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Monday 14th July 2014

Babymetal, anime apartheid and MazandaRanting in our 25th podcast.

AshensJeremy “Care in the Community” Graves is joined by Manga UK’s Jerome “Twitter Hijacker” Mazandarani and Product Manager Andrew “Mr Manga” Hewson, and special guest Stuart Ashen, star of Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild, out now. Not sure any of those names will stick. You can download the podcast here.

00:00 It’s that music again.

01:30 Where the hell have we been? Jerome’s adventures in Tokyo and the new shows that have got the rights-buyers talking.

03:40 Visiting the Toei Animation studios, and their questionable decorating choices.

05:00 Stuart Ashen at the MCM Expo. The winners of our cosplay competition. The vidfest experience, and a bunch of other things happening at Comicon. How much more can it expand when they’ve broken six figures?

12:00 Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild, its genesis and proliferation. The politics of crowdfunding independent movies and swapping staff like Pokemon cards.

20:50 The story of Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild.

22:00 Monty Python wheeling out their old material. Septuagenarian trouser timings.

24:00 Batmanga!

27:00 The problem of reading the comments. The coolness factor of having a disease named after you.

28:50 Stuff for the Manchester Comicon this Saturday.

32:00 Recent Manga News… Evangelion 3.33 coming in February… oh don’t get us started.

35:30 What are the chances of more releases as complete collections? Why split a collection in the first place? The economics of box sets.

40:00 Attack on Titan, coming earlier than expected. Ghost in the Shell, remastered in HD and coming to a UK-exclusive Blu-ray steelbook and the reasons for holding the anniversary early.

47:00 Andrew Hewson in gay Paris for Japan Expo. Interpolated with a MazandaRant about the decline of the TV audience. The Rosa Parks moment on the Anime Ltd bus.

BABYMETAL53:20 Jeremy and his love of Babymetal. I don’t know what a Wall of Death is, but apparently you don’t want to run into Jeremy at one. The most unlikely warm-up act for Chas & Dave. The wholesome values of heavy metal.

61:00 A Certain Magical Index in the UK?

63:00 What would happen if a Region B territory tried to stop Region A countries from releasing region-free Blu-rays?

67:00 What are the chances of doing a box set showcasing the works of a particular anime studio.?

68:00 What are the chances of any further Blu-ray upgrades?

70:00 Will more stores stock anime because “it’s more popular now” (apparently)?

72:00 Questions on the size of DVD cases.

74:00 Is the British anime fanbase growing?

76:00 Chances of more subtitle-only releases?

78:00 How do anime distributors get new fans interested in the medium? Lessons learned from changes in Nintendo’s marketing policy.

And we’re out. 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.


Ashens And The Quest For The Gamechild

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A comedy-adventure film best described as Indiana Jones meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With nods to the Matrix, Lord of the Rings and The Goonies it's a treat for fans of science-fiction and fantasy.
Starring new YouTube superstar Stuart Ashen, alongside established stars such as Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Return of the Jedi) and Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf), the film follows Ashens' insane search for a piece of electronic tat... the fabled Game Child console.
He is accompanied by fan favourite Chef Excellence, and together they try to overcome the odds to lay their hands on the fabled Game Child. But a shadowy figure aided by Ashen's irritating nemesis wants the game for their own dastardly ends.
Special features include an all new extended cut of the movie previously unavailable anywhere else, a comprehensive audio commentary by Stuart Ashens and bonus features including Behind The Scenes featurerres and interviews with key cast memebers including Rob Llewellyn and Warwick Davis as well as the Stormtrooper Costume Tour, trailers, YouTube spots and much more.



Wrinkles vs Roujin Z

Animation for the old... there's only one way to settle this... FIGHT!
Wrinkles is a new grown-up Spanish animated film about elderly people in a care home. Hang on a bit, that can’t be right. Animation and the elderly; they’re two things which have nothing to do with each other. Well, except for...

One Piece Music: Bon Bon Blanco

Tom Smith on bikinis and cowbells
Need more cowbell? Have five! Japanese pop quintet Bon Bon Blanco (or B3 for short) is made up of 80% percussionists – and whilst its vocalist Anna Santos is the only member without an instrument to bash, I’m pretty sure she could work her way around a cowbell if pushed.


Andrew Osmond on an anime with a distinctive look
Boy meets girl; boy and girl hate each other; boy and girl learn they’re both children of gangster families and must pretend to be lovers to prevent gang war. Naturally there are rival suitors on both sides of the fractious pair, ranging from a sweet girl-next-door type to a pistol-packing assassin.

Psycho Pass Release Change

An important change to the Psycho-Pass DVD/Blu-ray release
For all of you looking forward to the release of Psycho-Pass we have some news for you. Today we can confirm that due to high demand we will be combining the upcoming Part 1 and Part 2 releases of Psycho-Pass into one Complete Series Collection!

The Devil is a Part-Timer

There's a difference at MgRonald's
The show is a comment on real life, on the way we’re pressured to give up childish things – like, say, becoming an Evil Dark Lord of the world – and focus on the adult world of work.
Opposites may attract, but putting them together can result in chemical burns, electric shocks, and explosions.

When Marnie Was There

Andrew Osmond on what’s next for Studio Ghibli
In December, Studio Ghibli announced its next feature film to the world, looking ahead to summer 2014 and When Marnie was There, based on a British children’s book by Joan Robinson.

2014 at the Japanese box office

Jasper Sharp runs the numbers on newly-released statistics
The incendiary claims put forward last October by Takeshi Kitano that “the Japanese film industry is going to ruins” seemed to hit a raw nerve with many in the industry and were widely reported in the international press.
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