Friday, 31 March 2017

Funimation Reveals 4 More KanColle English Dub Cast Members

FUNimation Entertainment announced four additional cast members for its English dub of Kan Colle on Thursday. The new cast members are as follows:
Funimation previously announced Felecia Angelle as Fubuki, Leah Clark as Yuudachi, Cherami Leigh as Mutsuki, Jeannie Tirado as Kaga, and Tia Ballard as Akagi.
Funimation will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles and an English dub on June 27. Funimation is releasing the series as the second home video title in its partnership with Crunchyroll.
The 12-episode TV anime series premiered in January 2015 and Crunchyroll streamed it as it aired in Japan. The series is set in a world where humanity has lost control of the seas. The threat that has taken over the seas is the "deep sea fleet." The only ones who can counter this threat are Kan-musume (literally, warship girls), girls who possess the spirit of naval vessels from days gone by.
The base for the fleet arrayed against the "deep sea fleet" is Chinjufu. There, many various Kan-musume have gathered to live together and work hard everyday in training and other matters. One day, a Kan-musume arrives at Chinjufu. She is a special class of destroyer, and her name is Fubuki.
Keizou Kusakawa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise, Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?) directed the anime of Kadokawa Games' moe-character card battle game at the studio diomedea (Squid Girl, Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?). Jukki Hanada (Love Live! School idol project, Steins;Gate) was in charge of the series scripts.
An anime film opened in Japan on November 26.


The BBC has released the synopsis for the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who.

The Pilot Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill.

A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined - but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?
The episode premieres on BBC One on Saturday 15th April, followed by screenings around the world.


BBC Books have released details about a new hardback book due to be published on 29th June 2017:

Myths & Legends (Credit: BBC Books)Myths & Legends
Written by Richard Dinnick
Published by BBC Books 29th June 2017 (pre-order)

The very first book of illustrated Time Lord mythology – epic tales from the Whoniverse.

For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless.

These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears.

A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is a unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

KanColle English Dub Casts Jeannie Tirado, Tia Ballard

FUNimation Entertainment announced two additional cast members for its English dub of Kan Colle on Wednesday. Jeannie Tirado plays Kaga and Tia Ballard plays Akagi.
Tirado and Ballard join Felecia Angelle as Fubuki, Leah Clark as Yuudachi, and Cherami Leigh as Mutsuki.
Funimation will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles and an English dub on June 27. Funimation is releasing the series as the second home video title in its partnership with Crunchyroll.
The 12-episode TV anime series premiered in January 2015 and Crunchyroll streamed it as it aired in Japan. The series is set in a world where humanity has lost control of the seas. The threat that has taken over the seas is the "deep sea fleet." The only ones who can counter this threat are Kan-musume (literally, warship girls), girls who possess the spirit of naval vessels from days gone by.
The base for the fleet arrayed against the "deep sea fleet" is Chinjufu. There, many various Kan-musume have gathered to live together and work hard everyday in training and other matters. One day, a Kan-musume arrives at Chinjufu. She is a special class of destroyer, and her name is Fubuki.
Keizou Kusakawa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise, Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?) directed the anime of Kadokawa Games' moe-character card battle game at the studio diomedea (Squid Girl, Problem children are coming from another world, aren't they?). Jukki Hanada (Love Live! School idol project, Steins;Gate) was in charge of the series scripts.
An anime film opened in Japan on November 26


Spoilers Ahead!
Do not read if you did not see the film yet. After watching the film, there are still some unanswered questions. A bit of headscratchers as well. 

5. Trini's "Girlfriend" Problems
As much as I appreciate a character questioning his or her sexuality. But girlfriend problems is sort of vague. Does it mean she does have a girlfriend or had one? Does she have a crush on a girl? What extent did that mean? It would've been nice to see her talking with a girl she liked at least. Also, why didn't her parents hear when Rita was smashing her daughter around in her room.

4. Power Coins and Power Morphers
Where were the Power Morphers? There was toys for them but they did not appear in the film. Do they even need them? The whole point of the movie was to build them up to morphing, I get that. And that had to be in the command center ship in order to activate other plot elements but do they even need the power coins anymore? The power coins seemed to activate their abilities and it didn't look like they needed them on their person to have said abilities. It was a bit vague as to the rules. Also people are talking about the lackluster delivery of how Jason said "It's Morphin Time," as if it was an afterthought. We might see this in a future film.

