga (Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujō Ō-hen) sequel anime began streaming two commercials on Sunday. The preview UVERworld's opening theme song "Itteki no Eikyō" (Drop's Influence) and Rin Akatsuki's ending theme song "Kono Te de" (With This Hand). The website also began streaming a second promotional video on Sunday. (Note: All three videos on the official website are region-locked to Japan.)
The anime will adapt the "Kyoto Impure King Arc" that started in the fifth volume of Kazue Katō's original Blue Exorcist manga. Aniplex of America describes the series:
Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons—the exorcists. Rin Okumura kept the fact that he was Satan's offspring a secret from everyone and decided to become an exorcist. He began his training at True Cross Academy but following the incidents involving Amaimon's raid, his lineage became apparent. Fearing his true nature and the blue flames marking his connection to Gehenna, Rin's classmates all distanced themselves from him. Meanwhile, the academy was on high alert when they realized that the “Left Eye of the Impure King” had been stolen! What lies ahead for Rin and his classmates?
The anime will premiere on January 6 and will air on MBS's "Animeism" programming block. The official website revealed that the anime is getting six DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, but it has yet to reveal the show's episode count. Aniplex of America licensed the series for its winter lineup.
The show's new and returning cast includes:
Koichi Hatsumi (Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta., Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King) is replacing Tensai Okamura as the director of the new series at A-1 Pictures. Toshiya Ono (The Perfect Insider, tsuritama, Gatchaman Crowds) is handling the series composition, replacing Ryota Yamaguchi. Keigo Sasaki is returning from the first season to design the characters, and he is also the chief animation director alongside Akira Takata (Durarara!!, Natsume's Book of Friends). Shigeki Kawai (episode director for Kingdom, Galilei Donna) is serving as assistant director. Hiroyuki Sawano is additionally returning to compose the music alongside newcomer Kohta Yamamoto (the same Legendoor management company represents both artists).
In addition to the new television anime season, the 19th volume of the original manga will bundle an original anime DVD on April 4.
Thanks to Dennis R. for the embedded videos.