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AmeCon 2016 Registration Details Announced and Kitacon 2016 Details Revealed

Date: 2015 August 2nd Sunday [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We know UK anime fans like to keep up to date with convention news. As another Kitacon draws to it's end, at it's closing ceremony UK anime convention AmeCon have just announced when it will open for registration.

The AmeCon team revealed that their website will accept registrations on Monday 31st August 2015. The convention is set to run from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016 at the Warwick Arts Centre.

Kitacon 2016 is also due to run from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April 2016, once again at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole NEC. As of yet they've yet to announce when they'll open for registration.

It's normal for fan run conventions like this to take registration in advance, they often sell out quickly, so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are not sold at the door. Once they reach capacity, then anyone else wishing to attend is normally added to a wait list.

Source: Kitacon

Embassy of Japan in the UK Announce Manga Jiman Competition 2015

Date: 2015 July 30th Thursday [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Readers with an artistic streak will be pleased to hear that the Embassy of Japan in the UK has announced the Manga Jiman Competition 2015.

There are 2 categories Manga Jiman for people aged 14 and over (there is no upper age limit), and Yonkoma Manga for 11 to 13 year olds.

Each year has a theme, this years theme is bright young things.

The competition is only open to UK residents, if you are artistic we strongly advise you to enter as the first prize is a return flight for 2 people to Japan.

You can see previous entries here.
Last year's winner was Cogs by Lorenzo Fruzza.

Read More... | Source: Embassy of Japan in the UK

Anime Limited Licenses Ping Pong The Animation

Date: 2015 July 24th Friday [16:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at UK Anime company Anime Limited have announced that they have the new licence - Ping Pong The Animation. It's based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, who is also responsible for Tekkonkinkreet and more recently Sunny. The anime is direct by Masaaki Yuasa who did the excellent The Tatami Galaxy.

Anime Limited intend to release the title on DVD and blu-ray sometime in October 2015. We speculate that they've chosen this date to coincide with the huge October MCM London Comic Con.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 July 22nd Wednesday [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK anime label Animatsu have sent us details of their up coming release Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions. It's due out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 24th August 2015. From Kyoto Animation the studio that brought you The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and K-On, this fan favourite is making it's way to the UK.

As always you can pre-order the anime on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment UK

Inside The Industry: Anime Talk - Report

Date: 2015 July 14th Tuesday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's not often you get to see behind the scenes of the anime industry and find out what it's really like. This week the Japan Foundation in London hosted a talk called Inside The Industry: Anime.

The event brought together:
Hirokatsu Kihara who worked at Studio Ghibli before becoming a best selling author.

Michihiko Suwa who works as Chief Producer at the Animation Department of Yomiuri TV and credits include Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) anime.

Aya Suzuki a British/Japanese Layout artist, 2D Character/FX animator and occasional animation lecturer. Projects worked on include (but are not limited to) Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises at Studio Ghibli, plus Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children.

Stephen Cavalier acted as chair, bringing his two decades experience in the animation and games industries along with authoring a book on The World History of Animation

The event ran on Monday 13th July 2015. It was free to attend and it was so popular there was waiting list. The audience was a mix of anime/manga fans along with animation students and animation industry professionals.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Space Dandy's Kimiko Ueno to be Anime Guest of Honour at Manchester Comic Con 2015

Date: 2015 July 8th Wednesday [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con frequently has top notch anime guests of honour. It seems now that the good people at MCM are expanding and bringing an anime guest of honour to their MCM Manchester Comic Con event. Space Dandy's Kimiko Ueno will be the guest of honour at the event which is set to run from Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th July at Manchester Central.

She's a script writer for anime Space Dandy and also written scripts for favourites such as Crayon Shin-chan.She'll be their signing autographs and presenting an on-stage panel on how anime screenplays are developed. This is an interesting part of anime production that will be good to gain insights on!

Space Dandy Season 2 will be available in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 3rd August 2015.

Read More... | Source: MCM Manchester Comic Con

NHK World Launch Video On Demand Service

Date: 2015 July 7th Tuesday [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

International Japanese TV Station NHK World has just launched a new Video on Demand Service. The on-line streaming service is free to use and is perfect for those viewers who missed something on the station or are unable to receive the free to air satellite station.

The service shows content about Japan (and how awesome the country is) in English. Content is either shown with subtitles or dubbed into English. A lot of the shows have English speaking hosts too. They've got all sorts of content for every kind of fan of Japan. They've got Kawaii International for those interested in the latest cute fashion trends. Core Kyoto focuses on ancient capital, while Tokyo Eye 2020 helps you discover what's happing in Tokyo in time for the Olympics. For the anime, manga and gaming fan imagine-nation is a must.

