Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Pokémon Producer Tries to Name As Many Pokémon as He Can in 20 Seconds

There are quite a few more Pokémon since the PokéRap rhymed the original 150. Pokémon series veteran producer and composer Junichi Masuda was challenged to see how many of the 802 creatures he could list in 20 seconds.
Masuda was able to rattle off 30, all of which are from the original 150, in their original Japanese names.
Nintendo sold a total of 3.7 million copies of the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon 3DS games in North America in less than two weeks. The games sold more than 85% more than the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, which previously held the record for the fastest-selling Nintendo game, in the same launch period

Samurai Warriors Delayed to May

Manga Entertainment tweeted regarding its forthcoming release of the television anime of KOEI Tecmo Games' Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou) game franchise.

Our release of Samurai Warriors will now be out on May 22nd. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Peter Capaldi has announced that he is to leave Doctor Who at the end of the current production run, with his final appearance coming in this year's Christmas special episode. A new actor will then take on the role for Chris Chibnall's first season as showrunner in 2018.

The news came during this evening's special edition of the Jo Whiley show on BBC Radio 2, "An Evening With Peter Capaldi." Capaldi said
One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.
Under Capaldi's reign as The Doctor, the show has expanded globally; he took the series on a world tour and has drawn record ratings in BBC America, Canada, and Latin America.

Peter Capaldi's final series also marks writer and executive producer Steven Moffat's last. He said
For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard - Capaldi’s not done with you yet!
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said
Peter Capaldi will always be a very special Doctor to me; his adventures through time and space started just as I arrived on BBC One. He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role. But, it's not over yet - I know the next series is going to be spectacular. He's a fine actor who I hope we work with again when he leaves the TARDIS
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer said:
Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I'm sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I'm delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they're planning and it's going to be incredible.
There is no news yet on when or how the next actor to play the role will be announced, nor of course any indication of who the 13th Doctor might be.

Capaldi's final series as the Doctor, the tenth since the return of Doctor Who in 2005, will begin transmission on BBC One on Saturday 15th April.

Capaldi will be joined in Series 10 by new companion Pearl Mackie (Bill), and Matt Lucas (Nardole) with guest appearances to come from David Suchet and Michelle Gomez. He has starred alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Alex Kingston as River Song, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, as well as Keeley Hawes, Tom Riley, Frank Skinner, Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade and many more. Capaldi's Doctor has fought Daleks and Davros, Cybermen, Zygons, new monsters like the Veil and old foes the Time Lords.


Class Episode Seven, The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did had an audience of 0.76 million viewers for its debut on BBC One, according the unofficial overnight figures, a share of 8% of the total TV audience.

The rating was fractionally up on the overnight figures for last week's episode. The programme was outrated by by Newsnight on BBC Two, which had 0.79 million, but it beat Through the Keyhole on ITV which had 0.65 million.

The series concluded with Episode Eight, The Lost, which followed at 11.35pm and had an audience of 0.26 million, a share of 4.7%. This episode was beaten in its timeslot Hospital on BBC 2 with 0.33 million, and marginally by The Chase on ITV which also had 0.26 million.

Consolidated ratings are now available for episodes 3 and 4 of Class, shown on BBC One two weeks ago, which include details of those who recorded the programme and watched it within a week.

Episode 3, Nightvisiting, which was broadcast at 10.47pm, had a confirmed audience of 0.79 million viewers, a 7.5% share of the total TV audience. The channel average for the timeslot is of 1.85 million. The figure is actually lower than the initial overnight figure. This can happen as the overnight figures are just an estimate based on the scheduled timeslot. The final figures are the accepted official figure for the episode. The programme won the timeslot with BBC Two's Newsnight getting 0.69 million watching. An additional 0.29 million have accessed the episode on iPlayer since its release on BBC Three last October.

Episode 4, Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart, followed immediately afterward, starting at 11.31pm, and had a consolidated audience of 0.34 million watching, a share 5.2% of the audience. The channel average for the timeslot is 0.82 million. Episode 4 increased its audience by 21% over the initial figure. Around 250,000 have accessed the episode on iPlayer.


BBC America have announced that Doctor Who returns to the channel on Saturday, April 15 at 9/8c.

The announcemnt follows the news from the BBC that the series will return to BBC One on the same day, for Peter Capaldi's last run as The Doctor.

