DC’s ‘Cyborg’ Smashes His Way into AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila 2017 (APCC Manila) unveils American actor Ray Fisher, aka
Cyborg, from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the highly anticipated film Justice League. Fisher will be the first Hollywood celebrity headliner to take on the biggest pop culture event in the country. APCC Manila 2017 is slated from August 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, is a former college athlete turned cybernetic warrior through themysterious power of an otherworldly living machine known as a Mother Box. Cyborg is the latest addition to DC’s Justice League, an organization of Earth’s greatest superheroes dedicated to protecting the worldfrom its greatest threats.
“We have always believed in bringing unique talent and content to AsiaPOP Comicon Manila and this year is no different as we are bringing one of the brightest talents and potential future superstar, Ray Fisher who is reprising the role of Cyborg in the forthcoming blockbuster Justice League and will continue to be key superhero character within DC Universe” said Abdulla Mahmood, Director, Marketing and International Business, Al Ahli Holding Group. “Diehard DC fans who were craving for a superhero talent have their wishes fulfilled as they will get an opportunity to interactwith Ray Fisher as Cyborg”.
In 2020, Warner Bros. is said to release a solo Cyborg film, where Fisher will reprise his role as Victor Stone/Cyborg. Fisher’s performance as Cyborg marks the actor’s big screen debut. His past  performances include a brief appearance in the period television drama, The Astronaut Wives Club, and  various theater productions across the United States, including his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the New York Theatre Workshop’s OffBroadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man.
Art Invasion
APCC Manila also released the second batch of globallyrecognized artists who will showcase their  works and share their talents to their fans. These include Whilce Portacio, Carl Potts, Shoji Kawamori, and  Serena Kozuki.

Returning to APCC Manila is FilipinoAmerican comic book artist and writer Whilce Portacio, who  has done notable works, including the titles Uncanny Xmen, X-Factor, The Punisher, Heroes Reborn: Iron Man, Wetworks, and Spawn, among others. The talented inker and penciller was also a cofounder of the Image Comics and he has currently returned working independently for Image, DC and Marvel.

For his part, Carl Potts, who has worked as an Executive Editor in Marvel Comics for 13 years, is wellknown for being the mentor of some of the top comic artists including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, Art Adams, Lary Stroman, Jon Bogdanove, and Terry Shoemaker. He created Alien Legion and the graphic novel Last of the Dragons. His book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling was also published by DC/WatsonGuptill. He is currently working on a graphic novel
project called, The Flying Column. Under the title of “Vision Creator,” Shoji Kawamoriacts as a creator of original works, an
animation director, a scriptwriter, a mecha designer and many other roles. Being one of the original creators of the animated TV hit Macrosswhich became part of a series known as Robotech outside Japanhe played a major part in developing one of the important factors that popularized the Japanese anime phenomenon worldwide.
He was also one of the designers of the Diaclone line of toys, which later became known as the Transformers, including now ubiquitous “Optimus Prime.” His designs can be found in a wide range of media, from animation, and video games to liveaction movies and commercial products.
Pop Music
Adding rhythm and beat to the fun that is APCC is solo Japanese idol Serena Kozuki, who will serve as the event’s musical guest. Serena is widely known for the song Shake the DiCE, which is the ending song of a popular Japanese Anime, light novel and Manga franchise titled, TenchiMuyo! Ryo Ohki. She is known as “Live Monster” onstage and is admired for her performing styles, which vary from sweet and girly to rockhard livewire. Serena performs for over 200 live shows yearly.
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APCC Manila 2017 tickets are now available via SM Tickets website, https://smtickets.com/, or at all SM Tickets outlets, with ticket prices a t PhP600 (oneday pass), PhP900 (twoday pass), and PhP1,100 (threeday pass). All these will give the ticketholder access to stage activities, performances, and the main show floor. The event is free for children aged five years and below for all days, but a valid identification is required for verification purposes before entering the show floor.
A limited edition Collectors Pack is available at a discounted price of PhP 3,500. This special offer is available for purchase at SM Tickets online (https://smtickets.com/events/view/5868) and SM Tickets outlets while supplies last. Collector’s Pack includes 1/12 Scale Iron Man “Shotgun Collectible Figure, 1x APCC 3Day Pass, 1x Special Edition Captain America Comic Book from Comicave Studios, and 1x APCC 2016 Tote Bag.
Also available is the Ultimate Merch Bundle, priced at PhP 1,600. The bundle includes 1APCC 3Day Pass, 1x Special Edition Captain America Comic Book from Comicave Studios, 1x APCC 2016 Tote Bag, 1x Sticker Set, 1x APCC 2017 Cotton TShirt (SXL), 2x APCC Lanyards, and 1x Star Wars Lanyard. This bundle is limited to 100 sets only, and is available at SM Tickets online, and at all SM Ticket outlets near you!
For more information and event updates, visit www.asiapopcomicon.com/manila, or follow their official Facebook Page www.facebook.com/apccmanila, Twitter account @AsiaPOPComicon, and Instagram account @asiapopcomicon.

