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Hatsune Miku Expo 2020 Europe Tour - London Details

Date: 2019 September 17 20:12 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based fans of virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku will want to head to the O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday 11th January 2020 for the London leg of the ​Hatsune Miku Expo 2020 Europe Tour. This will be her second European tour. Miku will start the tour in London then will jet off to Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

Tickets for the vocaloid sensation start at £45.00 and go up to £125.00 for VIP. Tickets are on sale now at livenation.co.uk and ticketmaster.co.uk.

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Imaginary Solutions - Performance in London This November

Date: 2019 September 15 19:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

London based culture vultures will be interested to hear about Imaginary Solutions. It's an upcoming collaboration between the Tokyo-based Butoh dancer/martial artist Takahiro Tomatsu, and the acclaimed London-based experimental music ensemble ARCO, led by composer performer Neil Luck. The performance is set to run on Friday 15th November 2019 at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury. Tickets are £8 or 6 for concessions.

The performance is an official event of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020.

Read More... | Souce: Imaginary Solutions

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival 2019

Date: 2019 September 07 11:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Fans of anime who can get to Cardiff or Aberystwyth are in for a treat as the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Film Festival returns for it's 2019 run. As you'd expect they've got a great line up of films, plus other events including an Anime-Themed Disco, a Masterclass with stop motion animators Takeshi Yashiro & Satoshi Akutsu.

Movie wise they've got some great titles that are worthy to catch on the big screen including Birthday Wonderland, Penguin Highway and A Silent Voice. They'll also be showing Tamako Love Story as a nod to KyoAni and their recent tragedy.

The festival is set to run in Cardiff at Chapter from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019 and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre Saturday 19th to 20th October 2019.

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Carole & Tuesday Now on Netflix

Date: 2019 August 31 14:01 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

If you like your anime with a musical twist, you can't go wrong to catch Carole & Tuesday on Netflix. From Bones and Shinichiro Watanabe it charts the story of two girls brought together by chance to make music. Watanabe is the supervising director for this show, while Motonobu Hori is also directing.

Music is a constant recurring theme for Watanabe, with the sound track dominating he shows such as Cowboy Bebop, while he's also been responsible for Kids on the Slope anime about two boys coming of age and exploring jazz together.

The 12 episode Carole & Tuesday is out now on Netflix dubbed into English, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Castilian Spanish. It's available subbed in many languages too, including English. So yes, you can watch it in the original Japanese and one of 28 different languages.

Catch it now!

The studio are also lunching a fanart contest. First prize is 100,000 Japanese Yen Prize money!

Read More... | Souce: Carole & Tuesday Offical Website

An Interview with Anime Director Yuichiro Hayashi

Date: 2019 August 23 19:18 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime Limited and MCM Comic Con London always team up and bring great anime guests to the event. May 2019 was no different with anime director Yuichiro Hayashi appearing as Anime Guest of Honour. Best known for his recent work as the director of gambling school anime Kakegurui he has also the director of GARO the Animation. He's also be involved in 2012 CGI anime production of 009 Re:Cyborg.

We caught up with Yuichiro Hayashi at MCM Comic Con London May 2019 to hear what he had to say about Kakegurui and the anime industry.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

The Benza - A Comedy about a Quest for a Toilet Seat

Date: 2019 August 15 19:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Not all quests are epic. Which is why we've been sent details about Chris and Kyle, two Americans who share an apartment in Tokyo. One day their toilet seat broke, which leads onto their adventures to find a suitable replacement. The trouble starts when they realise they don't know the Japanese word for toilet seat! Want to know more? Then you can find out by watching The Benza a 6 series comedy on Amazon Prime currently streaming in the US, UK, Germany and Japan.

Made on a budget of 2,000,000 yen (about 18,840 USD) the show explores what it's like to go hunting for a toilet seat in Japan.

Read More... | Souce: Tokyo Cowboys

Anime Film Festival in London September 2019

Date: 2019 August 12 20:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Anime fans in London looking for a day of films can't wrong by heading over to the first The Anime Film Festival. It's set to run on Saturday 7th September at Picturehouse Central in London's West End. They've got a sterling line up of films that should all really be enjoyed on the big screen.

All films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles.

They'll be showing the following:

  • Mirai (PG): 2.20pm
  • Penguin Highway (12): 4.30pm
  • your name. (12): 7.00pm
  • Redline (15): 9.15pm

They're all good films so it really depends what you're after.
If you haven't caught Your Name on a cinema screen yet, now is your chance. We've also got a soft spot for the fantastic Mirai. While Penguin Highway offers an eccentric and unexpected adventure (with penguins of course). Redline on the other hand just offers sheer intense action! So take your pick!

