Monday, 31 October 2016

Anime Limited Acquisitions (Updated 4)

Anime Limited announced the following acquisitions at the MCM London Comic Con:
- Silver Spoon, format hopefully to be confirmed soon.
- Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
- Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū (pictured right)
- Tenchi Muyo GXP (listed as appearing under Funimation label.)
- Dagashi Kashi (listed as appearing under Funimation label.)
The Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition has been slightly delayed, but should be shipped within the next couple of weeks.
Re the Eden of the East Collectors Edition, it will now include the two feature films, Eden of the East: The King of Eden and Eden of the East: Paradise Lost. Anyone who has already received the Anime Limited edition early can send proof of purchase to Anime Limited to receive the films when they become available.
Re Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone, Anime Limited expressed a hope that it could release more Evangelion in future, such as the original television series, but stressed it was just a hope

Psycho-Pass The Movie and When Supernatural Battles Released Monday

On Monday October 31, Anime Limited will release Psycho-Pass The Movie as a Blu-ray/DVD Collectors Edition and a standard DVD. The Collectors Edition will include a 32-page booklet with film art and staff and cast interviews, plus a US Staff and Cast commentary on the Blu-ray disc.
Funimation has described the film's story:

In a futuristic Japan, the Sibyl System is charged with keeping the peace. When the state of SEAUn brings the Sibyl System in to test its effectiveness, it becomes a haven of peace and safety—for a time. Eventually, terrorists from SEAUn begin appearing in Japan, somehow slipping through the System's security and attacking from within. Desperate for answers, Inspector Akane Tsunemori is sent overseas to bring the terrorists to justice. But when her investigation forces her into a standoff with an old ally, will she be able to pull the trigger?
Manga Entertainment will release When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace on Blu-ray and DVD. Masanori Takahashi directed the series at animation Studio Trigger with series composition by Masahiko Otsuka. Satoshi Yamaguchi designed the characters for the anime, and Elements Garden provided the music.
The anime adapts Kota Nozomi's Inou Battle Within Everyday Life (Inō-Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de/INOU-Battle in the Usually Daze.) novel series. In the original novel series' story, the five members of the literature club awakened with extraordinary powers half a year ago. Although the members expected to be thrown into a world of super-powered battles (inō-battle) at their school, their normal daily routine continued.
Funimation will release Yuri Kuma Arashi as a dual formal Blu-ray/DVD. Funimation described the story:

After an asteroid explosion and meteor shower lit up the sky over planet earth, strange adorable bears began to attack and devour humans. The earthlings responded with violence of their own, and in the end, a massive barrier – the Wall of Extinction – was erected to separate man from bear. This fragile peace lasted until two high school girls encounter a yuri flower blooming – only to be shaken by the piercing warning of the Bear Alarm! Once again, bear and man- or bear and girl -will be pitted against each other in a deadly and mysterious showdown—brought to you by Kunihiko Ikuhara, the director of Sailor Moon and Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Funimation will also release High School DxD BorN (the third season of High School DxD) as a dual formal Blu-ray

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Cinema Release in March 2017

To be released by Anime Limited

Anime Limited has announced at the MCM London Comic Con that it will give a UK cinema release to Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale in March 2017.
The film will open in Japan on February 18 in 150 theaters. Aniplex of America confirmed the film's overseas release. The company describes the movie's story:
It's just a game,or so I thought.. A brand new story written by original author, Reki Kawahara!! People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality!! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.
The film will feature a returning cast from the previous two anime series, including:
The film's all-new original story takes place after the Mother's Rosario arc, which was the final arc depicted in the TV anime's second season. Original light novel author Reki Kawahara is writing the new story for the film. Tomohiko Ito is returning from the two TV anime series and the anime special to direct the film at A-1 Pictures. Shingo Adachi is also returning from the TV anime to design the characters based on abec's original character designs, and Yuki Kajiura is returning to score the music

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Cinema Release in March 2017

Anime Limited has announced at the MCM London Comic Con that it will give a UK cinema release to Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale in March 2017.
The film will open in Japan on February 18 in 150 theaters. Aniplex of America confirmed the film's overseas release. The company describes the movie's story:
It's just a game,or so I thought.. A brand new story written by original author, Reki Kawahara!! People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality!! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.
The film will feature a returning cast from the previous two anime series, including:
The film's all-new original story takes place after the Mother's Rosario arc, which was the final arc depicted in the TV anime's second season. Original light novel author Reki Kawahara is writing the new story for the film. Tomohiko Ito is returning from the two TV anime series and the anime special to direct the film at A-1 Pictures. Shingo Adachi is also returning from the TV anime to design the characters based on abec's original character designs, and Yuki Kajiura is returning to score the music.

