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30th September 2012

Anime On Demand Announce Simulcasts

Anime streaming site Anime On Demand has revealed its Autumn simulcast lineup via Twitter.  The announcement covers five series - harem actioner To Love-Ru - Trouble - Darkness, Angelic Layer-esque action series Busou Shinki, slice of life series Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb, romantic comedy Chunibiyo Demo Koi ga Shitai! and supernatural actioner K.

Simulcasts enable viewers to see new anime at near enough the same time as viewers in Japan, usually for a subscription fee.  However, Anime On Demand have announced that all 6 of their autumn simulcasts will be available free to UK viewers, with only a short advert at the beginning!  This is apparently a one season exclusive and future simulcasts will return to a subscription model, but they apparently have something big in the pipeline they cannot reveal yet too.  Hopefully we'll hear more at the MCM London Expo in late October.

Source: Anime On Demand
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30th September 2012

Leeds Anime Day Lineup Revealed

The Leeds International Film Festival has confirmed the lineup of films for its Fanomenon Anime Day, which is taking place on Sunday the 11th of November in Leeds Town Hall.  The day starts at 12 noon with the dark horror drama Asura, followed by Mamoru Hosoda's The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki at 1.45pm, sci-fi actioner Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning at 4.15pm, and rounding off with the visceral fantasy films Berserk The Golden Age Arc I: The Egg of the King and Berserk The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey at 6.45pm and 8.30pm respectively. 

Day tickets cost a very reasonable 15 (12.50 concessions), whilst tickets for the individual films will go on sale on the 5th of October for 7 each (5.50 concessions).  Tickets are available here.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork
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30th September 2012

Kaz Licence Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Anime On Demand have announced that Kaz have licensed the supernatural comedy action series Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and its sequel series Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan - Demon Capital.  The series has previously been streamed on Anime On Demand and follows a schoolboy descended from demonic nobility who tries to balance his normal life with his supernatural heritage.  It is set for DVD release in 2013 through Manga Entertainment.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork
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30th September 2012

Oldboy Story & Setting Teased

Actress Elizabeth Olsen has revealed some details about the story and setting of Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan Wook's revenge thriller Oldboy in an interview with Empire magazine.  The US film, which currently has actors Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin and Sharlto Copley set to star alongside Olsen, sees the action shifted to America and set 10 years later than the Korean film, leading to changes in the story to accommodate newer technology.  Olsen confirms that the film will be based more on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's original Oldboy manga rather than simply remaking Park's film, and will approach the story 'from a different point of view'.  We've got quite high hopes for this one, so here's hoping it doesn't let us down...

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork
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6th September 2012

MVM License Kids on the Slope

MVM have announced that they have licensed the lighthearted coming of age drama series Kids on the Slope, which they aim to release in 2013.  The series follows two friends growing up in 1960's Japan, and boasts good pedigree with Cowboy Bebop's director Shinichiro Watanabe and composer Yoko Kanno reunited for the project.  This could be one to watch out for.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork
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6th September 2012

Remaining Scotland Loves Anime Program Revealed

The UK's leading anime film festival, Scotland Loves Anime, has followed up its recent announcements regarding its Glasgow leg by confirming the program and guests for the Edinburgh leg!  Amongst the biggest news is the appearance of Fuko Noda and Naoyuki Onda, the producer and character designer respectively of the new Berserk films, who will introduce screenings of Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey before hosting Q&A sessions after the films.  Also on the billing is Studio Ghibli's latest film From Up on Poppy Hill, Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda's The Wolf Children Ame & Yuki and a world premiere of Nerawareta Gakuen, the new film from Gundam creators Studio Sunrise.  Also a major bonus is the appearance of anime expert Jonathan Clements, who will be introducing several of the screenings across the weekend.  For more details check out the Scotland Loves Anime website here.

Source: Scotland Loves Anime
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6th September 2012

Wolf Children Ame & Yuki Screened at London Film Festival

The latest film from Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time director Mamoru Hosoda, The Wolf Children Ame & Yuki is to be screened in London's Leicester Square as part of the London Film Festival.  The film will be screened at Leicester Square's Vue cinema twice, with the first showing at 12:45pm on Thursday 11th October and the second at 12:15pm on Saturday 13th October, followed by a third and final screening at Bethnal Green's Rich Mix cinema at 1pm on Sunday 14th October.

Also screening at the festival are the live-action manga adaptations Helter Skelter and For Love's Sake, both of which will be screened in the BFI's Southbank cinema.  For more details check out their website here.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork
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4th September 2012

Alcon Tickets Available on the Door

Anyone suffering from a bit of post-convention blues following last month's AmeCon may be intrigued to know that tickets are still available for this week's Alcon convention at Leicester's De Montefort University.  Now in its 6th year, Alcon is a four day convention running from Thursday 6th September to Sunday 9th September and this year boasts voice actor Kyle Herbert amongst its guests.  Around 109 places remain for the 1000 capacity event, and these will be available on the door for 12 per day - check out Alcon's website for further details.

Source: Alcon
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3rd September 2012

K-ON! Director to Appear at Scotland Loves Anime!

The UK's premier anime film festival - Scotland Loves Anime - has announced that K-ON! director Naoko Yamada will be appearing at the Glasgow leg of the event!  Yamada will host a live Q&A alongside K-ON! series producer Yoshihisa Nakayama after the screening of the K-ON! film on Saturday 13th October, as well as a separate live discussion of her work on Sunday 14th October.  Elsewhere the festival will host UK premieres of Blood C: The Last Dark, Berserk The Golden Age Arc: The Egg of the King and Takeshi Miike's live action adaptation of the Phoenix Wright games.  For more information on the films showing and to but tickets check out their website here.

Source: Scotland Loves Anime
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3rd September 2012

Out Today

Another new Blu-Ray from Manga today, plus a welcome re-issue for the late Satoshi Kon's superb Paprika:

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (Manga)
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos Blu-Ray (Manga)
Princess Jellyfish Deluxe Collectors Edition (Manga)
Paprika (Sony Pictures)

Source: Manga, Sony
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1st September 2012

BBC's Sherlock Gets Manga Adaptation

Fans of the BBC series Sherlock, Steven Moffat's modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, will most likely know that US producers were turned down flat when they asked for permission to produce a remake set in America.  Instead the Americans decided to make their own Sherlock Holmes story (called Elementary, in which Watson is played by Lucy Liu), but it seems that Moffat and co were more open to a manga adaptation!  Japanese manga monthly Young Ace announced that an adaptation of the series will debut in the magazine on the 4th of October.  Details are scarce, apart from a colour promotional image and confirmation that the manga will be drawn by an artist called Jay.  The first story is set to be an adaptation of the first TV episode A Study in Pink.  Check out the cover image here.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork
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