The Doctor Who broadcast will be followed by US premiere of the Spin-Off Series Class at 10/9c

Monday, 30 January 2017

Claymore Blu-ray Released Monday

On Monday January 30, Anime Limited will release the Limited Collector's Blu-ray edition of the 26-part series Claymore.
Broadcast in Japan in 2007, the series adapted Norihiro Yagi's fantasy adventure manga about a half-human woman who hunts shape-shifting yōma creatures on a medieval land. Hiroyuki Tanaka, an animation director on the Vampire Hunter (Night Warriors - Darkstalkers' Revenge) video series and an assistant director on the Ninja Scroll television series, directed the animators at Madhouse on this project. Yasuko Kobayashi (Shakugan no Shana, Witchblade) supervised the scripts, and Takahiro Umehara (Tenjho Tenge, Beyblade) designed the characters.

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast For Hand Shakers Anime

Funimation announced the English dub cast on Friday for the Hand Shakers anime series.
The English dub cast — under ADR director Jerry Jewell, ADR engineer Michael Trotzig, scriptwriter Monica Rial, and mixing engineer Neal Malley — includes:
The following cast members are in the show's first episode:
The simuldub will premiere on January 29 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The anime premiered in Japan on January 10, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it airs in Japan.
Crunchyroll describes the series:
Tazuna is a high school student, living in Osaka, who loves to fiddle around with machines. One day, he receives a repair request from an university laboratory. He accepts the request and ends up meeting a girl named Koyori, who has been bedridden for a very long time. Guided by something unknown, Tazuna touches Koyori's fingertip, and they create a weapon called “Nimrod”. After creating the Nimrod, Tazuna hears a voice: “Those of you who've overcome many battles and difficulties, who've had a revelation, and who intend to challenge Me are “Hand Shakers.””
Suddenly, Tazuna and Koyori get pulled into a whole different world called “Ziggurat”. In this world, there are Hand Shakers, two people who touch hands and create the Nimrod. Their goal is to defeat other Hand Shakers in order to gain an audience with “God”, who will grant them wishes. Bewildered by this new world before him, Tazuna tries to comprehend what's happening. At that moment, Tazuna and Koyori are attacked by an unknown assailant.
GoHands is in charge of the original planning, and GOON TRAX is composing the music. GoHands, Frontier Works, and Kadokawa are all credited with the original work. Shingo Suzuki (K, Coppelion director) and Hiromitsu Kanazawa (K, Coppelion series director) are directing the series at GoHands, and Kanazawa is also in charge of the series scripts. Takayuki Uchida (Asa made Jugyō Chu!) is the character designer. OxT (Overlord) is performing the anime's opening theme song "One Hand Message." Masayoshi Ōishi is playing the acoustic guitar on the song, while Tom-H@ck is playing the electric guitar. Akino Arai is performing the ending theme song "Yume Miru Ame" (Dreaming Rain).


Big Finish Productions have won the award for the Best Online/non Broadcast drama in the 2017 BBC Radio Drama Awards.

The team won for Absent Friends, the first part of the Eighth Doctor series Doom Coalition 3, releaed in October 2016.

The awards, which have been running since 2012, celebrate the range, originality and quality of audio drama on air and online and recognise the creativity of actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work in the genre. Big Finish previously won the award in 2014 for another Eighth Doctor story Dark Eyes.

The winners were announced this evening, at a special ceremony hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and Director of BBC Radio and Music Bob Shennan in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London.

Vincent and the Doctor actor Bill Nighy was presented with the Special Award for Services to Radio Drama by Amelia Bullmore, recognising his tremendous contribution to audio drama over his career. Memorable highlights span from playing Sam Gamgee in The Lord Of The Rings in the 1980s to his regular appearances now as the actor-turned-detective Charles Paris, with appearances also in Cigarettes And Chocolate by Anthony Minghella, Private Lives with Helena Bonham Carter along with untiring support for the genre in general.

Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio, said:
This impressive list of winners illustrates the range and uniqueness of audio drama in its ability to tell stories like no other medium, transporting listeners to the world of imagination. It’s evident the genre attracts high calibre talent and there’s a fantastic audio drama community right across the UK, producing world class content for the enjoyment of millions. I’m proud of the achievements of everyone nominated for these awards and I want to congratulate all of the winners.


Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 (Credit: BBC)Peter Capaldi will be a guest on BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley show tomorrow evening (30 Jan) at 8:00pm (GMT), "picking his favourite tracks and filling us in on all the latest news from the Doctor Who set.".

In addition, Tuesday's show will be dedicated to music that has appeared in Doctor Who, including groups such as The Beatles, The Streets and The Chordettes.

Both shows will be available to listen to worldwide via the BBC iPlayer.

David Tennant appeared on the show to chat about his experiences of being the Doctor back in November 2013, during the show's 50th Anniversary celebrations.


The actor John Hurt has died at the age of 77.

John Hurt, the man who played the missing regeneration of the Doctor, the War Doctor, was one of the most respected actors of his generation. Over a 50 year career, he played some of the most memorable characters in British Film and television, dominating the profession with his rich voice entrancing audiences. His career earnt him two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, as well as four BAFTA Awards.

John Hurt was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire on 22nd January 1940. He trained at the Grimsby Art School, before winning a scholarship allowing him to study at Saint Martin's School of Art in London. In 1960, he won a scholarship to RADA, where he trained for two years.

His first film was The Wild and the Willing but he made his mark in Fred Zinnemann's A Man for All Seasons playing Richard Rich. His portrayal of Timothy Evans, in 10 Rillington Place, the true story of an innocent man hanged for murder, earnt him his first BAFTA nomination.

He won a BAFTA playing Quentin Crisp in the TV play The Naked Civil Servant, produced by ex-Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert, a role he would reprise in the 2009 film An Englishman in New York. He won further plaudits in the 1976 series I Claudius playing the psychotic Roman emperor Caligula.

In 1978 he won his first Acadamy nomination for Midnight Express, losing out to Christopher Walken, but for which he won a Golden Globe and a second BAFTA. His unique voice graced the animated films Watership Down and Lord of the Rings. In 1980 he played John Merrick in The Elephant Man earning him his second Acadamy nomination. The same year he came to a gruesome end as Kane in Alien, and four years later he played Winston Smith in the film adaptation of the Orwell classic set in that year Nineteen Eighty-Four.

He had roles in the Harry Potter films and the Merlin TV series and played the MP Alan Clark in The Alan Clark Diaries. Hurt recently starred in Oscar-nominated biopic of President John F. Kennedy's widow, Jackie, which is currently showing in cinemas.

In 2013, at the age of 73 he made his debut in Doctor Who, playing The War Doctor, a character invented by show-runner Steven Moffat to fill the gap in the series 50th Anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor, when it became apparent that Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston did not wish to take part.

Moffat later told Radio Times
I remember saying to Marcus [Wilson, producer], What if there was an incarnation of the Doctor none of us knew about? And, coincidentally, he was played by the most famous actor in the world? Specifically, someone who might have been cast as the Doctor during the long hiatus. For instance, John Hurt...
Hurt accepted the offer almost immediately, giving him a place in the series history as one of the rare breed of actor to have played The Doctor.
He was quite insistent, saying to me and to others: “So I am properly Doctor Who now. I am a Doctor Who.I can say it?” He loves the fact that he’s Doctor Who. Only having to stay in Cardiff for three weeks, he gets to be Doctor Who.
Hurt would return to the role for Big Finish in 2015

In 2015 Hurt received a knighthood from Her Majesty The Queen for services to drama, to add to the CBE he received in 2004.

John Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 but was later given the all clear. In an interview last year he said he had no fear of death.
I hope I shall have the courage to say, ‘Vroom! Here we go! Let’s become different molecules! I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it. We're all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly.
John Hurt was married four times. He is survived by his wife of 12 years Anwen Rees-Myers, and his two sons Alexander and Nicholas


Titan Comics have released details of the comics coming in the first half of February.

The first week sees the latest in the Twelfth Doctor series. The following week sees the latest in the Eleventh Doctor Series as well as the explosive second arc of Torchwood. The series, written by John Barrowman with co-writer Carole Barrowman, unites the team with comics legend Neil Edwards.



Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
COVER A: Claudia Caranfa COVER B: PHOTO COVER C: Matt Baxter

Thanks to the rather exciting Julie d'Aubigny, the Doctor defeated an infestation of cosmic darkness in Paris, France, in 1695. Though Julie was interested in joining the Doctor on his travels - as long as she got to drive! - the Doctor has left her to get on with her own adventures for the time being. Perhaps she'll be back for seconds in the future...? In the meantime, there are always new adventures to be had, and new people to meet!
The Twelfth Doctor 2 14 Cover A (Credit: Titan / Claudia Caranfa) The Twelfth Doctor 2 14 Cover C (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor 2 14 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Matt Baxter) The Twelfth Doctor 2 14 Preview 1 (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor 2 14 Preview 2 (Credit: Titan) The Twelfth Doctor 2 14 Preview 3 (Credit: Titan)



Writer: Carole Barrowman, John Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
Cover A: Blair Shedd Cover B: Will Brooks - Photo Cover C: Nick Percival Cover D: Staz Johnson Cover E: Simon Myers

Gwen Cooper has been pulled away from her domestic bliss by the reappearance of Captain Jack Harkness, and his companions, the crew of the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden. No sooner has Gwen rejoined the team, than they has to contend with jetski-riding ninjas, a mystery involoving an alien race known as the Navigators, the return of the roguish Captain John Hart, and the revelation that the current Lady of Torchwood House, Karina is far from what she seems. As we rejoin events in the midst of a stand-off, things are more than a little tense
Torchwood 2 1 Cover A (Credit: Titan / BLAIR SHEDD) Torchwood 2 1 Cover B (Credit: Titan / WILL BROOKS – PHOTO) Torchwood 2 1 Cover C (Credit: Titan / NICK PERCIVAL) Torchwood 2 1 Cover D (Credit: Titan / STAZ JOHNSON) Torchwood 2 1 Cover E (Credit: Titan / SIMON MYERS) Torchwood 2 1 Preview 1 (Credit: Titan) Torchwood 2 1 Preview 2 (Credit: Titan) Torchwood 2 1 Preview 3 (Credit: Titan)


Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Leandro Casci, Wellington Diaz
Colourist: Triona Farrell
COVER A: Claudia Caranfa COVER B: Will Brooks Photo COVER C: Matt Baxter COVER D: Simone di Meo

The brand new day for the Eleventh Doctor and Alice continues as they head out into the galaxy in search of the amazing and the unknown! Who will join them aboard the TARDIS... and what will become of them? Plus - with all they've seen and done together, can the Doctor still surprise Alice? Oh, you bet!
The Eleventh Doctor 3 2 Cover A (Credit: Titan / Claudia Caranfa) The Eleventh Doctor 3 2 Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks) The Eleventh Doctor 3 2 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Matt Baxter ) The Eleventh Doctor 3 2 Cover D (Credit: Titan /Simone di Meo ) The Eleventh Doctor 3 2 Preview A (Credit: Titan) The Eleventh Doctor 3 2 Preview B (Credit: Titan) The Eleventh Doctor 3 2 Preview C (Credit: Titan)

Friday, 27 January 2017

Peach Girl Live-Action Film Reveals Trailer, Theme Song, May 20 Debut

The official website of the live-action film adaptation of Miwa Ueda's Peach Girl manga announced on Friday that Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" song will serve as the film's theme song. This will be the first time that a Japanese film features one of Jepsen's songs.
The website is also streaming a trailer for the film. The trailer announces that the film will premiere in Japan on May 20. (Note: Click on the screencap below to go to the film's website to see the trailer.)
The film's website also revealed a poster visual for the film.
The film's cast includes:
Mizuki Yamamoto (live-action Black Butler) as the protagonist Momo Adachi

Mei Nagano (live-action Rurouni Kenshin) as Sae Kashiwagi

Mackenyu (live-action Chihayafuru) as Kazuya "Tōji" Tōjigamori
In addition, idol group Hey! Say! JUMP's Kei Inoo is playing Kairi in his first film role.
Koji Shintoku (live-action Mars ~Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru!) is directing the film, and Junpei Yamaoka (live-action Gin to Kin drama) is writing the scripts. Kouichi Tsutaya (Konchū Monogatari Mitsubachi Hutch - Yūki no Melody) is composing the film's music.
Ueda's manga centers on an average high school girl named Momo whom everyone thinks sleeps around because of her tanned skin. The actual reason she is so tanned is because she was on the swim team and tans very easily. She has a crush on Toji, a boy whom she's heard only likes non-tanned girls. Momo has low self-esteem and tries to remake herself into someone she thinks Toji would like, but she has a "friend" named Sae who enjoys going behind Momo's back and making her life miserable.
The original shojo manga ran in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from its October 1997 issue through its January 2004 issue. Ueda also published a spinoff manga, Peach Girl: Sae’s Story, in 2005. Tokyopop published both the original manga and the spinoff in North America, but split the original manga into two separate series: Peach Girl and Peach Girl: Change of Heart. Ueda launched a sequel manga series titled Peach Girl Next in Kodansha's Be-Love magazine on August 12. Kodansha shipped the first compiled book volume of the sequel series on January 13.
The series inspired a live-action drama in Taiwan in 2001 and a Japanese television anime in 2005. Funimation released the anime adaptation.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions UK Cinema Release on Wednesday