 3. How did activating the Morphin Grid give life giving properties?
Apparently if four Rangers could activate the Morphin Grid once they morphed and that could bring Zordon's body back but it wasn't specific to it bringing a life back. And in the show it even seemed to bring anyone back from the dead. It wasn't specific that could bring anyone back to life. Also it wasn't assured that Zordon was dead. Alpha just said his essence was in the ship. I doubt this will be specified in a future film. 

2. Zords
Wish we had the zord call (the Rangers calling each zord) and the Rangers jumping into their zords. And wished the 1995 theme went longer. There was an instrumental during the credits, wish that ran through the zord sequence. The movie seemed to avoid Sentai tropes as much as they could like the Morphing call ("Tyrannosaurus!), the role call ("Pink Ranger!"), the zord call ("We need Dinozord power!"), jumping in the zords ("Nice stereo") and the Megazord transformation ("Megazord Sequence initiated"). 

1. Rita's Powers
It was said Rita was a Ranger but not specifically if she was a witch and where her powers came from. Also how did the gold work as she digested some of the gold, how did that get to Goldar? Her levitation and other powers didn't seem to be related to her Ranger powers. As for Goldar, rumor is Lord Zedd punished him and turned him into what he was in the movie. But it wasn't specified. Rita seemed to know him but before. Also, when she was the Green Ranger, was her power of the dragon? Hopefully we will get an answer in the sequel. 


Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the movie.

 10. Tommy Oliver
In the mid-credit sequence, Tommy Oliver is called and we don't see him.. or her (more on that later). Obviously Tommy will be in the sequel but will he be the big bad or just a little bad? Will we see Lord Zedd too?

9. Lord Zedd
Saban says there will be six movies, but if Zedd comes in on the second movie, wouldn't that be a little too early? The way I estimate it is second movie: Tommy and Dragonzord, third: Zedd and Thunderzords, forth: White Ranger and Zedd/Rita alliance, fifth: Ninja Zords and Rito, sixth: Zeo and Machine Empire or Master Vile and Shogun Zords. If they do Thunderzords and Zedd with Tommy in no 2, I guess White Ranger can be in 3, Ninja Zords in 4, Shogunzords in 5, and Zeo in 6.

8. Upgrades or Thunderzords?
Fans know new toys are always abound. But I wouldn't want the Thunderzords in the sequel. I would want to see the Dragonzord combine with the Dino zords and not to mention, Titanus. So the only new zords they would have to sell are Dragonzord and Titanus. But with these Dinozords, it is sort of difficult to see how they would combine with the Dragonzord. Sabertooth Tiger, Mastodon and Triceratops combined in the show but the tiger was the left leg, it is now the waist. So I would say maybe they should have upgrades and be redesigned slightly to be able to combine with the Dragonzord. 

7. Secret Identity Drama
The Rangers were always covering their identities even though Rita knew their identities. In Season 2, Bulk and Skull actively tried to find out who the Rangers were. Sometimes the Rangers had the choice to morph and reveal their identities to a friend or loved one. That created tension. It would be interesting to see something like that in a sequel. 

6. Bulk and Skull cameo
I'm admittedly not the biggest Bulk and Skull fan and didn't miss them in the movie. But they are a part of the franchise and lasted more than six seasons and more than any other character on the show, even Tommy. The movie bully and mean girls weren't an adequate replacement. It would nhad been nice to see characters like them or just in a scene or two. The Boom Comics have handled them well, having them running around with a camera and documenting things. They dont have to be bullies per say or as slapsticky as before.

5. Trini have a girlfriend
As I much as I mention it in the last post, I would like to see Trini, who is now questioning her sexuality in the movie, with a girlfriend or budding romance. 

4. Zord Calls and Megazord Transformations

As the Rangers didn't call their zords and we didn't see the transformation (the rising from the rubble as dramatic cool) so I would like to see that in the next movie.

3. Morphin Call and Morphers
In the sequel, I would like to see the morphers at least used once and a more energetic "Morphin Time." as it was absent in the movie. They don't have to have all five Rangers calling their dinosaur names but at least. 

