Friday, 30 June 2017

One Piece Teases 10 'Big Projects' For 20th Anniversary

This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday is teasing that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece franchise is getting 10 "big projects" for the manga's 20th anniversary. The magazine's 33rd issue on July 15 will feature announcements regarding the 10 projects.
The manga's official 20th anniversary is on July 22, and so the 33rd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will be the manga's 20th anniversary commemoration issue. The 31st issue also teases that something will happen on July 22.
The One Piece anime will have a new two-hour special titled One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken (pictured at right) on August 26. The special will be a completely new work, featuring reanimated scenes from the beginning of the series through when the crew enters the Grand Line. One Piece is also getting its own three-issue magazine starting on July 7 to celebrate the 20th anniversary.
Oda's original manga has 350 million copies in print in Japan and 66 million copies in print outside of Japan. Shueisha published the manga's 85th volume on May 2, and will publish the 86th volume on August 4.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel Creator Explains Why Anime Has No 2nd Season

Anime streaming service HIDIVE announced on Thursday that it will stream the television anime of Musawo's Love and Lies (Koi to Uso) manga in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. The site will stream the series on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. UTC starting on July 3.
Animax Asia, who will air the series in Southeast Asia, began streaming an English-subtitled commercial for the anime on Thursday.
Sentai Filmworks will stream the anime in the United States on Amazon Prime Video's Anime Strike channel, but announced at the time that it would also stream the title on digital outlets in "certain other countries." Sentai Filmworks is also planning a home video release. The company describes the anime:

In order to increase birth rates, Japan implements a capability calculation that assigns partners to young people when they turn 16. Those who deviate from their assigned partners are severely punished. Yukari Nejima has been in love with Misaki Tazaki since grade school, and finally confesses to her on his 16th birthday, only to find out he has been assigned to Ririna Sanada. Originally not thrilled, Ririna agrees to allow Yukari and Misaki to continue their illicit relationship in hopes of learning more about love. Things get complicated when Love and Lies start to intersect.
The anime premieres in Japan on July 3.
Seiki Takuno (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Poco's Udon World, Sekkō Boys) is working with LIDEN FILMS again as the anime's director.
Musawo launched the manga in DeNA's MangaBox app in both English and Japanese in August 2014, and within a month, it ranked as the app's most popular work with 3.5 million viewers. A separate live-action film adaptation will open this fall. Unlike the manga, which focuses on a love triangle composed of one boy and two girls, the movie will have original characters, with a love triangle composed of one girl and two boys.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel Creator Explains Why Anime Has No 2nd Season

The Devil is a Part-Timer! light novel author Satoshi Wagahara took to Twitter on Sunday to discuss why there is no second season of the novels' television anime adaptation. He noted that people on Twitter and at signing events as well as friends in private often inquire.
Wagahara said that, no matter the media, he is the biggest fan on the franchise. Although he would like a second season of the anime, he said, "Even if original creators say they want to make anime, that doesn't mean they will be able to. No matter how much you push the original creators, they can't make anime. Anime is also a business." However, Wagahara does not necessarily think fans should give up on their desires.
A new drama CD for the series, titled "Maō, Suteneko wo Hirou" (The Devil Picks Up a Stray Cat), shipped on June 7. Wagahara was apparently referencing the release when he mentioned that the "direct source" of the creation of the CD was videos, and presumably the fan response to them, on the Niconico Live video streaming service. Wagahara added, "It's the intentions of all the users that is the greatest driving force for an anime to be produced." He continued, "It's not just [The Devil is a Part-Timer!], and it's just one cause of fun anime being produced in the world. It's the feelings of all the readers and viewers that they want to see it."
Wagahara reiterated that he cannot promise a second season of The Devil is a Part-Timer!, and there is a possibility there may be no more releases. On the other hand, he said he will keep fans' feelings in mind. He plans to continue to make works, not just the novels, that can best respond to readers' requests.
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He cautioned that the progress of the original The Devil is a Part-Timer! may slow due to the release of his many new works. The second compiled book volume of Wagahara's Yūsha no Segare series will ship on August 10. The Devil is a Part-Timer! novel series launched with 029's illustrations in 2011, and the 17th main compiled volume shipped on May 10.
The Devil is a Part-Timer! television anime premiered in 2013. Funimation streamed the series as it aired, and Crunchyroll began streaming the series this past April.

