Thursday, 31 March 2016

VLOG #54: DESPERATE MEASURES :- 30/03/16

VLOG #54: DESPERATE MEASURES :- 30/03/16

DW BAFTA NEWS

The nominations for the 2016 BAFTA Television Awards have now been announced, and actress Michelle Gomez has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category for her role in Doctor Who.

The actresses up for this category are:
  • Eleanor Worthington-Cox, for The Enfield Haunting
  • Chanel Cresswell, for This Is England '90
  • Michelle Gomez, for Doctor Who
  • Lesley Manville, for River

The BAFTA Awards take place on Sunday 8th May at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and will be broadcast live on BBC One.



Doctor Who's return to television garnered it both the Drama Series Award and Pioneer Audience Award in 2006, with its lead writer Russell T Davies also receiving the Dennis Potter Award; one of the key forces behind the show's successful return, Jane Tranter, received the Alan Clarke Award in 2009 (presented by then Doctor David Tennant). In more recent times, current lead writer Steven Moffat received the Special Award in 2012, and the 50th Anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor won the Radio Times Audience Award in 2014. Current Doctor Peter Capaldi has also been a recipient, winning the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his role as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It.



Doctor Who has also been nominated in the BAFTA Craft Awards, with effects companies Milk VFX, Millennium FX, Real SFX, Molinare up for Special, Visual and Graphics Effects, a category the show has been nominated for every year since 2007 and receiving in 2009, 2014, and last year.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The File of Young Kindaichi Returns Manga Goes on Hiatus Until June

This year's 18th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Seimaru Amagi and Fumiya Sato's Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo R (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns) manga will go on hiatus. The manga will return in this year's 28th issue of the magazine on June 8. The magazine notes that the authors are preparing for a new arc in the detective manga. The manga had just concluded its "Kokuryō Hotel no Satsujin Jiken" (The Kokuryō Hotel Murder Case) arc in the same issue.
The story centers around a high school boy named Hajime Kindaichi who usually seems dull — but when there is a case, he demonstrates remarkable deductive skills inherited from his famous detective grandfather.
The manga is a sequel to Yōzaburō Kanari and Fumiya Sato's original Kindaichi Case Files manga. Amagi and Sato launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in March 2012. Kodansha published the manga's ninth compiled book volume on March 17.
The sequel manga inspired a television anime. The anime's first season premiered in Japan in April 2014, and the second season premiered in Japan last October, and ended last Saturday. Crunchyroll streamed the first and second seasons as they aired in Japan.