Manga Entertainment/Animatsu Acquisitions

The following acquisitions were announced at the Manga Entertainment/Animatsu panel at the MCM London Comic Con:
Boruto -Naruto the Movie- (pictured right) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 3 2017.
The OVA compilations of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven) will be released as Limited Edition Blu-rays and DVDs, along with the sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society
The three Berserk cinema films (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent) will be reissued as DVD and Blu-ray triple packs.
Animatsu is releasing A Certain Magical Index II (pictured left) and A Certain Scientific Railgun S in 2017.
Animatsu is releasing both seasons of Kin-iro Mosaic (aka Kinmoza!) on DVD and Blu-ray in 2017.
Animatsu will be releasing the two Beyond the Boundary films (the compilation Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and the sequel Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future) as a double-pack DVD and Blu-ray in March 2017.
Animatsu is also releasing Gatchaman Crowds insight and Flying Witch in 2017

Anime Limited Acquisitions

Anime Limited has posted the following acquisitions at its booth at the MCM London Comic Con:
- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone (pictured right), previously released to Blu-ray and DVD by Manga Entertainment.
Joker Game (pictured left)
Princess Arete (2001 feature film by Sunao Katabuchi, director of Mai Mai Miracle and In This Corner of the World)
In addition, Ace Attorney is described as 'coming soon under the Crunchyroll label.'

Funimation Adds Monster Hunter Stories Ride On Anime to SimulDub Lineup, Reveals Cast

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it is adding the Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON series to its English SimulDub lineup. Funimation will premiere the dub on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. EDT on FunimationNow.
The cast — under ADR director Cris George, ADR engineer Domonique French, writers Joel Bergen and Alex Muniz, and mix engineer Andrew Tipps — includes:
Funimation describes the series:
Based on CAPCOM's hit franchise, Monster Hunter, an exciting new anime comes from the creative minds behind JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In a world where people and monsters are at odds, some learn to coexist. Known as Riders, they awaken the powers of monsters and live alongside them in secrecy. Now, one young boy journeys to find his own companion and become the world's greatest Rider.
The anime premiered in Japan on October 2, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs with English subtitles.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Cinema Release on February 1

UK and Ireland release by Manga Entertainment and 4K Media



Manga Entertainment has announced that it is teaming up with 4K Media to release Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions. The film will open in over 120 cinemas across the United Kingdom and Ireland on February 1, 2017, 'as a limited-time theatrical engagement.' (Confirmed venues are listed below.)
According to Shueisha's V Jump magazine, the film's story is as follows:

For the sake of his motives, Aigami spies on Yugi and his friends as they live their everyday lives. However, after coming in contact with Kaiba, and because their goals conflict, they begin a duel. To combat Kaiba, a skilled and powerful duelist, Aigami employs frightening tactics...!
The magazine also featured the quotes, "Kaiba and Aigami, who seek to obtain the Millennium Puzzle, finally duel!," "The duel field turns into dimensional terrain through Aigami's power!," and "Kaiba's monsters become powerless...!"
Satoshi Kuwabara (Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II) directed the film.
The following cinemas are confirmed, with more to be added soon:
Aberdeen Union Square Cineworld
Ashford Cineworld
Ashton Cineworld
Basildon Cineworld
Basingstoke Festival Place Vue
Bath PictureHouse
Birmingham Broad Street Cineworld
Birmingham, Star City Vue
Bluewater Showcase CDL
Bradford Cineworld
Braintree Cineworld
Brighton Cineworld
Brighton Komedia PictureHouse
Bristol Showcase CDL
Bristol Avonmeads Showcase
Bristol Cribbs Vue
Bury Vue
Cambridge Vue
Cambridge PictureHouse
Cardiff Showcase
Castleford Cineworld
Cheltenham Cineworld
Cheshire Oaks Vue
Cleveleys Vue
Coventry Showcase
Crawley Cineworld
Derby Showcase CDL
Didsbury Cineworld
Doncaster Vue
Dublin Cineworld
Dublin Vue
Dudley Showcase
Edinburgh Cineworld
Edinburgh Ocean Vue
Edinburgh Omni Vue
Enfield Cineworld
Exeter Vue
Feltham Cineworld
Fulham Vue
Gateshead Vue
Glasgow East Showcase
Glasgow Renfrew Street Cineworld
Hull Cineworld
Hull Vue
Inverness Vue
Ipswich Cineworld
Lancaster Vue
Leeds Showcase CDL
Leeds Light Vue
Leicester Showcase CDL
Liverpool Showcase
Liverpool FACT PictureHouse
Livingston Vue
London Central, PictureHouse Central PictureHouse
London East, Hackney PictureHouse
London East, Newham Showcase
London East, Stratford East PictureHouse
London East, West India Quay Cineworld
London East, Westfield Stratford Vue
London North, Crouch End PictureHouse
London North, Finchley Road Vue
London North, Islington Vue
London North, Wood Green Vue
London South, Clapham PictureHouse
London South, Croydon Purley Vue
London South, Wandsworth Cineworld
London West, Westfield Vue
Manchester Showcase
Manchester Red Vue
Milton Keynes Cineworld
Newcastle under Lyme Vue
Northampton Cineworld
Northampton Vue
Norwich PictureHouse
Nottingham Showcase CDL
Oxford Vue
Paisley Showcase
Peterborough Showcase
Plymouth Vue
Portsmouth Vue
Reading Showcase CDL
Ritzy PictureHouse
Sheffield Cineworld
Sheffield Vue
Southampton PictureHouse
Stevenage Cineworld
Stirling Vue
Swansea Vue
Teeside Showcase
Walsall Showcase
Watford Vue
York Vue
York PictureHouse

In This Corner of the World Film Licensed in UK, France, Germany, Mexico, 10 Other Countries

The staff and cast of In This Corner of the World anime film confirmed at the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday that the film has been licensed in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, and 10 other countries and territories. They also added that the movie received offers from more countries and territories in North America, South America, and Asia.
The film will open in Japan on November 12. The film screened at Annecy in a Work in Progress session in June. Animatsu Entertainment acquired the global rights to the film.
The film is based on Fumiyo Kono's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga. The award-winning manga follows a bride named Suzu Urano as she moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. Suzu perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.
The cast includes:

Director and writer Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) had announced the feature film in 2012. The studio MAPPA (Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance) is animating the film, and GENCO is producing. The film raised 36,224,000 yen (about US$292,000) from 3,374 people via a crowdfunding campaign last year.
JManga had released Kono's manga in English online. The manga series won an Excellence Prize in the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, and it already inspired a live-action television special starring Keiko Kitagawa (live-action Sailor Moon's Sailor Mars, Paradise Kiss) as Suzu Urano in 2011. Last Gasp Publishing and jaPress released Kono's manga Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms in North America.

A Silent Voice UK Cinema Release

Anime Limited has announced at MCM London Comic Con that it will release Kyoto Animation's anime film A Silent Voice to UK cinemas, and is 'hoping to do it in late December or early January.'
Crunchyroll has previously described the original manga's story:
I wish we had never met. I wish we could meet once again.
A boy who can hear, Shoya Ishida, and a transfer student who can't, Shoko Nishimiya. One fateful day, the two meet, and Shoya leads the class in bullying Shoko. But before long, the class shifts its target from Shoko to Shoya. Years later, Shoya feels strongly that he must see Shoko once again.
The film opened in Japan on September 17. Naoko Yamada (Tamako Market, Tamako Love Story, K-ON's two anime seasons and anime film) directed the film at Kyoto Animation. Reiko Yoshida (Non Non Biyori, K-ON!, Yowamushi Pedal) wrote the script, and Futoshi Nishiya (Free!, Hyōka, Nichijō) designed the characters for animation. kensuke ushio (Space Dandy, Ping Pong) composed the music at Pony Canyon.

Anime Limited Acquisitions (Updated)

Anime Limited has posted the following acquisitions at its booth at the MCM London Comic Con:
- March comes in like a lion (pictured right)
- Mob Psycho 100 (pictured left)
- Assassination Classroom Season 2
- Kiss Him, Not Me (this series will also be made available on Crunchyroll in the UK)

DW CLASS EP3

The BBC have released a new portrait image for Class, alongside behind-the-scenes promotional images from episodes 3, Nightvisiting.