You can get tickets for individual films, double bills or whole line up.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Film Festival

AmeCon returns in August 2020 with AmeChibi

Date: 2019 August 06 20:36 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK anime fans looking for a nice little convention to attend in the summer of 2020 are in luck. The good folks at AmeCon have announced that they'll be running AmeChibi at Northampton Park Inn on Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2020. It's called AmeChibi as it's smaller than their usual university campus events, running in a hotel instead. This means it'll have a different more cosy atmosphere than the larger events.

Registration for AmeChibi 2020 will open on Tuesday 1st October 2019. Pricing details have yet to be revealed.

The last smaller format AmeChibli was held in 2015 and registration sold out in 6 hours. So we advise you to book early on Tuesday 1st October 2019 if you're keen to go.

Souce: AmeCon

Manga Entertainment UK Autumn and Winter 2019 Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2019 August 04 22:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from anime distributors Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us their latest UK DVD and blu-ray release line up for autumn and winter 2019.

They've got a good selection of shonen titles available including more Black Clover, Naruto Shippuden, Boruto, along with Dragon Ball Super.

They'll also be releasing the first parts of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Goblin Slayer Season One. The former is a story about an average salaryman who dies and gets reincarnated as a blob of slime (as one does). While Goblin slayer is set in your regular D&D type world about a hero called Goblin slayer, who takes on the task of killing goblin infestations before they become more troublesome, fan service and violence ensue.

Interestingly enough they've also branched out into some Cartoon Network titles, they'll be releasing Adventure Time as Individual Complete First to Fifth Seasons, along with a 1 to 5 collection on DVD an blu-ray. Steven Universe Seasons 1 & 2 will also be released. Samurai Jack The Complete Series (Seasons 1-5) is due to hit shelves on 2nd December and includes the long awaited 5 season. We must admit we've got a soft spot for these titles. Sure they're not anime, but they're very well done and a pleasure to watch.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga Symposium in London August 2019

Date: 2019 August 02 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Manga fans in London looking for an academic taste into the world of manga will be very pleased to hear about the Manga Symposium: What is Manga? Exploring Japanese Manga and Visual Narratives. The day long event gathers a range of manga academics at The British Library, Knowledge Centre Theatre. It's set to run on Friday 23rd August 2019 from 10:00 to 17:30.

Tickets cost £15 for adults or £8 for students under 18s and other concessions. We can think of nothing better than spending a learning about manga. Visit https://www.bl.uk/events/manga-symposium to book tickets.

Read More... | Souce: The Japan Foundation and The British Library

Anime's Human Machines London Barbican Screening Details

Date: 2019 August 01 21:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime fans in London are in for a treat. The Barbican have got anime expert Helen McCarthy to curate a season of anime screenings. Anime's Human Machines is set to run from Thursday 12th to Monday 30th September 2019.

Each screening will have a special introduction by Helen McCarthy. They've also got super mecha designer Shôji Kawamori. Anime fans will best know him for his mecha designs in Macross. He also co-directed Macross Plus. Other famous designs include a series of Dicalone toys for Japanese toy company Takara. This was a collection of transforming robots. Hasbro licensed these toys and rebranded them as Transformers. Mr Kawamori designed a certain truck called Convoy who was rebranded as Optimus Prime!

Shôji Kawamori will be introducing the Ghost in the Shell Movie (the 1995 animated version), at the Barbican on Wednesday 18th September 2019 at 20:45. Kawamori did some of the mechanical design for this film too!

This season has a whole host of awesome films that are all really worth watching on the big screen (Helen's spoilt us for choice). We suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.

They'll also be showing the mind bending Paprika, Patlabor the Movie, Mamoru Hosoda's Summer Wars, plus a few other awesome films.

Not content with just films, they've got a couple of drawing workshops too!

Read More... | Souce: Barbican

AmeCon - Live Stream for Next AmeCon Event Details

Date: 2019 August 01 18:47 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK based anime fans looking for a convention to go to will be pleased to hear that AmeCon will be announcing details of their next event. On Saturday 3rd August 2019 they'll have a livestream at 8:30pm along with a Q&A.

From what we can gather, they'll be announcing when and where the next AmeCon will be, along with when it opens for registration.

To be the first to find out tune in on either Facebook or YouTube.

You can also submit questions to them in advance via Facebook or @AmeCon on Twitter.

AmeCon is one of the UK's largest Japanese animation, comics and culture conventions. It's run by fans for fans.

