Nogizaka46’s Sayuri Inoue & Mizuki Yamashita transform into Sailor Moon for Weekly Shonen Magazine

Nogizaka46 members Sayuri Inoue & Mizuki Yamashita are the latest cover girls for the newest issue of the manga anthology Weekly Shonen Magazine.

For the issue the duo did a special photoshoot dressed up as the iconic Sailor Moon, using the same outfit from Nogizaka46’s Sailor Moon stage musical.

The stage play will have two main casts separated into “Team Moon” and “Team Star”. Each day of production the teams will alternate, and naturally Inoue and Yamashita will both be playing the lovable Usagi.

Team Moon

Team Star

The fist round of performances will begin on June 8th until the 24th. After a two month break the show will return in September and run from the 21st until the 30th.

For the actual magazine cover itself the girls posed in cute striped pajama set. They were interviewed about Sailor Moon, preparing the stage play, and other fun miscellaneous questions such as which Nogizaka46 member uses LINE the most.

Inoue and Yamashita’s issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine is available now.


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Utada Hikaru to sing theme for Kingdom Hearts III; watch new trailer with song preview!

It has been announced that Utada Hikaru will once again be providing the theme song for the hit Square Enix franchise Kingdom Hearts! The highly anticipated third mainline title was originally announced in 2013, and will finally be released sometime this year.

For the original Kingdom Hearts game Utada provided the song Hikari, which was re-recorded as Simple & Clean for the English version. In the sequel Kingdom Hearts II Utada provided the song Passion, which received the name Sanctuary for the English release. Finally, for Kingdom Hearts III Utada’s song will be titled Oath while the English version is called Don’t Think Twice.

This information was all revealed at a special Kingdom Hearts fan event called D23 Expo Japan 2018. The stroyline of Kingdom Hearts III will serve as the final chapter for the “Dark Seeker Saga”, and will heavily focus on Sora’s showdown with Master Xehanort. It will be available on both Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer, and hear a preview of Utada Hikaru’s new song Oath below!

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Live-Action “Bleach” Reveals First Scene Teaser Fighting a Hollow

News of the first live-action “Bleach” visual is still getting around, but now Warner Brothers has suddenly dropped a short video teaser!

The short 20-second trailer is mostly title graphics, but also includes footage of the film’s first officially released scene. It shows the main character Ichigo (Sota Fukushi), in a residential area using the Zanpakuto—the sword only a shinigami can use—to fight off a Hollow, a corrupt spirit with supernatural powers that devours the souls of both the living and deceased.

The film is still early in post-production so we only get a glimpse of the Hollow’s hand, as they will be completely CG.

Sota Fukushi commented:

Ichigo’s Zanpakuto (“Soul-Cutter Sword”) is huge, so it took a bit of getting used to. Fighting with a sword was a lot harder than I would have imagined, but in the end I think it resulted in a good action scene. The Hollow, which the director and the CG team created, are making this a large-scale production. Please look forward to the many charming characters, as well as the confrontation between Ichigo and the Hollows.

The film will focus on the “Substitute Shinigami Arc” telling Ichigo’s origin story.

Tthe upcoming live-action film adaptation of “Bleach” will open in Japan next summer.

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Sword of the Stranger – Collectors Combi (Blu-ray) UK





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Release Date: 05 June 2017

RRP: £34.99 (GBP)

Rating: 15

Country: United Kingdom

Categories: Release Blu-ray Retail

With breathtaking animation that keeps you at the edge of your seat, Sword of the Stranger is a classic tale from Studio BONES is a hidden gem of its time.

Set in feudal-era Japan, a young boy named Kotaro and his faithful dog Tobimaru are caught in the turmoil of a grim prophecy. At the request of the Ming Dynasty’s aging emperor, the boy is pursued by a band of formidable Chinese assassins. After escaping the destruction of the temple that took him in, he runs into No Name, a mysterious stranger who gets pulled into the chase.

When Kotaro’s dog is poisoned, No Name reluctantly accepts payment to escort them to a temple in Shirato. The unlikely companions form a bond over saving Tobimaru’s life, but unrest is brewing all around them. The Chinese assassins clash with the local lord as they build a religious tower, and a blond-haired, bloodthirsty swordsman among them seeks a worthy opponent. Chaos erupts when the assassins find Kotaro, and No Name must face his past before a horrible fate is met again.

Akira (Blu-ray) UK





Akira (Blu-ray) UK

Release Date: 10 April 2017

RRP: £19.99 (GBP)

Rating: 15

Country: United Kingdom

Categories: Release Blu-ray Retail

Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality.

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon – telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project’s most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again. 

This new version of AKIRA Blu-ray features both the original 1988 Streamline English dub and the 2001 Pioneer/Animaze English dub as well as the original Japanese dub (with English subtitles).

Special Features: Akira Sound Clip (1988), Music for Akira, Director Interview (subtitled), Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Trailers (subtitled), Original Commercials (subtitled), Restoring Akira, Glossary, U.S. 2013 Trailer, Trailers.

A Silent Voice Cinema Review 1

Date: 2017 March 6th Monday [15:25] | Posted By: Lee

As we’ve said before anime film A Silent Voice will hit UK cinemas on Wednesday 15th March 2017. Fresh from the success of Your Name, the folks at Anime Limited are distributing this title in the UK and Ireland. We could have written one review, but after heated discussion our editor and I interpreted the movie differently, so we’re going to publish both reviews.

Full Story

Reiko Yoshida’s A Silent Voice is what I would describe as more of an experience than a film. We follow the story of a young boy, Shoya Ishida, who struggles throughout to come to terms with his bullying of Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl who is transferred to his school. As the story progresses we see the internal struggles and challenges each character faces which causes us, as viewers to self reflect and think to ourselves how we would have reacted in a similar situation.

A Silent Voice

The evolution of the characters in the film is what makes it shine. I found myself going from a strong dislike of a character to liking them several scenes later.

A Silent Voice

However, there are moments of frustration where I don’t understand why a character would ever choose to make a certain decision. Some of the scenes are a little forced merely to push the plot along. I understand we were all children once, but some of the behaviour exhibited in the film is not something I would attribute to any of the characters, especially as they are all portrayed as “good kids”.

A Silent Voice

Although the movie has a great deal of depth and really deals with some tricky subjects, I feel it is a little too relentless. It spends so much time focusing on the negative aspects of the characters and the negative decisions they make. It becomes almost frustrating to watch at times. The comic relief was scarce and the balance between intense emotional scenes and comic relief scenes really wasn’t there. As a result, the viewer is left feeling exhausted by the end of the film.

What I did love was the art style and use of music. Every aspect from the artistic decisions of each scene, the symbolism down to the absence of music was very deliberate in making sure everyone in the audience was on the edge of their seats. At key points in the story you could hear a pin drop in the cinema, the air thick with tension and suspense.

A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice tackles some really difficult subjects and delivers shock factor throughout. I would recommend every anime fan who enjoys the Slice of Life genre sees this film at least once, just to experience it.

Catch it while you can
Anime fans in the UK and Ireland can catch a screening near them on Wednesday 15th March 2017, details are on

Or read the manga
If you’re hungering for more of Shoko and Shoya’s story you can get the original 7 volume manga from Kodansha Comics via and The movie follows pretty much the same story, but as manga has more time to explore the characters you’ll get extra background details about their lives and also a few more chapters into their story together.

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