2. Female Tommy?
The cast wants a female Tommy. Rita was the female Green Ranger in this canon. It is unclear if she had the Dragonzord. (Above is the upcoming Toys R Us exclusive of Rita and Zordon 2-Pack Pop Vinyls.) I am not saying I would actively want it. I am not sure. I doubt it would happen as Saban and Bandai want to sell toys and traditionally male toys sell. Fans would ideally want female toys to be as equal as male toys. But I see mostly female legend toys sitting on shelves. But if there was a female Tommy, I would like to see a Trini-Tommy romance similar to the Kimberly-Tommy romance in the original. Kissing, being there for each other and being a strong relationship. Some fans say Rangers shouldn't be romantically entangled (Apparently they forgot Andros/Ashley, Tommy/Kat, Dillon/Summer, Tyler/Shelby, etc.) and I think it adds another element to all of this. Now, why would a gender change matter? It changes the mythos a bit and shows times have changed but not much really if we still have the anchor relationship of two Rangers, regardless of gender.

1. Zordon/Rita relationship 
The show established their relationship but didn't really delve into it. I was hoping a movie would do it tastefully it. As in the movie, they have been established as Rangers and now enemies but I would like to know more details. Why did Rita betray the Rangers? What was Zordon and her relationship before? Where did the Power coins originally come from? As i the show, the coins were from Ninjor. But what are their origin in the movie continuity? As Rita spoke Eltar in the movie, is she also from Eltar? I know this is mostly exposition and producers/writers/directors hate exposition but diehard fans love it. But I forsee a Zordon/Jason heart-to-heart again like in the current film about losing a friend to the darkside paralleling Tommy and Rita. 


March 29 sees the release of the Titan comic Ninth Doctor #11 - which kicks off a​ brand-new arc "SIN-EATERS." Written by Cavan Scott with illustrations by Cris Bolson, Will you see The Doctor in the same light ever again?

Cover A: ​Wellington Diaz; ​Cover B: ​Photo, Will Brooks; ​Cover C: ​Rachael Smith; ​Cover D: ​Arianna Florean


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

My Neighbor Totoro Outdoor Screening at Somerset House This Summer

Film4 has announced that Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro will be one of the films screened at London's Somerset House this summer. The date has not yet been confirmed, though the two-week programme will run between August 10 and 23. Tickets will go on sale in May.
The screening is part of the 'Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House' programme which runs in August. This also includes screenings of All the President's Men, Cruel Intentions and Moonlight.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Anime Limited and Studio 4°C To Launch Mind Game Kickstarter

Kickstarter launches Thursday, aims to raise £4,500 towards Blu-ray of 2004 fantasy film by Masaaki Yuasa

Anime Limited has announced it will be partnering with Studio 4°C to launch a Kickstarter for a Blu-ray release of Mind Game. This 2004 cinema film was directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong, The Tatami Galaxy, Kick-Heart). The Kickstarter will launch on Thursday March 30 at 12 noon.
Based on a manga by Robin Nishi, Mind Game features a variety of experimental visual styles. The story follows Nishi, who wants to become a manga artist and marry his childhood sweetheart, Myon, but Myon is already engaged to someone else. Nishi goes to visit her family and runs into a pair of yakuza, kicking off an adventure that involves meeting God and being trapped in the belly of a whale.
From Anime Limited's announcement: 'While the Kickstarter aims to raise £4,500 in funding, STUDIO4°C will raise and contribute the remainder. Mind Game has never had a HD release on home video. Backers of the Kickstarter will get their hands on a collector's edition blu-ray release of the film as well as additional rewards.'

Snow White With The Red Hair Released Monday

Also, Blu-ray/DVD edition of Serial Experiments Lain, new One Piece, limited edition of Gundam films

On Monday March 27, Funimation will release the first volume of Snow White with the Red Hair. Funimation described the anime:

In the kingdom of Tanbarun lives Shirayuki, an independent and strong-willed young woman. Her resourceful intelligence has led her become a skilled pharmacist, but her most defining trait is her shock of beautiful apple-red hair. Her dazzling mane gets her noticed by the prince of the kingdom, but instead of romancing her, he demands she be his concubine. Shirayuki refuses, chops off her lovely locks, and runs away to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. There, she befriends a young man named Zen, who is also a prince, although with a much better temperament than the previous one. Watch as Shirayuki finds her place in the new kingdom, and in Zen's heart.
Sorata Akiduki began the original manga in LaLa in its September 2006 issue.
MVM is releasing its Blu-ray/DVD Collectors Edition of the 1998 series Serial Experiments Lain. In the series, Lain Iwakura appears to be an ordinary girl, with almost no experience with computers. Yet the sudden suicide of a schoolmate, and a number of strange occurrences, conspire to pull Lain into the world of the Wired, where she gradually learns that nothing is what it seems to be... not even Lain herself.
Manga Entertainment is releasing One Piece Collection 16, featuring episodes 371 to 393 of the series.
Anime Limited has confirmed on its blog that its release of the trilogy of cinema films from the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series will be released as a Blu-ray box-set on Monday. This set is limited to 500 copies, available exclusively from the AllTheAnime website. The Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie Trilogy consists of Mobile Suit Gundam I, Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow and Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space, all in Japanese only


Spoilers ahead:
I thought of doing a spoiler-free review but a spoiler-free review would basically be this: five teenagers find a ship underneath a cave and are chosen to fight the evil Rita, her putty army and giant Goldar. That's it. Because even though director Dean Isrealite said the Rangers Jason, Billy, Kimberly, Trini and Zack would be the same basic characters we knew from the show, he was slightly right. There was not much to Trini in the original show save for her understanding Billy's tech talk, being Chinese, and knowing martial arts. None of the Rangers know martial arts and I'm not complaining. I kind of like the new backstories. Wish there was more detail to Zack and Trini. This is what the IGN review said. The young cast has chemistry. Bill Hader does a good job as Alpha, not annoying by any means. Bryan Cranston's concern and mentor advise pulls through and does a great scene with Dacre Montgomery (Jason). 

The Rangers are now REALLY teenagers with attitude. In the original MMPR, they were goody-goodies and squeaky clean. Billy is now autistic which makes sense and he is the most charming of the Rangers. I do like the friendship between Jason and Billy, it seems authentic. Jason is a football player who gets in a car accident and is put under house arrest (is never found out by police that Billy disarms the brace). Kimberly is a cheerleader who does a 'mean' thing to a girl via cyberbullying. Zack is a loner taking care of his sick mom in a trailer park. Trini is questioning her sexuality and as a gay man, I find refreshing and everyone is making a big to-do but in reality it is just in one scene and wish they elaborated it on more. Maybe have a couple of scenes with a potential girlfriend or a crush even. I mean, she doesn't have to be in a  relationship to be gay but in movies, you have to be visual. But the fact that they tried is great. I seriously never expected a gay Power Ranger, probably not one on  the show because it airs on a  children's network (even though Loud House has gay parents in it). There is a campfire scene where the team open us and it almost makes me tear up as I am gay and also had to take care of an ill mother. 

I enjoyed the movie, it had great writing, good acting, immersive action scenes and funny scenes. IGN still called it campy and some reviews said the movie might not appeal to non fans. The movie is what I expected, it would appeal to fans but probably wouldn't be a general audience hit. It so far is exceeding expectations. A disclaimer for parents who take kids under 13 to a PG-13 movie, my 7 year-old grandnephew was creeped out by the soul-sucking Rita and a doomsday prediction scene. I liked Elizabeth Bank's portrayal, she hammed it up and was creepy, but wish she was a bit more menacing and a scene where she was more disarmed. In this version as fans deduced, Zordon was the Red Ranger and Rita was the Green Ranger. She has the dragon coin. There is a mid-credits scene and it hints at Tommy Oliver but we don't see him, hinting to a sequel. Lionsgate originally said they planned 7 movies, Haim Saban says now 6. If the movie does well which I am now thinking of it might. Like Rita says in the movie: "There will be more." In the zord scene that they start playing the 1995 movie theme, I was so pumped up.

Kind of glad they didn't update it what with so many updates with Samurai and Megaforce and whatnot. My niece is a non-fan and she liked it. My 3 year old grandniece liked it and stayed in her seat throughout save for a bathroom break. I think general audiences new to the franchise that are younger than 30 might like it but adults that didn't like it when it first came out might still be jaded. Like I said before Power Rangers is a hard nugget to crack. It's a hard mix of drama, comedy, camp and action to balance. Past seasons have proven this (Operation Overdrive, Samurai, etc.) I think this movie balances it nicely but IGN doesn't think so. The camp does get a bit too campy but not as much tongue and cheek like Batman and Robin thankfully. Krispy Kreme does have a heavy promotion in  this movie which a scene of Rita enjoying a donut makes up for.