Funimation's Escaflowne Dub Casts Vic Mignogna, Felecia Angelle, Michelle Rojas

Funimation's Kickstarter campaign for The Vision of Escaflowne anime series' new English dub posted an update on Tuesday, revealing three additional dub cast members. Vic Mignogna (Dragon Ball Z's Broly, Ouran High School Host Club's Tamaki, Vampire Knight's Zero) will play Folken, Strategos of Zaibach. Felecia Angelle (The Devil is a Part-Timer!'s Emi, Rebuild of Evangelion's Sakura Suzuhara, Seraph of the End's Shinoa) will play Eriya, while Michelle Rojas (Date A Live's Tohka, Assassination Classroom's Toka, Riddle Story of Devil's Suzu) will play Naria.
Funimation also previewed its stylesheets for the packaging design of the release's first and second part, the film release, the Kickstarter-exclusive release, and the collector's edition.
The campaign previously revealed that Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry, Ouran High School Host Club's Haruhi, Danganronpa's Kyoko, Attack on Titan's Petra) will voice the heroine Hitomi Kanzaki, and Aaron Dismuke (Fullmetal Alchemist's Alphonse Elric, Blood Blockade Battlefront's Leonardo Watch, The Heroic Legend of Arslan's Arslan) will voice the main male character Van Fanel. Alexis Tipton (Rosario + Vampire's Moka, Haganai's Rika, Space Dandy's Honey) will voice the cat-girl Merle. Sonny Strait (Fullmetal Alchemist's Maes Hughes, Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei, Dragon Ball Z's Krillin) will play the knight Allen Schezar, while Colleen Clinkenbeard (Wolf Children's Hana, Fairy Tail's Erza Scarlet, Fullmetal Alchemist's Riza Hawkeye) will play the princess Millerna Aston. Eric Vale (Hetalia - Axis Powers' America and Canada, One Piece's Sanji, Fairy Tail's Loke) will play traveling merchant Dryden, and Joel McDonald (Fairy Tail's Zeref, Black Butler's Ronald Knox, Baccano!'s Jacuzzi Splot) will play Dilandau.
The campaign will reveal a new voice actor for the dub at every US$10,000 mark. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$295,018. The campaign will end on Thursday.
The company plans to release the director's cut of the series in HD on Blu-ray Disc, including scenes that were not available when Bandai Entertainment's original English dub was released. Kelly Sheridan, Kirby Morrow, and Jocelyne Loewen played Hitomi, Van, and Merle, respectively, in Bandai Entertainment's dub.
Funimation will also make a new matching dub for Escaflowne: The Movie. Funimation will release both a standard edition and a collector's edition for the series. The standard edition will be a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and both discs will have the director's cut with the new dub. The collector's edition will have the new dub on Blu-ray Disc and the old dub on DVD. The release will also include an exclusive interview with director Kazuki Akane and creator Shoji Kawamori.
The rewards for the campaign include pre-orders of exclusive Kickstarter editions of both parts of the release, featuring 13 episodes each of the HD complete uncut version of the series in Japanese with English subtitles as well as the new English dub. The Kickstarter edition also includes exclusive art cards. Other rewards include digital wallpapers, on-disc credit listings, pre-orders of Escaflowne: The Movie, theatrical-sized posters, the series' soundtrack, and collector's edition box sets that feature an art book and an unannounced exclusive item, among others.
One backer who donates US$5,000 will receive a tour of the Funimation office, a bag of Funimation merchandise, and a chance to do voice work that will appear in the new English dub. This reward has already been claimed.
The campaign's remaining stretch goal includes an invitation to meet director Kazuki Akane at an exclusive VIP party at a major U.S. anime convention for US$500,000.

2nd Digimon Adventure tri. Film Extends Run After Earning 134 Million Yen

The second film in the Digimon Adventure tri. film series, Digimon Adventure tri. Ketsui (Determination), has sold 83,069 tickets for over 134 million yen (US$1.18 million) in 10 theaters between its opening day on March 12 and Sunday, March 27. It has topped the mini theater ranking (for limited-run films) for three weekends in a row.
Although it was previously scheduled for three weeks, it will continue into its fourth week on April 2. While supplies last, each movegoer in the movie's fourth week will receive a new illustration card (pictured above) of Mimi and Meiko drawn by character designer Atsuya Uki.
The film sold 27,506 tickets in its first weekend for a total box-office taking of more than 46 million yen (about US$407,000). It opened at #11 in the Japanese box office in terms of tickets sold. On the first day, March 12, the film sold 17,543 tickets for 30 million yen (about US$265,000), surpassing the day-one box office results of the first Digimon Adventure tri. film, Digimon Adventure tri. Saikai (Reunion). The first film went on to earn 180 million yen (about US$1.5 million) in its first 16 days in theaters.
Crunchyroll began streaming the film as four episodes for premium members earlier this month. The episode will be available for free members on April 10.
The first film opened in Japanese theaters on November 21, and Crunchyroll began streaming the film on the same day as four episodes. The third film, Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), will open on September 24. The project will have six films in total.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Funimation's Escaflowne Dub Casts Eric Vale, Jole McDonald