DW CLASS EP 4

The BBC have announced that episode four of Class is called Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart. Here is the synopsis:
April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger. 
When April's estranged father makes a startling appearance she confronts him with Shadow Kin force, manifesting traits of the Shadow Kin leader. 
Frightened by this extraordinary new-found power, April seeks comfort in Ram, and vows to reclaim her heart as her own. 
Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others - London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

The episode will be made available on Saturday 5th November. The time is still to be confirmed, however we can assume in the meantime that it will also be at 10am.

DW POWER OF DALEKS

BBC Worldwide has confirmed the additional material that will be included on the release of the animated version of The Power of the Daleks.

This highly anticipated adventure will be released on BBC Store on Saturday 5th November, exactly 50 years to the minute after it was first transmitted on BBC One at 5.50pm. The UK release of the DVD will follow on Monday 21st November. A wealth of extra material will be available with both the BBC Store and DVD releases.

Extra treats fans can look forward to include commentaries and surviving footage, together with a documentary feature which stars the original cast and crew. Other bonus features include a gallery of artwork from the animation, and original shooting script. There’s even a rare chance to hear the original Dalek recordings from the show.

Power of the Daleks is one of the Doctor’s most celebrated adventures and yet no complete film recordings of The Power of the Daleks are known to have survived. The master negatives were destroyed in an archive purge in 1974.

The six 25 minute episodes feature the regeneration, or as it was then called ‘renewal’, of First Doctor William Hartnell into Second Doctor Patrick Troughton, as the Time Lord and his companions Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) do battle with the Daleks on the planet Vulcan.

Animator Charles Norton says:
It’s been wonderful to have been able to track down so much rare and previously unreleased material and I hope that fans enjoy the excellent package we’ve been able to assemble.
Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks will be priced at £9.99 SD and £12.99 HD from bbcstore.com from 5th November where each episode will air on consecutive days.

The DVD will be released in the UK on 21st November priced at £20.42

A full list of extras is here, and will be available on BBC Store from 14th November and on the DVD on the 21st;
  • Alternate soundtracks – DVD only
  • The option to listen to the story with a series of completely new digital re-masters of the original soundtrack – a stereo mix; a 5.1 surround sound mix and version of the original 1966 mono sound mix.
  • Animation Test Footage
  • A compilation of animation tests, created during the production of the new animated series.
  • Audio Commentaries on all 6 episodes – DVD only
  • Members of the original cast and crew are joined by members of the new animation unit to discuss the production of the story and its new animated reconstruction. Moderated by Toby Hadoke. Includes archive audio.
  • Booklet with Production Notes – DVD only
  • An extensively researched set of production notes, written by the noted television historian Andrew Pixley, covering the behind the scenes story of how the original production was made.
  • Original Camera Scripts – DVD only
  • Selected items of original production paperwork and a complete set of original camera scripts
  • Original Title Sequence - new restoration
  • An unedited presentation of the full original 'Doctor Who' title sequence, prepared using an all new HD re-master of the original film elements.
  • The Power of the Daleks Animation and Photo Gallery
  • An extended gallery of images, featuring production photographs from the original 1966 series and artwork from the latest animated production, accompanied by incidental music from the story, which has been digitally re-mastered from the original music production tapes.
  • The Power of the Daleks Surviving Footage & Original Trailer – BBC Store/EST only
  • A compilation of short film fragments and clips from the original 1966 BBC television production - the only surviving footage to remain of the show's original BBC1 run.
  • Original Dalek Voice Session Recording (1966) DVD only
  • Rare and previously unreleased sections from the studio recordings that were made at Maida Vale Studios in 1966 for the Dalek voices.
  • Servants and Masters - The Making of The Power of the Daleks
  • A specially prepared documentary directed by John Kelly and featuring interviews with members of the original 1966 cast and crew.
  • Telesnap reconstruction.
  • Around 400 individual still frames of film exist from the original 1966 television production of The Power of the Daleks. These images were kept in the programme's production files by the BBC Written Archive Centre. These images are here combined with the programme's soundtrack to present a photographic reconstruction of the original programme.
The Power of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Power of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Worldwide) The Power of the Daleks (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

Friday, 28 October 2016

2 Chinese Men Arrested in Japan for Illegally Subtitling, Uploading Anime

Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested two Chinese individuals on Thursday on charges of violating the Copyright Act. The two suspects were both located in Tokyo. The first suspect is a 29-year-old male living in Edogawa ward. Police purport that the suspect participates in sales of dōjinshi (self-published books). The second suspect is a 23-year-old male college student.
According to police, the first suspect is accused of providing Chinese subtitles to episodes of the 2014 television anime Saki - The Nationals, and uploading the subtitled episodes on a file sharing service. The second suspect allegedly subtitled a different anime in Chinese, and similarly used a file sharing service, but the report didn't mention the anime.