“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable” and “Chain Chronicle” airs on Animax this May.

Anime cable channel ANIMAX revealed the titles of the anime that will be aired for the month of May.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable will premiere on May 26, from Wednesday to Friday at 10pm. It will have 2 back-to-back episodes, exclusive on Animax.

Chain Chronicle -The Light of Haecceitas will make a premiere on Animax this month starting May 30.  It will air 2 back-to-back episodes every Monday & Tuesday at 10pm

Magical girl anime Matoi: The Sacred Slayer will also be aired in Animax every Monday at 10PM (JKT/BKK) and Tuesday at 9PM (JKT/BKK) starting May 9.

Animax will also be airing “same-day” episodes (same day in Japan) of My Hero Academia and Alice & Zoroku. All new episodes of My Hero Academia will be aired every Saturday at 10pm while Alice & Zoroku will air every Sunday at 11pm.

Animax is available on SKYCable Channel 46, Cignal Channel 73, Dream Satellite TV Channel 07, and G Sat Channel 24.

Image source: Jojo Animation

“Kuroko No Basket” Movie gets advance screening on May 7

ODEX Private Limited has announced on Thursday that there will be special screening of the movie Kuroko No Basket (Kuroko’s Basketball) – The Last Game before the regular playdate on May 17th in the Philippines.

The special advance screening will happen on May 7th at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. The movie is set for 2PM screening at Cinema 11 and movie tickets cost Php 1,500 each.

Those who will purchase tickets for the movie will receive movie premium items from Japan such as an A2 Poster, Kuroko No Basket The Movie A4 Clear Folder and 3 sets of Japan import Key Chains.

Ticket sales for the fan screening is now open and available on via smcinema.com

NHK Announces the Results of the Top 100 Best Anime Series and Films Poll

In commemoration of the 100 years of anime history, ​Japanese public broadcasting company NHK conducted a public poll between January 8 to March 31, 2017 to determine the top 100 best anime series and films.

Among those who made the top 100 were Tiger & Bunny, Love Live! School Idol Project, Osomatsu-san, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu and Bungou Stray Dogs. The classics like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Akira, Macross: Do You Remember Love? and Gan to Gon also made it into the cut.

Did your favorite anime made it to the top? Check out the full list below:

  1. Tiger & Bunny (2011)
  2. Tiger & Bunny Movie: The Rising (2014)
  3. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (2011)
  4. Love Live! School Idol Project (2013)
  5. Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season (2014)
  6. Tiger & Bunny Movie: The Beginning (2012)
  7. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (2006)
  8. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
  9. Love Live! The School Idol Movie (2015)
  10. Osomatsu-san (2015)
  11. Gintama (2006)
  12. Joker Game (2016)
  13. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988)
  14. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
  15. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 (2008)
  16. Is the Order a Rabbit? (2014)
  17. Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
  18. Digimon Adventure (1999)
  19. Psycho-Pass (2012)
  20. Sword Art Online (2012)
  21. Clannad: After Story (2008)
  22. Girls und Panzer (2012)
  23. Haikyuu!! (2014)
  24. Detective Conan (1996)
  25. Hyouka (2012)
  26. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari (2013)
  27. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
  28. Attack on Titan (2013)
  29. Space Battleship Yamato (1974)
  30. Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)
  31. Bungou Stray Dogs (2016)
  32. Prince of Tennis (2001)
  33. Love Live! Sunshine!! (2016)
  34. Cowboy Bebop (1998)
  35. Steins;Gate (2011)
  36. Natsume Yuujinchou (2008)
  37. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014)
  38. Hoshi no Ko Poron (1974)
  39. Future Boy Conan (1978)
  40. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (2002)
  41. K-On! (2008)
  42. Haruhi Suzumiya (2006)
  43. Gurren Lagann(2007)
  44. Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro (1979)
  45. Bakemonogatari (2009)
  46. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002)
  47. Sound! Euphonium (2015)
  48. Free! (2013)
  49. Girls und Punzer der Film (2015)
  50. Fate/Zero (2011)
  51. Your Lie in April (2014)
  52. Shirobako (2014)
  53. Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi (2008)
  54. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  55. Gintama’ (2011)
  56. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% (2011)
  57. Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) (2016)
  58. K-On!! (2010)
  59. Castle in the Sky (1986)
  60. Sailor Moon (1992)
  61. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2016)
  62. Free!: Eternal Summer (2014)
  63. High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days (2015)
  64. Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (2006)
  65. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho (1992)
  66. The iDOLM@STER (2011)
  67. Haikyuu!! Second Season (2015)
  68. Is the Order a Rabbit?? (2015)
  69. Mob Psycho 100 (2016)
  70. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015)
  71. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
  72. One Piece (1999)
  73. Macross F (2008)
  74. Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49 (2014)
  75. Saraba Uchuu Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshi-tachi (1978)
  76. Cardcaptor Sakura (2nd Season) (1999)
  77. Angel Beats! (2010)
  78. Mushishi (2005)
  79. Urusei Yatsura (1981)
  80. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (2016)
  81. K (2011)
  82. Kuroko’s Basketball (2012)
  83. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011)
  84. Hunter x Hunter (1999)
  85. Pokemon (1997)
  86. Armored Trooper Votoms (1983)
  87. The Twelve Kingdoms (2002)
  88. Kekkai Sensen (2015)
  89. Hetalia: The Beautiful World (2013)
  90. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990)
  91. Mononoke (2007)
  92. Kill la Kill (2013)
  93. InuYasha (2000)
  94. Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)
  95. Denno Coil (2007)
  96. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders (2014)
  97. Akira (1988)
  98. Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)
  99. Gan to Gon (1974)
  100. The Tatami Galaxy (2009)

Only the titles that premiered/screened up to September 2016 were entered in the poll. The poll also included the succeeding seasons of the anime series. To see the full results as well as the titles after 100, visit the NHK website.

FAQs for “Koe No Katachi” Philippine screening

Pioneer Films has posted a list of  “Frequent Asked Questions” regarding the local release of Koe No Katachi (A Silent Voice) in cinemas. Check it out after the jump.

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  1. When is ‘Koe no Katachi’ showing in Philippine cinemas?
    A Silent Voice will be released NATIONWIDE starting May 10, 2017 (Wednesday)
  2. How long will the movie show in cinemas?
    It GREATLY depends on the performance of the movie in cinemas. If it does well in the Philippine box office, it may last for about a week or more, if it does poorly, it may be immediately removed by cinemas the following day
  3. Where can we see the list of cinemas showing the movie?
    There is still no list as of the moment but we will be posting one a day before the movie will be released – May 9 at 9PM.
    (ANIMEPH is also releasing the list.)
  4. How can I increase the possibility of the movie to show in the cinemas I go to?
    We recommend that you contact your local cinemas to request for the movie.

If you have more questions, you can send them a message through this link.


“91 Days” and “Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu” to air on HERO TV this May

Local anime channel HERO TV recently released a promotional video announcing their anime line-up for the month of May.

The action anime series, 91 Days, will be aired on the channel starting May 25. Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu, the light-novel-turned-anime romcom seriesis also set to air in the channel starting May 26.

As a special treat, Hero TV will also be screening Samurai X  – 2nd OVA on May 14 and 28 via HERO Theatrixx.


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HERO TV is available on SKYcable and Destiny Digital Channel 44.

“DanMachi” airs on TV5 this May

TV5 recently released a promotional video revealing the upcoming airing of the anime series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon or DanMachi this May.


The series premieres on May 11 at 5:45 PM.

Aniplus described the series as follows:

The story of a young aspiring adventurer, Bell Cranel and his tiny patron goddess, Hestia, as they work together to fulfil their dreams in the dungeon city Orario.

DanMachi premiered in Spring 2015.

Thanks to Jasper Guce for the tip.

“Iida Riho Birthday Tour2016 in Korea” special airs on Aniplus Asia

Aniplus Asia has announced on Tuesday, April 25 that South East Asia anime channel will be airing the concert special of Iida Riho Birthday Tour that was held in Korea in 2016.

The special is scheduled to air on May 1st, Monday, 9:55 PM (PHT) with the encore airing on May 7th Sunday, 6:55 PM.

Iida Riho is a former child actress turned actress, voice actress and singer from Saitama Prefecture. She is popularly known as the voice actress behind Hoshizora Rin in Love Live! School Idol Project.

She has made a debut performance in Manila last year as one of the anisong artists who performed at Cosplay Mania 2016. 

