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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.

Podcast #12

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Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust

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Rune Balot's struggle to bring the man who killed her to justice continues amid the world of high-stakes gambling and glamour at the Eggnog Blue Casino. The odds are stacked heavily in the house's favor, and even with the aid of Dr. Easter and Oeufcoque, a universal item capable of turning into anything and everything, Rune's chances of winning are slim. But winning the golden chips containing Shell Septinos' memories is only the next step on a long and treacherous road.
Run will still have to live long enough to bring those memories before the court, and even that isn't the end of the journey. Rune's search for answers to the questions that haunt comes to a shattering climax!
Contains both the television version and director's cut of Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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