English-Subtitled Trailer for Makoto Shinkai's 'your name.' Anime Film Streamed

Australian film distributor Madman Entertainment opened an official Australian website for Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film on Friday. The site is streaming an English-subtitled video for the film.
The film will open in Australia on November 24. The site has a complete list of theaters screening the film.
Funimation will screen the film theatrically in North America before the end of the year, and before releasing it in digital. The theatrical release will be a qualifying run for the Academy Awards. A film has to run in a theater in Los Angeles County for a week to qualify for consideration in the awards.
The film's "story of miracles and love" revolves around Mitsuha and Taki. Mitsuha is a female high school student who lives in a rural town nestled deep in the mountains. Her father is the mayor and isn't at home much, and she lives with her elementary school-aged little sister and her grandmother. Mitsuha has an honest personality, but she doesn't like the customs of her family's Shinto shrine, nor does she like her father participating in an election campaign. She laments that she lives in a confined rural town, and yearns for the wonderful lifestyle of living in Tokyo.
Taki is a male high school student who lives in central Tokyo. He spends time with his friends, works part-time at an Italian restaurant, and is interested in architecture and fine arts. One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she is a young man. Taki also has a dream where he is a female high school student in a town in the mountains that he has never been to. What is the secret to their dreams of personal experience?
Funimation announced that it licensed the film in July, The film is slated to open in 85 countries and regions. The film held its world premiere on July 3 in Los Angeles during Anime Expo. The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea screened the film on October 9.
The film has earned earned 16.41 billion yen (about US$158 million) in Japan as of Monday, after 60 days in the Japanese box office. The film is now the fourth highest-grossing anime film in Japan, the fifth highest-grossing Japanese film in the country, and the ninth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.
The film has surpassed the box office total of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo anime film (which earned 15.5 billion yen) and James Cameron's Avatar film (which earned 15.6 billion yen). The only anime films to earn more than your name. are Ghibli and Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. The film is now projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).
Shinkai also wrote the script for the film. Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, When Marnie Was There, Paprika) served as the animation director and Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora!) designed the characters. CoMix Wave Inc. animated the film.

Anime Limited Acquires Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Anime Limited has tweeted that it had acquired the series Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club for DVD and Blu-ray in 2017.
(This is the first season of the Free! series - Anime Limited had previously acquired the second season, Free! Eternal Summer

Persona 5 English Dub Trailer Features Ann Takamaki

Atlus USA began streaming an English-dubbed trailer featuring Ann Tamaki from its upcoming Persona 5 PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 game on Thursday.
Atlus also streamed a video featuring Ann's voice actress Erika Harlacher discussing the role with PR manager John Hardin.
The game's Western release will have English audio only. The English dub cast includes:

The latest entry in the Persona role-playing game series shipped for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on September 15 in Japan, and will ship on February 14, 2017 in the Americas and Europe.
Atlus will offer the American release in a "Take Your Heart" Premium Edition that includes a soundtrack CD, a Morgana plush, a hardcover art book, a steelbook, and a school bag. The game will also be available in a SteelBook Edition.
The game features animation sequences from the Production I.G studio.
The Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers- television anime special aired on September 3. The special recounts the prologue story of the young thief organization at the center of the game. Crunchyroll streamed the television special, and Aniplex of America will release it on an import Blu-ray Disc of the Collector's Edition on February 14.

SEGA Acquires Worldwide Rights to Publish Tokyo 2020 Oympics Video Games

SEGA announced on its official website on Thursday that it has the sole worldwide rights to distribute sales of video games based on the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. The rights include games on console, PC, handheld, online, and for business use.
SEGA previously published games based on the Olympic Games, including Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (for the Beijing games in 2008), Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (for the Vancouver games in 2010), Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

DW BOOK NEWS

BBC Books are to re-publish the three original Doctor Who novelisations from the 1960s on 3rd November 2016, reproducing the hardback books with their original covers and content:

Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks
Written by David Whitaker, originally published in 1964
Published by BBC Books 3rd November 2016 [order from Amazon UK]
Based on the Doctor Who story The Daleks by Terry Nation


A thick fog and a girl in distress are just the things that Ian Chesterton needs to escape from a life of dull routine. He has no idea that this is merely a prelude to an adventure quite beyond any normal conception of the word. Or that Barnes Common on a foggy autumn night is the last view of Earth he may ever have.