Souce: AmeCon

Tragedy at Kyoto Animation

Date: 2019 July 19 22:09 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

On Thursday 18th of July at 10:30am tragedy struck Kyoto Animation. An arsonist started an explosive fire. The resulting fire killed 33 people and injured 35 others, with most of the victims dying from carbon monoxide posing as a result of the fire. This attack is the deadliest in post war Japan, killing more people than the 1995 sarin nerve gas attacks on the Tokyo Subway system.

Kyoto Animation is affectionately abbreviated to KyoAni. They've produced many hit anime titles including The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-On, Full Metal Panic, Free!, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid and Violet Evergarden. They've had success with movie adaptations of various series plus have created popular movies such as A Silent Voice.

KyoAni are renowned for their animation quality and for producing memorable titles with a gentle charm to them. They are a studio with a special relationship with their staff, the staff hired as salaried employees and not paid by frame like some other animation houses.

There's been an outpouring of grief and support from fans all around the world.

US distributors Sentai and Aniplex have both set up crowd funding campaigns help.

You can read more about this story on:

Souce: NHK World

Our Road to Recovery: An Anime Studio in Fukushima - Talk at Japan House London

Date: 2019 June 27 19:57 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Japan House London have been hosting a lot of great events for anime and manga fans recently. Continuing with this trend they'll be hosting Our Road to Recovery: An Anime Studio in Fukushima. The talk is by Asao Yoshinori of Gaina (formally called Fukushima Gainax). The talk is set on run on Tuesday 2 July 2019 and has two sessions the first at 15:30 to 17:10 and the second at 18:30 to 20:00 (which is followed by a drinks reception).

In this event, Asao Yoshinori explores the role that animation has played in the recovery and revitalisation of Fukushima and introduces a screening of two of his studio's representative works that have been specially subtitled in English for this event at Japan House.

The event is free to attend, booking is required.

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Okko's Inn UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: 2019 June 26 20:27 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime company Manga Entertainment UK have announced that Okko's Inn will be screened in select cinemas around the UK.

The film is directed by Kitaro Kosaka of anime studio Madhouse. The fantasy follows the adventures of Okko a girl who after losing her parents in a car accident moves in with her grandmother in the countryside. Okko's grandmother runs a traditional Japanese inn. Okko then discovers that the inn is inhabited by spirits only she can see.

The film is pitched as having storybook charm. It'll hit cinemas around the UK at select cinemas on Sunday 14th July 2019.

If you can make it to screening near you ticket holders will also receive a free, exclusive postcard featuring character artwork - available on a first come, first served basis while stocks last.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

This is Manga - The Art of Urasawa Naoki

Date: 2019 June 10 21:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

In the window of Japan House in Kensington, a standee of a schoolboy with a baseball cap and backpack beckons. "Hey! Come look at this!" a speech bubble by his head says, inviting you to join him and his two friends inside. The characters have been drawn in the distinctive style of legendary mangaka Urasawa Naoki, and their invitation is for THIS IS MANGA - THE ART OF URASAWA NAOKI, which is open to the public until 28 July 2019.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

An Interview with Urasawa Naoki a Master of Manga

Date: 2019 June 09 21:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Japan House London are currently hosting a manga exhibition of Urasawa Naoki's work. His manga is hugely popular with his books having sold over 127 million copies in Japan alone. He's responsible for manga including Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto (the re-imagining of Tezuka's Astroboy).

Urasawa himself was in London to set up the exhibition and also was a guest at events run by Japan House, such as QAs and a few live drawing sessions. Urasawa's live drawing performances aren't like anything else we've seen before. The multi award winning manga artist is also a singer/song writer who has released two albums and performed songs that have gone on to be on the live action versions of some of his manga. His live performance at Japan House started with him singing and playing one of his songs on guitar, then he activated his loop pedal so the guitar tune continues and walks over to a drawing desk and draws for everyone to see on a projected screen. Once he finished drawing he returned to his guitar to finish the song!

We caught up with the manga master at Japan House London to hear what he had to say about the exhibition.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Manga Entertainment UK Summer Release Schedule 2019

Date: 2019 June 09 19:42 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK (which is now a subsidiary of Funimation) have just sent us their summer line up.

They've got the enjoyable Steins;Gate 0 Part 1 combi set due out on Monday 29th July. While Steins;Gate 0 Part 2 is due out on Monday 2nd September 2019.

For shonen fans they've got Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set One (Episodes 1-13) due out Monday 5th August 2019.

If you fancy something a darker and grisly they've also got Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 1 due out on Monday 12th August 2019. The limited edition Blu-ray set 2-panel digibook with 24 pages of art, plus space in the box for part 2. You can also get it on regular edition DVD.

We've also posted about Manga's June / July line up in the past.

Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Give-Away with Crunchyroll

Date: 2019 June 04 21:29 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We've teamed up with the good folks from on-line streaming service Crunchyroll to offer some Jojo's Bizarre Adventure goodies and 1 month premium subscription to the streaming service for our UK readers. Read on if you're interested.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Manga Exhibition at The British Museum a Review

Date: 2019 June 03 21:27 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The British Museum have just opened the largest Manga Exhibition outside of Japan. Naturally being keen manga fans we were curious. What was it all about? Was it any good? We were invited by The British Museum to check out the new exhibition and find out for ourselves.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Funimation Acquires UK Anime Distributor Manga Entertainment Limited

Date: 2019 May 29 21:00 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

The good folks from anime distributors Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us some interesting news. They've been acquired by anime distributor Funimation. The details of the acquisition have not been revealed.

It's not exactly clear at this stage what will happen to Manga Entertainment UK in the long term. They're strong anime brand in the UK releasing popular shonen titles including Dragon Ball Z, Bleach and Naruto. They frequently have a big presence at events like MCM Comic Con London. They've always been around in one form or another on the UK anime scene. Clearly the executives at Funimation have a plan for Manga Entertainment UK, but at this stage it's not clear what it'll be. Will they slowly be rebranded and absorbed into Funimation? Or will they remain a subsidiary? Only time will tell.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga Entertainment UK June and July 2019 DVD and Blu-ray UK Release Details

Date: 2019 May 10 19:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks over at anime distributor Manga Entertainment UK have just revealed their DVD and Blu-ray UK release schedule for June and July 2019.

We've also got My Hero Academia Season 1 out on Monday 27th May 2019.

Monday 1st of July 2019:

Monday 15th July 2019:
Monday 22nd July 2019:
There's a little something for everyone. If you're after some classic shonen super hero action, then of course it's got to be My Hero Academia. If you're after something Isekai why not escape into the other world that is Overlord II?
You want a secret British organisation fighting civilians with the help of overpowered vampire with a handgun?! Why Hellsing Ultimate is for you.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga UK's MCM London Fundraiser

Date: 2019 May 08 20:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK are getting ready for the May run on MCM Comic Con London. So to get things moving they've set up a fundraiser for the event. This time around they'll be supporting Mermaids the charity that supports gender variant and transgender children, young people and their families.

If you'd like to help you can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a nice selection of Dragon Ball Super / Dragon Ball Z goodies.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Director Yuichiro Hayashi to be Anime Limited's MCM London Guest of Honour

Date: 2019 May 03 21:21 | Posted By:

Category > Events

It's May which means it's almost time for the first MCM Comic Con London of 2019! As is tradition, they've got an anime guest of honour lined up to share great insights about the anime industry. For May 2019 anime director Yuichiro Hayashi will be Anime Limited's guest of honour. The director is best known for GARO the Animation and Kakegurui. He's also be involved in 2012 CGI anime production of 009 Re:Cyborg.

Yuichiro Hayashi will be taking to the Centre Stage on Saturday of MCM Comic Con London to discuss his roles as series director, storyboard artist and episode director over the years, among his involvement in major anime productions.

Anime Limited will also be running panels on the Friday and Sunday. No doubt they'll reveal some interesting information about up coming licenses. We're very excited as they've always got something interesting up their sleeve.

Kakegurui is currently showing on Netflix, so you can catch the series before catching the director in person.

MCM Comic Con London is set to run at the London ExCel Centre from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May 2019.

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

The Ancient Magus' Bride - Season 1 Part 2 UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2019 April 19 13:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK anime fans eager to see the second part of The Ancient Magus Bride will be pleased to hear that Manga Entertainment UK have announced a release date of 3rd June 2019 for the UK and Ireland.

You can read our review of part 1 (we really enjoyed it). You can also pre-order The Ancient Magus Bride Season 1 Part 2 on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Part two continues the adventures of Chise and Elias with more dark fairy tail / folklore magic along with a revelation about about Joseph / Cartaphilus. If you enjoyed part one, you will enjoy part two as well!

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

WIRED in Conversation with Urasawa Naoki in London June 2019

Date: 2019 April 13 11:07 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

London manga fans are in for a massive treat this June as Japan House London will be hosting WIRED in Conversation with Urasawa Naoki. The event is set to run on Wednesday 5th June 2019 from 18:30 to 21:30. The talk is ticketed and costs £10. We strongly advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Urasawa is known for many excellent manga works including Yawara!, Monster, Pluto and 20th Century Boys. We've already booked tickets to this event and we know a lot of our other readers are very excited about this. It's rare for manga artists to give talks in the UK and it's exceptional that an artist like Urasawa Naoki will be running a live drawing session and explaining his thought process.

