» July, 2010

Nimble Strong: Bartender in Training Features Anime

News - by - July 11, 2010 - 19:46 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Anime and bartending aren’t two subjects that normally sit hand in hand. However, a team of anime fans with a passion for bartending and coding have come together to create the latest iPhone application – Nimble Strong: Bartender in Training.

“Nimble Strong takes fast-paced arcade-style game play, wraps it around a dark, neo-noir storyline, and then focuses everything toward the goal of teaching you how to authentically make over 70 of the most classic and influential cocktails ever devised,” said Adam Ghahramani, the game’s director, “This is a far better, more fun, and more hands-on method to learn foundational mixology than spending hundreds of dollars on crowded and often highly suspect classes.”

Available in the UK on all iPhones for £2.99GBP, this little game will teach the player how to mix drinks in a story based mode with anime characters to keep you going along the way. To make the title replayable there are multiple endings, dialogue branches and 15 unique characters. To purchase this title just search Nimble in the AppStore and hit download.

Kanon (2006) Not Acquired by Manga Entertainment

Anime News, News - by - July 11, 2010 - 14:48 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Manga Entertainment today squashed the rumours floating around the internet regarding their acquisition of Kanon 2006. We reported in May that Manga Entertainment along with Bamboo Blade had Kanon 2006 on their wishlist, Bamboo Blade was confirmed today by Manga Entertainment.

To the dismay of the Kanon fans, Manga Entertainment have today confirmed via their Twitter page that they do not currently own the rights for Kanon in the UK:

Re #Kanon rumours. Manga does not currently have this series on its schedule. Sorry for the misinformation that may have got out.

This announcement does not rule out Manga’s interest in the series for the UK, it just reiterates that it does not have the rights to the series.

Source: Twitter

Confirmed: Bamboo Blade Released by Manga Entertainment

News - by - July 11, 2010 - 14:37 Europe/London - 1 Comment

Bamboo Blade - Released by Manga Entertainment

Following yesterday’s speculation, it has now been formally confirmed by Manga Entertainment that their latest acquisition is indeed Bamboo Blade and it will be released as Play.com stated correctly, on the 22nd November 2010.

Manga Entertainment’s Jerome Mazandarani confirmed this today on their official Twitter page:

@NewsAnime T’is true. #BambooBlade Series 1 Part 1 (Eps 1-12) out on double disc DVD 22.11.2010. www.play.com

Source: Twitter

Bamboo Blade Picked Up By Manga Entertainment

Anime News, News - by - July 10, 2010 - 17:55 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

There are unconfirmed reports that the popular series: Bamboo Blade: Series 1 – Part 1 will be released in the UK on the 22nd November 2010, according to Play.com, Anime UK News have reported today. Anime UK News have further speculated that this release may actually be published by Manga Entertainment due to the titling of the show.

Manga Entertainment currently have not confirmed that they have acquired the license to Bamboo Blade; however, we reported in May that Bamboo Blade along with Kanon 2006 were on their hit-list. So it’s very possible that Bamboo Blade will be released under the Manga Entertainment name. This rumour is further firmed by the level of Funimation shows that Manga Entertainment distribute as part of their distribution agreement with the US Anime company.

Source: Anime UK News, Play.com

Manga Entertainment Up For Sale

Anime News, News - by - July 10, 2010 - 16:38 Europe/London - 1 Comment

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It is being reported by various sources that the parent company of Manga Entertainment, Overture Films, is likely to be sold in the coming weeks. Manga Entertainment has various parent companies; however, the parent company of Overture Entertainment, Starz Media, who in turn are owned by Starz LLC, whom are in turned attributed to the Liberty Capital Group and Liberty Media Corporation own various other companies. Such as Manga Entertainment globally, Anchor Bay Entertainment in the US and Film Roman in the US to play with, it’s likely that different buyers will be interested in each of these specialist companies.

