Wednesday, 31 May 2017

DW FAN WORK

Fantom Audio have released the latest in their line of alternative Doctor Who commentaries, Who Talk, which this month focuses on the third Doctor tale The Green Death.

Producer Paul W.T. Ballard said:
This was an important story for us to revisit as we were able to bring a variety of new voices and combinations of guests to a much loved classic.

This is the first time Katy Manning and Stewart Bevan have been brought together to record a commentary for The Green Death, and the experience of hearing the life long friends discuss the series was magical.

Who Talk: The Green Death (Richard Franklin, Mitzi MciKenzie, John Levene and Toby Hadoke) (Credit: Fantom Audio)Katy and Stewart are joined for the commentary by UNIT regulars Richard Franklin and John Levene, plus Mitzi McKenzie (who played Nancy in the story) and director Michael E. Briant. The commentary is hosted by the stalwart Toby Hadoke.

In addition to the regular release, a special signed edition is also available, which as well as the commentary also includes a signature from a member of the cast, plus a free pack of four postcards featuring artwork from the Who Talk series.

Full details and how to order can be found at the Who Talk website.

Please note: these commentaries contain no BBC copyrighted elements and do not feature audio from the episodes themselves - these are designed to be played alongside the official DVD releases.

DW OFFICIUAL RATIJNGS



Official figures released by the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board or BARB, give Doctor Who - Extremis an official rating of 5.53 million viewers.

The rating includes all those who recorded the programme and watched it within 7 days.

Doctor Who is the 20th most watched programme for the week, and 8th most watched on BBC One

Top for the week was Britain's Got Talent on ITV with 11.22 million watching. The three part BBC Drama, based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale, Three Girls, took the next three places with around 8 million watching each episode

Full list of Doctor Who Ratings

DW AI


Doctor Who - The Pyramid At The End Of The World had an Audience Appreciation or AI figure of 82

The Appreciation Index in an indication of how much viewers enjoyed the episode. It is based to the reactions of a selected panel of viewers, who rate the episode shortly after transmission.

82 is considered a good score, roughly similar to the scores achieved by the last series of the show,

The highest score for the evening on the two main channels was for Mrs Brown's Boys, which scored 85.

DW BOOK NEWS

Fantom Publishing have announced the re-release of actress Deborah Watling's autobiography, Daddy's Girl, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of her appearance in Doctor Who as Victoria.

Daddy's Girl (50th Anniversary edition) (Credit: Fantom Publishing)Daddy's Girl (50th Anniversary edition)
Written by Deborah Watling, with Paul W.T. Ballard
Published by Fantom Publishing



Daughter of renowned star of stage and screen Jack Watling, Deborah has entertained millions in a career which spans over fifty years.

From her early successes in series such as The Invisible Man, The Power Game and Out of the Unknown, through to her iconic role as the scream queen Victoria Waterfield in Doctor Who, film roles opposite Cliff Richard and David Essex, and as the notorious ‘Naughty’ Norma in Danger UXB, Deborah has endeared herself to a broad spectrum of fans.

For the first time, in her own words, Deborah recalls the highs and lows of working on stage and in front of the camera along with the behind-the-scenes personal struggles, and reminisces about working with a whole variety of famous acting names including the late and much-missed Patrick Troughton.



This edition, published to celebrate Deborah's fiftieth anniversary in Doctor Who has a special cover taken from the private collection of Alexandra Tynan (Sandra Reid) on location for The Evil of the Daleks.

Daddy's Girl (50th Anniversary edition) alretnative cover (Credit: Fantom Publishing)Daddy's Girl: In Pictures (Credit: Fantom Publishing)
The fiftieth anniversary edition is also available to purchase with an alternative cover in a bundle alongside sister book Daddy's Girl: In Pictures, and a set of five The Abominable Snowmen Location postcards - full details on the Fantom website.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sony Ends Shipments of PlayStation 3 Console in Japan

As of last week, Sony's official product page for its last Japanese PlayStation 3 console model reports that shipments have ended. The PlayStation 3 console is also no longer listed in the Japanese PlayStation website's main menu or Sony Store, although both still list PlayStation 3 software titles. Several major retailers in Japan such as Bic Camera, Sofmap, and Yodobashi also no longer list new units of the console in stock.
The first PlayStation 3 consoles shipped in 2006. The most recent slim model launched in Japan in August 2014, replacing a model that launched in 2013. The same page for the last Japanese PlayStation 3 console had listed shipments as ending soon in March.
As of Tuesday, the most recent PlayStation 3 games listed on the Japanese PlayStation website are Shōjo to Dragon Genjū Keiyaku Cryptract and Jikkyō Season no Powerful Pro Yakyū Championship 2017 — two free-to-download titles that debuted on May 25.

