» March, 2009

Tales of Earthsea to be shown on Film4

News - by - March 30, 2009 - 18:05 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

film4It’s been reported recently that Tales From Earthsea will be shown on the free-to-air film channel, Film4. These details have now been confirmed; however, we are still unsure as to whether or not the film will be dubbed or subtitled. The film is due to air on the 12th April 2009 at 1445 until 1700. This will be the first time that this film is shown on UK terrestrial TV, and given the fact that it’s being shown at 1445 it’s a fairly safe bet to assume it will be dubbed.

So remember, that’s 12th April at 1445.

Source: UKA/Radio Times

DVD Releases This Week

News - by - March 30, 2009 - 17:57 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

snapshot20090209103356As with almost every week, anime is released into the UK marketplace with increasing regularity. This week appears to be no different as we’ve got quite a few series that are being continued today. Those DVDs are:

  1. Daphne in the Brilliant Blue – Volume 6
  2. Hellsing Ultimate – Volume 4
  3. Ergo Proxy Bot Set

Daphne is great, and I recommend that this is bought as it’s just easy watching fanservice with a decent storyline. A review of all Daphne volumes will be up as soon as I get the chance to write it!

Blood: The Last Vampire Media

News - by - March 27, 2009 - 20:23 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Today the PR guys working on Blood: The Last Vampire sent out the latest promotional material for Pathé’s up and coming film – Blood: The Last Vampire. This movie still doesn’t have a specific release date just yet, but it has been rated 18 which is great for older anime fans as it means there’ll be no kids in the cinema. For younger fans – well, it’s time to try and lie about your age and “forget” your ID.

The latest promotional material isn’t much different from what we’ve already seen; however, it’s of a fairly hefty size (in dimensions anyway), which you can see below:

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It’s looking to be very promising. For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer, you can see that by going here.

DVD Releases This Week

News - by - March 23, 2009 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

bleachAs with almost every week, there are a number of DVD releases from already established series being made available for the first time in the UK legally. This week is one of those better weeks where there is one mega series available for fans of it, and another big series as well. Those two shows are:

  1. Bleach Series 3 Part One
  2. GetBackers Collection Part 2

As always you can purchase these titles through all good retailers.

Eden of East will feature Oasis

News - by - March 20, 2009 - 08:07 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

eden-of-eastSome of the most iconic and cult-classic anime’s in recent history have had their opening themes sung by English people. Serial Experiments Lain’s opening was Duvet, written by BoA (the English band, not the Japanese or Korean one), Speed Graphers had Girls on Film by the 80s Duran Duran and now the up and coming anime Eden of the East will have Falling Down by the legendary Oasis as it’s opening the official site has announced.

The blurb to the show is as follows:

“The series begins on November 22, 2010 with a missile strike against an uninhabited area of Japan, claiming no victims. This apparent terrorist act is referred to as “Careless Monday” and disregarded by most people. Three months later, in the United States of America, a young Japanese woman named Saki Morimi is visiting Washington D.C. as part of her graduation trip. When she gets into trouble, a mysterious Japanese man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, helps her through it. The man appears to have no memory and is completely naked, carrying only a gun and a cell phone charged with 8.2 billion yen in digital money.”

Due for a Japanese air date of 9th April with no current plans for a Western release.

Musashi’s English Trailer Revealed

News - by - March 20, 2009 - 08:01 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

musashiRecently the very first English language Musashi trailer was made exclusively available through Anime News Network. This captioned trailer for Production I.G.’s upcoming historical samurai adventure movie Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai is available here.

There’s no Western release date schedule yet, but it’s scheduled for a Japanese release date in the Summer.

Source: Anime News Network

Dissident Genro Perform

News - by - March 19, 2009 - 18:35 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

dissident-genroIt’s been announced today that on the 4th April at Orbital Manga Rimu of Dissident Genro will be performing and signing his album live between 7.30-9.30pm. This show is a pre-release for his up and coming album with songs like C.I.R.C.L.E and The One Sleeps Within, so this is a must for fans as it’s a 16 days before the official release date of the 20th April.

There will also be a free album sampler with 5 tracks from the new album which is planned for release later in the year.

Entrance is free, and the address is below:

Orbital Manga
4C Orion Hosue
Upper St Martins Lane
London
WC2H 9NY

For general enquiries call on 0207 240 5577.

Source: Orbital Manga

Disgaea Volume 1 Announced

News - by - March 16, 2009 - 20:28 Europe/London - 1 Comment

disgaea2Today the owner of MVM Entertainment: Tony Allen exclusively revelated to the UK Anime website UK Anime Net that they have secured the license and will be distributing on the 8th June Disgaea.

As part of a three volume series Disgaei follows the adventures of the Decom Prince Laharl and his minion Etna whilst they try and get Laharl to reclaim the throne and become Overlord.

Tony said:

“Disgaea is a fun series that we are excited about adding to our growing catalogue of fantasy classics.”

More information will be revealed at the London Expo in May.

Source: UK Anime Net

DVD Releases This Week

News - by - March 16, 2009 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

solty-reiAs with almost all weeks in the year, anime is released. Fortunately this week is no differnet and we have three new anime DVDs being released onto the market this time around. Two of them are brand new, and one is already an established shows.

This week the three DVDs that are going to be released are:

  1. Solty Rei – Volume 1
  2. Tsubasa vol 6 – A Wish Upon Waking
  3. Tsubasa The Complete Series Box Set

Thanks to MVM we have a few trailers of Solty Rei which you can see below:

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As always you can get these in all good retailers.

Site Outage

News - by - March 15, 2009 - 14:12 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Many apologies for the temporary site outage earlier today/last night. This was an unexpected outage that has now been rectified.

