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Studio Ghibli Season on Film4 UK

Date: 2013 March 19 15:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK anime fans will be pleased to hear that Film4 will be showing a season of wonderful Studio Ghibli Films. The season is timed for the Easter break and includes plenty of screenings on the free to air channel. The movies are set to run from Tuesday 26th March - Saturday 13th April 2013.

We updated the Otaku Calendar with all the details over the weekend.

The Oscar winning Spirited Away is the first film showing on Tuesday 26th March at 6.30pm.

You can view Film4 on:

Film 4 is on:
Free View: Channel 15
Freesat: Channel 300
Sky: Channel 315
Virgin: Channel 428
Virgin HD: Channel 429

Don't forget Film 4 +1 as well.

Freesat: Channel 301
Sky: Channel 316
Virgin: Channel 430

Souce: Film4

Kawaii International on NHK World this weekend

Date: 2013 February 21 14:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

Fans of everything kawaii will want to tune into NHK World this weekend to catch the latest broadcast of Kawaii International.

Episode #09 Kawaii Summit will feature a visit to London's Hyper Japan Festival (filmed in 2012) and feature some of the Kawaii at the culture festival.

It'll be broadcast on NHK World on:

UTC
Friday 22nd, February 2013 - 23:10
Saturday 23rd February 2013 - 3:10/ 7:10/ 11:10/ 15:10/ 19:10

JST
Saturday 23rd February 2013 - 8:10/12:10/16:10/20:10
Saturday 24th February 2013 - 0:10/4:10

NHK World broadcasts content in English and is free to access. It's available in many countries.

In the UK if you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Souce: NHK World

Arrietty on Film 4 - December 2012

Date: 2012 December 13 16:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK anime fans wanting to get some Studio Ghibli goodness over Christmas will be pleased to hear that Film4 will be showing Studio Ghibli's Arrietty on Sunday 30th December 2012. It's on at 4:55pm until 6:50pm.

Film 4 is on:
Free View: Channel 15
Freesat: Channel 300
Sky: Channel 315
Virgin: Channel 428
Virgin HD: Channel 429

Don't forget Film 4 +1 as well.

Freesat: Channel 301
Sky: Channel 316
Virgin: Channel 430

Read our review of Arrietty

Souce: Otaku Calendar

NHK World at Hyper Japan Christmas 2012

Date: 2012 November 19 17:42 | Posted By:

Category > Events

It's getting closer to Hyper Japan Christmas 2012, which is set to run from Friday 23rd November to Sunday 26th November 2012.

The international arm of Japanese broadcaster NHK will be there to promote their international channel NHK World.

The station broadcasts content in English and is free to access. If you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Fans of Kawaii will be pleased to hear that the station will be looking for people wearing Kawaii Fashion at Hyper Japan for their Kawaii International show. Some stylish attendees to Hyper Japan might be added to the show's Facebook page, or even featured on the show itself!

At the NHK World booth (C6 at Hyper Japan), they'll also be showing Itadakimasu! Dining with the Chef, so you can learn about Japanese cooking techniques.

So if you're going to Hyper Japan this weekend, swing by the NHK World World booth C6.

Read More... | Souce: NHK World

Sentai Filmworks announces trio of titles

Date: 2012 September 11 10:37 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

US anime label Sentai Filmworks announces three licence acquisitions for release in US/Canada in late 2012 via Digital Distribution, DVD and Blu Ray.

Read More... | Souce: Sentai Filmworks

Kaz

Date: 2012 May 25 04:41 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

Kazé UK to release Sunrise Superhero show Tiger and Bunny on DVD and Blu Ray in October 2012.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

The Last Explorers - Thomas Blake Glover - The Scottish Samurai

Date: 2012 February 13 15:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK Readers who missed it on Sunday 12th February on BBC 2, will be keen to catch The Last Explorers - Thomas Blake Glover.

"Neil Oliver follows in the footsteps of four Scottish explorers who planted ideas rather than flags - ideas that shaped the modern world we know today.

In the last of the series, Neil travels to Japan to uncover the extraordinary story of Thomas Blake Glover. Blending adventure with commerce, Glover was a rogue trader who helped rebel samurai clans overthrow the shogun and lay the foundations for one of the most aggressive and powerful economies in the world."

