» November, 2008

Resident Evil: Degeneration Release Date

News - by - November 28, 2008 - 17:05 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

According to Amazon.co.uk, Capcom’s latest film adaptation of the highly successful Resident Evil franchise will be released on the 12th January, 2009. This information is also being emulated on Play.com‘s website as well, although there is currently no official release date announced as of yet.

The blurb from Play states:

7 years after Raccoon City, Claire Redfield returns to investigate reports of an infected man attacking several other people. Meanwhile, Leon S. Kennedy is sent to the city after a passenger plane crashes into the lobby of a hotel. Together they are ordered to track down an unknown terrorist who is threatening to spread the T-Virus unless the government release details of what really went on in Raccoon City all those years ago.

Reunited, the duo, along with an ex-SWAT police officer, Angela Miller, are forced to repel a new legion of zombies, find survivors in the airport and to nullify the terrorist threat before the virus is spread through every major city on the planet. Unfortunately, they only have 4 hours…

Starship Operators Volume 3

Features - by - November 28, 2008 - 16:40 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

It should blast its way into your collection!

Starship Operators Volume 3

Reviews - by - November 28, 2008 - 16:37 Europe/London - 2 Comments

In 2005 a series based upon science fiction novels of Ryo Mizuno was created. The series was animated by J.C.Staff and aired on TV Tokyo in Japan. This anime had no manga to base its story around, and the sci-fi novels of Mizuno were just the basic concept for the plot. For this reason, Starship Operators at the time didn’t seem to have a lot of press or hype around it.

There is a long and extensive backstory involved with Starship Operators. As a sci-fi anime, the series takes place in space and is about the 73rd class of the Defence University of the Planet Kibi. After returning home from their maiden voyage on the Amaterasu, they find that their home planet has been invaded and is now being governed by the upper powers of the Henrietta Alliance of Planetary Nations. On the demands of the new rulers, the original crew of the ship disembark; however, the student cadets decide that they will battle against the tyranny of the Henrietta Alliance.

As such they immediately leave their home planet and declare the Amaterasu a self-governed nation in exile. To make sure that the entire universe is aware of what is happening, they allow the Galaxy Network to fund the operation and are filmed with their every move being broadcast universe wide. With the former Prime Minister of Kibi, Minister Tatsuma Marmiya on board the ship has to protect itself and the exiled leader of their former world.

Naturally Henrietta are not happy with this and automatically declare war on the Amaterasu, who are forced to warp to a neutral location outside of the control of the various Alliances and Federations of the universe. During their stay in the neutral area they are challenged to a battle, downgraded to a pirate ship, face civil wars on the planets they land on and have ever-longer battles with Henrietta and the Earth Alliance.

The volume starts off with our heroes just appearing after they warped away from their last battle to try and survive. At this point the Prime Minister is no longer on board and is using every trick in the book to make the universe aware that the various corrupt Alliances and Federations in the Universe are unfairly attacking them. Unfortunately when the Amaterasu warps away they take a ship with them and are forced to continue battling.

The finale is stung with elation and desperation from the crew as they try to unravel the complex political battles that make various battleships that appear to aid them turn up. There are a lot of emotions between the cast, and along with the rapport that’s built between the crew of the Amaterasu there’s also a lot of sorrow for the amount of deaths that occurred on the ship.

Strangely for a series of this type, it’s not particularly fast paced, which is a welcome change. Of course there are a lot of young, attractive people on board from both genders, although there are far more women around than men. Starship Operators has a lot of tactical and technical discussion throughout, and it attempts to try and make the viewer connect with the show. This has been done successfully and it’s easy to get sucked into the show and think along the same lines as the crew on board the ship.

Along with the strong and slightly unusual storyline, the animation quality is pretty good. At all times the characters are distinct, with decent tones and do not appear entirely out of proportion like many other shows in this genre. The animation is smooth, and is all in the same style as the rest of the show. There are no random CGI moments that look out of place from the rest of the animation, and this could easily have happened as it occurs on many sci-fi shows from anime to live action.

The voice-acting cast have done a solid job as well. A few questionable voice actors have been cast, such as the Prime Minister, who sounds not only forced, but also disinterested. Aside from the few odd choices, the English cast have done a stellar job. They emulate the Japanese voice cast in a similar style, and the emotions and names of the characters have all remained intact. Fortunately the subtitles appear to be of a decent quality. There are no dubtitles in this show, which could have happened owing to the age of the show now.

Disappointingly both the English and Japanese tracks are only in 2.0 Sound, not 5.1 that is commonplace along many shows of this type. However, the extras such as the opening and closing tracks with no text, music videos, trailers and a few other little things more than make up for this.

Hells Angels Promo Streamed

News - by - November 27, 2008 - 17:05 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Recently the official Hells Angels anime website began streaming it’s first promotional trailer for the up and coming film. This adaptation of Sin-Ichi Hiromot’s Hells Angels manga began streaming on Tuesday.

This film will follow the story of a girl’s journey to hell and back, with Madhouse animation producing the adaptation and with character designs by the Samurai Champloo desinger: Kazuto Nakazawa. The monster designs will be created by Yasushi Nirasawa.

See the trailer here.

Source: Anime News Network

Naturo Shippuden Streaming

News - by - November 27, 2008 - 08:24 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Viz Media recently updated the US Shonen Jump website, as well as the Naruto website to include some new material to keep fans happy. One of the new items of material is a teaser trailer for Naruto’s latest outing.

You can see the trailer here.

The trailer has been dubbed, and the title of the new show is called Naruto Shippuden, which is the standard romanji spelling. The odd thing about the dub is that it’s not been formally announced as of yet, but all of the trailer is dubbed. This indicates that the dub is a dead cert.