Also some cinemas still showing 1995 Ghost in the Shell film

Manga Entertainment's cinema release of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions across the United Kingdom and Ireland will be on Wednesday February 1. (Some cinemas will also have screenings on Saturday February 4.) The cinemas showing the film are listed on this official website.
Also, some cinemas will continue to screen Mamoru Oshii's 1995 film Ghost in the Shell, details here.

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast For ACCA Anime

Funimation announced the English dub cast on Wednesday for the ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. anime series.
The English dub cast — under ADR director Christopher Bevins, ADR engineer Matt Grounds, and scriptwriter J. Michael Tatum — includes:
The simuldub will premiere on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EST. The anime premiered in Japan on January 10, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it airs in Japan.
Funimation describes the series:
Jean Otus, commonly known as “Jean the Cigarette Peddler,” is one of the most cunning agents working for the unified group known as “ACCA.” In a kingdom split between 13 regions, ACCA serves to maintain the peace. Those working in the syndicate consider it their life and purpose. But Jean is monitored by gazes, rumors, and…snack time. Slowly, his life is swallowed up into the world's conspiracies!
Shingo Natsume (One-Punch Man, both seasons of Space Dandy) is directing the anime at MADHOUSE. Tomohiro Suzuki (One-Punch Man, Tiger & Bunny scriptwriter) is handling the series composition, Norifumi Kugai (One-Punch Man, Space Dandy key animator) is adapting the characters for animation, and Ryo Takahashi (Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, Please tell me! Galko-chan) is composing the music

Olympic Female Wrestler Challenges Viewers to a Pokémon Battle

Japanese female wrestler Saori Yoshida is appearing in two new Pokémon Sun & Moon commercials starting on January 31. In the commercials, the decorated wrestler is carried by Machamp (Kairiky) while dressed as a Trial Guide from the games.
Yoshida was interviewed after finishing up the commercials. She commented that after trying out the game for the shoot, she felt it was very similar to a wrestling regimen where she cannot win without working hard, practicing, and then battling with a well-trained body. She also enjoyed shooting with Machamp who she said would make a strong partner.
Yoshida is well known in her native Japan, having won gold in her weight class in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games. In her 20 year career, she's only lost three times internationally and has won 13 consecutive world championships.

Funimation Announces Interviews With Monster Girls English Dub Cast

FUNimation Entertainment announced its English dub cast for Interviews with Monster Girls on Tuesday. The cast — under ADR director Jad Saxton, ADR engineer James Baker, writer Kristen McGuire, and mixing engineer Adrien Cook — includes:

The dub will premiere on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. EST. The anime premiered in Japan on January 7, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles as it airs in Japan.
Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story:

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?!
Ryo Ando (chief episode director for both seasons of GATE) is making his directorial debut with the series at A-1 Pictures. Takao Yoshioka (Elfen Lied, Ikki Tousen, The Familiar of Zero) is both writing and overseeing the scripts. Tetsuya Kawakami (The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water) is designing the characters, and Masaru Yokoyama (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Garakowa -Restore the World-, BBK/BRNK) is composing the music.
TrySail is performing the opening theme song "Original," while Sangatsu no Phantasia is performing the ending theme song "Fairy Tale."