Funimation's Kickstarter campaign for The Vision of Escaflowne anime series' new English dub posted an update last Friday and this Monday, revealing two additional dub cast members. Eric Vale (Hetalia - Axis Powers' America and Canada, One Piece's Sanji, Fairy Tail's Loke) will play the traveling merchant Dryden, while Joel McDonald (Fairy Tail's Zeref, Black Butler's Ronald Knox, Baccano!'s Jacuzzi Splot) will play Dilandau, the narcissistic Zaibach commander.
Funimation also noted that the original rights holders requires the Blu-ray Discs to enable locked English subtitles when the Japanese audio is selected. Funimation added that the suggested retail prices of the eventual retail editions will be higher than the pledge levels for the equivalent editions in the Kickstarter campaign.
The campaign previously revealed that Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry, Ouran High School Host Club's Haruhi, Danganronpa's Kyoko, Attack on Titan's Petra) will voice the heroine Hitomi Kanzaki, and Aaron Dismuke (Fullmetal Alchemist's Alphonse Elric, Blood Blockade Battlefront's Leonardo Watch, The Heroic Legend of Arslan's Arslan) will voice the main male character Van Fanel. Alexis Tipton (Rosario + Vampire's Moka, Haganai's Rika, Space Dandy's Honey) will voice the cat-girl Merle. Sonny Strait (Fullmetal Alchemist's Maes Hughes, Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei, Dragon Ball Z's Krillin) will play the knight Allen Schezar, while Colleen Clinkenbeard (Wolf Children's Hana, Fairy Tail's Erza Scarlet, Fullmetal Alchemist's Riza Hawkeye) will play the princess Millerna Aston.
The campaign will reveal a new voice actor for the dub at every US$10,000 mark. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$285,287. The campaign will end on Thursday.
The company plans to release the director's cut of the series in HD on Blu-ray Disc, including scenes that were not available when Bandai Entertainment's original English dub was released. Kelly Sheridan, Kirby Morrow, and Jocelyne Loewen played Hitomi, Van, and Merle, respectively, in Bandai Entertainment's dub.
Funimation will also make a new matching dub for Escaflowne: The Movie. Funimation will release both a standard edition and a collector's edition for the series. The standard edition will be a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and both discs will have the director's cut with the new dub. The collector's edition will have the new dub on Blu-ray Disc and the old dub on DVD. The release will also include an exclusive interview with director Kazuki Akane and creator Shoji Kawamori.
The rewards for the campaign include pre-orders of exclusive Kickstarter editions of both parts of the release, featuring 13 episodes each of the HD complete uncut version of the series in Japanese with English subtitles as well as the new English dub. The Kickstarter edition also includes exclusive art cards. Other rewards include digital wallpapers, on-disc credit listings, pre-orders of Escaflowne: The Movie, theatrical-sized posters, the series' soundtrack, and collector's edition box sets that feature an art book and an unannounced exclusive item, among others.
One backer who donates US$5,000 will receive a tour of the Funimation office, a bag of Funimation merchandise, and a chance to do voice work that will appear in the new English dub. This reward has already been claimed.
The campaign's remaining stretch goal includes an invitation to meet director Kazuki Akane at an exclusive VIP party at a major U.S. anime convention for US$500,000.Funimation's Kickstarter campaign for The Vision of Escaflowne anime series' new English dub posted an update last Friday and this Monday, revealing two additional dub cast members. Eric Vale (Hetalia - Axis Powers' America and Canada, One Piece's Sanji, Fairy Tail's Loke) will play the traveling merchant Dryden, while Joel McDonald (Fairy Tail's Zeref, Black Butler's Ronald Knox, Baccano!'s Jacuzzi Splot) will play Dilandau, the narcissistic Zaibach commander.
Funimation also noted that the original rights holders requires the Blu-ray Discs to enable locked English subtitles when the Japanese audio is selected. Funimation added that the suggested retail prices of the eventual retail editions will be higher than the pledge levels for the equivalent editions in the Kickstarter campaign.
The campaign previously revealed that Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist's Winry, Ouran High School Host Club's Haruhi, Danganronpa's Kyoko, Attack on Titan's Petra) will voice the heroine Hitomi Kanzaki, and Aaron Dismuke (Fullmetal Alchemist's Alphonse Elric, Blood Blockade Battlefront's Leonardo Watch, The Heroic Legend of Arslan's Arslan) will voice the main male character Van Fanel. Alexis Tipton (Rosario + Vampire's Moka, Haganai's Rika, Space Dandy's Honey) will voice the cat-girl Merle. Sonny Strait (Fullmetal Alchemist's Maes Hughes, Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei, Dragon Ball Z's Krillin) will play the knight Allen Schezar, while Colleen Clinkenbeard (Wolf Children's Hana, Fairy Tail's Erza Scarlet, Fullmetal Alchemist's Riza Hawkeye) will play the princess Millerna Aston.
The campaign will reveal a new voice actor for the dub at every US$10,000 mark. As of press time, the campaign has raised US$285,287. The campaign will end on Thursday.
The company plans to release the director's cut of the series in HD on Blu-ray Disc, including scenes that were not available when Bandai Entertainment's original English dub was released. Kelly Sheridan, Kirby Morrow, and Jocelyne Loewen played Hitomi, Van, and Merle, respectively, in Bandai Entertainment's dub.
Funimation will also make a new matching dub for Escaflowne: The Movie. Funimation will release both a standard edition and a collector's edition for the series. The standard edition will be a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and both discs will have the director's cut with the new dub. The collector's edition will have the new dub on Blu-ray Disc and the old dub on DVD. The release will also include an exclusive interview with director Kazuki Akane and creator Shoji Kawamori.
The rewards for the campaign include pre-orders of exclusive Kickstarter editions of both parts of the release, featuring 13 episodes each of the HD complete uncut version of the series in Japanese with English subtitles as well as the new English dub. The Kickstarter edition also includes exclusive art cards. Other rewards include digital wallpapers, on-disc credit listings, pre-orders of Escaflowne: The Movie, theatrical-sized posters, the series' soundtrack, and collector's edition box sets that feature an art book and an unannounced exclusive item, among others.
One backer who donates US$5,000 will receive a tour of the Funimation office, a bag of Funimation merchandise, and a chance to do voice work that will appear in the new English dub. This reward has already been claimed.
The campaign's remaining stretch goal includes an invitation to meet director Kazuki Akane at an exclusive VIP party at a major U.S. anime convention for US$500,000.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Tokyo ESP, Noein, No Game No Life Released Monday