DWM 514

Looking ahead to the series 10 finale, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains interviews with both Masters.

John Simm tells the magazine about playing the Master with a beard:
Yeah, I just grew it, and turned up at the readthrough, and said, ‘You know, I fancy a bit of this.’ Everybody seemed fine with it. I just thought, ‘Give a little nod.’ It was a nod to the Delgado and Ainley Masters. There’s a line in the final episode where he mentions ‘old-school’, and I made sure to give the beard a little stroke – a small nod to the old Masters.
Michelle Gomez ponders on whether the Master could ever truly become good:
Even the worst psychopath can’t be entirely bad. It’s basic math. A positive cannot exist without a negative, and so there always has to be a thread of goodness in somebody. What makes you thoroughly evil, I believe, is when you recognise that thread of goodness – you’re aware of it, you’re conscious of it – and you still decide to be evil. Then, yes, you’ve earned the crown of… of evilness? Evil-ality. You wear your crown of evil-ality.
Also in this issue:
  • Writer Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay give DWM readers an exclusive preview of the series finale, The Doctor Falls.
  • The writer and actor chats to DWM about his love of Doctor Who, his long association with series, and his most recent episode Empress of Mars.
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat writes about how he has delivered his final Doctor Who script – the 2017 Christmas Special.
  • The adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill in Part 3 of the latest comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • This issue’s Fact of Fiction looks back at the 1981 Fourth Doctor story The Keeper of Traken – which featured an unexpected appearance of an old foe...
  • DWM reviews the latest TV episodes (The Lie of the Land, Empress of Mars and The Eaters of Light) as well as audio and DVD releases in the world of Doctor Who.
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher’s column, competitions, the DWM crossword – and more.

Doctor Who Magazine 514 is on sale from Thursday 29 June, price £5.99

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Onigiri English Dub Cast, Clip

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Onigiri English Dub Cast, Clip

Sentai Filmworks revealed the English dub cast and an English-dubbed clip for the anime adaptation of Cyberstep's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Onigiri on Wednesday.
The cast, under directors Kyle Jones and Shannon Reed, includes:

Sentai Filmworks will release the series on July 11 as part of a bundle exclusively through its online store. The bundle includes the DVD and Blu-ray Disc combo pack, a t-shirt, lenticular poster, and three double-sided art cards.
Sentai Filmworks describes the series:
In a mystical world where humans and supernatural creatures co-exist, the dark and ancient race of beings known as the Kamikui are on the rise. To stop them, the people of Japan will need a mighty army of heroines with unparalleled fighting skills. Unfortunately, times are tough, and they'll have to make do with a runaway Princess; the axe-wielding and frequently drunken daughter of an Orc tavern owner; an internet troll who lives in her own fantasy world; and a frazzled fighter who would love to stick to the rules of combat if she could reign the others in for even half a second. It may not be an epic out of legend, and Japan might be doomed, but at least the road to damnation is going to be a heck of a fun journey as our wannabe world-savers cut loose in ONIGIRI!
The 13-episode series of five-minute shorts premiered in April 2016 and The Anime Network streamed the series as it aired, and Tubi TV also added a delayed simulcast

Manga Jiman 2017 Competition

Details of the eleventh annual Manga Jiman contest, in which UK artists are encouraged to create their own original strips, have been announced by the Embassy of Japan. The closing date for entries is November 6.
The theme of this year's competition is Dreams. 'We are looking for imaginative stories which will stand out from the crowd and not rely on the overworked ‘and it was all a dream’ finale!' (Artwork by the most recent Manga Jiman winner Ami Clark is shown on the right: other competition winners are shown here.)
Entrants over 14 should create a story told across six to eight pages (full rules).
The first prize for Manga Jiman is two return tickets to Japan. The second prize is TBC, and the third prize is a Ricoh digital camera. Runners up will receive a selection of manga publications, and other prizes. The winners' work will be displayed in a special exhibition at the Embassy.