New 3DS XL Pikachu Yellow Edition Heads to N. America on February 24

The adorable Pikachu Yellow variant of the New Nintendo 3DS XL is finally heading to North America next month. The design was first released in Japan with the launch of the Pokémon Sun & Moon games on November 18.
Three months later, North American players can finally get their hands on the system beginning on February 24 for US$199.99.
North America also got a black Legendary Pokémon variant on October 28.
[Via Sal Romano at Gematsu]

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Dragon Ball Super Anime Teases Universe Survival Saga's Action Scenes in Video

Toei Animation began streaming a 15-second video preview for the Dragon Ball Super television anime's new arc, the "Universe Survival Saga," on Wednesday. The video shows clips from various action scenes in the new arc.
The anime's site describes the arc's story:

According to an invitation that Goku gets, Zen-Oh is starting a martial arts tournament between all the universes called "Chikara no Taikai" (Tournament of Power). But it is the beginning of universal destruction. Something awaits the winners and losers of this tournament. What will become of this fierce team battle between each universe's elite warriors?
The new arc will debut on February 5. Kiyoshi Hikawa is performing the new opening theme song as his first anime tie-in song. Yukinojo Mori wrote the lyrics for the rock number "Genkai Toppa x Survivor" (Limit Breakthrough x Survivor), and Takafumi Iwasaki composed the music.
The visual for the arc shows Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin, Android 17, Android 18, Piccolo, Tenshinhan, Master Roshi, and Majin Buu as Universe 7's most powerful team.
The FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab streaming platforms are all simulcasting the series with English subtitles.
Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other channels. Funimation's English dub of the anime premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on January 7. The English dub cast includes:

Toonami Asia premiered the series in Southeast Asia and India on January 21 with a different English dub produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Toei Animation announced in October that the anime will begin airing in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa between fall and winter.

Makoto Shinkai Has Not Drafted Next Work Yet as Deadline Approaches

During a talk event at the "Huawei Presents Starry Sky Illuminations" display in Roppongi, Tokyo on Tuesday, anime film director Makoto Shinkai discussed his next planned work: "Though the deadline for the proposal is approaching, I still haven't written a single word." He added, with a laugh, "It's getting bad." He said that he is reading novels, manga, and books on folklore, as well as watching movies to look for something that will link to his emotions.
Regarding his recent your name. anime film, Shinkai had always intended the ending to be [Spoilers: please highlight the white space to read] a happy ending. He said that he wanted the film to be different from his previous films, and have the work be about not giving up and breaking through some obstacle. He also commented on the film's structure, mentioning that he made the film work in a three-act structure, and noting the traditional Japanese johakyū (beginning, break, rapid) concept of storytelling. He plotted the course of the film's story in a graph, and "thought about what kind of roller-coaster ride I wanted to put the audience through." He also stated that he wanted every part to be interesting, and that popular works such as Disney's Frozen all attempt to do the same thing.
Shinkai said at the Busan International Film Festival in October that he would like to make his next work at TOHO within three years. He added that his next work will be about young boys and girls in adolescence.
Also at Busan, he addressed remarks by critics and fans that he is a "post-Hayao Miyazaki " director, by saying that it is an "overestimation." He added that "Miyazaki's movies have a worth and power as a single brand. I will just continue to make movies that a lot of people can enjoy." Later in October, Shinkai denied rumors that he might work at Studio Ghibli. "No and I don't think they'd even ask me," he told UK-based website Express. Shinkai elaborated that his style and Studio Ghibli's are really nothing alike. He said that Ghibli's films are about "craftsmanship" that bring characters to life while his are "a series of stop-motions."
Shinkai's your name. film recently returned to the top of the Japanese box office in its 22nd weekend, after nine weeks off the spot. The film had topped the Japanese charts for nine straight weekends since it opened on August 26 last year, and in its 10th weekend dropped to #2 to Death Note Light up the NEW world, before regaining the top spot in its 11th weekend, and it stayed at the top spot in its 12th and 13th weekends.
The film is now the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the second highest-grossing Japanese film, and the second highest-grossing anime film. As of January 15, the film has earned 23.23 billion yen (about US$204 million) in Japan. The only Japanese film to gross higher is Spirited Away (30.8 billion yen). The film has earned US$281 million worldwide and topped Spirited Away in its worldwide box office total. While Spirited Away is still the highest grossing anime film domestically, your name. is the highest-grossing anime film worldwide.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Amazon Lists New 'Fairy Tail in Wonderland' Novel