This is still to be confirmed by Starz LLC formally; however, there have been some high level resignations at other subsidiary companies in the Starz LLC family. Executives at Overture Films recently resigned with almost immediate affect, citing: “due to differences over the strategic direction of the company”.

Manga Entertainment UK’s Jerome Mazandarani announced on the official Manga Entertainment Twitter feed:

“Our parent company Overture may or may not be up for sale! It’s not unusual. Nothing to worry about”.

Source: Anime News Network, Twitter, Starz LLC

Beez Open Up New Online Store

News - by - July 10, 2010 - 16:12 Europe/London - 1 Comment

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Beez Entertainment, the European subsidiary company of Bandai Entertainment Group have recently announced that they are going to moving into the retail market.

Following on from Manga Entertainment, who opened up their online shop a while ago now, Beez Entertainment recently announced that they will start selling Beez Entertainment titles from their own online store. Currently the store only has one title available in the UK, which is: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn – Blu-Ray.

Over the coming weeks there will be plenty of development on the store and with many new additions to their current catalogue of available titles.

Crunchyroll In Profit

News - by - July 10, 2010 - 16:03 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Crunchyroll is one of the largest, legal, anime streaming sites in the world. With licenses to many anime that cross over many different territories, they have a costly operation that requires extensive funds to keep us enjoying what we love best. In recent months Crunchyroll have had various cash injections from their new partners, most recently from TV Tokyo.

Akihiko Tamura, a managing executive officer at TV Tokyo and the general manager of the animation division announced during a meeting on Friday that Crunchyroll had finally broken even for the month of May. However, TV Tokyo did not announce what those figures were, or whether they have slipped back into the red.

This also mirrors the sentiments that Crunchyroll announced earlier on in the month when the CEO: Kun Gao and their Brand Manager: Keith Kawamura outlined the company’s financial status.

Source: Anime News Network

Timetable and Guests Confirmed for London Film and Comic Con

News - by - July 5, 2010 - 18:22 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Anime continues to make it’s presence known in the UK and after last year’s entrance into the London Film and Comic Con, anime will be making a welcome return for the second year running to this prestigious event.

There’s going to be over 75 guests in attendance at this year’s LFCC including Wendee Lee who voiced Faye Valentine on Cowboy Bebop, Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi on Digimon Adventure, Haruhi Suzumiya on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Konata Izumi on Lucky ? Star and Dante Basco who voiced Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long for anime.

SECOND STAGE TIMETABLE (Cosplay and Anime Stage)


10am – ((To Be Confirmed))
11am – Greg Rucka Q&A (Writer of Superman/DC Comics etc)
12pm – Speed Eating Contest (Cosplay Olympics)
12:30pm – Anime Pictionary (Cosplay Olympics)
1pm – Japanese Culture Talk with Akemi Solloway (www.akemisolloway.com)
2pm – Wendee Lee & Dante Basco Voice-Actors Panel
3pm – Cosplay Masquerade
4pm – The LFCC Talent Show
5pm – Iron Artist

Outside: (Cosplay Olympics) Dizzy Dinosaurs Assault Course at 1pm, 1:30pm Ryoka Castle Hide And Seek


10am – ((To Be Confirmed))
11am – Bill Sienkiewicz Q&A (Comic Artist)
12pm – Build a Robot Mecha (Cosplay Olympics)
12:30pm – Anime Musical Chairs (Cosplay Olympics)
1pm – Cosplay The Musical Q&A
2pm – Wendee Lee & Dante Basco Voice-Actors Panel
3pm – Cosplay Masquerade
4pm – Cosplay Showdown

Outside: (Cosplay Olympics) 1pm – Giant Twister Tournament, 1:30pm – Hula Hooping, 2pm Three-Legged Race


The Cosplay Zone is back bigger and better than ever! Not only do we have the masquerade with big prizes for the winners, but we also have the Cosplay Showdown (a comedy skit competition taken to an entirely new level)! And if that was not enough, Cosplay the Musical, bought to you by Fran Shergold, will be taking auditions for their live-performance at London Collectormania in November! If you are interested in signing up to be part of the musical please email showmasterscosplay@googlemail.com

And that’s not all! For hundreds of cosplay groups attend the UK’s largest anime cons. What if all these groups competed against one another in many awesome events with cash prizes at stake? The Cosplay Olympics shall be hitting LFCC this year! You can join a team, and compete for cash prizes over a number of fun events including speed-eating, origami contests, giant twister, musical chairs, a talent show, three-legged races and more!