Pencil Tip Publishing have announced they will be accepting completed stories for inclusion in The Temporal Logbook II for one day and one day only.

Saturday May 6 2017 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time

As with the original short-story collection, the second volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation. For the open submission day they are looking for stories featuring Doctors 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10.

Stories should be between 5000-8000 words.

To contribute a story to The Temporal Logbook II all you have to do is:
  1. Submit 1 completed story. (Multiple submissions are not allowed.)
  2. Provide your full name and email
  3. Include a brief bio telling a bit about yourself and if you’ve been published before or not.
Full submission Guidelines

Friday, 24 March 2017

BBFC Lists My Hero Academia From Universal

UK Anime Network reports that the website for the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is listing two Blu-ray 'Bonus Dics' for My Hero Academia. The distributor is listed as Universal Pictures (UK).
The extras listed on one disc are 'Interview with Kenji Nagaski and Wakana Okamura', 'My Hero Academia: Meet the Characters', 'Interview with Ayana Nishino', 'Artist Sketches' and thirteen 'Inside the Episodes' short films (around four to six minutes each).
The extras listed on the other disc are 'My Hero Academia Panel', 'Interview with Christopher R. Sabat and Justin Briner' and 'Interview with Masahiko Minami'.


Australian broadcaster ABC have announced a new half-hour panel show to tie in with the forthcoming tenth series of Doctor Who. Based around fans of the show, Whovians will be shown on Sunday evenings from 16th April at around 8:30pm on ABC2/iview, straight after the latest episode has been broadcast on ABC.

Whovians, with Rove McManus (Credit: ABC)Sunday nights are about to get a whole lot more galactic as Rove McManus and his team of superfans present a brand new half hour panel show to dissect, delve into and delight in the world of Doctor Who. Airing straight after the weekly premiere of the much anticipated Doctor Who series 10 on ABC, Whovians will be filmed in front of a live studio audience, and air on Sundays at 8.30pm on ABC2 and iview.

As well as unpacking the most recent episode, Rove and the team will open the doors of the TARDIS and go back through the annals of time to lovingly analyze, critique, and unravel the mysteries of this much loved globally renowned series.

Rove is a long time Doctor Who enthusiast and will be joined by other self-confessed Doctor Who superfans, Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell, as well as a roster of celebrity guests.

This is a show by Whovians but one that won’t exclude the rest of humanity.

Rove McManus said:
I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it. Whether it be the classic era that dates back over fifty years or the modern series that has created its own decade-long legacy, it’ll be nice to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite TV show with like-minded individuals and be paid to completely geek out. You might say I’m so excited that I too feel like I have two hearts beating in my chest - and yes, it’s references like that which prove I’m the right guy for the job.
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer of Doctor Who added:
Whovians will be the perfect companion piece for the thrilling new series of Doctor Who on ABC. It’s fantastic to have this exciting new program to delight Australian fans.
Rebecca Heap, ABC Head of Programming and Digital, said:
As the home of Doctor Who in Australia we are thrilled to offer our audiences another way to engage with the popular program, as well as welcoming Rove back to our screens.

So get ready to get on board. #WhoviansAU

Fans who wish to be part of the audience are invited to register their interest via

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Detective Conan's Ran & Shinichi Tie the Knot on Marriage Application

It's wedding bells for Detective Conan's Ran Mōri and Shinichi Kudō in a recently released marriage application image. The application's design is drawn by series creator Gosho Aoyama and bundled with the May issue of Shogakukan's CanCam magazine set for release on Thursday.
The image depicts Ran in a wedding dress being embraced by Shinichi dressed as the Black Knight. The scenario comes from episodes 190 and 191 of the anime where Ran stars as a princess in a school play in "The Desperate Revival" story arc.
The romantic item is promoting the Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter anime film opening on April 15.
Konin Todoke, a company that specializes in wedding registration forms, also offers both One Piece and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon designs

Manga Entertainment Schedule Changes

Major changes to release schedule through 2017

Manga Entertainment posted the following announcement on its website.