The episode is filmed on location on Japan and features in interviews with Japanese historians.

Souce: BBC iPlayer

Madman Entertainment set price, details and release date for Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Date: 2012 February 10 20:14 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Madman Entertainment in Australia have announced the details of the first volume for their release of the 12 episode series Madoka Magica on Blu Ray and DVD.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Interview with Kaz

Date: 2012 January 10 22:57 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Audio interview with Kazé UK representative Andrew Partridge where we talk about Kazé UK's origins, their plans for blu ray anime releases, Anime On Demand and more.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Studio Ghibli on Film 4

Date: 2011 December 11 14:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK readers are in for a treat this Christmas 2011 as Film 4 have a special Studio Ghibli Season.

They'll be showing 13 Ghibli movies over the holidays. The season opens on Saturday 10th December with Ponyo, which will also be repeated on Christmas Day. The screenings will be a mix of subtitled and dubbed features. This is a perfect chance to get your friends and family into Studio Ghibli titles over the Christmas holidays!

Read More... | Souce: Film 4

Mnet Premieres New Series Culture Japan with Danny Choo on July 5 2011

Date: 2011 June 21 15:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

US based readers who can receive Mnet will want to tune in July 5th 2011 at 9:30pm ET/PT to catch Culture Japan which stars expert otaku Danny Choo. Each week Danny will explore different aspects of Japanese pop culture.

You can also catch the show on Crunchy Roll.

Read More... | Souce: Mnet

Ghibli Movies on UK TV this weekend

Date: 2011 April 22 11:08 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK readers are in for a treat this Saturday 23rd April 2011, as Film4 will be showing the classic Ghibli movie My Neighbour Totoro at 11 am, while on BBC 2 at 12 Midday you can catch the Oscar winning Spirited Away.

While on Monday 25th April 2011, Film4 will be showing Princess Mononoke at 6:20pm.

Also ITV will be showing some anime too -

Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior on CITV at 9:25am on Saturday 23rd April 2011.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie (2004) is being shown on ITV1 and ITV1 HD on at 2am (yes AM) on Monday 25th April 2011.

Thanks to Emo185 for pointing out the ITV showings.

Souce: Film4

4Kids looses rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! after allegedly charging for the dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! and hiding revenue

Date: 2011 March 30 13:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Whilst creative accounting is nothing new in the entertainment industry anime fans will no doubt be interested to hear TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad systems have pulled the rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! from 4kids, after an audit found a number of irregularities.

Read More... | Souce: Hollywood Reporter

BBC apologises for Japanese atomic bomb jokes on QI

Date: 2011 January 23 13:06 | Posted By:

Category > Current Affairs

BBC News are covering a story about jokes made on popular panel quiz QI not going down well with Japanese viewers.

"Panellists made light of the experience of Tsutomu Yamaguchi who survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb in World War II and the Nagasaki one three days later."

Japanese viewers complained to the Japanese Embassy in London.

"The BBC said it was sorry for any offence caused and would be replying shortly to a letter received from the Japanese embassy in London."

This story has also been covered internationally, receiving a lot of attention in Japan too.

Souce: BBC News

My Neighbour Totoro on Film 4 today at 3:05pm (Sunday 21st November 2010)

Date: 2010 November 21 08:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

UK based anime fans who can receive Film 4 will want to tune in today (Sunday 21st November 2010) at 3:05pm to enjoy the Miyazaki classic My Neighbour Totoro.

Film 4 can be seen on the following channels:
Freeview - 15
Freesat - 300
Sky - 315
Virgin - 428
Virgin (HD) - 429

If you've missed it, don't forget Film 4 + 1, so you can catch it at 4:05pm on the following channels -
Freesat - 301
Sky - 316
Virgin - 430

Failing that you can always buy Totoro on DVD from Amazon.co.uk for £7.