Info and signup for the Masquerade go here -http://showmastersonline.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=49065
Info and signup for the Showdown go here -http://showmastersonline.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=59709
Info and signup for the Cosplay Olympics go here -http://showmastersonline.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=59708
Info and signup for the Talent Show go here -http://showmastersonline.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=60640


Grab your friends and come along to the Video Game Zone to challenge others across a variety of multi-player games!

Even more of the latest games and contests shall be bought to you by the Animeleague Crew of http://www.animeleague.net/. DS:London ofhttp://www.dslondon.net/ shall also be in attendance, so make sure to bring your DS along for their tournaments!

Modern Gaming with the latest systems and games.
Retro Gaming with all your favorite consoles.
Handheld Corner – make sure to bring your DS!
DDR/Stepmania with your favorite tunes.

Saturday Tournaments

12pm – Retro Sonic 2 Tournament (Megadrive)
1pm – BlueBlaz Tournament
2pm – Super Mario Smash Bros
4pm – Rock Band Tournament

Sunday Tournaments

12pm – Mario Kart Wii
1pm – Super Street Fighter IV
2pm – DDR Tournament
4pm – New Super Mario Bros Wii

The tournaments will have a cash prize of £10 to the winners of each!


The Artists Alley is for amateur comic & manga artists to chill out, draw and meet other artists. No experience required and absolute beginneers are more than welcome!

Make sure to check out the numerous guests and professional artists beside this area, including Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Townsend and Greg Rucka!

At the very front of the Artist Alley resides the Art Wall that will be up throughout the day for you to pin your artwork to. The top three pieces of artwork as judged by our panel of professionals at the end of the day will win prizes!

Want to sell your work? Then bring it along to be part of the Artists Showcase where we put your work on display and manage the selling of it for you! No bookings are needed, just bring it along on the day, drop it into the Artists Alley; we will take care of the rest!

Finally, there shall be numerous events, talks, panels and workshops going on throughout the day. This shall include a Doll Meet, a panel on BJD, the Iron Artist (where the best artists compete against one another!), a portfolio building workshop, life drawing classes and much much more!


Attendees should start saving up now for the many-many anime dealers who shall be selling your favourite DVDs, manga, merchandise and goodies in the Anime Zone!

Or if you get tired of all the frantic action, why not sit down and chillout watching some of your favorite anime bought to the very first time to London Film and Comic Con? We shall be showing various titles throughout the day from 10am in the morning right through to closing time!


Casual play and trading areas will also be provided with a wide range of single cards, boosters, booster boxes and deck protector supplies will be available. Officially sanctioned tournaments and casual play.

1. Prize tournaments of 8 players running throughout the day
2. ‘Gun Slinging’ beat top players to win prizes
3. Introductions to YuGioh
4. Deck building workshops for beginners

Magic The Gathering
1. Prize tournaments of 8 players running throughout the day
2. ‘Gun Slinging’ beat top players to win prizes
3. Introductions to Magic The Gathering
4. Free promotional Giveaways and introductory decks from Wizards Of The coast
5. Player registrations to DCI Player ranking system


For all the latest news and information why not join up on the forums athttp://www.showmastersonline.com/forums A great chance to get to know fellow attendees beforehand and to discuss the event!

Location – Earls Court 2, London, SW5 9TA
Admission – £5 after 11am, or £10 if before 11am. Entry is only £3 for under 12s. Bring along a DS for the record attempt and get £1 off!


For more information, visit http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/