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Podcast #12

Monday 19th November 2012

Hang on to your handlebars, it's the Manga UK podcast

Manga UK PodcastIn this latest episode of the wondrous Manga UK podcast, Jeremy Graves is joined by Jerome Mazandarani, Andrew Hewson and special guest Sarah Anderson from Simon & Schuster + Viz Media UK.

00:00 Upcoming releases in the next couple of weeks. A big list of things you will have missed if you didn’t go to the Ninja Scroll premiere.

08:22 London Expo and the voiceless giant. The live podcast and the future prospects for Yummy Fur. Jerome’s idea of the month: Chair Bingo. Managing your inventory at the Expo and the ethics of signing people’s foreheads.

13:30 Details for Hyper Japan at Earl’s Court, coming up this weekend.

16:20 The announcements made at the Expo, and the stuff coming up for the first three months of 2013, with time out for a fascinating fact about Makoto Shinkai, with Viz doing the Tiger and Bunny manga from May. Superheroes in Japan and the prospects for Redakai.

33:00 What’s going on at Viz Manga UK? The popularity of Death Note and Blue Exorcist. Upcoming three-in-one editions. What exactly is going on in Dragon Ball Kai. 47:00 Details of Movember and Jerome’s “gay biker goes back to college” look. An audio first – the sound of a moustache.

50:22 Ask Manga UK. The first Berserk movie, possibilities of polls, and outsiders’ opinions of anime. Quick plug for Jonathan Clements’s speech “Wrong About Anime”, available on Youtube for all interested parties.

60:00 The prospects for Bakuman. The perils of dating without agency approval, and the offer of Andrew Hewson’s phone number.

68:00 Threats of a Christmas song, sure to end with Andrew Partridge in a pear tree. And goodbye from the moustache.

Available to download now, 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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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn/halo: Nightfall Double Pack

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Based on the globally renowned “Halo®” franchise, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn delivers a dramatic story of heroism and sacrifice. Set against the backdrop of the United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, Cadet Thomas Lasky struggles with doubts about the ongoing war with the outer colonial planets. As he comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the academy comes under attack from a terrifying alien assault. Lasky must fight to protect the academy and its students alongside an armoured super-soldier known only as the Master Chief. Written by Todd Helbing and Aaron Helbing (Smallville, Spartacus) and directed by Stewart Hendler (H+, Sorority Row), the feature boasts a diverse cast of Hollywood talent and a top-tier production team.

Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke, a legendary man-hunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artefact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.



Check in for details on our replacement scheme for the faulty Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21.
Live-action remakes of classic anime titles are the subject of controversy and fan-rage in the anime community - Akira being a rather hot topic on that front, but could this be the saviour we’ve been looking for?

Naruto Cosplay: Double Hatake

Paul Jacques continues to round up the best cosplay...
Anna Mateus and Karol Slomczynski snuggle up as two Kakashi Hatakes from Naruto, because one wasn't trouble enough. Snapped by our roving cameraman Paul Jacques at the London Super Comic Con.


Jack Neighbour prepares you for life in Japan
With the UK economy in the horrendous state it’s in, there’s no surprise that increasing numbers of young people are fleeing the baron jobless wasteland that our Great Britain has become in search of greener pastures, where they can drink and sleep in peace without being labelled as wasters. Japan is becoming a popular haven for the fallen to run to after they realise that a degree in the Arts will get you about as far as you can throw it.

How to Cosplay

Amber Lawrence on the top ten ways to perfect cosplay without ending up on a snark site.
The most important thing anyone needs to know about cosplay is that it’s all about putting on a silly costume for a day, hanging out with your fellow geeks and revelling in geekish joy. But if you combine the increasing numbers of people getting into cosplay and the speedy and anonymous nature of the internet, you end up with a lot of websites out there dedicated to showcasing “Cosplay Fail”. So, if you want to have some costumed fun for the weekend but are worried about faceless internet critics nitpicking at your efforts afterwards, here are our survival tips…

Cosplay: Attack on Titan

Eleanor Trace suits up as Mikasa Ackerman from the fan-favourite series
Eleanor Trace suits up as Mikasa Ackerman from the fan-favourite series Attack on Titan

One Piece Film Z

Send in the Marines!
One Piece Film Z, out Monday on UK DVD and Blu-ray from Manga Entertainment.

Naruto Music: Asian Kung Fu Generation

Tom Smith on the Britmaniacs behind the Naruto theme.
They’re so loud and proud that they insist on writing it all in caps: ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – possibly one of Japan’s most important alternative rock acts. The group’s tenth single ‘After Dark’ makes for the energetic, guitar-heavy opening theme to the latest volume of Bleach, released in the UK this month, and the group’s sound might at first seem reminiscent of America’s indie scene dashed with elements of punk, it actually has a lot more in common with The Who, their generation, and the sea of British-based guitar heroes that have appeared since.

Anime's answer to James Bond

Helen McCarthy is holding out for a hero
I got quite excited when I found the clip online. "James Bond, aka Bondo (agent 007), the suave superspy who…" Alas, my delight was premature. It was a fan animation starring a green-eyed, spiky-haired pretty boy who looked as likely to bed the villain as shoot him - a quantum of solace, undoubtedly, but no help on my mission: find anime's answer to Bond.

Eureka Seven Ao Part Two

Spoilers for part one ahead, as Andrew Osmond gets timey-wimey
The show’s finale is squarely in anime traditions, combining heartfelt child-parent reunions, a boy’s resolution to ‘lift the curse’ of his origins, and an orgasmically explosive deus ex machina that lets a character write the end he wants – one that happens to have shades of another Gainax anime classic, Gunbuster. There’s fanservice for you!
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