On Monday March 28, Anime Limited will release the series Tokyo ESP as both a Collector's Edition (pictured) and a standard DVD. The series is based on Hajime Segawa's original science fantasy manga, which begins with Rinka (Ibuki Kido), a Tokyo high school girl. She gains extraordinary powers - in her case, the ability to slip through solid objects. So do many other people, some of them declare war on ordinary humans.
The Collectors Edition comes with a slipcase and a 20-page art book.
Anime Limited will also release Noein - to your other self on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. The 24-part television anime debuted in 2005, and Manga Entertainment previously released the series on DVD. Kazuki Akane (The Vision of Escaflowne, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) directed the series at Satelight and collaborated with Hiroshi Ohnogi (Aquarion, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Arjuna) on the series composition.
In the story, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu are contemplating running away from home when they are visited by a man named Karasu, a member of the "Dragon Cavalry" that is searching for a mysterious object that is the key to stopping the annihilation of all space and time. Karasu claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future, and believes that Haruka has this object.
On Monday March 21, MVM will release the series No Game, No Life on both Blu-ray and DVD. Sentai Filmworks previously described the story:

On the internet, they're legends: the tag-team duo known as BLANK, famed for their incredible game-playing skills. In the real world, however, the lives of 18 year old Sora and his 11 year old stepsister Shiro have been spiraling out of control. Now existing as shut-ins, they rarely leave their house and are unable to be separated without suffering panic attacks. Games, for them, are the safest retreat from reality. Until they win a chess match against a mysterious opponent known as Tet and find themselves pulled into a game bigger than any they could have ever imagined. Now, in a world where the outcome of games determines the fates of both civilizations and species, they must defend Humanity in the ultimate challenge, vying against a host of otherworldly competitors for the right to rule them all! But if they fail, it means slavery or destruction for all mankind. No pressure, of course! Can two misfits who can barely handle their own lives somehow rise to the occasion and save the human race?
MVM will also release the harem/gender-swap series Kämpfer on both Blu-ray and DVD. Adapted from Toshihiko Tsukiji's light novel series, the story centres on Natsuru Senō, an ordinary high school boy who suddenly wakes up one morning as a girl. Natsuru discovers that has he/she has been chosen to participate in Kämpfer battles with other girls. The MVM edition will include both the original 12-part TV series and the 2-part OVA sequel, Kämpfer für die Liebe.
MVM's final release on Monday is Kill Me Baby, on both Blu-ray and DVD. The series adapts Kaduho's four-panel comedy manga. Yoshiki Yamakawa (Hatsukoi Limited) directed the anime at J.C. Staff (A Certain Magical Index, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes), and Hideki Shirane of Dream Eater Merry and Aria: The Scarlet Ammo was in charge of the scripts. Shinya Hasegawa (Ikki Tousen, Otome Yōkai Zakuro) handled the character designs.
The cast for the series includes Mutsumi Tamura as Sonya, the assassin girl who happens to attend an ordinary school; Ai Takabe as Agiri Goshiki, a ninja in Sonya's organization; and Chinatsu Akasaki as Yasuna Oribe, a fearless yet not-so-smart girl and a self-described "friend" of Sonya.
Finally, Anime Limited will release a standard edition of the first eight episodes of Kill la Kill on both Blu-ray and DVD.

