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London Calling

Monday 3rd June 2013

Stuff and things, from our Comic Con mini-podcastComiconAvailable to download now, our podcast from the Sunday at MCM Comic Con. Whooop-whoop, you whoopers.

00:00 Jeremy reveals what was announced on the Saturday of MCM Comic Con.

01:21 The panel from Sunday 26th May begins!

05:26 Jeremy Graves humiliated because he is older. But you can't hear it because of legal things.

07:38 A Once Piece related announcement!

09:05 Ask Manga UK. DBZ box sets.

10:43 When will Manga Entertainment get the new Ghost in the Shell series?

12:23 What is Dragon Ball Z?

13:36 Setting the record straight on Blue Exorcist.

15:11 What actor would you want to do an anime voice?

16:19 Chances for the rest of Fairy Tail?

17:13 Saiyuki Reload, a question that can't really be answered by Manga Entertainment because it wasn't ours.

18:16 Any progress on the Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies coming to the UK?

18:51 Is Black Lagoon coming back?

20:33 Do you think XXXXX should have died in Naruto Shippuden? (Don't worry, we censor the name.)

21:13 When is the next DBZ game coming out? (We don't know).

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.


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