Online retailer Amazon is listing a new Fairy Tail novel slated for March 17 from Kodansha in Japan. The novel is titled Fushigi no Kuni no Fairy Tail (Fairy Tail in Wonderland). Ren Kanan (Ōedo Fairy Tail) is listed as the author along with original creator Hiro Mashima.
The original manga follows the adventures of world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. It previously inspired two light novels published by Kodansha and written by Miu Kawasaki: Fairy Tail: Kokoro ni Yadoru Color (The Color Residing Within the Heart) in May 2012, and Fairy Tail 2: Dai Matō Enbu Sono Ato, Sorezore no Ichinichi (Each of the Fighters' Day After the Grand Magic Games) in August 2014. Kanan's Fairy Tail: Ōedo Fairy Tail novel (pictured right) shipped in October 2015.
The manga also inspired two television anime, several original video anime projects, and spinoff manga. The franchise's first anime film, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, opened in Japan on August 18, 2012. A second film, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is also planned for spring 2017.
Del Rey published the first 12 volumes of the original manga in North America, and Kodansha resumed publishing the manga in English with the 13th volume in 2011. While Kodansha Comics publishes the main Fairy Tail manga in North America, Crunchyroll is releasing new chapters online as they come out in Japan.

Mikasa Dub Actress at Liverpool MCM Convention in March

The Liverpool edition of MCM Comic Con on March 11 and 12 will feature dub actress Trina Nishimura, who voices Mikasa in Attack on Titan. She will be the guest of MyM magazine.
Nishimura's other roles include Lan Fan in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Kurisu Makise in Steins;Gate, Seira Kazuno in Love Live! Sunshine!!, Chain Sumeragi in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Sohara in Heaven's Lost Property, Mari Illustrious Makinami in the Rebuild of Evangelion films and Kenjiro Minami in Yuri!!! on Ice.


Class Episode Five, Brave-ish Heart had an audience of 0.66 million viewers for its debut on BBC One, according the unofficial overnight figures, a share of 7% of the total TV audience.

The rating is down on the overnight figures for last week's episode and the programme was outrated by both Newsnight on BBC Two, which had 0.73 million watching, and by Through the Keyhole on ITV, which had 0.70 million.

Episode Six, Detained, which followed at 11.35pm had an audience of 0.21 million, a share of 3.5%. This episode was beaten by Hospital on BBC Two, 0.33 million, by The Chase on ITV with 0.26 million.

Consolidated ratings are now available for the first two episodes of Class, shown on BBC One two weeks ago, which include those who recorded the programme and watched it within a week.

Episode 1, For Tonight We May Die, which was broadcast at 10.46pm, had a confirmed audience of 1.06 million viewers, a 10.7% share of the total TV audience. The channel average for the timeslot is of 1.85 million. The figure is about 12% higher than the initial overnight figures. An additional 0.66 million have accessed the episode on iPlayer since its release on BBC Three last October.

Episode 2, The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, followed immediately afterward, starting at 11.40pm, and had a consolidated audience of 0.55 million watching, a share 9.5% of the audience. The channel average for the timeslot is 0.64 million. Episode 2 increased its audience by 40% over the initial figure, implying many decided to goto to bed and watch the episode later. Around 300,000 have accessed the episode on iPlayer.


Pseudoscope Publishing is seeking submissions for the upcoming Time Shadows 2 short-story anthology to raise money for for charity.

Time Shadows 2 follows 2016’s successful Time Shadows which has already raised nearly $900 for the Enable Community Foundation. The book is edited by Stephen Hatcher (Time Shadows, Myth Makers, Short Trips), with Associate Editors Matt Grady (Time Shadows, Myth Makers, Short Trips) and John Davies (Time Shadows, Celestial Toyroom, Blake’s Heaven)
Time Shadows 2 Doctor Who short-story anthology

Over 2,000 years, the Doctor has worn many faces and led many lives. He has confronted some of the most dangerous creatures in the universe, and fought the demons that lurk within his own soul. Some fights he was won. Others have left his hearts broken.

The Doctor has held the Key to Time in his hands, and wielded a weapon that ended billions of lives in a single Moment. But he has also stopped to comfort a crying child, argued the virtue of a well-prepared meal, fallen in love, and experienced cities made of song.

An impossible man living an impossible life, running away from responsibility and into danger.