Souce: Film 4

Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14 - BBC TV documentary

Date: 2010 August 08 12:34 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

We've mentioned the BBC covering Beckii Cruel before and BBC Three are set to cover the teen idol this week. Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14 focuses on the 14 year old school girl from the Isle of Man who is also known as Beckii Cruel a teen icon and internet sensation. It all started when she uploaded films of herself dancing to YouTube.

The hour long documentary forms part of the BBC Three Adult Season which explores the pressure of young people to grow up quickly and what it means to be an adult.

The documentary is set to broadcast this week on BBC Three at the following times:

Thursday 12th August 2010
21:00

Thursday 12th August 2010
23:45

Sunday 15th August 2010
23:15

Monday 16th August 2010
03:15

Update:
The BBC TV blog also has some background details on the making of the documentary.

British readers can now see the documentary on BBC iPlayer.

Souce: BBC Three

Snow Totoros all round!

Date: 2010 January 09 10:21 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

While most of the world is caked in snow, numerous Otaku News friends and readers have sent us links of Totoros made of snow.

The most common one we got sent was this one on the site Epic Win FTW (from the same people behind I Can Has Cheezburger?) .

One keen eyed Otaku News reader also sent us:
A snow Catbus
dorkiicakes' snow Totoro
Temple of the wrong found a pair of snow Totoro
graout's snow Totoro

A huge selection of Snow Totoros can also be found on photographic sharing website Flickr.

Ghibli fans will know that the first snow Totoro ever made can been seen in the end credits of the original film.

Souce: Otaku News

Jonathan Ross to leave the BBC

Date: 2010 January 07 21:57 | Posted By:

Category > Current Affairs

Jonathan Ross has announced he's going to leave the BBC. It's all over the entertainment section of the news, celebrity gossip news so why is it on Otaku News too? Well we're curious as to what he's going to do next.

Caitlin Moran TV Critic for The Times has made an interesting speculation -
"What most people don't seem to realise is that the documentaries he did on Japanese films, anime and cultish subjects were absolutely fantastic and I imagine he might want to go and do more of that."

Read More... | Souce: BBC News

Ghibli Films on UK TV on Saturday 2nd January 2010

Date: 2010 January 02 08:21 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK anime fans will want to sit in-front of the telly today (Saturday 2nd January 2010). BBC 2 will be showing Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar winning Spirited Away at 2pm. While Film 4 will be showing The Cat Returns at 3.25pm.

Film 4 can be see on:
Freeview Channel 14
Freesat Channel 300
Sky Channel 315
Virgin Channel 444

Souce: TV Listings

UK Cosplay on NHK Tuesday 8th December

Date: 2009 December 08 17:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK Anime fans who can view NHK World will want to tune in or record imagine-nation on 11:30pm on Tuesday 8th December. The show has a special feature on anime fans in Britain. It focuses on the London Expo and a group of UK cosplayers.

Read More... | Souce: NHK World TV

NHK World TV in the UK

Date: 2009 September 20 16:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK based readers who are keen to watch Japanese TV in English, will be pleased to hear that NHK World broadcasts on Satellite. Viewers should tune into Sky Channel 516 or Freesat Channel 209. The channel is included in all Sky Packages.

The channel includes Japanese News, TV shows about Japanese Culture, Business Shows, Tokyo Fashion and lots of other arts.

The full schedule can be found on the NHK World TV Website.

Read More... | Souce: NHK World TV

Joanna Lumley Catwoman in Japan

Date: 2009 September 06 08:47 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK based fans of felines of should tune into ITV 1 on Sunday 6th and 13th of September 2009 at 7pm to catch Joanna Lumley Catwoman. The actress turns "cat detective" and travels around the world, one of her stops is Japan, where she'll meet a Japanese cat fashion designer (we also suspect a mention of Hello Kitty).

The world's largest cat festival in Belgium, should also prove interesting, as we've heard rumours in the past about Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service making the odd appearance there.

Souce: ITV

Anime Network Launches Video-on-Demand in UK

Date: 2009 August 06 12:57 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

We've got some exciting news from the folks behind The Anime Network. They've just launched a UK beta version of their site. So now anime fans in the UK can watch anime streamed to their PC. For less than a fiver a month you can watch a great selection of ADV titles.

They also offer a yearly subscription too.