Japan House London will also be hosting This is Manga - the Art of Urasawa Naoki from 5th June to 28th July 2019. This exhibit is free introduces Urasawa's ideas from inception through development, with more than 400 original drawings and storyboards on display. Japan House recently ran this exhibit in the US at Japan House Los Angeles.

Read More... | Souce: Japan House London

One-Punch Man Season 2 Now Streaming on Crunchyroll

Date: 2019 April 10 20:19 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime streaming service Crunchyroll have just sent us a reminder that One-Punch Man Season 2 is now out for streaming for viewers in the UK. Helpfully they've also got a A Super Serious Look Back! episode helping you recap season 1 so you can then jump straight into season 2.

The anime based on the successful manga follows the adventures of Saitama a guy who became a hero for fun. His intense training regime made him bald, but also made him ridiculously strong! So much so he can defeat any opponent in one punch. As a result Saitama is incredibly bored. The whole series parodies the super hero genre so well, with heroes and villains that seem a bit familiar but also hilarious.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchy Roll

Seven Seas Entertainment March 2019 Release Announcements

Date: 2019 March 19 21:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Manga Publisher Seven Seas Entertainment have just announced 3 new license acquisitions that'll arrive in shops in the final months of 2019. They've got Dance in the Vampire Bund: A.S.O. Volume 1 which will hit shelves on October 8th 2019. ASO stands for Age of Scarlet Order and continues the adventures of Mina and Akira. They'll also be re-releasing the original Dance in the Vampire Bund manga volumes in digital format in 2019.

If you fancy some fashionable cooking manga with a twist then Gal Gohan could be the title for you. Volume 1 will be out on December 10th 2019 on print and digital.

Finally they'll also be releasing the Kickstater hit ROADQUEEN: Eternal Roadtrip. The manga-style Girls' Love/yuri graphic novel about motorcycles and romance will be released in print and digital on October 8th 2019.

Read More... | Souce: Seven Seas Entertainment

Perfect Blue Ultimate Edition UK Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2019 March 14 20:29 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have announced that they'll be releasing an Ultimate Edition of Satoshi Kon's psychological thriller Perfect Blue. Anime Limited normally have different grades of releases, for them a collectors edition generally has a nice artbook and maybe a soundtrack, all nicely packaged in a special box of some kind. While to earn the badge of ultimate edition, they generally go a lot further. This release includes a 48 page companion book, the complete storyboard book (which is a huge 384 pages), plus a CD soundtrack. Both books are A4 size which means the box will also be A4 size.

They've also included a new remaster of Perfect Blue on blu-ray. Anime Limited say "this Blu-ray is different as it's a brand new remaster of the film! This remaster - which you won't have seen in any cinema or other home video release before - improves on the overall visual quality of the film, giving you a new viewing experience that really show off its direction and composition as is befitting of such an important film."

The release is due out on Monday 29th April 2019.

The set retails for £99.99, but is exclusive to Anime Limited and Zavvi who both have it pre-order for £89.99.

Pre-order from Zavvi.com
Pre-order from Anime Limited

If you're curious about this amazing classic you can read our review of the 2017 cinema screening too.

Souce: Anime Limited

Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2019 February 26 21:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK based fans of Mamoru Hosoda's latest hit movie Mirai will be pleased to hear that Anime Limited have made the title available for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk. The Oscar nominated movie will be available from Monday May 27th 2019. The film follows the domestic life of 4 year old Kun and the upheaval that occurs when his little sister Mirai arrives, as a new born baby and then as a time traveller from the future!

It'll be released as a special Collectors Edition Combi, Standard Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD.

If did get a chance to catch the movie when it was in the cinemas last year, then now's your chance get it on DVD or Blu-ray. We really enjoyed Mirai and think it's an excellent family film. It's a rare joyful movie that has plenty of rewatch value. We've said it's an instant classic, and we'll say it again. If you want to know more then why not read our review of Mirai?

Souce: Anime Limited

Manga Jiman 2018 Competition Results

Date: 2019 February 25 21:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Since 2007 the Japanese Embassy in the UK have been running an annual competition Manga Jiman where you get to demonstrate your skills as a manga artist. The Embassy always takes the competition seriously hosting an excellent awards ceremony and offering generous prizes in conjunction with their sponsors such as return flights to Japan, laptops and digital cameras. 2018 was no different and as always the quality of entrants is high.

Last week at the Japanese Embassy in London they announced the winners. Elizabeth Garwood took first place with A.R.C - 01, Aamir Zaheer won second place with his entry Genie's New Lamp and third place was award to Karen Jiyun Sung with New Home.