DW LIE OF THE LAND IMAGES

The BBC have released a number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, The Lie Of The Land
The Lie Of The Land

Writer: Toby Whithouse
Director: Wayne Che Yip

The world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it’s up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can’t do that, she may just have to kill her best friend…
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This week BBC One will show Doctor Who at 7.35pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSat 3 Jun 20177:35pm BST
Middle EastBBC FirstSat 3 Jun 201710.20pm AST(Sat 7:45pm BST)
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSat 3 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
CanadaSPACESat 3 Jun 20179:00pm EDT(Sun 2:00am BST)
New ZealandPRIMESun 4 Jun 20177:30pm NZST(Sun 8:30am BST)
FinlandYLE2Sun 4 Jun 201712:25am EEST(Sun 10:25am BST)
AustraliaABCSun 4 Jun 20177:40pm AEST(Sun 10:40am BST, also on ABC ME)
BrazilSyFySun 4 Jun 20178:00pm BRT(Mon 12:00qm BST)
Latin AmericaSyFySun 4 Jun 201710:00pm CDT(Mon 4:00am BST)

Full listings here

Monday, 29 May 2017

Spice & Wolf Manga 'Heads Toward Finale' in 16th Volume

The 15th compiled book volume of Keito Koume's manga adaptation of Isuna Hasekura's Spice & Wolf novels revealed on Saturday that the manga is "heading toward the finale" in its 16th volume. The manga entered its final arc in the 13th volume.
The novel series' story centers around the travels of the merchant Kraft Lawrence, who strikes a deal with the wolf god Holo that sees him transporting the homesick god back to her remote northern homeland. Along the way, Lawrence conducts business along many towns and cities, illustrating medieval trade, commerce, and religion. Holo, in both human and wolf form, often becomes a decisive factor in his endeavors, and their relationship grows as they travel.
Koume launched the manga in Kadokawa's Dengeki Maoh magazine in 2007. Yen Press licensed the manga in 2009 and shipped the 12th volume on March 22.
Hasekura published the Spice & Wolf novel series with illustrations by Jū Ayakura from 2006 to 2011. Yen Press published the 17th and final novel in North America in April 2016. Yen Press published an omnibus book that compiles all the novel volumes last October, and an international edition in December.
Hasekura began Shinsetsu Ōkami to Kōshinryō Ōkami to Yōhishi (Spice and Wolf New Theory: Parchment and Wolf) as a sequel to the original novels in April 2016. Yen Press will publish the sequel as well as the Spice and Wolf, Volume 18: Spring Log collection of short stories.
The novels also inspired two TV anime seasons directed by Takeo Takahashi and written by Naruhisa Arakawa. The first season aired in Japan from January to March 2008, and the second (Spice and Wolf II) from July to September 2009. North American anime distributor Funimation licensed both seasons

Hayate the Combat Butler's Final 2 Volumes Get Limited Editions With Side Stories

Shogakukan's listings for the 51st and 52nd compiled book volumes of Kenjirou Hata's Hayate the Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku!) manga reveal that both volumes will get limited editions that will bundle side stories. The 51st volume's side stories are teased as centering on secrets and hidden sides to the characters, while the 52nd volume's side stories are teased as centering on what happens to the characters after the main story.
Both the 51st and 52nd volumes are slated for June 16.
Hata launched the manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2004, and ended it on April 19. Shogakukan published the manga's 50th volume on February 17.
The wraparound jacket band on the 48th compiled volume of Hayate the Combat Butler confirmed in May 2016 that the manga's story was approaching its climax. Weekly Shonen Sunday then announced last October that the manga was entering its final arc in November.
Hata teased in November that he wants to start a new series this year.
The manga has inspired four television anime seasons in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013, as well as a three-episode OVA in 2014. The manga also inspired the Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth anime film in 2011.
Crunchyroll streamed all four series. Bandai Entertainment licensed the first series and released it on DVD in 2009. Sentai Filmworks licensed all four seasons and the film, and released all of them throughout 2015