Read More... | Souce: The Anime Network

Why is anime invisible on British TV?

Date: 2009 June 11 06:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The Guardian have an interesting article that many anime fans have pondered for ages – Why is anime invisible on British TV? It explains the general attitude to anime in the UK.

Along with cinemas being good ambassadors for anime, it mentions that most anime is screened as TV stations doing a Japan season, or the odd Ghibli movie here and there.

It also covers the closure of Anime Central, the issues around censorship, along with the place most people first discovered anime on TV - Late night screenings.

Rather than being an article pondering, it’s actually researched, interviewing author Jonathan Clements and the staff at Orbital Comics.

Souce: The Guardian

One Piece Simulcast leaked online

Date: 2009 May 30 20:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

An episode of One Piece (Episode #403) intended for simulcast in America and Japan is leaked online. Funimation Entertainment announces that, for the foreseeable future, no episodes of One Piece will be available on their website for streaming.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

BBC Four Japan Season

Date: 2009 March 15 16:16 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

We really should scour the Radio Times more often. UK fans of Japanese culture will be very pleased to see that BBC Four are currently running a Japanese Culture Season.

Read More... | Souce: BBC Four

Snow Monkeys of Japan

Date: 2009 February 13 14:10 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK TV viewers may want to tune into BBC 2 on Friday 13th February at 8pm to catch the Natural World Documentary on the Snow Monkeys of Japan. The film focuses on 3 groups of monkeys. The urban scavengers, the mountain dwellers and the famous snow monkeys of Japan. The snow monkeys are known for their love of the local natural hot-springs.

Souce: BBC 2

Gundam 00 Coming to US Sci Fi Channel in November

Date: 2008 October 29 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 to start airing on SciFi Channel in November.

Read More... | Souce: i09

Anime Central Vanishes from Sky

Date: 2008 September 06 21:08 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK readers with satellite TV may not have noticed the disappearance of UK based anime channel Anime Central from channel 199. For the last few months at least all the channel broadcast was Ghost In the Shell:SAC and Cowboy Bebop in a constant loop, although they are both excellent shows, they're not really something a TV station can exist on alone.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Fanboys wanted for MTV's True Life

Date: 2008 August 19 16:09 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

Our US based readers who like the idea of appearing on TV should consider this request from MTV who are keen to do a True Life episode on Fanboys.

Read More... | Souce: MTV True Life

Greenhunt proves to be popular

Date: 2008 May 10 13:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The Daily Yomiuri have an interesting article about Greenhunt, an up and coming anime series shown on satellite station Space Shower TV. What draws viewers to the show is that's it's spoken in the Toyama dialect, the same as the shows creator Toyoshi Miyasaka.

The show it's self appears to be a quirky hit, drawn in a web animation style familiar to those used to watching Flash based cartoons.

Souce: Daily Yomiuri

Wii Anime Fighters Coming Soon

Date: 2007 September 28 21:09 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

According to the October issue of the Official Nintendo Magazine, new Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z titles are all headed for UK release.

Read More... | Souce: Official Nintendo Magazine

Anime Cancelled Following Axe Murder

Date: 2007 September 24 19:27 | Posted By:

Category > Freaky Things

Two anime series get cancelled after a girl kills her father with an axe!

Read More... | Souce: Mainichi Daily News

Anime Central new UK anime channel goes live

Date: 2007 September 13 17:13 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK anime fans with Sky will want to flick over to channel 199, for the new UK anime channel - Anime Central. Their website has been updated too with a listing of what's on. What's really impressive is that this is part of the standard sky digital package, so everyone with sky digtal will be able to watch anime. ^__^

The shows start at 9pm and end at 6am.

Fans should also know that Sky have removed the extra monthly subscription for a Sky+ Box, so for a set up fee and your standard monthly sky subscription fee you can record all the anime all night and watch it at your convenience (note that if you've got Sky already they need to put an extra cable from your dish).

Souce: Anime Central

Asia Alfasi on BBC documentary

Date: 2007 September 12 16:19 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

11.15pm today the BBC will air a documentary called "She's A Thoroughly Modern Muslim" one of the women profiled is Asia Alfasi, who draws comics in manga style. Asia is an IMAF winner as well as having work published in Best New Manga, she also now has several professional contracts.