Some recent unavoidable adjustments within our company involving production have unfortunately affected some release dates, so we have taken necessary steps to ensure the quality of our future titles. This means we have re-evaluated our upcoming schedule, and changed the release dates of the below titles. We understand that this is frustrating and disappointing, and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.
Gatchaman Crowds insight DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack (pictured right)
New release date: May 15
We Are X DVD
New release date: May 22
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man
New release date: May 29 (Due to unanticipated complications with source material)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven
New release date: May 29 (Due to unanticipated complications with source material)
Boruto the Movie (pictured left)
New release date: June 5
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Complete Season 1 Collection
New release date: June 12
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Complete Season 1 Collection
New release date: June 26
Yo-kai Watch Season 1 DVD
New release date: July 17
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Complete Season 2 Collection
New release date: July 31 (To accommodate the shift of Season 1)
Kinmoza! Complete Season 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo
New release date: October 9
Hello!! KINMOZA! Complete Season 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo
New release date: December 4 (To accommodate the shift of Season


Comic Relief is offering the first opportunity ever created to enjoy a Full English Breakfast in the company of Seven Doctors.

The Wolseley on Piccadilly will be hosting this landmark meal where, for the first time in the show's 54 year history, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi will meet to break bread and talk Tardis.

Here, inside its hallowed hall, the meal of meals will take place. An epic event, a world first, and a legendary opportunity to witness history in the making. To win the chance to join them on this remarkable morning, you need to enter the prize draw. Five pounds enters your name into the pot for a chance to join the seven Doctors for what is being described as the most historic breakfast in the history of television.

The meet and greet will take place between September 2017 and May 2018. Comic Relief will give you as much noticed as possible once the date is confirmed.

This prize has been kindly donated by the actors and The Wolseley.

To enter follow the link


Doctor Who has been used as a subject for educational purposes a number of times over the years, and next week will see its latest contribution as part of the BBC Learning's micro:bit initiative with a Live Lession taking place from 11:00am on the 28th March:

BBC Live Sessions: Doctor Who and the micro:bit (Credit: BBC)The Time Lord, the TARDIS and the micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit will be put to the test at the controls of the TARDIS in this special Live Lesson in collaboration with the team behind Doctor Who.

This lesson is aimed at 11-13 year olds, and is devised around computational thinking skills. We'll be exploring search algorithms, different types of errors and the components that go into an algorithm, with guest experts from the fields of web search and computer gaming.

Using their BBC micro:bit, students will be challenged to solve a fictional disaster scenario while coming face to face with one of the Doctor’s deadliest foes.

The BBC micro:bit is a tiny computer processor designed to be used to teach coding concepts to children, with the BBC Live Lessons providing interactive participation in the classroom. Sessions are created for both primary and secondary schools, incorporating scientific, cultural and entertainment themes all with the aim to make learning to code fun.

Full details of the Doctor Who lesson can be found via the BBC's lesson website, and the live session will be available to review via the BBC iPlayer afterwards

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Hayao Miyazaki Documentary London Screening on April 10

There will be a free London screening of two live-action Japanese documentaries by NHK on Monday April 10. One of the documentaries will be Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki.
The screening will be at the Curzon Bloomsbury cinema in the Brunswick Centre, near Russell Square station. Tickets can be booked at the above link.
The double-bill will begin at 6.30 p.m., although customers should arrive at 6.15 p.m. (The site mentions, "The screening will start at 6:30 promptly and latecomers will not be admitted.") The first film in the double-bill will be What You Taught Me About Your Son (59 minutes), about the friendship between British author David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas), and an autistic Japanese boy. Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (70 minutes) will follow

Beyond the Boundary Film Double-Pack Delayed to October

Animatsu has confirmed in a twitter thread that its double-pack release of the Beyond the Boundary films - Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Past and Beyond the Boundary -I'LL BE HERE- Future (pictured) - has been delayed to October 2.
Animatsu posted the following on twitter:

We're very sorry that the details of this release haven't been communicated recently - the new release date is 2 October. This is down to a number of factors - the new artwork, delivery of assets and to fit into my existing schedule.