You can see all the winners at the Japanese Embassy in the UK in London until Thursday 28th March 2019. It's Open weekdays 09:30 - 17:30, closed weekends. Entry is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain access to the embassy. If you're in London and have the time to pop in it's worth checking out the artwork to see the current crop of up and coming UK based manga artists.

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

An Interview with Studio Khara's Hibiki Yoshizaki

Date: 2019 February 19 22:01 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

MCM Comic Con London and Anime Limited always team up to bring excellent guests to the twice yearly London geek event. The October 2018 event was no exception where they invited anime director Hibiki Yoshizaki to be the anime guest of honour. You may have seen his work at Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (aka Evangelion Q), where he directed the Sakura Nagashi music video (we've also interviewed Paul Cater it's composer). He's also responsible for the rather bouncy music video ME! ME! ME! with Teddyloid and DAOKO.

We were very eager to interview Mr Yoshizaki about his career and he did not disappoint. So read on to find out more.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Breaks £1M Box Office

Date: 2019 February 18 21:19 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have just announced that their latest cinema offering Dragon Ball Super: Broly has broken the £1 million box office mark. This significant milestone means that only Spirited Away has achieved a greater UK box office.

You can still catch the movie in a cinemas around the UK or you could pre-order it on DVD or Blu-ray.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Dragon Ball Super The Movie: Broly SteelBook Blu-Ray UK Release Details

Date: 2019 February 08 21:41 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

While the latest Dragon Ball Super Movie - Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie is doing well at cinemas around the UK, it's distributor Manga Entertainment UK have just dropped us a message to tell us about the UK blu-ray release. The movie will be released as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray in the UK on 27th May 2019.

You can pre-order the title from Zavvi.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Light Novel and Manga Release Reminder

Date: 2019 February 07 21:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment have just sent a reminder about I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. The movie hits cinemas around the US soon. They're keen to remind us that they've recently released the original light novel and it's manga adaptation in print and digital platforms. The weepy romantic story has a legion of fans and we're eager to see it too.

As always you can buy the original light novel from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. The manga is also available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

If you want to keep track of other release dates we suggest you check our out sister site the Otaku Calendar, which lists events and release dates of interest to anime and manga fans.

Read More... | Souce: Seven Seas Entertainment

Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai Gets An Oscar Nomination

Date: 2019 January 26 21:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Mamoru Hosoda's latest movie Mirai has been nominated for an Oscar for Animated Feature Film. It made the the list of final nominees which also includes Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Mirai's nomination is significant as it's the first anime film to be nominated that isn't from Studio Ghibli. Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away was nominated in 2002 and won the Oscar, being to date the only animated movie from Japan to win the prize.

Read More... | Souce: The Oscars Website

Dragon Ball Super: Broly IMAX UK Screening Details

Date: 2019 January 25 19:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK fans of Dragon Ball Super, will be very excited to hear about the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have gone all super saiyan and have told us the movie will be now be screening on giant IMAX screens around the UK from Friday 25th January 2019. If you're into the anime adaptation of Akira Toriyama's smash hit then you'll want to find out if your nearest IMAX is showing this shonen anime feature film.

Just a quick word of warning, some keen fans have been very enthusiastic about sharing their movie experience on social media. This is a good thing. However please don't take photos (or video footage) during a cinema screening as this can get you removed from the venue. If you want to share your love for this movie, please take a photo by the movie poster, or of your ticket (maybe covering your seat number) or by the screening listings cinemas have.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Seven Seas Entertainment New Year 2019 Release Details

Date: 2019 January 15 21:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

A new year marks a new load of releases from manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment. They've sent us a ton of press releases telling us all about them. Rather than spread them across a dozen pages, here's the full list:


There's pretty much something for everyone on this list. We're most excited about The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms by Nagabe as we're really enjoying reading The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún. Plus Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA light novel, as it's always interesting to see other takes on the huge franchise.

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Overlord II Collectors' Edition UK Release Details

Date: 2019 January 11 22:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us the release details for Overlord II. The title will be avaiable as a special collectors edition exclusively from Zavvi. It's out from 25th February 2019. It includes content on DVD and Blu-ray along with a 40 page artbook, some art cards and a fabric poster.

Overlord forms part of the whole reincarnated/transported in another world (isekai) genre. Momonga is a player for a MMORPG soon to be shutdown, staying on-line as the game servers are shut down he finds himself reborn as the skeletal lich character he used to play. Trapped in this new world the comedy adventure begins and season 2 continues the adventures. If you like D&D or a good RPG and want something like that with anime, comedy and adventure Overloard is a good start.

