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VILLAINOUS MODE Revealed on Dragon Ball Xenoverse by Aisha Anime

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More details emerge in as DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE marches ever closer to its launch in early 2015. It looks like Mira & Towa are up to no good and creating much more trouble than expected in DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE!
 
With her dark demonic powers, Towa managed to get her hands on Frieza, Cell and Kid Buu and transform them onto “Villainous” foes with unprecedented strength! This uber evolution of Goku’s & our hero’s arch-enemies will surely create a challenging situation for players to deal with!
 
Alongside these terrific transformations, Super C-17 & God Goku will join the already massive cast of legendary characters in DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE!
 
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE will be available in Europe, Middle-East and Australasia for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft on February 13th, and STEAM® on February 17th.

London Anime & Gaming Con: Cosplay & Manga by Aisha Anime

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London Anime & Gaming con may have changed the date of the event but the entertainment has not been compromised in anyway ! This is one of the few cons that once you pay your entry you won't be paying any extra to access facilities, watch panels or get autographs !

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Anime Voice Actress - Maggie Blue O'Hara will be attending to do a panel and sign items for her fans ! Maggie is famous for the voice of anime classic Bulma from Dragonball Z, Tomoyo Daidouji (or Known as Madison in the American Dub) from Cardcaptor Sakura and Mariemaia Khushrenada from Gundam Wing as well as  cartoon series such as Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde from X-Men:Evolution.

Other anime themed events to look for is the Anime Cafe which shall be a merged Maid Cafe with Ai My Maid showing the anime screenings in the side room courtesy of MVM Films. It shall be a great chance to see the newest anime without ads!

There will also Asian Movie Night On Saturday from 7pm we have a special Asian cinema night courtesy of Third Window Films. Keep checking for the title nearer the time :-)

Talks from Leading Creators and Fans - The makers of the Princess Monoke Fan Film, Wolf Girl will be present as well as K&K productions, the creators of the Saiyan Saga Trailer which received over 6 million youtube hits online. Other guest speakers to include internet presences such as famous anime reviewer GiggUK and several of the abridgers. Anime Exhibitors - Expect a wide range of anime and gaming merchandise, DVDs, manga and more, as well as some of the UKs most well known manga and comic artists in attendance. A full list of exhibitors and artists in attendance will be released closer to the event. 

Manga Workshops & Artist Alley - UK's top artists will provide advice and workshops on Manga for artists of all levels! Make sure to also check out their independent works and collaborations with other publishers. This is a great chance to support British artists and own a piece of unique art or make a commission, treat yourself to a manga portrait by one of your favorite artists.

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Cosplay 

We have cosplay guests attending who will be selling prints, doing panels and walking around so come and say hello to them.

ArtyFakes Action Props (Props Company)
Chiquetita Cosplay (Cosplay Guest, Signings & Photos) 
Lisa-Marie Cosplay (Cosplay Guest, Signings & Photos)
Ming Costumes (Cosplay Costumes)
Stacey Rebecca (Cosplay Guest, Signings & Photos)

With over 12 hours of cosplay stage content, a cosplay zone and photography area and many fun cosplay events, here's the top highlights of what to look forward to:

#1. The Cosplay Community Coming Together - Community will be a key part of our Cosplay Chillout Area where many of the UK's top cosplay stars and groups will come together to form new frienships. Whether you're a begineer or pro or just someone who want to have fun we will have something for you. 

#2. The Cosplay Masquerade with over £300 in prizes - Show-off your cosplay on stage. We invite all cosplayers to enter our cosplay contest on the Sunday, with £100 cash prize and £100 in gift certificates from sponsor Harukazecosplay Wigs for the winner and a pair of LAGC tickets to Feb 2015 for 2nd and 3rd places worth over £40 each! . All masquerade participants will be invited to afterward relax and network with our cosplay stars and key figures in the cosplay community. 

#3. Cosplay Stars & Talks - We will have twelve of the most renowned cosplayers in the UK guest-starring at this year's event. Go check out who is attending on the guest page HERE. As well as having tables in our cosplay zone, they will host talks on community, costume-design, prop-making, modelling, performance and photography. 

