The News Thread (for news that does not need a thread)

nanika

Brigade Leader
Dannielle said:
According to Mainichi News, CLAMP's manga "xxxHOLiC" was announced to get a TV drama adaptation. It will be aired on a satellite channel WOWOW in 2013. Anne and Sometani Shota will play Yuko and Watanuki, respectively.

- http://mantan-web.jp/2012/09/07/2012090 ... 6000c.html

Yuko - http://www.topcoat.co.jp/artist/anne/
Watanuki - http://ebisu-act.com/actors_page/a_01_sometani.html

...soooo...how are they going to do Mokona? ...
SALEM.jpg

Maybe a rabbit Salem.
 

20thCenturyBoy

Thousand Master
Storyboards have been leaked from the (now shelved) live action adaptation of Akira.

I remain glad that production on this got haulted, Hollywood were just going as far as they could to make another terrible anime adaptation and sully the good name of the original with fans and non-fans alike.

The storyboards themselves weren't looking too bad, until the point Kaneda just drives up to a sign that says 'Welcome to Manhattan' with someone having spraypainted 'Neo' on it, and he just looks into a huge crater. What was going to be the point of him driving to that in the opening scene? To show us that it's now 'Neo' Manhattan and there was an explosion? The original done that just fine why change that? Fair enough to show us those things, but why would Kaneda be driving up to the crater? What's there for him to see?!

Also, you just read the synopsis and cringe; Kaneda's a bar owner...of course he is. There was actually worse as at the point Albert Hughes was meant to be directing there were leaks of scene descriptions from people that had seen the script that included a scene where Tetsuo uses his new powers whilst out bowling with Kaneda and Kei to try and impress Kei (including spinning a bowling bowl on his finger I believe), before Kaneda gets annoyed/jealous and they have a fight.
 
CloudedMinds said:
Good news for Crunchyroll but i hope the UK get a PS3 streaming service aswell
You could always set up a US account. It's easy enough (I used the address of a hotel in Seattle). The CR app is pretty borked atm though (or was last time I used it).

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Bakemonogatari Blu-ray set. 15th November. One hundred and fifty goddamn US Dollars for 15 episodes... and a booklet. In UP1 money that'll be £141 plus postage (same as Durarara). Eh, think I'll pass after all...
 
CloudedMinds said:
On a UK PS3?
Yep. Just select "Create New User", then sign up for a PSN account with a US address. It's all very straightforward but there are tutorials out there if needed.

Once you download the CR app, you'll be able to use it with your regular UK account.
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
Congrats CR!

CloudedMinds said:
On a UK PS3?

Yep. CR app works on any PS3 (mine's Japanese). And seconding the remark about it being a bit borked at the moment, though given how much they keep talking about it I anticipate swift improvements.

Edit: Might get my other half to buy Bakemonogatari (he never buys anything!) since I already have the LEs and that feels more costly when it's only for a subtitle track. Well, one way or another it will be bought.

R
 

Cathe

Great Teacher
http://www.rightstuf.com/rssite/main/ne ... To=Archive

Bakemonogatari blu ray - since it's Aniplex this will probably be usa only region (I can't watch USA blu rays since I use my PS3 for it). Aniplex is the company that hates importers, right? Any word on if they will be bringing the show to DVD too, does anyone know? And if so - how do folk in the uk get our hands on it. Are United Publications likely to get it in? Since they now have a USA based store rather than just the UK one.
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
Cathe said:
Bakemonogatari blu ray - since it's Aniplex this will probably be usa only region (I can't watch USA blu rays since I use my PS3 for it). Aniplex is the company that hates importers, right?

Aniplex are indeed the company that hates us, however in spite of this their previous releases have been region free even when new discs were created (e.g. Madoka) so you might be in luck. I'd recommend getting a region A player though eventually unless things change one day in the tragic failure that is the BD regioning war.

UP1 will definitely carry it, or I'll eat my hat.

Edit: But it's not currently showing that foreign orders are forbidden, so I ordered it from TRSI just to be a nuisance >_>

R
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
theirsbailiff said:
By the looks of it, there's nothing saying you can't just buy the set straight from RightStuf. Then again, it's still probably a good idea to just buy it off UP1.