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 Details

Date: 2019 January 08 21:48 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

It's 2019 and a new year marks a new cinema season from The Japan Foundation. This year The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 has the theme of People Still Call It Love, covering Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema.

The screenings will kick off at the ICA in London, then go around the UK. As always they've got an exceptional amount of Japanese cinema to indulge in, whatever you fancy chances are you'll find something you like and discover something new and exciting for your films to watch this year.

Anime fans will want to book tickets for Penguin Highway, the quirky award winning story from the mind of Tomihiko Morimi who also wrote the lovely The Night is Short, Walk on Girl and the fabously enjoyable tanuki family comedy-drama The Eccentric Family. This movie is directed by Hiroyasu Ishida and features a town coping with the sudden unexpected influx of penguins. Just by the description alone it sounds a lot like a story from Tomihiko Morimi.

There are 18 films in total to enjoy, so check out the tour programme and find something that takes your fancy.

As always we advise you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Souce: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Movie UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2018 December 29 20:42 | Posted By:

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Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us the home video release details for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. The movie is due out on DVD, Blu-ray and Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook from Monday 8th April 2019.

The movie follows Deku and his classmates as they're invited to hero expo on a special research island fortress city called I-Island. Of course being My Hero Academia and such an important event, villains show up and All Might's protégé has to save the day.

As always you can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk now.

You can also read our review of the movie from the recently cinema screenings.

We're very amused with Manga's genius tag line for this "Go Plus Ultra from your sofa!".

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Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2018 December 17 21:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us the home video release details for Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us. The movie will bit hitting the UK on DVD and Collectors Edition Blu-ray on Monday 11th February 2019. The collectors edition will feature some art cards, a poster and a nice slip case.

The DVD and blu-ray are available to pre-order on Amazon.co.uk.

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Manga Exhibition at The British Museum in 2019

Date: 2018 December 05 21:05 | Posted By:

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The good folks at the British Museum have just announced a major manga exhibition set to run during 2019. Called Manga マンガ it will explore the phenomenon of manga, and will be the largest exhibition of the art form ever to take place outside of Japan.

Why is the British Museum hosting a manga event? Well, it's not a secret, they've hosted events related to manga before such as Hokusai beyond the Great Wave, plus even had manga set at the Museum in the form of Professor Munakata's British Museum adventure. Speaking to some staff there we know they're massive manga fans too.

Many of the objects at the exhibition are loans coming to the UK for the first time. At the moment they're tight lipped about what exactly will be there as they want to keep it a surprise, but the official graphics used with the announcement includes Golden Kamuy's Asirpa. So we're guessing they will have some of Noda Satoru's work. We know very little else about the exhibit yet, but they do tease other things on a blog post accompanying the event. Pikachu himself was also present at Museum for the announcement.

The British Museum normally deliver something special, so we know we'll be in for a cultural treat when the exhibition runs next year.

The event is set to run from 23rd May - 26th August 2019 at Room 30 in the British Museum. The event is ticketed and costs £19.50 for adults, while free for under 16s, plus a 2 for 1 ticket deal for students on Fridays. Members of the British Museum can get in for free. So head to London!

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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Movie Review

Date: 2018 December 02 20:21 | Posted By:

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My Hero Academia the shonen super hit first movie punches into cinema screens around the UK and Ireland on from Tuesday 4th December 2018 thanks to the good folks at Manga Entertainment UK. You can visit MyHeroAcademiaMovie.co.uk to find a screening near you.

What you've been itching to know is the movie any good? Well read on for our spoiler free review to find out...

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes UK and Ireland Screening Reminder

Date: 2018 November 29 21:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

A quick reminder for UK and Ireland based fans of My Hero Academia. The movie My Hero Academia: Two Heroes hits cinemas (pun intended) on Tuesday 4th December 2018. Some cinemas have done extra runs of the film, but we suggest you book now at a cinema near you to avoid disappointment. Check out MyHeroAcademiaMovie.co.uk to find a screening near you.

We can confirm there will be screenings of the movie dubbed in English and in Japanese with English subtitles.

Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Neon Genesis Evangelion to stream on Netflix Worldwide from Spring 2019

Date: 2018 November 27 21:58 | Posted By:

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Streaming Service Netflix have just revealed that they will be showing anime Neon Genesis Evangelion worldwide starting from Spring 2019. Announced on their NXOnNetflix Twitter feed as a teaser trailer of the show.

The original Neon Genesis Evangelion TV Series is generally regarded as one of the greatest anime TV shows of it's era. In the mid 1990's it lit the flames for a new wave of anime that still carries on to this day. Without the anime boom it caused the anime industry itself would be very different. Australian Anime Distributors Madman Entertainment owed their early success to Neon Genesis Evangelion. For many it was the watershed title that helped them discover anime.