Funimation Reveals 5 Code Geass: Akito the Exiled English Dub Cast Members

FUNimation Entertainment announced five members of its English dub cast for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled on Monday and Tuesday. The revealed cast members are as follows:

Funimation will release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on June 27.
The Code Geass: Akito the Exiled series is a spinoff of the original Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion television anime series. Set in between the two seasons of the original series during the Britannian invasion of Europe, Akito the Exiled centers around Akito Hyuga, a member of the "W-0" unit, a suicide outfit of exiled Japanese (Elevens) sent to the battlefield to perform dangerous missions against Britannia, with only a 5% survival rate.
The first episode debuted in Japan with a theatrical screening in 2012, and the fifth and final episode opened in theaters in Japan in February 2016. All five Japanese home video releases of the episodes contain English subtitles. Funimation licensed the series in 2013, and hosted the U.S. premiere at Otakon in August.
Kazuki Akane (Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Vision of Escaflowne) directed and wrote the screenplay with Miya Asakawa (Turn A Gundam, Polar Bear's Café). As in the previous two television series, Takahiro Kimura adapted CLAMP's original character designs for animation. Akira Yasuda returned to design the mechanical Knightmare units with a soundtrack by Ichiko Hashimoto (RahXephon). The anime studio Sunrise, the previous Code Geass director Goro Taniguchi, and the previous series script supervisor Ichiro Okouchi are credited with the original story.
The original television anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion premiered in Japan in 2006, while Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 premiered in 2008. The Adult Swim network aired both series in North America in 2008. Bandai Entertainment released both seasons on home video in North America before it stopped offering new DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and manga releases in 2012. Funimation announced its license of the series in 2013, and released Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in October. A new sequel and anime compilation film trilogy have been green-lit


Song celebrates franchise’s latest theatrical release in North America

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA – March 24th, 2017 - Music production company Strawberry Hill Music is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter Raj Ramayya has released a heavy metal cover version of the iconic Power Rangers theme song “Go Go Power Rangers”, in recognition of the release of the franchise’s newest film release Saban’s Power Rangers. The song is available for both download and streaming on digital music services like Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, Pandora, etc worldwide.

The song was originally written by American musician Ron Wasserman under the pseudonym Aaron Waters – The Mighty RAW and released as a single in the United States on CD & cassette on December 2nd, 1994. Wasserman would later release a remastered version of the song on iTunes and Bandcamp in 2012 as part of his Power Rangers Redux album.

Initially, the song was covered and released for the franchise’s first theatrical release “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” on May 30th, 1995 by the Power Rangers Orchestra, whose members included Mr. Big front man Eric Martin and former Guns ‘n Roses drummer Matt Sorum. Popular Japanese rock vocalist Maasaki Endoh (JAM Project) would also cover the song for his cover album Enson, released on June 11th, 2008.

On August 19th, 2016, Ramayya released a cover version of the Pokémon theme song to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary, and a remixed version by the late James Laurence of the EDM group Friendzone was released on December 16th later on that year and dubbed the LVC “Sun& Moon” Remix in recognition of the latest instalments of the Nintendo handheld game series, Pokémon Sun Version & Pokémon Moon Version. On February 28th earlier this year, Ramayya released “Butter-Fly (Dual World Version)”, a cover of the Digimon Adventure opening theme originally recorded by the late J-Pop artist Kouji Wada. All songs are available for download and streaming on digital music services worldwide.

ABOUT RAJ RAMAYYA: Raj Ramayya is an Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist based in Marin County, California. His claim to anime fame would be his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts. Ramayya sang the opening credits song "Ask DNA" and wrote the lyrics for "Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)" from the fan favourite feature film Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, and both sang and wrote the lyrics for "Strangers" from the anime series Wolf's Rain. Not limited to music in anime, he has also worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and Capcom.

Ramayya has been featured as a guest vocalist/composer with several distinguished artists, ranging from talented composers Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain) and Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), to gifted lyricists Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO) and Ron Sexsmith, and everyone in-between. His work has won him multiple awards and critical acclaim from around the world.

Among his other projects are the alternative Indian-influenced folk rock band "The Beautiful Losers", the anime cover band “Raj and the Zen Masters”, the electronic Indian fusion music project "Bhang Lassi", and session singing for products ranging from Asahi Beer and KFC, to Toyota and Coca-Cola. He is also a guest vocalist with three different Japanese electronic music groups; Captain Funk, Akakage, and Studio Apartment, with SA's song "Strawberry Rainbow" (which Ramayya both sang and wrote lyrics for) hitting #1 on the iTunes Japan charts.

