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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.



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Warning against surprise attacks by alien galaxies from beyond space
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High School DxD

Hugh, phew, barneys and boobs, cutthroats, demons and blood...
If this show dropped all the extreme fan-service it would still be an exciting action-horror adventure, not far removed from an extended arc of Supernatural or the like. As it is, you get that and a show that would have broken the jiggle counter if anime DVDs still had them. After decades of evolution, even harem comedies can produce a show with some substance.

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Daniel Robson sucks it up
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Tokyo Night Life

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Attack on Titan: Before the Fall

There's little to be proud of in this perfunctory light-novel spin off
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