Both he and the girl he tries to help, Barbara Wright, are transported to a distant planet named Skaro by a mysterious old man known to them as the Doctor. With his grand-daughter Susan, the Doctor sets them down in a world all but destroyed by atomic warfare, the only survivors being a peace-loving and cultured people called the Thals and their bitter enemies the Daleks, horribly mutated both in body and mind.

Thrust into constant danger, his courage and determination tested almost beyond endurance, Ian is forced to struggle against alien creatures and superior enemies with no other weapons than surprise and ingenuity.

The rewards of victory are life for Ian and his new friends...but life where? Can the Doctor return him and Barbara to Earth again?
Doctor Who and the Zarbi (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who and the Zarbi
Written by Bill Strutton, originally published in 1965
Published by BBC Books 3rd November 2016 [order from Amazon UK]
Based on the Doctor Who story The Web Planet


The Zarbi, huge ant-like creatures with metallic bodies and pincer claws, are waiting for Tardis when it’s police-box shape materialises on the cold and craggy planet Vortis. They capture Doctor Who, Ian and Vicki and take them to their weird headquarters, a city of web-like organic matter.

But the Zarbi are not the only being in Vortis. Barbara has fallen into the hands of the butterfly-creatures with soft voices and iridescent wings, whose civilisation has been destroyed by the Zarbi. She learns that her captors are only the advance party of Menoptera in exile who plan to win back their planet by and invasion form outerspace. For the Zarbi “have brought the dark age to Vortis”.

In the final thrilling chapters, Doctor Who and the crew of tardis encounter the power which controls both the Zarbi and the living Web City. How can they defeat this strange bladder of dazzling light which draws in and absorbs all who come into its presence?
Doctor Who and the Crusaders (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who and the Crusaders
Written by David Whitaker, originally published in 1965
Published by BBC Books 3rd November 2016 [order from Amazon UK]
Based on the Doctor Who story The Crusade


From unknown Space the Tardis returns to Earth, but not to the world Ian and Barbara know. The little blue telephone box has wheeled sharply in the cosmos and cut back through the pattern of history to the struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, Crusader v. Saracen.

When Barbara is captured by the Saracens and later kidnapped by the monstrous El Akir, Ian appeals to Richard for help, but despite having achieved a splendid victory over Saladin at Arsuf the English King has his own troubles and cannot assist him. So Ian sets out to rescue Barbara alone while the Doctor becomes involved in court intrigues. In a dramatic climax, Ian finds himself fighting for his life in the harsh, cruel world of the twelfth century, where only the cleverest and strongest survive.

Readers of Doctor Who’s adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Zarbi will find here all the excitement that made those books firm favourites with youngsters of all age groups.

DW COMIC NEWS


Titan Comics and Humble Bundle have announced the launch of the Doctor Who Humble Comics Bundle.

Humble Bundle offers collections of videogames, books, and comics at a price determined by the customer. Content is divided into three tiers: pay $1 or more to purchase the first tier; pay $8 or more to purchase tier one and two; and pay $15 or more for content from all three tiers. A portion of each Humble Bundle sale goes to charity. Over $75 million has been donated to charities around the world since the company’s launch in 2010.

When purchasing the Doctor Who Humble Comics Bundle, in addition to furnishing your chosen digital device with an Doctor Who comics library, you’ll also be able to choose to donate any percentage of the Bundle’s retail price to BBC Children In Need, which currently supports over 2,400 projects to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

The Doctor Who Humble Comics Bundle contains 70 Doctor Who comics, with appearances from the Third, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors, and stories from an array of comic writers, including Eisner Award-winning Nick Abadzis (Laika), Paul Cornell (The Severed Streets, Wolverine, Warcraft), Al Ewing (2000AD, The Ultimates), George Mann (Dark Souls, Warhammer 40,000), Robbie Morrison (Drowntown, Nikolai Dante), Cavan Scott (Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space, Vikings), Gordon Rennie(2000AD, Dishonored), and Rob Williams (Suicide Squad, Unfollow); and artists, such as Elena Casagrande (The X-Files, Vigilante), Boo Cook (Elephantmen, 2000AD), Simon Fraser (Judge Dredd, Nikolai Dante), Daniel Indro (Green Hornet, Vikings), Christopher Jones (Avengers, Young Justice), Rachael Stott (Star Trek), Emma Vieceli (Jem and the Holograms, Young Avengers), and Brian Williamson(Spider-Man, The New Avengers).