If you would like to contact Raj, visit his website, like his Facebook page (, and follow Raj on Twitter @rajramayya.

ABOUT STRAWBERRY HILL MUSIC: Strawberry Hill Music is a music production company based in San Francisco, CA. They specialize in music recording and production/post-production for film, television, animation, video games, commercials, audiobooks, and web-original series. They also produce and engineer music for artists such as Amanda Abizaid, Marsha Yuan, and Damon Mahoney (Three of Swords).

For more information, please visit SHM’s official website (, and follow them on social media through Facebook ( and Twitter @StrawberryHillM. 

Song will be released Friday March 24.


The BBC have released a number of publicity images to tie in with the new series of Doctor Who, due to premiere in the UK on the 15th April.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Napping Princess aka Ancien and the Magic Tablet UK Cinema Release This Summer

Anime Limited has announced that it will screen Kenji Kamiyama's Napping Princess, aka Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari), in UK and Ireland cinemas in summer 2017. The screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
Previously, the film's staff announced that the film will open in 40 countries and regions worldwide.
The New York International Children's Film Festival describes the story:

This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can't seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can't ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he's always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? Like all the best anime, the film revels in multilayered fantasy to show how sometimes opposites—waking and dreaming, the past and the future—are far more intertwined than they appear.
Lead actress Mitsuki Takahata performed the film's theme song, a cover of The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" song. The Japanese promo video is below.
I.G Port's new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago's "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" short) animated the film as its first anime film project. Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East) directed the film and penned the script. Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns, Eden of the East, Xi AVANT) designed the characters, and Shigeto Koyama (Michiko & Hatchin, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Heroman) was charge of mechanical design. Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV) composed the music for the film

In This Corner of The World UK Cinema Trailer

Katabuchi period drama will be released in UK and Irish cinemas at end of June

Manga Entertainment has released the above trailer for the film In This Corner of the World. It will be released by Manga Entertainment in UK and Irish cinemas on Wednesday June 28, with further cinema screenings from Friday June 30.
The animated wartime drama is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle, Black Lagoon) and animated by the studio MAPPA (Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance). In the film's story, a bride named Suzu Urano moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture. The story follows her as she perseveres through World War II.
The global distribution rights to the film had been acquired by Animatsu in June 2016

Heavy Object and Snow White With The Red Hair Released Monday

On Monday March 20, Funimation will release the first part of Heavy Object as a Blu-ray. Funimation has described the story:

In the future, warfare has been revolutionized by the invention of mechanical weapons called “Objects.” These Objects are overwhelmingly powerful, rendering traditional weapons like guns, tanks and fighter jets completely useless. Qwenthur is an un-athletic, but smart soldier who aims to work as an Object mechanic. Stationed at an Alaskan Object base, he meets Milinda, a stoic but beautiful Elite Soldier who pilots her own Object. As they learn to support each other in battle, Qwenthur begins to uncover the grim secret behind the Heavy Objects.
Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no Shana, Freezing) is directing the anime at J.C. Staff (Toradora!, Kaichō wa Maid-sama!). Kazuma Kamachi (Toaru Majutsu no Index, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) wrote the original story.
Anime Limited is releasing the trilogy of cinema films based on the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series as a Blu-ray box-set. This set will be limited to 500 copies available exclusively from the AllTheAnime website. The Mobile Suit Gundam - The Movie Trilogy consists of Mobile Suit Gundam I, Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow and Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space, all in Japanese only.
Manga Entertainment is releasing films from the Ghost in the Shell franchise. Firstly, it will release the 1995 cinema version of Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii, based on the original manga by Masumune Shirow. The film will be released as a Blu-ray, a DVD and also as a Steelbook (pictured right). In the film, cyborg agent Major Kusanagi investigates the legendary hacker the Puppet Master.
Manga Entertainment is also releasing a double-pack containing Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. It will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Manga Entertainment is also releasing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society. The film is part of the Stand Alone Complex continuity, following the two seasons of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It is directed by the series director, Kenji Kamiyama.
In the film, it has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team, that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new Section 9 confronts a rash of complicated incidents, and investigations reveal that an ultra-wizard hacker nicknamed the "Puppet Master" is behind the entire series of events.
Manga Entertainment is additionally releasing Blu-ray and DVD editions of the two feature-length compilations of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex TV series. These are Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man (compiled from the first TV season) and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven