Leeds Film Festival To Feature Anime Film Screenings
Our good friends at UK Anime have reported that the annual Leeds International Film Festival ‘Fanomenon’ event, will feature screenings of Anime! On the list to be screened on November 19th and 21st are Evangelion 2.0, One Piece: Strong World, Redline, Gintama: The Movie and, the European Premiere of Mardock Scramble – The First Compression!
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression, is the first or 3 planned films based on a cyberpunk novel by Tow Nobukata. You can view a trailer for the film here. We should note that there is some nudity in the trailer.
Tickets for the screenings are available now at the cost of £6.00 for adults, or for £20 you can get access to all the Anime screenings on either November 19th or 21st.
For more information on ‘Fanomenon’, you can visit their website at http://www.fanomenonleeds.com/
Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 update
Moving onto the world of video games, to begin with the upcoming ‘Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2’ due for release in under a week (October 15th) here in the UK!
The collector’s edition that we reported on during a recent podcast of ours will apparently be available for the Xbox 360 as well as Playstation 3. For those unaware the Collector’s edition of the game includes a code to download Minato as a playable character in the game, a laser cell of Minato drawn by series creator Masashi Kishimoto and a soundtrack cd along with the game itself.
If you want to pre-order this however, this may be an issue! As of the time of writing this blog entry, neither Play.com or Amazon UK are listing collector’s editions of the game at all! Some other websites are listing it for the PS3, but this could well mean that the deadline has passed for to pre-order this version of the game! If you’re wanting to obtain the collector’s edition, you might want to act quickly!
On a related note, for those attending the MCM London Expo at the end of the month, don’t forget that the game will be on show during the entire weekend!
‘Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2’ to include 30 minute OVA!
Onto the next in the long line of games based on the Dragonball franchise! Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2 is to feature ninety (yes, NINETY) characters from the Dragon Ball universe, making it the largest roster of playable characters in a Dragon Ball game! But, there is also a special added feature on the game disc in the form of a 30 minute OVA (Original Video Animation) that apparently, has never been released outside of Japan entitled ‘Plans To Eraticate The Saiyans’! The OVA has been remastered especially for this release on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
(Pictured Right: The original box art for the VHS release of the OVA)
This would (technically) make the inclusion of the OVA, the first animation of Dragon Ball Z to be released (in some capacity) in the UK since a few of the movie releases on DVD in 2003 that featured an English audio track that was neither of the North American dubs we’ve seen on TV here in the UK.
A trailer for the OVA can viewed (in Japanese with no subtitles) at the official Japanese website for the game here. In terms of the audio of this OVA, it has been confirmed that there will be no English dub made for this episode. But there will be English subtitles with the original Japanese audio track. I will also note, that there is actually an incentive to watch this OVA, as you’ll unlock a playable character!
For those interested to know in terms of where this OVA fits into the chronology of Dragon Ball Z, this OVA was originally released on VHS in Japan in the summer of 1993 between episodes 195 and 196, that being the conclusion of the ‘Cell Games’ saga, and the start of ‘The Great Saiyaman’ saga.
(Pictured Above: Screenshot from the remastered OVA)
Plus, for those attending the MCM Expo, don’t forget that this game will also be on show during the whole weekend!
(Below: Trailer for the game, including clips from OVA)