To find out more and purchase visit the Humble Bumble Website.

The Doctor Who Humble Comic Bundle will be available for purchase from October 26, 2016 to November 9, 2016 at 11:00AM PST. Doctor Who is under license from BBC Worldwide North America.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Funimation to Release Shinkai's 'your name.' Film Theatrically Before End of 2016

Entertainment news magazine Variety reported on Wednesday that Funimation is expected to release Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film theatrically before the end of the year, and before releasing the film in digital. The report states that Funimation's 2016 theatrical release will be a qualifying run for the Academy Awards. A film has to run in a theater in Los Angeles County for a week to qualify for consideration in the awards.
The film's "story of miracles and love" revolves around Mitsuha and Taki. Mitsuha is a female high school student who lives in a rural town nestled deep in the mountains. Her father is the mayor and isn't at home much, and she lives with her elementary school-aged little sister and her grandmother. Mitsuha has an honest personality, but she doesn't like the customs of her family's Shinto shrine, nor does she like her father participating in an election campaign. She laments that she lives in a confined rural town, and yearns for the wonderful lifestyle of living in Tokyo.
Taki is a male high school student who lives in central Tokyo. He spends time with his friends, works part-time at an Italian restaurant, and is interested in architecture and fine arts. One day, Mitsuha has a dream where she is a young man. Taki also has a dream where he is a female high school student in a town in the mountains that he has never been to. What is the secret to their dreams of personal experience?
Funimation announced that it licensed the film in July, The film is slated to open in 85 countries and regions. The film held its world premiere on July 3 in Los Angeles during Anime Expo. The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea screened the film on October 9.
The film has earned earned 16.41 billion yen (about US$158 million) in Japan as of Monday, after 60 days in the Japanese box office. The film is now the fourth highest-grossing anime film in Japan, the fifth highest-grossing Japanese film in the country, and the ninth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan.
The film has surpassed the box office total of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo anime film (which earned 15.5 billion yen) and James Cameron's Avatar film (which earned 15.6 billion yen). The only anime films to earn more than your name. are Ghibli and Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. The film is now projected to possibly approach 20 billion yen (US$200 million).
Shinkai also wrote the script for the film. Masashi Ando (Spirited Away, When Marnie Was There, Paprika) served as the animation director and Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora!) designed the characters. CoMix Wave Inc. animated the film.

My Love Story!! English Dub Casts Tia Ballard as Rinko Yamato

Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Wednesday that Tia Ballard will play Rinko Yamato in its English dub of the My Love Story!! anime.
Sentai Filmworks previously announced that Andrew Love will play Takeo Goda.
The anime's home video release was previously set for two volumes, with the first volume shipping in October, but it is now shipping in one volume on December 20.
The series ran from April to September 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.
Viz Media is publishing Kazune Kawahara and Aruko's shōjo romantic comedy manga in North America, and it describes the story:

Takeo Gōda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

Eureka To Release Metropolis Steelbook in January

The video label Eureka Entertainment has tweeted the following:

OSAMU TEZUKA'S METROPOLIS, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK, in a limited edition (2000) Dual-Format SteelBook on 16 Jan 2017 [pictured right].
Eureka also tweeted:

OSAMU TEZUKA'S METROPOLIS, also available in a standard Dual Format edition on 13 March 2017 [pictured left].
Via UK Anime Network

