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'Castle in the Sky' Telecast Causes New Twitter Record
Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 feature Castle in the Sky is still able to cause a fan frenzy in Japan. On August 2, Twitter users in Japan set a new world record of 143,199 tweets per second (TPS) by tweeting the word "Balus" during a broadcast of the movie on Nippon TV. Balus is recognized as a magic word among Miyazaki fans, as it triggers a spell of destruction when said by the characters in the climax of Castle in the Sky. The pic, which centers on the adventures of a young boy and a mysterious girl who comes from a floating castle in a lost civilization, is the first film produced and distributed by Studio Ghibli in Japan.
The New Doctor Announced Peter Capaldi
Veteran actor Peter Capaldi was announced as the Twelfth Doctor in a special broadcast on BBC One Sunday night. Capaldi takes over from the popular Matt Smith, who will regenerate into the new Doctor in the 2013 Doctor Who Christmas Special (see "Matt Smith Exiting 'Doctor Who'").
Capaldi has appeared in films (World War Z), on stage, and in dozens of British TV series over the years, including relevant series Torchwood: Children of Earth and Doctor Who (in which he appeared in one episode in 2008). He has become best known for his recent work in BBC comedy series The Thick of It.
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Our 3 Favorite Edo Period Anime
Samurai Champloo: The follow-up to Shinichiro Watanabe's sci-fi masterpiece Cowboy Bebop had some pretty high expectations to live up to, especially since the show was so stylistically different from its predecessor. Luckily for the anime watching world, Samurai Champloo is one of the most fun, badass and truly hip-hop period pieces we've ever seen. Set in the Edo period, the story follows two samurai and a young girl (with a pocket-dwelling squirrel) as they battle across the land in search of a mysterious warrior who smells of sunflowers. Combine truly iconic characters, amazing fight scenes and anime's best soundtrack and you wind up with Edo era excellence.
Warner Bros. Jumpstarts Dormant 'Akira' Movie
Here's some good news for diehard fans of the seminal 1988 anime feature Akira. Variety reports that director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) is in discussions to return to lead Warner Bros. feature adaptation of the project. Collet-Serra left the project in early 2012 after production changes were needed to fix the script and tighten the budget from its original $90 million price tag. The director then picked up the Liam Neeson live-action feature Non Stop, which will be released February 2014.
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