Tokyo Marble Chocolate Released Monday

On Monday May 29, Anime Limited will release its Blu-ray/DVD Collector's Edition of Tokyo Marble Chocolate. Directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani (Psycho-Pass) and animated by Production I.G, the two-part OAV is a romantic comedy. Each part tells the same story about a hapless Tokyo couple from a different point of view; one episode takes the viewpoint of the man and the the other episode takes the woman's viewpoint.
MVM will release Little Busters! Refrain, the 13-part sequel to Little Busters!, on both Blu-ray and DVD. According to the official synopsis: 'At last, the baseball team of the Little Busters! has reunited with many new friends among old ones. However, peace for the fun-loving students would not last forever. As Riki Naoe learns the truth behind his narcolepsy and the other mysteries around campus, he realizes that the dream must come to an end, and everything that had stopped starts to move.'
Following on from Little Busters!, Little Busters! Refrain adapts up the final scenario in Key's romance adventure visual novel of the same name.
Manga Entertainment is releasing the film Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film opened in Japan in April 2016 and eventually earned more than 1 billion yen (about US$9 million). The story takes place six months after the end of the original series, when Yugi Muto and his friends are preparing to graduate from high school. While Yugi still feels like he's lost a part of himself, he's come to terms with the Pharaoh's passing, now looking forward to a future alongside his classmates. However, other people may not be so willing to let the past alone.
Manga is also releasing the film in a double-pack (Blu-ray and DVD) which also includes the 2010 spinoff film, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time.
Manga Entertainment will also release Blu-ray editions of the two feature-length compilations of the TV series, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The first compilation is Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man, based on the first TV season. The second compilation is Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Individual Eleven, based on the 2nd Gig season.

Anime Limited Series Announcements

Anime Limited has made the following announcements at the MCM London Comic Con.
The Kyoto Animation series Hyou-ka has been acquired, with Part 1 due in 2017 in DVD and Blu-ray Collector's formats. Broadcast in 2012, the 22-part series follows a boy named Hōtarō who is ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member's uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The "energy-saving" boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.
Wolf’s Rain will be released as a Blu-ray Collector's Edition in Q4 2017.
Gundam ZZ will be released later in 2017, in a subtitled-only edition.
ERASED Part 1 is scheduled for Q3 2017; it will contain the first 6 episodes, plus a 92-page art book.
Eureka 7, Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul √A will be broadcast on the Viceland channel (Skychannel 153 and also part of Sky's Now TV package), probably in dubbed form.

MVM Release Announcements

MVM has announced the following releases on its Twitter feed.
Monster Musume on October 2 ('hopefully as a Collector's combo), pictured right.
Armed Girl's Machiavellism
Sagrada Reset
Fate/Grand Order: First Order
Girls und Panzer movie and OVA
Flip Flappers, pictured right.
Girlish Number
Grimoire of Zero
Initial D movies 1-3. The films are Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei-, Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- and Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 3 -Mugen-.
Matoi the Sacred Slayer
Granblue Fantasy, pictured left.
Fruits Basket on Blu-ray

Universal Pictures Release Schedule

UK Anime Network reports that Universal Pictures has the following titles scheduled:
August 28
STARMYU S1 Collection (DVD, Blu-ray), pictured right.
Bakuon!! Complete Series Collection (DVD, Blu-ray)
Pricing for both titles is 'likely to be around £20-£25'.
September 25
And you thought there is never a girl online? Complete Series Collection ( DVD, Blu-ray Collector's Editions), pictured left.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance (DVD, Blu-ray Complete Series Collection)
Seraph of the End (Standard DVD, Blu-ray)
The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Standard DVD, Blu-ray)
December 4
Berserk (2016 TV series) (DVD, Blu-ray Collector's Editions)
December 26
Drifters S1 Collection (DVD, Blu-ray Collector's Editions)
In addition, Seven Mortal Sins will be released on home formats, date and details TBC

DW AUSTRALIAN RATINGS

The Pyramid At The End Of The World  has debuted in Australia, averaging 420,000 viewers in the five major capital cities. The story was the second highest rating ABC drama of the day and the twelfth highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview, regional or time-shifted viewers.

Meanwhile, including time-shifted viewers, Oxygen averaged 529,000 consolidated viewers in the five major capital cities. With 92,000 extra viewers it was the fourth highest time-shifted program of the day (the two equal highest time-shifted programs both had 107,000 extra viewers) and the eleventh highest rating program of the day overallThese ratings do not include iview or regional viewers

DW XMAS 2017 SPECIAL

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that Rachel Talalay will be directing the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas episode, the last one before new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over the series

Talaley has directed the final two episodes of both series 8 and 9 of Doctor Who, including the highly acclaimed Heaven Sent, as well as directing the upcoming finale to the current series.