Souce: BBC UK

Sony turns PS3 into DVR. Typically this makes us think of anime

Date: 2007 August 22 16:04 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming

Sony will be launching PlayTV in a number of European PAL territories (UK, Germany, Spain Italy). PlayTV is a device which allows the PS3 to record one channel whilst you view another. Another big plus is that you can stream content to your PSP via Remote Play or transfer it to the PSP to view outside the home.

Whilst I could make a lot of coments about the technlogy, what I'm really thinking about is that combined with Anime Central and Anime Network this could be very useful. Shame I don't have Sky, or a PSP or a PS3.

Souce: Kotaku

Anime Central Panel - UK TV station details

Date: 2007 August 13 11:37 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

One of the biggest bits of news to come from AmeCon 2007 this weekend is the launch of the new UK anime station Anime Central.

We were at the panel, so aren't relying on third party information. We also pitched a lot of questions to them to find out what you really want to know. ^_-

Read More... | Souce: Anime Central

Anime Central - new anime station for the UK

Date: 2007 August 10 07:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The keen eyes over at UKAnime.com have discovered that a new station may be hitting cable / satellite soon called Anime Central (not to be confused with the US midwest anime convention Anime Central, which has been running for 10 years now). UKAnime.com cite an OFCOM Licence that was granted last week. Interestingly enough, all may revealed at AmeCon this weekend, with the Anime Central Panel. It seems that Manga Entertainment will be partnering with the people behind it to provide content.

Souce: UKAnime.com

Heroes hits BBC 2

Date: 2007 July 12 17:25 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The BBC have revealed the broadcast date for hit show Heroes. It's due to start Wednesday 25th July at 9pm and is one of those must watch shows.

Why are we posting about an American series on a website that focuses for news for fans of Japan? Well the answer is simple, one of the central story arcs throughout the series focuses on Hiro Nakamura and Ando Masahashi. Hiro is an otaku, he enjoys reading manga and watching sci-fi. Manga even plays a big plot point in the series, but we won't say any more, we pride ourselves on being spoiler free. To be frank it's one of the best geeky TV shows we've seen in years that will be enjoyed by people who like to steer clear of geekdom too.

Although it's already been broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in the UK, only viewers with cable or satellite could catch it, so being broadcast on BBC 2 will make the series more mainstream in the UK. A second series of Heroes is in the works, along with a prequel series called Heroes: Origins.

Souce: BBC Heroes Website

Henshin a-Go-Go baby! Viewtiful Joe on Jetix UK

Date: 2007 June 23 16:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

Trailers ruining on Jetix UK reveal game based anime Viewtiful Joe will air on the channel from July 2nd. The story follows Joe who is dragged through the cinema screen, into a Captain Blue action film. Once there he gains the power to become Viewtiful Joe.

Souce: Jetix UK

Johnny Depp in Doraemon

Date: 2007 June 18 12:27 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Before Naruto was licensed there were plenty of strange rumours about Hollywood actors getting in on the act with Johnny Depp touted to play Orochimaru. This was of course total nonsense, but in a strange twist of fate Johnny Depp will be playing a pirate captain on Doraemon. He will play pirate Captain Johnny in the one hour special:
"Doraemon One-Hour! Pirates Special!! The Great Decisive Battle of the Pirates: A South Seas Love Story", which will air on TV Asahi on Friday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Souce: Anime Newsnetwork

An Interview with Stuart Claw

Date: 2007 June 04 17:50 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

From this Sunday anime fans with Sky in the UK will be be able to tune into Anime Network on Propeller TV (Channel 195). The slot runs from 8pm to 10pm, and currently consists of Coyote Ragtime Show, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Guyver and Elfen Lied. We sat down with one half of Anime Network UK's dynamic presenting duo Stuart Claw at the official launch, gazed rather too hard at the candles (and indeed Joe's camera flash) and took a look at the past, present and future of anime both in Stuart's life as a fan and the general future for wider anime community.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Propeller TV to screen ADV UK anime

