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Monday 5th August 2013

Expletives deleted on our 19th podcast

Manga UK PodcastJeremy Graves, Andrew Hewson and Jerome Mazandarani (with Jonathan Clements of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis joining from the interwebs) are on hand to discuss new releases, upcoming releases, behind-the-scenes gossip, and a whole bunch of topics from jobs in the anime business to Google glasses, available to download now.

00:00 Jeremy's usual hello, and an announcement of Sword Art Online, coming in December.

03:00 Thoughts on the Manchester Comic Con.

04:20 Jonathan's hottest events -- probably Finland.

06:00 How does someone get into the translation business? Is there any way to talk them out of it? What advantage do students from Edinburgh have? Spotting references in Japanese films and whether or not you should dedicate your entire efforts to nothing but anime translation. Another hymn to the glories of Bethan Jones. The politics of running a blog for promotional purposes.

15:00 The trouble that anime fans have finding work in the anime business

20:00 Delay to Deadman Wonderland. The Panasonic play issue with Un-go.

21:00 Last Exile, Fam the Silver Wing, pushed back to December.

22:00 Blue Exorcist definitive edition.

23:00 Streetfighter II the Anime -- WTF is going on with the English dub?

Mrs Doubtfire

25:50 The history of fifteening, and the unexpected role of Mrs Doubtfire.

28:00 Jerome's journey to a sweary alternate universe. Quite a few bleeps in this section.

30:30 Jerome's stomach grumbling grab-bag competition.

33:00 How to insult someone in Japanese.

35:00 Available now: Naruto Shippuden Complete Series 3 on DVD; Shiki - Complete Series 1 on DVD; Kenichi - The Mightiest Disciple Collection 1 on DVD; Blood C - Complete Series on DVD and Blu-ray; Last Exile Complete Series 1 on DVD; Bakuman Series 1 on DVD; Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Part 5 on Blu-ray; Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - Collection 1 (Eps 1-35) on Blu-ray; Naruto Shippuden Box Set 13 (eps 154-166) on DVD; Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt as a Blu-ray+DVD combo pack; One Piece Collection 2 on DVD; Cat Planet Cuties on DVD; Aria The Scarlet Ammo on DVD; Tiger & Bunny Part 3 (DVD+BD combo); Steins;Gate Part 1 on DVD and BD; Dragonball Z Season 8 on DVD; Persona 4 Box 3 (DVD+BD combo); Fairy Tail Collection 1 (eps 1-25); K-On Season 2 Part 2 on DVD; Hellsing Ultimate Parts 1-4 Collection on DVD and BD; Horizon On The Middle Of Nowhere Season 1 on DVD and BD. And by the time everyone is hearing this, 5th August is the release day of Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple Collection 2 on DVD and Clannad Complete Series Boxset on DVD.

37:00 12th August: Naruto Shippuden Movie 3: The Will Of Fire on DVD & BD; Naruto Shippuden Movie Triple Pack on DVD and BD; Hellsing: The Complete Original Series on DVD. Plus details of the Naruto tweetalong event on 15th August at 7pm.

45:00 Ask Manga UK. What are the chances of rereleasing 1990s classics? For example: Fist of the North Star.

50:00 The origins of New Fist of the North Star.

52:00 Will Black Rock Shooter lead to more subs-only releases?

53:00 Do you acquire TV rights?

56:00 Shifts in meaning of the term "TV show".

58:00 The effects of production committees.

60:00 Kotobukiya at San Diego.

64:00 Chances for getting Darker Than Black sequels on Blu-ray?

66:00 19th August: Space Battleship Yamato, the live-action film coming on Blu-ray.

68:00 What does the kanji mean in the Manga logo?

71:00 Somehow, we get onto time-travelling steampunk foxes.

72:00 Chances of releasing A Certain Scientific Railgun?

73:00 More in-house authoring coming up?

77:00 Chances of releasing Yamato 2199 if the movie is successful?

79:00 Favourite sweets or chocolate? And we're out.

The Podcast is available to download now HERE, or find it and an archive of previous shows at our iTunes page. For a detailed contents listing of previous podcasts, check out our Podcasts page.


Space Battleship Yamato

was £19.99
The legendary STAR BLAZERS is now a live-action movie!
In the year 2194, alien marauders, the Gamilons, bombard the Earth with planetary bombs sent from space. Humanity fights back but is defeated and escapes underground.
Five years later, those who remain on the devastated planet gather together for one last plan to save the Earth. Armed with mysterious alien technology and an old battleship called the Yamato, they embark on a quest to find a device that has the power to save humanity from destruction.
Bonus features include:
Behind the scenes
Visual effects
Original trailers


Space Battleship Yamato

Matt Kamen on the big-budget remake of an anime classic
The original Space Battleship Yamato is rightly considered a classic of Japanese science fiction – the 1974 anime is comparable to Star Trek in terms of the influence it has had on its home country. Generations of viewers have grown up on tales of Captain Okita, Susumu Kodai, Yuki Mori and the rest of the valiant crew of the Yamato, following their desperate quest to reach the remote planet Iscandar in hope of finding a way to save Earth from the Gamilas aliens. Thanks to the American edited version Star Blazers, the story has fans around the world too – all of which places a huge weight of cultural responsibility on anyone brave enough to risk adapting it to a new medium.


Nigeria's Astro Boy

Jasper Sharp on the oddest anime export yet
By the time you’ve read this, the eight 15-minute episodes of Robot Atom will have been aired by the Nigerian broadcast network Channels TV. Based on one of anime’s most iconic creations, Tezuka Productions’ Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu), this Nigerian-Japanese co-production brings a new slant to glocalization

Robots in Anime and Manga

Man-made humans, mecha and merchandising
Japan’s technophilia was born and fostered during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), as it sought to catch up with the American and European powers that came knocking on its door and opened the country up to the wider world.
Jordan and Fray pick their favourite new shows from the autumn anime season, what are yours?

The World of Hideaki Anno

Evangelion's director in conversation at TIFF
This year's Tokyo Film Festival also included a festival within a festival, an awesomely thorough programme of screenings and live appearances by the maker of Evangelion. It covered Anno’s career from his early amateur films to his live-action, to his work as an animator and anime director.

Birmingham Comic Con Announcements

For those that missed our panel in Brum...
Attack on Titan, the One Piece movies, Ghost in the Shell: ARISE and more...
In This Corner Of The World touched and wowed audiences at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Ghost in the Shell Fashions

Helen McCarthy on Major Kusanagi – fashion icon
Ever since her debut, the heroine of Masamune Shirow's manga-turned-global-franchise Ghost In The Shell has been a high-end product. She's a cyborg combat specialist modified to look like a cross between a top fashion model and a porn star, in a world where most of the women we see are as objectified as in our own reality.

Wrinkles vs Roujin Z

Animation for the old... there's only one way to settle this... FIGHT!
Wrinkles is a new grown-up Spanish animated film about elderly people in a care home. Hang on a bit, that can’t be right. Animation and the elderly; they’re two things which have nothing to do with each other. Well, except for...

One Piece Movie Collection

Sailing through Luffy’s first three films
Fans who are fully up-to-date and casual viewers and newcomers alike can both enjoy the One Piece movies! Each is entirely self-contained, with entirely new plots not found in Eiichiro Oda’s original manga, but are every bit as enjoyable.
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