Moffat confirmed her involvement while speaking at the first ever US Sherlock convention.
Making big-budget spectaculars on no money at all is what we need, and Rachel’s got such a deep background, and such great ability at that! We’re just finishing up on the finale episodes, and planning the Christmas one, which she’s also directing — which is my very last one.
The Christmas episode will also be the last one featuring current Doctor Peter Capaldi.

On Twitter Talalay said how pleased she was to be working on the series again.
Yes, thrilled to be doing #DoctorWho Xmas episode (and what a script!). Very sad it's our last.

DW PRYMAID OF MARKS REVIEW

Press Reaction to this week's Doctor Who The Pyramid at the End of the World is generally positive with most reviewers enjoying the episode

The Mirror called the episode a cracking exploration of cause, effect and hubris. "Capaldi’s opening monologue is another to add to his catalogue of great speeches, both reflecting The Doctor’s woe at his current state and foreshadow the series of events that are set in motion by the scientists."

Digital Spy felt the episode was a step up from last week's. "What a relief this week to see Doctor Who returning to its strengths, kicking things off with a lovely, big, ridiculous visual gimmick. That's always a good starting point for a Who episode, with 'The Pyramid at the End of the World' throwing up – you guessed it – a 5000-year-old pyramid that suddenly appears out of thin air."

Radio Times called the episode a peculiar blend of the deadly serious and hilariously hokum. "The most effective strand follows two English scientists at Agrofuel Research Operations in Yorkshire and their slow-burn bio-disaster. It reminds me of Terry Nation’s 1970s serial Survivors: one slip from a scientist and deadly bacteria will escape and wipe out all life on the planet."

The Telegraph praised the writing "As we’ve come to expect, this script was full of snappy exchanges and well-turned one-liners. We enjoyed the Doctor’s mild flirtation with lab queen Erica, referring to her as his “glamorous assistant”. See also Capaldi talking to himself as he tried to hatch a plan: “Think, think. Stupid Doctor. Aha! Handsome, adorable, hugely intelligent but still approachable Doctor.”

Den of Geek felt the episode was a good example of the TARDIS team working together. "What this series has been excellent at so far is having a mixture of the Doctor, Nardole and Bill – sometimes all three – puzzling things out, and using their intelligence to resolve situations. The stories have been careful to show some of the working too, and I find stuff like that really satisfying."

Screen Rant felt the episode was following previous patterns, noting the similarities with Series 9. "Harness is an obvious choice to help with impending threat of extraterrestrials bent on world domination, as he scripted season 9’s two-part ‘The Zygon Invasion‘ and ‘The Zygon Inversion‘, the first part of which pretty much speaks for the tone of ‘Pyramid’."

IGN also noted the similarities to previous episodes and found the quality mixed. "Overall It’s another enjoyable outing for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s final season, and one that looks to have set up a pretty cool premise for next week’s finale."

Finally AV Club felt a mediocre episode was rescued by a fantastic climax. "What an ending. That’s probably what I’m going to remember from “The Pyramid At The End Of The World,” especially when thinking of it as the middle entry between the brilliant “Extremis” and the seriously intriguing-looking “The Lie Of The Land.” The rest of the episode is mostly just unobjectionably decent, which isn’t the worst thing to sit through for five minutes of utter brilliance."

Link to Doctor Who News Review

DW PRYMAID OF MARS OVERNIGHT RATINGS

Doctor Who - The Pyramid At The End Of The World had an overnight viewing audience of 4.01 million viewers, a share of 20.4% of the total TV audience, according to unofficial figures.

Top for BBC One for the day was the coverage of the FA Cup Final which preceeded the Doctor and had an average of 6.43 million watching. The football had a peak auience of 9.56 million.

Overall ITV's Britain's Got Talent was once more top for the day with 8.38 million watching, down slightly on the previous week. The Keith and Paddy Picture Show on ITV had 3.24 million watching while on BBC One Mrs Brown's Boys had 3.11 million.

Doctor Who is currently 31st for the week. Final figures should be available in 8 days time.