Aniplus is available in the Philippines via Tribe mobile app.

“Kancolle The Movie” PH Fan Screening details

Advanced ticket selling for the screening of the Kancolle the Movie is now open at the official website of SM Cinema.

Kancolle fans can purchase them online via smcinema.com for Php 355 each (processing fee for online transaction excluded). Tickets are also available on-site at the SM Megamall Cinema booth for the same price.

Those who bought tickets will receive movie exclusive premiums such as Kancolle The Movie A4 Clear Folder, 35mm film strip which features five frames from the movie and Movie logo Epoxy pin.

Kancolle The Movie is scheduled to be shown at Cinema 11 on Saturday, May 6, 2017 on two time slots: 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. 

It has received a rating of G (General Patronage) by the Philippine’s Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

Fan Screening of “Sword Art Online The Movie” in the Philippines postponed 

Odex Private Limited announced on Friday (April 21) that the fan screening for Sword Art Online The Movie in the Philippines will be postponed to a later date.

The postponement was due to “logistics problem with the the movie premium (items) delivery”. The movie was supposed to be shown on Saturday, April 22. Below is the full announcement that was posted in Facebook:


Due to logistical difficulties, Sword Art Online The Movie Fan’s Screening on 22 April 2017 at SM Megamall will be postponed and re-scheduled to 29 Apr 2017.

Sword Art Online: The Movie premium items may be claimed on 29 Apr 2017 at SM Cinema Megamall.  

We sincerely apologise for this unexpected outcome and for the disappointment caused to Philippines fans.

The movie is re-scheduled for screening to April 29, 2017.

Philippine screening for “Kancolle The Movie” postponed

Aniplus Asia announced last Tuesday that the screening of Kancolle the Movie on April 22 is moved to a later date.

The movie is rescheduled to May 6, 2017. Aniplus Asia has not gave details on the reason of the postponement.

Here is the full statement posted on the official Facebook page.

KanColle the Movie Announcement

The date for KanColle the Movie Fan Screening for the Philippines has been changed from 22 April to 06 May.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and we will be back with more information on the screening in Indonesia and Philippines soon!

“Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry” movie to be released in the Philippines

Southeast Asian film distributor Odex Private Limited has announced on Tuesday (April 18) that it will release Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime movie in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. There are no details yet for the playdate.

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is the second film based on the manga and anime series of the same name, by Hiro Mashima. It has an original story based on 193 storyboard pages that Mashima, drew for the film.

Synopsis from Madman

The Dragon Cry is a magic artifact with enough power to destroy the world. Enshrined within a temple in the Kingdom of Fiore, the Dragon Cry is stolen by Zash, a traitor in Fiore, and delivered to Animus, the ruler of the Kingdom of Stella.

The task of recapturing the Dragon Cry falls to Natsu and the Wizards of the Fairy Tail Guild. During their mission to track down Zash, they infiltrate the Kingdom of Stella, and it is here they meet Animus’ magician Sonya…

What does Animus plan to do with the Dragon Cry? Sonya wants to save her country, but what secret is she hiding? Within the interlacing ulterior motives, Fairy Tail fights against the danger that is the menacing world!

And in the middle of this heroic battle, Natsu’s instinct awakens.

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry opens May 6, 2017 in Japan.

“Sword Art Online Movie” gets Fan Screening on April 22

Odex Private Limited has announced on Sunday that they will be holding a special Fan Screening for Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale this weekend at SM Megamall.

The screening is a one-time event to be held on April 22, 5PM at SM Megamall Cinema 11.

Movie attendees who purchase tickets for the Fan Screening will receive premium items from Japan. Item includes seven Japan cinema movie release premiums, 7 Signature Cards and one paper bag.

Ticket are worth Php1,800 and already available via smcinema.com.

There will be also a Fan Screening happening simultaneously in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Odex Private Limited has previously released the movie in selected theater in the Philippines last February.


“Norn9” airing date on TV5 announced

TV5 has officially announced the airing date of romance anime “Norn9” on the channel.

“Norn9” is set to air on April 20 at 5:15AM. The series will be released in Filipino-dubbed.

Check out the promotional video posted on their official Facebook page.

“Norn9” is based on an otome game developed by Otomate and published by Idea Factory.

Anime News Network describes the anime series as follows:

The era where great powers of the world have all ventured overseas. Revolution and liberalism spread all over the world. Right when souls and earth are ill, a glowing sphere appeared in the sky, and removed the borders of the world. Three girls and nine young men depart together with a flying ship.

The series first aired in Winter 2016 in Japan.