Source: Nebs Blog

Chrome Shelled Regios

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Chrome Shelled Regios Streaming

News - by - November 27, 2008 - 08:17 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

YouTube recently began streaming a two minute trailer for the up and coming Chrome Shelled Regios anime series, that will be hitting the Kadokawa anime channel in Japan.

The anime it based around Shusuke Amagi and Miyuu’s fantasy academy light novels. In the distant future when creatures contaminated by pollution have overtaken the alnd, humanity are forced to live in isolated mobile cities called Regios. Lei-Fong Alseif enrols into one of the mobile schools and starts to have many adventures.

This series is set for its début on the 10th January in Japan, still no word of a US or UK release yet.

FUNimation’s C&D Letters

News - by - November 26, 2008 - 09:22 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Funimation USA yesterday sent out various Cease and Desist letters to various fabsubbing groups across the internet to attempt to protect various licenses. Funimation USA claim to be acting upon their Japanese partners, and have demanded the all fansubs for Evangelion: 1.0 You (Are) Not Alone, SOul Eater, Spice + Wolf, Mishi-Uta, My Bride is a Mermaid!, D.Gray-man and Katekyo Hitman Reborn to cease immediately.

Normally this sort of announcement would mean that the above titles would all have been licensed in the USA. However, Funimation USA have confirmed that many of these shows are not licensed and they are simply acting upon instructions of various studios, such as Kadokawa, NTV, Media Factory and TV Tokyo Medianet.

This has caused a furore in the fansubbing and anime community as many fans are now uncertain how they will continue to watch their favourite shows as the shows are now in limbo. With no formal announcement stating they will be available on Crunchyroll or other digital distribution sites, or any announcement of an eventual DVD release, this action is likely to push fansubs deeper underground into a less morally fan community.

For all of these series, there is no word on a UK release as of yet. But many of the shows, such as Soul Eater are very popular online and it would be foolish not to hear an announcement in the near future.

Source: Anime News Network

Miyazaki Interview

News - by - November 26, 2008 - 09:15 Europe/London - 1 Comment

The Japanese website, JanJan have recently posted a nine minute video excerpt from the award winning Hayao Miyazaki. This video is a discussion between Miyazaki and various people which occured on the 20th November. The video has been fully translated into English.

The full 90 minute audio stream is available, it’s a very interesting podcast, but long so it may be worth adding it onto your MP3 player and listening to it at your leisure.

Source: Nausicaa.net

Dragon Ball, One Piece and Romance Dawn Airing

News - by - November 24, 2008 - 18:35 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

The Shonen Jump website, Jumpland recently started streaming three old shows onto the internet with new anime specials. The titles are all very popular with One Piece, Romance Dawn and the legendary Dragon Ball. The free streaming began on Monday and will stop on the last day of the Jumpland tour – 31st January.

The Dragon Ball episode was actually drafted by the creator of the franchise: Akira Toriyama. This is the first new episode of the fan-favourite show in more than a decade.

Source: Anime News Network

Dattebayo to Discountine Naruto

News - by - November 24, 2008 - 18:29 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

The legendary fansubbing group, Dattebayo have announced as of the 15th January, they will permanently be halting any translating or distribution of all Naruto series. This has been done owing to the fact that Viz Media and the Naruto team have managed to get the show on various streaming sites within a reasonable timeframe.

The group spokesperson: Iteractii stated that:

If we continued to sub Naruto, it would be a direct affront to Viz, a company that, for the most part, has been pretty amazing to us as fans. Sure, you can say that their dub sucks, or whatever other axe you have to grind, but never once did they ask us to stop subbing Naruto or Bleach, something that is well within their rights and power to do. We have episodes that have gotten almost a million downloads. We’ve had episodes that have gotten more downloads in their their first 24 hours than they had viewers when they showed on Cartoon Network.

Whether or not this official statement remains true is yet to be seen.

Source: Dattebayo Fansubs

More Ghibli on FilmFour

News - by - November 24, 2008 - 15:54 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Studio Ghibli is one of the few anime producers who have managed to make it to the “big time” and managed to not only gain international success, but widespread appeal from the standard viewing public. Owing to this, they are getting more and more coverage on the 24 hour a day film channels. This means more publicity for anime and the chance of other studios emulating the same success. FilmFour have always been a staunch supporter of Studio Ghibli, and in December they are further opening more slots of Ghibli films to air.

Their December schedule to date is:

02nd December – 1300 – Pom Poko
04th December – 1435 – Whisper of the Heart
09th December – 0205 – Graveyard of the Fireflies
15th December – 0130 – Only Yesterday
15th December – 0330 – Little Norse Prince
18th December – 0150 – Pom PoKo
18th December – 0345 – Whisper of the Heart

Source: FilmFour

DVD Releases Today

News - by - November 24, 2008 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

As with most weeks, the anime distributors in the United Kingdom release a number of anime titles for the UK populace to purchase and enjoy with glee. This week is no different than any other, and there are four anime titles that are now available for purchase, those four  animes are:

  1. Gilamesh – The Complete Collection
  2. Kino’s Journey – The Complete Collection
  3. Mega Man: Star Force Box Set
  4. Daphne in the Brilliant Blue Volume 1

You can read what we thought about Mega Man Star Force by clicking here and our Daphne in the Brilliant Blue review by clicking here.

As always these three titles are available at all good retail outlets.

Daphne in the Brilliant Blue

Features - by - November 21, 2008 - 10:47 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Is Daphne as Brilliant as the Blue?

Mega Man Star Force

Features - by - November 21, 2008 - 10:46 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

How Mega is this Mega Man?