Friday, 26 May 2017

MVM UPDATES

MVM has posted its release schedule from June into September on its Anime-on-line page.
June 12
Serial Experiments Lain Collection Blu-ray and DVD
June 19
Little Busters! EX OAV Collection Blu-ray and DVD
June 26
Amagami SS Plus S2 Blu-ray and DVD
July 3
God Eater Part 1 Blu-ray and DVD
July 17
Girls Beyond the Wasteland Collection Blu-ray and DVD (pictured above)
- August 7
A Lull in the Sea Complete Collection DVD
Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collector's Edition Combi (Blu-ray/DVD)
August 14
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle Complete Collection Blu-ray and DVD
August 21
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Collection DVD
September 4
God Eater Part 2 Blu-ray and DVD
September 11
Nurse Witch Komugi R Collection Blu-ray and DVD
September 18
Norn9 Collection Blu-ray and DVD

Your Name IMAX Screenings in August

Anime Limited has tweeted that Makoto Shinkai's your name. will have cinema screenings in August, including IMAX screenings.

BBC STORE TO CLOE

BBC Worldwide has announced that the BBC Store website and apps will be closing on 1st November 2017.

The BBC Store was launched in the UK in November 2015, giving users the ability to download programmes from the extensive BBC archive. It was the platform chosen to launch the animated version of The Power of the Daleks last autumn. However, the service has struggled to compete with the established streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime and BBC Worldwide have taken the decision to close the service.

Users who have purchased items from the site will be able to download and watch them until the site closes in November. The items will then become unavailable and users will be able to request a refund. From 1st June you will no longer be able to watch programmes you purchased from BBC Store on BBC iPlayer.

Refunds can be processed earlier than November, but you will lose the ability to access your programmes once the refund has been issued. Refunds will either be credited to the user's bank account or can be taken as Amazon Video vouchers. Those who opt for vouchers will receive 10% more than they are owed, as a goodwill gesture. For full details logon to the BBC Store website.

A statement on the BBC Store website says the BBC will continue to find new ways of making BBC archive content available.

DW IN CHINA

BBC Worldwide have issued a press release indicating that the entire catalogue of Doctor Who related shows will be made available in China via Shanghai Media Group Pictures, which includes a first look at Doctor Who up to its fifteenth series!

BBC Worldwide/SMG Pictures Doctor Who agreement (25 May 2017) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC Worldwide today announced a MemBBC Worldwide/SMG Pictures Doctor Who agreement (25 May 2017) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)orandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading Chinese media company, Shanghai Media Group Pictures (SMG Pictures) that will see expansion of the Doctor Who brand in China.

The MOU was inked yesterday evening at a signing ceremony at BBC Worldwide’s Television Centre in London, with Mr Chen Sijie, GM of SMG Pictures and Jaclyn-Lee Joe, Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide. Madam Wang Jianjun, Director General President of Shanghai Media Group, Tim Davie, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide and Kelvin Yau, GM, Greater China, BBC Worldwide witnessed the event.

The agreement will see BBC Worldwide working with SMG Pictures to increase the Doctor Who fan base in China, exploring future opportunities as well as exchanging expertise between the two teams.

The MOU comes on the back of a content deal that BBC Worldwide also signed with SMG Pictures yesterday evening. The deal will see the entire catalogue of Doctor Who including spin-offs, Torchwood and Class available on popular TV channels and on-demand platforms all over China.

The deal not only covers Showrunners Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat’s Series 1- 10, but also incoming Showrunner Chris Chibnall’s yet-to-film Series 11, well as a first look for Series 12-15.

Jaclyn-Lee Joe, Chief Marketing Officer, BBC Worldwide, said:
This marks the start of a longer and even more fruitful partnership with SMGP,” said . “Doctor Who already has a substantial fan base in China. Now, Chinese fans will be able to access the entire catalogue of Doctor Who and its spin-offs thanks to this agreement. The MOU is an affirmation of both parties’ commitment to build the Doctor Who brand and grow its fan base in China.
Chen Sijie, General Manager, SMG Pictures, said:
China is going through a time of tremendous growth and rapid market development. Everyone here is curious about popular cultures around the world. At the same time, they want to share their Chinese culture and values. Doctor Who, with its long television history and iconic place in popular culture, is a great representative of British pop culture. We hope that this partnership with BBC Worldwide will enable both parties, as well as Chinese and British fans to share and exchange ideas and learnings to grow the universe of Doctor Who in China.

