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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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Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods

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Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in seventeen years! Beerus, the God of Destruction, travels to Earth in search of a good fight. Only Goku, humanity’s greatest hero, can ascend to the level of a Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus’s rampage!
This double disc edition includes both the 85 minute Theatrical Cut and the 105 minute Director’s Cut. Both versions include the English and Japanese dubs and English subtitles. This edition also includes bonus content including “The Voices of Dragon Ball Z: Unveiled” and “Behind The Scenes: Battle of Voice Actors!”.

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Launched in 1984 in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Akira Toriyama’s original Dragon Ball was a very different beast to the one western viewers would eventually meet. introduced the boisterous Son Goku, an adventurous and unusally strong boy with no social graces whatsoever. Raised in seclusion by his adoptive grandfather, he doesn’t even that know what girls are – making for some prime gag moments when he meets treasure hunter Bulma. Soon teaming up, the pair track down seven rare ‘Dragon Balls’ – powerful items that can summon the wish-granting dragon Shenron. These early stories were very loosely based on Chinese fables but Toriyama gave them a fresh twist, his distinctive art style and perfect balance of comedy and action making the series a hit.

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Son Goku. Goku was originally cast as a naive but powerful young boy who was spurred onto the path of adventure following the death of his grandfather. By the time Dragon Ball Z rolls around, Goku’s a full-grown adult, the victor of several martial arts tournaments and a married man. He’s only slightly less naive though, and his strict wife Chichi frequently has to rein in his less socially acceptable habits and wilder impulses. The first arc of the series marks Goku learning of his alien origins for the first time – before meeting other Saiyans, he thought he was just another average monkey-tailed boy!

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #2

The next instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
Yamcha. One of Goku’s oldest friends – even if they did first meet as enemies! A reformed desert bandit and an ex-boyfriend of Bulma, Yamcha is one of the strongest human fighters in the world. Having regularly entered World Martial Arts Tournaments and fought against a multitude of foes, he’s earned his place as one of the core Z-Fighters. However, he was overpowered and killed by one of Nappa’s drones in the Saiyan invasion of Earth. Luckily, death is rarely the end in the world of Dragon Ball, and Yamcha’s path continues as he trains under King Kai in the afterlife, preparing for a return to the living world to help his friends against the threats they’ll face on the distant planet Namek.

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #3

The third instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
And so we continue filling you in on the heroes and villains to keep an eye on in the latest super-charged volume of the famous action epic!

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #4

The fourth instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
With a cast of dozens, there still more to fill you in on the heroes and villains to keep an eye on in the latest super-charged volume of the famous action epic!

The cast of Dragon Ball Z #5

The fifth instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z
Cell. The deadliest enemy the Z Warriors have ever had to face – themselves! Cell is a hyper-advanced android from the future, created using the DNA of the present day heroes and possessing all their skills and abilities thanks to genetic memory. Goku’s Kamehameha? Cell can use it and counter it. Tien’s Solar Flare? Just one of Cell’s basic attacks. Piccolo’s regeneration? That serves to make Cell even more difficult to defeat. Already an incredibly powerful figure, Cell has travelled back in time to physically absorb more fighters and add their powers to his own repertoire. His goal? To achieve his Perfect Form and become the mightiest figure in the Universe – and he won’t let anything or anyone stand in his way.

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