MCM London Comic Con Line-Up

The MCM London Comic Con will take place from Friday October 28 to Sunday October 30. The event is at London's ExCel Centre. The guide is here. See below for the panel line-up.
The anime-related guests are director Naoyoshi Shiotani, animator Takeshi Honda, and two of the main dub-actors from Attack on Titan (pictured).
Manga UK will be presenting 'Anime Karaoke,' with a songlist available here. Manga's stage will also be featuring 'Polished Manga,' running on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. Nail artists will be painting 'anime nails' in support of the charity 'Polished Man,' helping abused children. There will also be a 'Polished Manga' raffle draw at 2.30 p.m. in support of the same charity; tickets will be available on Saturday morning from a table near the Manga stage.
Anime Limited will have a joint stand with Crunchyroll (in the North Hall). It will be selling the following titles: Psycho-Pass The Movie (standard DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD), Fullmetal Alchemist Part 1 and 2 Ltd Edition Blu-rays, The Tatami Galaxy (Ltd Edition Blu-ray), Gundam Reconguista in G (Blu-ray), Project Itoh: Harmony (standard DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Steel Box), Escaflowne Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray set), Lucky Star (Blu-ray), Outlaw Star (Blu-ray). It will also be selling Funimation UK titles including High School DxD BorN and Yuri Kuma Arashi.
The stand will have a screening room, with 'screenings of many subtitled anime that are currently streaming at Crunchyroll and will be coming to home video in the future.' The schedule will be posted before the event on Friday.
- Friday
3 p.m. - In This Corner of the World Mini Showcase (Manga UK stage) featuring trailers for the anime period drama film and a clip.
3.30 - 4 p.m.: All the Anime panel (Silver theatre)
Saturday
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Naoyoshi Shiotani panel (Silver theatre)
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Manga Animatsu panel (Manga Entertainment stand)
4 p.m. - EuroCosplay Final (Gold theatre)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Attack on Titan voice actor panel (Silver theatre) - featuring dub actors Bryce Papenbrook (Eren) and Trina Nishimura (Mikasa).
Sunday
12 noon - 1 p.m. Takeshi Honda panel (Silver theatre). Honda's credits include mechanical animation director on Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone, animation director on Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance, chief animation director on Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, as well as animating on Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, Ponyo, The Wind Rises, The Boy and The Beast, Kill la Kill, When Marnie Was There, A Letter to Momo, Space Dandy and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
1.30 p.m. - 2 p.m. All the Anime panel (Platinum theatre)
5 p.m. - Anime Limited panel (Platinum there)
PopAsia Screenings
- Friday
11 a.m - 12:00 noon - Nobunaga The Fool screening
Saturday
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Chobits screening
Sunday
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. PopAsia - Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun screening
Naoyoshi Shiotani signing sessions will be on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 1.30 p.m. Takeshi Honda's sessions will be on Saturday from 11.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

DW XMAS 2016 PREVIEW

BBC America has released a short video previewing this year's Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Skip Beat! English Dub to Have 4 Dubbed Songs

Pied Piper, Inc. announced on Tuesday that its Kickstarter-funded English dub of Skip Beat! will include four songs recorded in English: the first opening theme song "Dream Star," the second opening theme song "Renaissance," the insert song "Burnin' Down" from episode 11, and the insert song "Prisoner" from episode 19. The company asked for backer input on whether the English opening theme songs will be used in the episodes themselves or only as extras.
Pied Piper's president Ann Yamamoto explained that the company was required to submit the English lyrics in advance to get approvals from TV Tokyo Music and the Japanese lyricist. Pied Piper was not able to get approvals for the two ending theme songs "Namida" and "Eien."
Magnolia Memoir and Mela Lee will perform "Dream Star," featuring Cristina Vee. Magnolia Memoir and Erica Lindbeck will perform "Renaissance," with additional vocals by Mela Lee. Nathan Sharp will perform the two insert songs — both are performed by the character Sho Fuwa, normally voiced by Grant George.
Dan Antunovich is producing and providing the bass for all four songs and Michael "Fish" Herring is providing the guitar. Antunovich is also providing synths and keyboards for the two opening theme songs and drums and keyboards for the two insert songs. The two opening songs also feature Neal Daniels is on drums and Alexander Burke on additional keyboards.
The Kickstarter campaign had set an initial goal of US$155,000 to fund a DVD release. The campaign reached its US$185,000 stretch goal on April 14 to offer a Blu-ray Disc release in addition to the DVD release. The campaign ended on April 16 having raised US$224,546.
The company is accepting additional and upgraded pledges through the BackerKit service through November 15. The DVD and Blu-ray Disc is slated for 2017.
Pied Piper had originally launched an Indiegogo campaign for the franchise on March 1, but then relaunched the campaign on Kickstarter on March 17.
Pied Piper acquired the license from TV Tokyo, and TV Tokyo is requiring the English dub as a condition of release. The company will not be able to release the series on a subtitle-only format. The license covers the United States and Canada only.
The television version of Yoshiki Nakamura's Skip Beat! shōjo manga premiered in Japan in October 2008. The series is available streaming on Crunchyroll. Viz Media publishes the original manga in North America