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Monday 18th June 2012

Just saiyan that the Manga podcast is out...

Dragon Ball Z PodcastEpisode #4 of the Manga UK podcast is online now, with a special episode on the world of Dragon Ball Z (out on 2nd July). J-Pod regulars Jerome Mazandarani, Jeremy Graves and Jonathan Clements are joined by special guest Hollie B, Consumer PR and Community Executive from Namco-Bandai, for chat on anime production, games gossip, and just how far you can rock a dragon.

0:00:00-0:01:55 – Intro

0:01:55-0:22:37 - Dragon Ball Z for Kinect, Toonami, anime-related video games in the UK, Strike Witches Season 2 and Madoka Magica news.

0:22:37-0:38:50 - An introduction to the world of Dragon Ball Z including its origins, how anime studios cut corners.

0:38:50-1:19:24 - Ask Manga UK, the part of the show where we answer your questions from on Twitter and Facebook. Lots on DBZ, but there is still time for other topics including re-licensing titles, live-action movies, advertising (and how the Olympics will have an impact on that over the next few months), cinema screenings and more.

Click here to download.



Dragon Ball Z Kai Season 3 (episodes 53-77)

was £34.99
The epic showdown between Goku and Frieza reaches its climax as planet Namek crumbles beneath their feet! In the aftermath of battle, neither fighter is anywhere to be found, but Earth's few remaining heroes have much bigger problems. A mysterious and powerful stranger known only as Trunks arrives from the future with a warning: the Androids are coming, they take no prisoners, and even Goku - wherever he may be - is no match for their kind!

Contains episodes 53-77.


With the release of Dragon Ball Z Kai Season 1 now available to fans on both Blu-ray and DVD, we take a look at what sets Kai and Z apart.


Out Now: Naruto Shippuden 16

Ninja action sneaking to a store near you
Naruto Shippuden box 16 is out now on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.

Mamoru Oshii: Lifetime Achievement Unlocked

Ghost in the Shell director honoured at Canadian film festival
Congratulations to director Mamoru Oshii for his lifetime achievement award, handed out last week at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

One Piece Music: The Babystars

Tom Smith on the band behind the third opening
Babystars may want to change their name; Two of the remaining members are now pushing towards 40-years of age, making them more middle-aged than babies. As for being stars, a lot has changed since their debut back in 2002…

One Piece: Crew Manifest Four

Who will you encounter in this latest volume of nautical nonsense?
How does Luffy, a man made of rubber, fight a living desert?

Gekiga at the Cartoon Museum

Jonathan Clements visits an exhibition of manga’s pioneers
Running upstairs at London’s Cartoon Museum until 29th November, Gekiga: Alternative Manga From Japan charts the evolution of truly adult comics, both in terms of content and style, in the post-war period.

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2015

Jasper Sharp on the movies coming to a cinema near you
It is that time of year again, when the Japan Foundation treats audiences across the UK to their lavish smorgasbord of the latest and best in Japanese cinema, running this year from 30th January to 26th March.


Andrew Osmond catches the live-action premiere of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Kiseiju
The Tokyo International Film Festival closed with the live-action Parasyte, a superb blend of SF, comedy and primarily horror, where the levity of the early scenes freezes into a drama with an ice-cold alien grip.

K the Animation

Andrew Osmond keeps calm and carries on
The start of an action anime series is often a bewildering experience, dropping the viewer into a whirlwind of unfamiliar folk having very big fights. K’s like that, but luckily the main character starts the show as baffled as us. Yashiro Isana is a bit different from the standard schoolboy hero
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