The stories of Time Shadows 2 will explore the past actions and future consequences of the Doctor, his friends and his enemies, and reflect on how they lived to fight another day.
The deadline for outlines for Time Shadows 2 is February 28, 2017. Submission guidelines available at the Pseudoscope Publishing website

Commissioned writers will receive a printed contributor’s copy of the anthology

Monday, 23 January 2017

Funimation's Sekirei Rights Expire on February 9

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Sunday that its streaming and home video license for the Sekirei and Sekirei: Pure Engagement anime series will expire on February 9. After that time, Funimation will remove the anime from streaming, and will not reprint the Blu-ray Discs and DVDs after they have sold out.
Sekirei's story begins when Minato Sahashi, a hapless man who has failed at getting into college or getting a love life, suddenly meets a beautiful girl named Musubi. Minato learns he can become an Ashikabi, a master of the 108 artificial, humanlike creatures in the Sekirei Project that will fight each other to their dying breaths. Musubi happens to be a Sekirei herself.
The first season aired in 2008, and Sekirei: Pure Engagement aired in 2010. Funimation released the first series on DVD in 2010, and on Blu-ray Disc in 2012. Funimation released the second series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2012. The company re-released both series together on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2013, and again last July.
The series is based on Sakurako Gokurakuin's manga series of the same name, which launched in Square Enix's Young Gangan in 2004. The manga ended in August 2015. Yen Press began releasing the manga digitally in November 2015, and will publish the eighth volume digitally on January 31.

Cardcaptor Sakura's Cast Reunites for Sakura's Birthday

Sakura, Card Captor Sakura's heroine, has a birthday on April 1. To celebrate the occasion this year, a big party is being planned at the Rune Kodaira Great Hall in Kodaira, Tokyo, which fits 1,229 guests. Much of the anime's cast is being reunited: Sakura Tange (Sakura), of course, but also Junko Iwao (Tomoyo), Aya Hisakawa (Kero-chan), Motoko Kumai (Li), Megumi Ogata (Yukito), and perhaps others.
The party will be held in two different sections, an afternoon event beginning at 3:30 and an evening one at 6:30. Interested fans must apply for the tickets on e+; application closes on February 19, and the winners of a ticket raffle will be announced on February 23. There are four different ticket categories: general (5,940 yen/$51.70), one adult and one child (9,720 yen/$84.60), one adult and two children (13,500 yen/$117.50), and two adults and two children (19,440 yen/$169).
Card Captor Sakura celebrated its 20th anniversary last year by announcing a new manga and anime series. The manga is currently running in Nakayoshi magazine, while the anime will premiere in January 2018.

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast For Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime

Company also reveals additional cast for Tales of Zestiria the X

Funimation announced the English dub cast on Saturday for the Saga of Tanya the Evil anime series. Funimation has also confirmed the returning English dub cast for Nanbaka, All Out!!, Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON, and Trickster, as well as returning and new cast for Tales of Zestiria the X.
The English dub cast for Saga of Tanya the Evil, under ADR director Jeremy Inman, ADR engineer Ben Tehrani, and mix engineer Nathanael Harrison, includes:
Additionally, the anime's first episode features the following cast:
The English simuldub will premiere on Monday at 10:00 p.m. EST. The anime premiered in Japan on January 6, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs with subtitles.
The series adapts author Carlo Zen and illustrator Shinobu Shinotsuki's Yōjo Senki (The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl) light novel series. The novel series centers on a young girl who fights on the frontlines in war. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and nearly transparent white skin, and she flies through the air and mercilessly strikes down her opponents. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff, and she speaks with a young girl's lisp and commands the army. Tanya used to be one of Japan's elite office workers, but because of a wrathful god, was reborn as a little girl. Tanya prioritizes optimization and career advancement above all, and she will become the most dangerous entity among the Imperial Army's mages.
The second season of Tales of Zestiria the X additionally features Seth Magill as Eguile and Natalie Hoover as Ayn Felice. Additionally, the show's episode 13 features the following new cast:
The English simuldub for the second season premieres on Sunday at 10:00 p.m. EST. The second season premiered in Japan on January 8, and Daisuki is streaming the series with subtitles.

Ghost in the Shell Cinema Screenings on Wednesday

One-day release for original Ghost in the Shell film

Mamoru Oshii's 1995 film Ghost in the Shell will be screened in selected cinemas on Wednesday January 25. Tickets for all the screenings can be bought at the official site.
Manga has listed the following cinemas showing the film on Wednesday.
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