Date: 2007 May 14 15:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

We've got some exciting news from ADV UK about a new anime slot on a Sky TV channel. From the 3rd June anime will air from 8pm to 10pm each Sunday. ADV UK have teamed up with Propeller TV (Channel 195 on Sky). The 2 hour slot's been dubbed Anime Network UK, after it's ADV owned American counter part. They'll be showing the following titles:

- Coyote Ragtime Show (8:00pm)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (8:30pm)
- Guyver: The Bioboosted Armour (9:00pm)
- Elfen Lied (9:30pm)

It's nice to see that anime is getting more airtime in the UK, and we think it's great that ADV have put up an excellent selection of titles.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Sci Fi Channel to add anime block

Date: 2007 May 11 21:42 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The Sci Fi Channel (US) are to air regular anime with new Monday night block!

Read More... | Souce: ICv2

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo on Jetix UK

Date: 2007 April 15 13:27 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo just started this weekend on Jetix. It follows the adventures of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo a hero who can talk to hair. It' s odd, very odd.
There are new episodes every day at 11:30am and 19:00.

Souce: Jetix

Kiki's Delivery Service showing on Film 4 UK on Easter Saturday

Date: 2007 April 04 14:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The keen eyes over at Animeuknews.net have spotted that Film 4 will be showing the Studio Ghibli classic Kiki's Delivery service on Saturday 7th April 2007, at 1pm. It'll be dubbed in English. We highly recommend watching this film if you haven't seen it before, it's a great introduction into Studio Ghibli's works, and also a great family movie.

Souce: Film 4

UK MP fears reduction of British children's TV

Date: 2007 March 19 15:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The Guardian are reporting on British Conservative MP John Whittingdale's recent speech at the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers conference. Mr Whittingdale is the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. He's rather worried about a children's TV and the impact of pulling food advertising from children's TV - "[It will] have a damaging effect on children's broadcasting that will lead to money going out of it, the effect will be fewer children's programmes produced in this country except for the BBC," the main concern he stresses is increase in imported Children's TV - "There will be a growth of the likes of Japanese anime cartoons and American animated content which is something we are concerned about and may need to be addressed as part of challenge of maintaining public service plurality."

So in a nut shell he's worried that there won't be enough British produced children's TV, as ITV has been reducing it's children's output. The Otaku News crew want more TV greats like Danger Mouse. ^_^

Souce: The Guardian

Japanorama is back!

Date: 2007 March 15 14:37 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The folks at AnimeUKNews.net have spotted Johnathon Ross is back with Japanorama season 3! Episode one promises a sneak peak of Afro Samurai.

Read More... | Souce: AnimeUKNews.net

Anime sequels and new releases for the next couple of months

Date: 2007 March 11 04:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

According to Anime News Network there will be many sequels and new anime releases in the coming months. One of them is Keroro Gunso which will be it's fourth season starting to air on April 4 on TV Tokyo. Also there will be a new season of Code Geass it is rumoured to be released in the fall of 2007. Along with a new Kyo Kara Maoh OVA in production, a new website for the upcoming five-episode series has been unveiled at www.maruma-ova.jp. Five DVD's, each containing a single episode, will be released starting this fall.

Other new anime will include the violent comedy Bokusatsu Tenshi which will be its 2nd season. Legends of Corocoro 10 Comic series will debut in May and features classic stories in a format aimed at adults.

Souce: Anime News Network

Slam Dunk adapted into Live-Action

Date: 2007 March 11 03:47 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

According to Akadot the popular anime and manga Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue will be adapted into a Live-Action movie by Taiwan's Chang Hong Channel Group and Shanghai's Film Television Group. Cast will be headed by Taiwanese pop star, Jay Chou, Charlene Choi, Chen Bo-lin, and Yee Chung Man. The movie will be released in winter 2008.

The manga sold more than 100 million copies in Japan and received various awards as well.

Souce: Akadot

New Naruto on Jetix UK

Date: 2007 March 05 15:41 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

New Naruto episodes are airing starting today at 6.30pm and sees the introduction of Jairya. Interestingly the Japanese theme music makes a welcome entry to the TV edit. Hooray!

Souce: Jetix

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