Netflix, DreamWorks' Voltron Reimagining Reveals Cast, Studio, June 10 Debut, Teaser Trailer

The staff of Voltron: Legendary Defender, a reimagining of the 1980s animated Voltron project which will stream exclusively on the Netflix service, revealed the voice cast, animation studio, June 10 premiere, and teaser trailer on Friday.
Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, executive producer Lauren Montgomery, and writer Tim Hedrick — all of whom had worked together on Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra — announced the cast at their panel at WonderCon in Los Angeles:

  • Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Keith
  • Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) as Lance
  • Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow) as Pidge
  • Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Shiro (formerly "Sven")
  • Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) as Hunk
  • Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect) as Princess Allura
  • Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) as Coran
  • King Zarkon as Neil Kaplan (Transformers: Robots in Disguise)
The character known as Sven in the first Voltron television series was originally named Takashi Shirogane in King of Beasts Golion, the original anime series that was adapted as Voltron.
Studio Mir (The Legend of Korra) is animating the new series.
The serialized story will focus on five teenagers named Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge, and Shiro. The heroes must defend Arus from King Zarkon's evil alien force. Unlike most of the characters from the original series, the main characters will have backstories and a purpose for going on the mission. The series will also have a Princess Allura, who Montgomery explained will be more realistic and "certainly not fainting at Every Little Thing that overwhelms her."
Montgomery added that, in the story, "Not everything is solved by Voltron alone. Sometimes they need to beat something just as the lions. Sometimes they just do it as themselves fighting as men." Dos Santos indicated at Friday's panel that the Voltron robot will not necessarily appear in all 13 episodes of the first season.
The series is part of an expansion of Dreamworks Animation Television and Netflix's 2013 multi-year deal.
World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) and the late Peter O'Keefe adapted the first 1984-1985 Voltron television series from two Toei Animation robot anime: King of Beasts Golion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. Both Golion and the first Voltron story centered on young pilots who fight against an empire of alien conquerors — with the help of five mechanized lions that combine to form a robot.
Since the first series, the franchise spawned two television series produced outside Japan: the 3D CG Voltron: The Third Dimension in 1998 and the 2D Voltron Force in 2011. The titular robot also appeared in several commercials, including one for MetLife during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, and in a crossover comic project with Robotech.
New Regency, a 20th Century Fox-based production company, once negotiated with WEP and the Mark Gordon Company for the live-action Voltron rights in 2007. However, New Regency never actually signed a deal, and other companies were allowed to negotiate for the rights. WEP said in a 2008 lawsuit that New Regency discovered that former Toei character designer Kazuo Nakamura "may possess rights" related to Golion and thus the first Voltron series.
At the time that New Regency dropped the project in 2008, the Variety entertainment news source reported that Relativity Media was negotiating to pick up the project. WEP announced in 2011 that Relativity Media optioned the rights to make a live-action film adaptation with Atlus Productions. The companies have announced no further news on live-action plans.
Media Blasters released the first Voltron series with its English dub on DVD from 2006 to 2009, and released the original Japanese Beast King GoLion anime on DVD in 2008.

DW Fan book

Candy Jar Books has released a brand new Lethbridge-Stewart short story for Easter, which is being made available free to readers. The Black Eggs of Khufu is written by Tom Dexter and features an ancient alien mystery, camels, explosions and a ‘great egg race’ across the desert.

Lauren Thomas, who recently joined Candy Jar Books as digital and social media assistant, said:
We really thought that Tom Dexter had reached his peak with The Fright Before Christmas. That was until we read his story about the pyramids.

Forthcoming publications from Candy Jar Books include a limited edition anthology of short stories originally released online, The HAVOC Files (almost sold out!), and the next in their full Lethbridge Stewart novels, Moon Blink by Sadie Miller.