Written and directed by the otaku's otaku Hideaki Anno the multi-layered story blends a bleak future mixed with giant robots, nostalgia for 1960's adventure, along with Christian symbolism and nods to Tokusatsu, Thunderbirds, along with a special blend of whiny teenage angst and reasons to hate your father. You'll never listen to Ode to Joy the same way again.

The hugely influential show, spawned some movies, plus the rebuild series of new movies retelling the story with a different take, various manga spin offs, plus an endless stream of merchandise.

Souce: Offical NXOnNetflix Twitter

Cowboy Bebop Ultimate Edition UK Release Details

Date: 2018 November 07 21:55 | Posted By:

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Anime Limited have been figuring out what to get the anime fan who has everything. So to answer this question they've been busy bunnies (or should we say corgis?) releasing the Cowboy Bebop Ultimate Edition. Intended to celebrate 20 years of the franchise, they've bundled together the whole show on blu-ray, including the full TV series and movie, along with 3 of the CD soundtracks (Cowboy Bebop, Cowboy Bebop NO DISC and Cowboy Bebop BLUE), along with a 120 page artbook featuring all sorts of lovely images. Of course to make it the ultimate edition they've taken it a step further and put it in a massive vinyl storage box with Cowboy Bebop branding, with the CDs and blu-rays in special sleeves that fit in the box.

It's available for pre-order exclusively on Zavvi.com and AllTheAnime.com.

The set will be limited to 1,000 copies and when it's sold out Anime Limited have made very clear that that's it for this edition. The set has a suggested retail price of £299.99, but both Anime Limited and Zavvi have it for £224.99. They intend to release it early December 2018, most likely around 10th December 2018, but the release date isn't set in stone as it's the Christmas period.

The Blu-rays are Region B, so fans in the UK, Ireland, the rest of Europe and Australia can enjoy the blu-rays with their normal players.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Manga Entertainment UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details for Q4 2018 and Early 2019

Date: 2018 November 05 22:00 | Posted By:

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The good folks from anime distributors Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us details for their release line up for the rest of 2018 and early 2019. They'll continue to release some ongoing popular shonen series such as Naruto Shippuden, along with the Dragon Ball Z Broly Trilogy on DVD.

We're most excited about the up coming release of The Ancient Magus' Bride, which is due out on Monday 11th February 2019, it follows the adventures of Chise a girl with magical powers she doesn't fully understand, who is taken to England to live with Elias (who looks like a Mari Lwyd). There's lavish UK locations, characters fromfolklore and a bit of Stockholm Syndrome thrown in the mix. We've also got confirmation from Manga Entertainment UK that the release will also include the excellent OVA prequel story. At the other end of the scale they also have another magical girl in the form of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Part 1 also released on Monday 11th February 2019. It's magic of a different kind with the latest adventures of CLAMP's hugely popular Cardcaptor Sakura, Clear Card marks the next chapter in Sakura's adventures.

If you're looking for something a bit offbeat, we strongly suggest Mob Psycho 100, from ONE the creator of One Punch Man.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Win a Signed Mirai Poster

Date: 2018 November 02 12:17 | Posted By:

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The latest movie from Mamoru Hosoda Mirai hits cinemas the UK & Ireland from Friday 2nd November 2018. To celebrate the launch we've teamed up with Anime Limited to give away a fantastic Mirai poster signed by the director Mamoru Hosoda! To enter all you have to do is e-mail usmirai@otakunews.com and tell us the name of the little boy in the movie.

A winner will be selected at random on Friday 9th November 2018. Entrants must be in the UK and Ireland to be eligible.

To find a screening near you please visit miraifilm.co.uk. You can also read our review of this lovely film.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai Review

Date: 2018 October 23 21:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda's latest movie Mirai hits UK screens on Friday 2nd November 2018 (subtitled) and Sunday 4th November 2018 for the dubbed version. The good folks at Anime Limited are distributing it in the UK and had even set up an exhibition dedicated to the director's work in London. If you want to catch the movie then find screening near you by visiting miraifilm.co.uk.

Before you do you'll want to know is it any good?! There's a lot of anticipation around this movie we feel this marks a turning point in Hosoda's work, so read on for our review of the anime film.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes UK and Ireland Cinema Bookings Now Open

Date: 2018 October 16 19:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We've already mentioned the upcoming UK and Ireland Cinema release of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have just told us that cinema bookings are now open for the cinema screenings on 4th and 5th December 2018.

So visit MyHeroAcademiaMovie.co.uk to find a screening near you.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

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