BBC 4 Goes Japanese

News - by - March 14, 2009 - 15:52 Europe/London - 1 Comment

bbc-logoThe digital television station BBC4 is starting a season dedicated to everything that is Japanese, and it starts from today and will run through until Monday the 6th April. The month long season features a range of documentaries, animation, dramas and various other features that will invite viewers to immerse themselves into this far eastern country.

“Everything in the season will be given a Japanese twist – from the wide-ranging content including documentaries by award-winning directors, classic animations and 30-second language lessons, to the identity of the channel itself with channel idents, logos and specially shot promotional films all given a Japanese makeover.
Programmes”

The list of programmes include:

  • Fish! A Japanese Obsession (Keo Films)
  • Japan: In Search Of Wabi Sabi With Marcel Theroux (Keo Films)
  • Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (Ten Foot Films)
  • JapanIin Colour: The Wonderful World Of Albert Kahn (BBC Productions)
  • The Kawasaki Candidate
  • In The Shadow Of Fujisan
  • I, Samurai
  • Great Railway Journeys: Tokyo To Kagoshima
  • Natural World: Buddha, Bees And The Giant Hornet Queen
  • Spirited Away
  • In The Shadow Of Fujisan
  • Geisha Girl
  • Gohatto
  • Twilight Samurai
  • The Sumo Tokoyama
  • Secret life Of A Masterpiece – The Wave
  • Natural World : Garden Of The Gods – Hokkaido
  • Natural World: Satoyama – Japan’s Water Garden

Remember, if you’re unfortunate and miss a show you can always catch up with the BBC’s i-Player.

Source: BBC Press Office

Annual Cosplay Party

News - by - March 14, 2009 - 15:42 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Grand Cosplay Ball

The Grand Cosplay Ball, like this one but bigger.

Adult fans of cosplay in the north of the UK are welcome to join the annual cosplay party held at Club Phoenix in Manchester. This annual even is hosted by the Manchester University Japanimation Society and the party will be kicking off on the 27th March at 9pm.

This party is open to everyone and anyone and the more enthusastic the cosplayer the better!

Entry costs just £1 for cosplayers and £4 for those who do not dress up. There will be a number of drinks, offers and prizes throughout the night and the music will all be Japanese, anime or videogame themed.

Please note, that this is only available for over 18s.

Please see the Google Map below for where it’s located:
Adult fans of cosplay in the north of the UK are welcome to join the annual cosplay party held at Club Phoenix in Manchester. This annual even is hosted by the Manchester University Japanimation Society and the party will be kicking off on the 27th March at 9pm.

This party is open to everyone and anyone and the more enthusastic the cosplayer the better!

Entry costs just £1 for cosplayers and £4 for those who do not dress up. There will be a number of drinks, offers and prizes throughout the night and the music will all be Japanese, anime or videogame themed.

Please note, that this is only available for over 18s.

Please see the Google Map below for where it’s located:

DVD Releases This Week

News - by - March 9, 2009 - 17:59 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

advAs far as I can tell through all of the official sources there are only two animes that are getting released this week, and they’ve already been released in the past. These full collections are from the once mega-company ADV Films, and the two anime are:

  1. Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Complete Collection
  2. Mahoromatic Complete Collection

As always, these are purchasable through all good retailers.

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis

Reviews - by - March 9, 2009 - 11:00 Europe/London - 1 Comment

When one thinks of professionals in the anime and manga industry, instantly artists, production teams, translators and voice actors come to mind. Very rarely would thoughts drift to the front-end of anime and manga in the UK, the press representation, the reviewers and the journalists. Naturally there are hundreds of people who would happily review anime and manga for free, and then there are those who run their entire career on this niche market. Jonathan Clements is one of those people who’ve managed to not only write about anime and manga for nearly 20 years, but he’s managed to survive being at both the front and back end of the anime and manga world.

Many moons ago, whilst working in various professions at once, Jonathan decided to avoid the savage litigation of anime companies a pseudonym was created. Unusually though, this pseudonym was not for Jonathan, but for the title he was discussing at any one time. After a few attempts Schoolgirl Milky Crisis was decided, and it is used to describe some of the very best, and very worst shows in the history of anime. Of course people knew what anime he was talking about – but that was the entire point.

Working as a journalist and consultant to production companies worldwide Jonathan picked three words out of no-where to create a fake name. The purpose? To protect himself from the evil savagery known as: litigation. Over time various names were used, Warriors of the Test Card, Geek Gets Girls, Devil Devil Beast Beast and Schoolgirl Milky Crisis. The latter sparked the imagination of anime readers of the time and the term became a regular feature in many of Jonathan’s columns.

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Anyone who knows British anime will now know what Schoolgirl Milky Crisis is, it’s a term coined for an awful or brilliant show where information is being divulged but without actually letting the audience know about what. Fortunately Jonathan’s literary ability is strong enough for the reader to know what title’s being written about without ever mentioning the name.

This new term, Schoolgirl Milky Crisis was used in a number of his works, and as a writer to many it’s defined his writing style and the fact that Jonathan is happy to write about insider information in his various columns. Therefore the title of his latest book, Schoolgirl Milky Crisis is an apt title as it is an anthology of almost all of his articles in the past twenty or so years.

However, it’s not just like a load of newspaper and magazine cuttings organised into some form of portfolio, it’s much more. Divided into sections, the reader is able to read about translation of Japanese to English, and a time when Jonathan got a call in Cardiff from the director of Doctor Who right through to DVD extras and key note speeches at various anime conventions through modern history.

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis

Features - by - March 9, 2009 - 11:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Anime history in one book.