According to the website, 'The 1st prize winner of Manga Jiman is responsible for the payment of Air Passenger Duty (U.K. Departure tax) and Passenger Service Charges, the total of which as of 13 June 2017 amounts to approximately GBP £134.77 per ticket based on a return flight from London Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda. Please note the amount of Air Passenger Duty and Passenger Service Charge may change depending on airport and the exchange rate.'
There is a separate category for entrants aged between 11 and 13, who should create a yonkoma manga (a story told in 4 comic strip panels on one page). The full rules for the 11 to 13 category, separately named the 'Yonkoma Manga Competition,' are here. The first prize for this category will be a prize from the Japanese gallery; there will also be runner-up manga-related prizes.
Entries should be sent to:
MANGA JIMAN COMPETITION 2017 or YONKOMA MANGA COMPETITION 2017 Japan Information and Cultural Centre Embassy of Japan 101/104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT
'Manga Jiman' means 'Having Pride in Manga

SDCC 2017
Gold Ranger Communicator
The standard communicator repainted gold like Jason's in Power Rangers Zeo.

Legacy Edition Movie Megazord
Based on the 2017 Movie Megazord, it is the Legacy edition, the one you can create with the Legacy Rangers and Legacy Alpha.

Mighty Morphin Megazord Vinyl Figure
Black and Gold


Candy Jar Books has announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from early 2017 (in print for the first time) and brand new exclusive material.

This volume contains three short stories previously available in digital format and released early 2017, plus five brand new stories, including the final episode of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episodes one and two of which were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3).

  • The Contented Mind by Wink Taylor
  • The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters (previous digital release)
  • United in Blood by Mark Jones (previous digital release)
  • The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper
  • All the King’s Men by Alyson Leeds
  • The Great Magician and the Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Gareth Madgwick
  • The Slow Invasion by Andrew Allen
  • The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (previous digital release)
  • The Lost Skin: Episode Three by Andy Frankham-Allen

Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
This is probably our most exciting volume yet, because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to profesionally published fiction.

Among the authors new to range are Andrew Allen, who is a Brighton-based writer, actor, director and workshop leader, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre. This collection also introduces to the range, Wink Taylor, who was a writer/actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush, as well as creator of the popular childrens’ character Theo the Mouse. He is also well-known for his voice impersonations of various Doctor Who characters, notably the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The cover has been designed by Richard Young:
Shaun (Russell, Head of Publishing) had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I've always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.

Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store, and is a strictly limited-print run.

HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.

Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book will contain an exclusive story written by Tim Gambrell: "Lethbridge-Stewart is called back to Bledoe to help an old friend he barely remembers, and memories of quiz night with the Bledoe Cadets soon surface..."

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Digimon Adventure tri: Determination Film's English-Dubbed Trailer, Clips Streamed

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Digimon Adventure tri: Determination Film's English-Dubbed Trailer, Clips Streamed

posted on 2017-06-27 21:20 BST
2nd film ships on BD/DVD on August 15

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Shout! Factory began streaming an English-dubbed trailer, TV Spot, and eight clips for Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 2: Determination, the second Digimon Adventure tri. film, on Tuesday.
TV Spot:

Leomon vs. Ogremon:

Call the Digidestined:

Mimi The Cheerleader:

Ogremon Attacks:

Izzy Confronts Mimi:

Matt Confronts Tai:

Ken Takes Meikuumon:

Palmon and Gomamon Versus Imperialdramon:
Shout! Factory also streamed a teaser for both the first and second films:
Shout! Factory will release the second film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on August 15, though it will be available early at Los Angeles' Anime Expo in July. While Eleven Arts and Toei Animation premiered the English-dubbed version of the first film, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 1: Reunion, in theaters in the United States and Canada last September, the companies have not announced theatrical screenings for the second film.
Toei Animation and Shout! Factory will premiere the English dub of the third film, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 3: Confession, at Anime Expo on July 1.
Shout! Factory licensed the first three of the six Digimon Adventure tri. films for home video release in North America.
The first film opened in Japan in November 2015, the second in March 2016, and the third in September 2016. The fourth film, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 4: Loss, opened on February 25. The fifth film is slated for September 30. Crunchyroll started streaming all four films with English subtitles on the same day they opened in Japan.
[Via With The Will]

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