Looks like they just caught it. Now I get to wonder if my order will be honoured for a while (though I'll just buy it elsewhere if it isn't) >_>;

R (I hate AoA)
 

VoxPhantom

Stand User
Not usually one for the flashy box sets, but that Bakemonogatari release is very tempting. Cheaper price than I was fearing, I'll probably order it from UP1 when it shows up on there.
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
According to Manga UK's latest podcast, sales of the sub-only Blue Exorcist have been disappointing, but still impressive in their own right:

On the sales of the sub-only edition of Blue Exorcist, Mazandarani said: “We were looking at how many (units) we sold through in the first week based on what we shipped, and it was 60%. We did not ship as much as we were hoping to; it didn't get as many pre-orders as we'd hoped. But I'm pretty sure it's the bestselling sub-only release of all time for anime in the U.K. Aniplex announcing a few weeks before we were releasing it that they are going to do a dub (of Blue Exorcist) with Neon Alley didn't help.”

I'm glad that Jerome is looking at the other factors before condemning the model entirely as it does seem feasible that it's going to be the only way niche series will ever see a western release as sales dwindle (whether this particular very mainstream show classifies as niche is a separate matter). Though the reason I personally didn't bite was that the US version was already coming out before the announcement, and it was materially better. If these drawbacks can be solidly addressed rather than the UK always getting the short straw, I'd be more than happy to support such things.

I'm also disobedient by nature so the fact AoA refuses to sell to us makes me perversely less keen on buying local versions. The elephant in the room that is the global anime market needs to be addressed by the companies sooner rather than later.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/ ... film-delay

R
 

Ath

Pokémon Master
Jerome seemed to warm up to the idea of trying to license the Phoenix Wright movie in that Podcast, I just hope that someone gets the rights and releases a Blu-ray here!

The Blue Exorcist situation annoys me, though it's not MangaUK's fault, I have no idea what Aniplex were trying to do here. You've got this really mainstream shounen action show based on a popular manga that could be shopped to Adult Swim or something...and they release it in volumes on sub-only DVD, which struck me as a missed opportunity. Then after MangaUK decide to take a punt on a sub-only release, Aniplex all-of-a-sudden announces it's getting a dub after all on Viz's Neon Alley? No wonder they were annoyed! MangaUK are now left with a release that's going to probably going to be superceded by an upcoming superior release, impacting these initial sales. What's more, it might not even be worthwhile to do a re-release, since by then Aniplex could have announced a US Blu-ray or people will just settle for the sub-only release cut-price in a sale.

Aniplex of America have found a business model that works at least, even if it prices me out of their releases...not that it matters to them :p. While some of their decisions annoy me, they're giving fans what they want and it's working for them, so fair play. Plus their parent company seem very co-operative with the US licensors when it comes to Bluray, unlike some other companies (looking at you Kadokawa).
 

Zin5ki

Railgun
VoxPhantom said:
Cheaper price than I was fearing, I'll probably order it from UP1 when it shows up on there.
Though I have spent many a dyspeptic year in this county, I have never until now witnessed so liberal an attitude towards personal expenditure being expressed by anyone therein.

I blame the soil acidity.
 

Joshawott

Monsieur Monster
AUKN Staff
The main reason I haven't purchased Blue Exorcist yet is because of the problems I hear with the subs, like poor punctuation at times and some missing lines.
 

ConanThe3rd

Railgun
Rui said:
I'm also disobedient by nature so the fact AoA refuses to sell to us makes me perversely less keen on buying local versions. The elephant in the room that is the global anime market needs to be addressed by the companies sooner rather than later.
R
A japanese company would rather die than do anything of the sort.
 

Rosencrantz

Dragon Knight
Cathe said:
Bakemonogatari is up on UP1 now :)

http://www.up1.co.uk/Details/D1736

cheaper on their american site

http://www.up1usa.com/Details/D1736

Now release a dvd version Aniplex D:

Quite a bit cheaper by the look of the exchange rates, I understand they only charge normal UK postage from the US site aswell?

Also, I very much suspected Aniplex would continue this business model, limited releases at high cost. Also no dub and no DvD included in the box set?
 
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