#4. Fun and Creative Cosplay Events - Events to get involved with include the Cosplay Auction where you put yourself up for bid to raise money for GamesAid, the Cosplay Blind-Date to make friends or maybe find your valentines sweetheart before the big day, and the Cosplay Mashup, a fun variety show featuring a series of mini-games of anything from making a cosplay out of random items in 5 minutes to improvised dance-offs in character. 

#5.There will also be the Otaku Fashion Show, where you can show off your unique style from Lolita to steampunk to Goth or anything Japanese goes! This will not be your average fashion show, this will be creative and colourful. This show does not discriminate, and is open to both the general public as well as professional models; anyone can enter no matter your size or shape. 

This is just a selection of things to happen, so keep up todate with new new additions on the website http://www.londonanimecon.com/

Photos by Caroline Mound Photography

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Battle of Gods = New Series for Dragonball Z Fans? by Marian Streeter

Have you seen this hilarious and convincingly strange meme-like picture of a Dragonball Z fan at the ready to strip naked to the sound of the making of a new DBZ series announced by Toriyama himself? It's been making its way across the internet, a sort of pingpong piece of info being bounced around websites and multiple anime Facebook pages, Youtube, and such. And it's got everyone buzzing. But is this for real? Did Akira Toriyama, the creator responsible for the hit manga series which turned into a hit animated series, just candidly release a statement that the Battle of Gods movie's success would spark a whole new series with a new wave of episodes? Have the world's community of avid Dragonball Z fans' greatest dreams just been realized? Common sense would say something's up.

There's no doubt that the movie was successful. With all the hype and toys and advertising on T.V. and at popular fast-food places in Japan, Battle of Gods pulled in big numbers at the box office. 561,098 tickets were sold in just two days to be exact, with it projected to make 1 million ticket sales in its sixth day, making it the fastest-grossing movie in Japan this year. Toei Animation is hoping that, just in Japan alone, the movie will gross ¥3 billion (about US$32 million). And now that its release date for March has passed, fans around the world are anxiously awaiting its release in their own countries, if it hasn't already.

So surely, Battle of Gods has reached great proportions and is getting worldwide attention. But the proclamation of possibly 200 more new episodes is oddly specific. Has Toriyama gone mad? I'm sure a sane animation company would not agree to such a thing in such short notice, at least not without an official announcement. Also, Toriyama would not make statements like that seeing as he isn't a spokesperson for Toei's operations. Granted, he was deeply involved in the project, designing new characters and the story and working with the animation staff on developing the film but he doesn't permanently work there. In a recent interview with Japan's popular V-Jump magazine, he did speak briefly about his experience working on the movie, stating that he was glad he didn't have to draw everything himself and that he could leave it up to the staff. (Kudos to the hardworking animators and studio staff of Japan!)

So where is there evidence of this press conference where Toriyama tells all? Apparently, nowhere has Toriyama said anything of the sort. Some are speculating whether it was an April Fools joke because no record of it can be found anywhere! Though Toriyama has said in an interview that he wouldn't mind seeing Dragonball Z on TV again, it hasn't been confirmed. And if it had been, DBZ sites would have been all over it like vultures on a nice big chunk of buffalo carrion. So the picture is fake... for now.

But will there be more added to the series? Is Dragonball Z returning? Toriyama admitted on the Dragonball movie 2013 website that he had forgotten many things about the DBZ story himself since it had been so long. He quickly got back into it via Battle of Gods but he also revealed on a March 24th TV program celebrating the release of the new movie, that he rarely draws manga at all because he hates inking.

His old editor then phoned in to reveal an instant when Toriyama developed an "ink allergy", the artist confessing to him that he could not ink without breaking out into a rash. Toriyama did say he still enjoys thinking up stories. So, it depends. There may be no hope for the continuation of the manga, at least by the hand of this manga creator, but if Toriyama decides he wants to continue working with Toei to make another series with the world's beloved DBZ crew, then maybe DBZ will continue, but most likely as more specials and OVAs. Well, we'll have to see... If they can make a movie after 17 years, they just might.

In the meantime, here's a link to the Battle of Gods trailer for those who haven't seen it: Click Here

And some more interesting footage from the movie (including shots of Vegeta DANCING??) and with the famous DBZ voice actors/actresses: Click Here