Source: NHK World Video On Demand

Summer Explorers! - Children's Anime Screenings in London

Date: 2015 July 3rd Friday [15:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Readers with children who enjoy anime will be interested in the UK Japan Foundation's Summer Explorers! Japanese Anime Screenings. The screenings are set to take place on Saturday 1st August 2015 at Bafta 195 Piccadilly in Central London.

They'll be showing a selection of films from 11:30am until 6:30pm. The screenings are free, but booking is required. As always with events like this, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Koma Neko The Curious Cat is a film suitable for children aged 2+, while the other features are either suitable for children aged 8 and above or children ages 10 and above.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation London

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 1: Beginnings and Part 2: Eternal UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2015 June 29th Monday [15:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their up and coming release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 1: Beginnings and Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 2: Eternal. Both movies are due out on Monday 10th August 2015. They form a recap of the dark magical girl TV series and feature new scenes and improved animation.

You can make a contract (but not with Kyubey, with Amazon). and pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk. You can pre-order both Part 1 and Part 2 on Blu-ray or Part 1 and Part 2 separately on DVD.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Knights of Sidonia Complete Series 1 Collection UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 June 24th Wednesday [16:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK anime label Animatsu have sent us details of their latest release. Knights of Sidonia Complete Series 1 Collection is due out on DVD and blu-ray on Monday 17th August 2015.

The show is also currently available on Netflix.

As always you can pre-order the series on DVD and blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment UK

Anime Limited Summer 2015 DVD and Blu-ray Release Highlights

Date: 2015 June 21st Sunday [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Let's take a quick look at Anime Limited's up and coming line up. Fans who like their anime in a tangible format will be interested in the company's releases.

They've got tome interesting releases in the pipe lines:

Many will be keen to get their hands on Sword Art Online II which be released on blu-ray and DVD on Monday 17th August 2015. Anime limited state the collectors box is limited to the first print run of the title. So get it while you can. You can pre-order the DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

We're excited about Season 2 of Space Dandy. That's due out on Monday 3rd August 2015. Again you can pre-order it on DVD and blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

We know many fans are excited about Tokyo Ghoul, which Anime Limited will be releasing on Monday 28th September 2015. Pre order it now on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

They've got more too, but you can always read about them on the Otaku Calendar.

Source: Anime Limited

Viewster Opens Los Angeles Office to Drive Revenue Initiatives

Date: 2015 June 19th Friday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

It's always interesting to keep up to date with industry news. The good folks from streaming service Viewster have sent us details of their new office. It seems that they'll be setting up in Los Angeles. This means they'll be expanding and perhaps getting some additional interesting licenses too.

Viewster also intend to start a premium service soon. This makes sense, as they currently have a free to view option that is add supported. Services like Crunchyroll have proven that some anime fans are willing to pay for an ad free offering.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands on BBC Two

Date: 2015 June 6th Saturday [16:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK based readers will be pleased to hear that BBC Two will be showing a nature documentary Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands. The programme starts at 21:00 on Monday 8th June 2015. Each episode will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast. Every episode will focus on a different Japanese island, starting with Honshu, then The Southwest Islands and concluding with the icy Hokkaido They'll have lots of interesting things, including monkeys, tanuki and deer.

Source: BBC Two

Viz Media To Release Print Edition of One-Punch Man

Date: 2015 June 6th Saturday [16:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of smash hit manga One-Punch Man (pun intended), will be pleased to hear that Viz Media will be releasing a print copy of the title in September 2015. The title is already available digitally, but we know some of you like physical tangible manga too. We've got a review of Volume 1 here.

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

Animeigo planning Kickstarter campaign for classic Riding Bean OVA

Date: 2015 June 3rd Wednesday [11:05] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

U.S. label slips in news of summer campaign to restore and release classic 80's OVA from Gunsmith Cats creator Kenichi Sonoda

Read More... | Source: Animeigo (via Kickstarter)

Animeigo launches Kickstarter campaign for Otaku No Video blu ray

Date: 2015 June 2nd Tuesday [13:14] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

U.S. anime label starts new campaign for classic anime title after successful campaign of restored Bubblegum Crisis blu ray.

Read More... | Source: Animeigo (via Kickstarter)

An Interview with Hidetaka Tenjin Mechanical Illustrator and Mecha Designer

Date: 2015 June 1st Monday [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

As children we've often spent our time drawing giant robots and fighter jets. Many of our readers would still do this for fun now and again. But what if you want to do it professionally? We were lucky enough to meet one such man - Mecha Designer Hidetaka Tenjin. He's does technical illustrations and designs cool mechanical things. He's done technical illustration for Macross Zero, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier: The False Diva and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye.

He's got a few art books to his name too. Plus he also does lots of box art for model kits.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Hidetaka Tenjin at the May 2015 MCM London Comic Con where he was invited by streaming service Viewster to be the anime guest of honour.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Uniqlo Launch Manga T-shirt Collections

Date: 2015 June 1st Monday [14:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of anime and manga who like to declare their fandom on t-shirts will be pleased to hear about Uniqlo UK's latest range of Manga T-shirt Collections.

The global Japanese fashion retailer have designs from Ghost In the Shell Arise, Taiyou Matsumoto + Nicolas de Crécy and Osamu Tezuka.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo UK

How The Cookie Crumbles - Hotei Tomoyasu's Latest Single

Date: 2015 May 29th Friday [16:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Are you a fan of the Hotei Tomoyasu? If so you'll be pleased to hear that the artist behind Battle Without Honor or Humanity (the iconic music in Kill Bill) has got a new single out featuring Iggy Pop (you know that guy Yelgrun from Star Trek DS9 and also those purple insurance ads). The single is out on Monday 15th June 2015.

Read More... | Source: Hotei Tomoyasu

Win a Trip to Tokyo with Viewster

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming Service Viewster are currently running a competition for users to win a trip to Tokyo. They're offering the chance for the ultimate fan (and one of their friends) an all expenses paid trip to Tokyo. For a chance to win you have to show them you're the ultimate fan of Japan. The competition closes on Sunday 31st May 2015, so get thinking and get posting on social media!

Source: Viewster

Luke Nguyen Visits Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

We've covered the UK location used for cute anime show Kinmoza before. Those who want to get a glimpse into the real world Fosse Farm B&B will enjoy watching Episode 2 of Luke Nguyen's United Kingdom. The Aussie TV star and top chef visits Wiltshire and does some baking at Fosse Farm with owner Caron.

The DVD of the show will be released in Australia on Wednesday 10th June 2015.

Source: SBS

Hyper Japan July 2015 Details

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [14:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture will be interested in Hyper Japan. The regular Japanese Culture event is set to return to London, this time at The O2.

The event is set to run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12 July 2015. As always it's listed on the Otaku Calendar.

There'll be lots to see and do there, highlights include as always all the food, plus anime music singer Eir Aoi, best known for her work on Sword Art Online and Kill La Kill. Anime is also well represented with anime director Kobun Shizuno. They'll be lots of gaming goodness too, plus things like Japanese clothes, and music.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

MCM London Comic Con May 2015 Attendance Details

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [8:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

They May 2015 MCM London Comic Con has just finished, while many are still recovering from the fun that was had, we've just been sent the attendance numbers. They had 122,634 visitors over the course of the weekend. This beats the previous record of 110,197 visitors from the October 2014 event.

The next MCM London Comic Con will be on Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015. So keep that weekend free for more geekery!

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Channel 5 Documentary Seeks Single Male Anime Fans

Date: 2015 May 26th Tuesday [12:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

It's unusual to ask our readers this! Are you a UK based single male anime fan, looking for romance? A production company making a documentary for Channel 5 are looking for eligible bachelors who are interested on going out on a date for the documentary with another anime fan. The lady in question is an anime fan and loves attending conventions.

So if you're looking to find a like minded individual, a bit of romance, while on TV, now's your chance!

Read More... | Source: ITN Productions

Using an Anime Image Tool to Upscale Traditional Japanese Prints

Date: 2015 May 21st Thursday [11:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

John Resig is not normally a name you'd expect to see on Otaku News. He's a JavaScript Guru and the creator of the hugely popular jQuery JavaScript library. While he's not being awesome with JavaScript he is also busy working on a Database of Japanese Prints.

In a recent blog post he explains how he's been tinkering with a tool called Waifu2x to enlarge low res images of wood block prints. Waifu2x was originally designed to enlarge anime and fan art, but as John explains it can be used with Japanese Prints (with some trade offs).

Source: John Resig's Blog

Viewster Launches New Video Streaming Mobile App

Date: 2015 May 18th Monday [9:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at Streaming Website Viewster have sent us details of their new mobile app for iOS and Android. They've got a great selection of anime so you can now watch it on the move.

You might want to watch The Heroic Legend of Arslan or The Rolling Girls, both shows we've mentioned here before.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Convention Season - A Quick Reminder About Pirate Goods

Date: 2015 May 16th Saturday [10:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With convention season kicking off it's time for us to issue our regular reminder to everyone to keep an eye out for pirate goods. Do you know if the event you are going to has a pirate goods policy? Do you know how to spot and avoid pirate goods? We find that pirate goods are still present at some events. If you haven't already, please read the Pirate Anime FAQ and learn how to avoid dodgy merchandise.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

Mecha Designer Hidetaka Tenjin invited by Viewster to MCM London Comic Con May 2015

Date: 2015 May 14th Thursday [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con is almost here for it's May run. They always have top notch Japanese guests, and this time around it's no exception. For the May 2015 London Comic their Anime Guest of Honour is Hidetaka Tenjin the mecha illustrator, sci-fi artist and mechanical designer. He's worked as a mechanical artist on titles such as Macross Zero, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier: The False Diva and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye. Other anime credits include Hellsing Ultimate, Gundam Evolve, Genesis of Aquarion and its sequel series Aquarion Evol.

He's been invited by Viewster the on-line streaming service that has a great selection of anime which we've covered before.

Hidetaka Tenjin will be meeting fans on Friday and Saturday at the event. The MCM London Comic Con is due to run from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Terra Formars UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 May 8th Friday [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Do you like your anime violent? Do you like your anime with a mix of sci-fi too? Well Manga Entertainment UK have just announced their latest acquisition. Terra Formars. They'll be releasing part 1 of 2 on Monday 31st August 2015 on DVD and blu-ray.

The story revolves around a botched attempt to terraform Mars. The planet has become overrun by giant humanoid cockroaches, who happen to kill humans on sight. Queue the clean up crew who are sent to Mars to sort out bad cockroaches and find a cure to a virus ravaging Earth. Naturally violence ensues.

The show is currently streaming on Crunchy Roll.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Durarara!! UK Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2015 May 6th Wednesday [16:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details of the upcoming release of Durarara!! - Standard Edition. It'll hit the shops on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 18th May 2015.

The standard edition has fixed discs that resolve issues with subtitles on some versions of the Collectors Edition (Anime Limited are offering replacement discs for this issue.)

You can pre-order Durarara!! - Standard Edition on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Anime Limited will also be selling Durarara!! at the MCM London Comic Con on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015.

Source: Anime Limited

International Trailer for Miss Hokusai - Coming to UK Cinemas Autumn 2015

Date: 2015 April 29th Wednesday [16:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've already covered that UK anime company Anime Limited will release Miss Hokusai some time this year. Already it's shaping up to be a good movie as Anime Limited have just sent us details that a Miss Hokusai has been selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival Official Feature Film Competition.

"To celebrate the announcement of Miss Hokusai having been selected for the Official Feature Film Competition at the 39th Annecy International Film Festival we have shared the international trailer for our forthcoming film release, Miss Hokusai on our YouTube channel."

The film opens in Japan in May 2015 and Anime Limited tell us that it will hit UK cinemas in Autumn 2015. They will release more news in the coming months.

Source: Anime Limited

Official MCM London Comic Com Genki Gear May 2015 T-shirt Design Revealed

Date: 2015 April 28th Tuesday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's that time of year again, it's almost time for the big London Convention. The MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015. As always there will be plenty for a good geek to see and do. As is tradition we've received the details about the official event t-shirt. The design from Genki Gear features violent pandas.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Harlock Space Pirate UK Release Details

Date: 2015 April 26th Sunday [12:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Just a quick reminder to our readers we don' t normally mention releases for the upcoming week (as that's what the Otaku Calendar is for), however as a few of our readers have expressed interest in the new CGI movie Harlock Space Pirate we thought it would be worth mentioning.

The remake of Leiji Matsumoto's classic anime is due for UK release on Monday 27th April 2015. It's available on DVD and blu-ray steelbook from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

009 Re:Cyborg English Dub Cast Announced - Plus UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 April 21st Tuesday [14:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear that Anime Limited have just announced the dub cast for 009 Re:Cyborg. The feature is directed by Kenji Kamiyama the driving force behind Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex.

The film will be released on DVD and blu-ray in June 2015. There is also a 3D edition of the film on blu-ray. We've seen the film in 3D on the cinema screen and can confirm that it's worth watching in 3D to get the full enjoyment of the feature. It's been sometime subtle with 3D glass effects, plus there's something fun about reading subtitles in 3D too!

009 Re:Cyborg is available to pre-order on Amazon.co.uk on DVD and Collectors Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi-pack (which also includes the 3D edition of the film). The release date has yet to be updated on Amazon.

Thanks to the good folk at Anime Limited we were able to interview Kenji Kamiyama about 009 Re:Cyborg.

You can read our review of film here.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

The Secret World of Comiket on NHK World

Date: 2015 April 17th Friday [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Fans of anime and manga will want to tune into NHK World this weekend (what do you mean you don't constantly watch it like a good otaku should?). As they'll be showing a documentary on The Secret World of Comiket. If you're curious to know more about the convention and what goes on it should be worth watching.

"This program offers an inside look at the seemingly familiar yet hidden world of Comiket. How does Comiket continue to attract more than half a million people every year?"

The show will be broadcast several times this weekend (all times in UTC).
Friday 17th April 2015:
23:10
Saturday 18th April 2015:
5:10, 10:10, 17:10

NHK World is available in the UK on the following
Sky Channel 507
Freestat Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

It's also widely available around the world, so could be available in your region.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

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