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Podcast #11

Wednesday 31st October 2012


Recorded live at the London Expo

Manga UK PodcastBefore a living, breathing audience at the London Expo, Jeremy Graves hosts Manga Entertainment's Jerome Mazandarani and Andrew Hewson, Namco-Bandai game's Hollie B, Kaze's Andrew Partridge and Gaara voice actor Liam O'Brien.

01:46 And so it begins. Thoughts on the Expo. The health and safety hazards of glomping. Liam reveals that he has never been aggressively hugged.

06:00 Announcements carefully spaced to avoid exploding brains and blown wodges. Details of Blood C and Blood C the Last Dark. Hellsing Ultimate coming to Blu-ray.

09:30 Fullmetal Alchemist's prospects on Blu-ray. One Piece... because the question hasn't been asked before... much. The nastiest things that fans have ever said.

11:30 Negotiations afoot on certain American properties. How do you get a job with Manga Entertainment? In fact, how do you get a job anywhere?

20:00 Liam's favourite Gaara quote, and the panel's wishlists for the UK.

23:00 How Ninja Scroll looks in HD. Not really the best use of audio... Picture House cinemas and the likelihood of seeing ninja there.

29:50 How did the panel get into manga (and anime).

31:25 Naruto the anime and Naruto the video game, from a voice actor's point of view. The value of "pooping and sex sounds".

32:20 Favourite anime and misunderstood heroes.

34:47 The hardest part of bringing anime and games to the UK.

39:57 Any old films likely to turn up on Blu-ray?

43:31 Any classic British properties that deserve to be given the anime treatment?

45:37 Becoming a voice-actor.

47:51 Favourite Tales... character. And then signing off and doling out of rewards. Goodbye.

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Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again. 
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