Full details on how to purchase the books and for downloading The Black Eggs of Jhufu can be found via their website

RIP Adrinee Cori

The actress Adrienne Corri has died at the age of 85

Adrienne Corri played Mena in 1980 story The Leisure Hive, the first story of Tom Baker's last Doctor Who season.

Cori appeared in a number of film roles, and is probably best known for playing Mrs. Alexander in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange. She played Lara's mother in David Lean's 1965 film Dr. Zhivago and appeared in the Otto Preminger thriller Bunny Lake is missing .

Other films include Devil Girl from Mars, The Tell-Tale Heart, A Study in Terror and Vampire Circus. She played Therese Duval in Revenge of the Pink Panther.

Her television credits include playing Angelica in Sword of Freedom, Grace Gould in A Family at War, and Lady Rebecca in Lovejoy.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Kodansha Comics Adds Interviews with Monster Girls, Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth, Nekogahara Manga


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Kodansha Comics announced on Friday that it has licensed Petos' Interviews with Monster Girls (Demi-chan wa Kataritai) manga. The company also announced that it has licensed Kazuhiro Fujita's (Ushio & Tora) Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady (Kuro Hakubutsukan: Ghost and Lady) manga, Hiroyuki Takei's (Shaman King) Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai manga, Kyōta Shibano and Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth ( Fairy Tail Gaiden: Kengami no Sōryū) spinoff manga, and the Neo Parasyte f anthology manga. The five titles are slated for this fall.
Kodansha Comics describes Interviews with Monster Girls (tentative title) as follows:
Monsters of legend walk among us, going by the name “demi-humans.” Ever since he's discovered the “demis,” one young man has become obsessed with them. So when he gets a job as a teacher at a high school for demi-girls, it's a dream come true! But these demis, who include a rambunctious vampire, a bashful headless girl, and a succubus, have all the problems normal teenagers have, on top of their supernatural conditions. How to handle a classroom full of them?!
Kodansha released the manga's third volume in Japan on March 18. The manga runs in Kodansha's Young Magazine the 3rd magazine.
Kodansha Comics describes Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai (title tentative) as follows:
In medieval Japan, a bell hanging on the collar is a sign that a cat has a master. Norachiyo's bell hangs from his katana sheath, but he is nonetheless a stray—a ronin. This one-eyed cat samurai travels across a dishonest world, cutting through pretense and deception with his blade.
Takei launched Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai in Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine Edge magazine last September. The series marked Takei's first time publishing a manga in a Kodansha magazine. Kodansha will publish the first compiled volume in Japan on April 15.
Kodansha Comics describes Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady as follows:
Deep in Scotland Yard in London sits an evidence room, where artifacts of the greatest mysteries in London history are kept. In this "Black Museum" sits two bullets, fused together after a head-on collision. This was the key piece of evidence in a case that brought together a supernatural Man in Gray and the famous nurse and activist Florence Nightingale—the only person who can see him. Surrounded by war and suffering, the lady enters into a desperate pact with this ghostlike man …
Kodansha released both volumes of Black Museum: The Ghost and the Lady in Japan last July.
Kodansha Comics describes Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth (title tentative):
An argument over one of their companions splits the Twin Dragons up! But when Sting tries to take on the golems of Obstone Village on his own, he's left crushed, with his magic stolen. Could this job actually be a sinister trap set for Sting? And will Rogue forgive him and arrive in time to save his life?
The manga ran from July to November on Kodansha's "Magazine Pocket" manga app, and Kodansha released the only compiled volume in January.
Kodansha Comics describes Neo Parasyte f:
Neo Parasyte f is a collection of short stories set in the world of Parasyte, by a delicious mix of superstar and up-and-coming shojo artists. Yes, you read that right—this is a Parasyte shojo horror anthology. A parasite keeps a house of mysteries that is full of twisted exhibits. Another kills an entire family, only to get stuck infecting a teenage daughter obsessed with fairy tale romance manga. These and 13 more stories, from some of the greatest shojo manga artists alive today, make up a chilling, funny, and entertaining tribute to an all-time classic series!
Authors include star artists such as Kaori Yuki (Godchild, Angel Sanctuary), Ema Toyama (I Am Here!), and Asumiko Nakamura (Utsubora).
Kodansha released Neo Parasyte f in two compiled volumes in Japan last March and April. The English print will come in one single volume.