BBC Worldwide and Oriental Pearl Group previously worked together on the theatrical release of Sherlock – The Abominable Bride as well as the upcoming launch of One Amazing Day a co-production with SMG Pictures. The entire catalogue of Top Gear, Top Gear UK and all the UK specials, as well as five series of Top Gear USA, six series of Top Gear Korea and both series of Top Gear China has also recently launched on BesTV, SMG’s linear television service. There has also been a CBeebies programming block on BesTV since 2014.
  • Shanghai Media Group Pictures is the film business unit of Oriental Pearl Group, held by Shanghai Media Group.
  • Doctor Who is a BBC Studios production for BBC One and a BBC AMERICA co-production

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

MCM London Schedule and Security Announcement

The MCM London Comic Con will take place from Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28. The event is at London's ExCel Centre, and a schedule has been put on the website here. See below for the panel line-up.
The event has also posted a security announcement here following this week's terror attack in Manchester:

Visitors attending this weekend (26-28 May) will be subject to increased security checks and therefore we anticipate longer queue times than normal. Please allow extra time to travel to the venue and also accessing the event. For those attending in Cosplay, we ask that you consider your outfit while travelling to and from ExCeL London and advise you to check the Cosplay rules. Any questions, please email cosplay@mcmexpo.net.
We also advise cosplayers where replica weapons are part of their costume to ensure they conform to the rules and relevant laws, security will be enforcing rules to ensure visitor safety.
The line-up on the website is as follows:
- Friday
12 noon - All the Anime panel (Silver Theatre)
12 noon - Power Rangers group (Austin St John, Karan Ashley, David Yost, Walter Jones) (Gold Theatre)
Saturday
2 p.m. - Anime Guests of Honour (Platinum Theatre) - Tatsuma Minamikawa (director of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, pictured above) and Yohei Ito (producer of A Silent Voice). They will discuss their careers and the film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry. The guests will also have signing sessions at the MCM Signing Area in the South Hall (Saturday 3.15 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. and Sunday 12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.)
3 p.m. - Cosplay Masquerade UK WICS & ICL Qualifiers (Gold Theatre)
Sunday
11 a.m. - All the Anime panel (Silver Theatre)
2 p.m. - Power Rangers group (Austin St John, Karan Ashley, David Yost, Walter Jones) (MyM Buzz)
3 p.m. - Cosplay Masquerade UK solo ICL Qualifier (Gold Theatre)
In the PopAsia Theatre, there will be the following screenings -
Friday - Amagami SS 1 (11 a.m), Amagami SS 2 (11.30 a.m.), Amagami SS 5 (6 p.m.). Amagami SS (6.30 p.m.)
Saturday - Little Busters! 1 (10 a.m.). Little Busters! 2 (10.30 a.m.)
Sunday - God Eater 1 (10 a.m.), God Eater (10.30 a.m.)
There will be an AllTheAnime stand in the South Hall, including the Crunchyroll booth. The stand will also have demonstrations of a 'Smart Tachikoma' toy by Cerevo

DW COMIC NEWS

The Lost Dimension - Cover A (Credit: Titan) The Lost Dimension - Cover B (Credit: Titan) The Lost Dimension - Cover C (Credit: Titan)
Titan Comics have announced that this year's summer event will feature multi-Doctor storyline Doctor Who - The Lost Dimension

The Lost Dimension, comprised of eight chapters over three months, will cross over all four ongoing series featuring the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors. The event will begin a new era for Titan’s Doctor Who comics, with the Doctors playing their part to battle The Void!

This event will prelude Doctor Who Comics Day on Saturday, September 2, 2017, and continue in the Ninth Doctor special that same week.
The Void has always existed: “No place. The silent realm. The lost dimension.” But the Void is no longer empty. The Void is hungry, and devouring our universe – through time and space. Now, the four Doctors must join forces to save…everything!
The series will begin this August with an issue from writers George Mann (Eleventh Doctor), and Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), with art by Rachael Stott (Twelfth Doctor) and Rod Fernandes.

The first issue comes in one of three covers including a very special embossed foil TARDIS cover, a photo cover by Will Brooks, and a multi-Doctor mash-up by Rachael Stott and Luis Guerrero.

Look out for more exciting reveals as to special guest characters, all-new writers and artists making their mark on the storyline, and more hints as to the future, in the days and weeks to come.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Niantic: 'This Summer Will be Legendary' for Pokémon Go


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Niantic: 'This Summer Will be Legendary' for Pokémon Go

posted on 2017-05-23 06:15 BST
Niantic Labs' global marketing product lead Archit Bhargava said during his speech at the 21st Annual Webby Awards on May 15 that "this summer will be legendary." The event awarded Pokémon Go with "Best Mobile Game." (Jump to 19:07 in the video below.)
While some players were briefly able to acquire Legendary Pokémon in the game before, Niantic removed them to promote "fairness," and then announced that they were not intended to be in the players' possession.
The Pokémon Go app launched in select countries including the United States on July 6, and has since launched in more than 50 countries