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Black Jack Live-Action to be directed by Makoto Tezuka

Date: 2005 August 4th Thursday [11:41] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Akadot the popular classic by the late Osamu Tezuka, Black Jack will become an animated movie and will be directed by Makoto Tezuka, Osamu's eldest son. The movie's release is scheduled for December 17th.

Makoto Tezuka took over directing the animated TV series of Black Jack since last October and singer Hiro's new release 'Clover' is to be Black Jack Ending theme song.

The Movie will be titled "Black Jack the two doctors of darkness" and the story is about the infamous protagonist Black Jack, an unlicensed genius surgeon whose service comes at impossibly high prices, and his rival Dr. Kiriko, who practices euthanasia rather thoughtlessly to end his patients' pain. The movie portrays the two doctors as they engage in a battle over life.

Official BLACK JACK site (Japanese) - http://blackjack.jp

Source: Akadot

ADV to Screen Anime at Interation

Date: 2005 August 3rd Wednesday [8:02] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

ADV Films UK have announced they will be screening a variety of anime at Sci-Fi convention Interaction. Interaction is running in Glasgow from August 4th-8th. This is a high profile convention which also boasts events such as the Hugo awards. ADV are also providing the centrepiece presentation for a talk by anime expert and author Jonathan Clements. We recommend you make time to see Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Full Metal Panic, Voices of a Distant Star and if you still havenít seen it Evangelion.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

AmeCon 2006 Details

Date: 2005 August 2nd Tuesday [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

With AyaCon about to kick off in a few weeks, the AmeCon Crew have sent us the details of their Leicester based convention. Set to run from Friday 11th August to late on Sunday 13th in 2006 the convention looks like it's going to be good. The press release they've sent us has the full details and covers pretty much all the questions you could ask at this stage. It's great to see they've got the details sorted out even a year before the events set to run.

The guests include Monica Rial who was a real hoot at last years Amecon and interviewed really well, along with fellow voice actor Greg Ayres.

The AmeCon Crew have also decided to host a Cosplay Ball, which sounds exciting and attendees are advised to wear cosplay or formal wear (which basically means cosplay as Tuxedo Mask ^_-). The Otaku News Crew were at the first AmeCon and we've already paid the deposit for next years.

Read More... | Source: Amecon

Mechademia Calls Out For Submissions

Date: 2005 August 2nd Tuesday [17:21] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

New anime and manga-based academic journal Mechademia is looking for sbumissions for future issues.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Cosplay Parade at Nagoya

Date: 2005 August 1st Monday [10:40] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Mainichi Daily News about 100 cosplayers including nine foreign women surprised shoppers at Nagoya when they appeared in a cosplay parade at an Arcade in advance of the World Cosplay Summit 2005 to be held Aug. 7 at the Aichi Expo.

The Cosplayers left shoppers at the Osu Shopping Arcade delighted who gave them a sight they would normally not see everyday.

Ilsa, a 28-year-old woman working at the Expo's Belgian Pavilion and one of the cosplayers who hit the arcade, spoke up loudly for the costume culture.

Ilsa said "cosplay is now a word commonly used throughout the world." She added, "in Europe, cosplaying is not regarded as an activity only for otaku geeks."

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Adult Swim Announces Evangelion Start Date

Date: 2005 July 30th Saturday [17:04] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

In an update to a recent article, Anime News Network has announced a start date for the hit anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is set to debut on the Adult Swim Network this fall. The show will air on Thursday nights, starting October 20th at 12:30 am. There is no specification as to whether this is Eastern or Central Standard Time.

In somewhat related news, new episodes of Full Metal Alchemist, the recent hit that debuted earlier this year, will also be debuting this fall. The new episodes will begin on Saturday, September 17 at midnight. Full Metal Alchemist tells the tale of Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers who search for a means to restore their bodies to normal following a failed attempt to restore their mother to life using alchemy.

Source: Anime News Network

Doraemon the Movie Scheduled for 2006

Date: 2005 July 29th Friday [4:46] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Answers.com, the Fujiko Movie Studio announced that the 2005 Doreamon Movie:"Nobita no Kyoryuu" (Nobita's Dinosaur), was postponed until the spring of 2006.

Doraemon made its first debut in 1970 with stories being published in 45 books and after that an anime series was produced. In 1980 a series of animated films was made and made the series even more popular. For more information and to view the trailer of the new movie visit the Official Doraemon Movie website.

Source: Answers.com

ADV UK DVD Releases for September 2005

Date: 2005 July 27th Wednesday [11:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

ADV Films UK has sent us their press release concerning their September UK releases. This includes a special edition of Spriggan, which will include a soundtrack CD and new commentaries. September also sees the start of the UK release of Peacemaker. The September releases are as follows:

- Spriggan Special Edition
- Peacemaker Volume 1
- Mezzo Volume 2
- Aquarian Age Volume 2
- Chrono Crusade Volume 4
- Gad Guard Volume 5
- Get Backers Volume 5

The Otaku News Crew recommend Peacemaker if you like samurai anime (with pigs in) and Chrono Crusade since we're finding it enjoyable.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

ADV Announces September 13 Releases

Date: 2005 July 25th Monday [18:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks at ADV Films have sent us the details for their September 15 releases. The line up includes some more Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU, as well as the final part of Peacemaker, both of which are worth getting hold of.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

International Manga and Anime Festival Launches and Calls For Entrants

Date: 2005 July 25th Monday [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

This years IMAF has just launched. They're looking for international talent in the form of artists and animators to identify the best. Entrants have a chance to win some of the $75,000 prize fund which is divided between the categories. The best overall entry will win a generous $30,000!

The Otaku News Crew advise that our talented readers get to work, you've got until the 30th September 2005 to get your entries in!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

New DBZ DVD Release in Japan

Date: 2005 July 24th Sunday [6:49] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > DVD

After the success of the limited edition Dragonbox sets in Japan Toei will be releasing the DVDs individually. The DVDs will span the entire DBZ series and include cleaned up footage. Z fans will want to note that this was a separate project to FUNimationís re-release. Toei have also announced the final box set, which will be comprised of the Dragon Ball movies. DBZ fan site Daizenshuu Ex has a full run down on the various DBZ DVD editions as well as a translation of the press release.

Source: Daizenshuu Ex

Full-Metal Alchemist Director Appeals to Filmgoers to Make Movie a Big Hit

Date: 2005 July 23rd Saturday [16:21] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Mainichi Daily News, Seiji Mizushima the director of the animated movie based on the hit Japanese comic "Full Metal Alchemist" urged filmgoers to get their teeth into the flick and make the movie possibly a great hit.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Rapture TV to Show Anime

Date: 2005 July 21st Thursday [6:04] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > TV

UK TV channel Rapture which is re-launching in October is promising that it will be showing two half hour anime shows each week. The channel admits it still is in negotiation so it is still unknown which anime they plan to show.

Source: Rapture TV

Transformers Movie Website Goes Live

Date: 2005 July 21st Thursday [5:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

It was inevitable someone would make a big budget Transformers film, especially with the climate for anime inspired films. Rumours have been floating around for some time but Spielberg has finally confirmed the project and released some details. The film will be directed by Michael Bray with Spielberg as executive producer. The official website Transformers Live has a video up of Spielberg talking about his plans for the film, as well as various other film updates.

Source: Transformers Live

Doraemon Coins To Be Released

Date: 2005 July 20th Wednesday [9:48] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to the Mainichi Daily News, Japan Mint is going to release two sets of coins to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the serialization of the popular comic Doraemon.

The first set of coins contains six color-printed coins, from the one-yen coin to the 500-yen coin, and a silver medal.The coins come in a leather case and it was called "Proof Coin Set". The Coins will be on a first come first serve basis because a maximum of 60,000 coins will be produced and sold in Japan for 13,000 Yen each including tax and postage.

The Other Coin set in a Doraemon-style plastic case plays a tune when the case is opened. It will be sold for 2,300 Yen and unlimited orders will be taken during the application period.

Applications can be made by postcard between July 21 and Aug. 10. Deliveries will begin in late August.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

UK PSP Anime Movies

Date: 2005 July 19th Tuesday [17:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

UK gamers looking forward to the September release of the Sony PSP can also expect a blitz of UMD Movies for the handheld games console, anime titles that are going to be available so far include:

- Akira
- Ghost In The Shell
- Ghost In The Shell: On The Trail Of The Laughing Man
- Ghost In The Shell: Trouble At Home & Abroad
- La Blue Girl Returns
- Transformers The Movie

All of the above should be out on (or by) 5th September 2005 and will be priced around £10 - £15 depending on the title and the retailer.

Optimum Releasing will also be releasing Appleseed on DVD and UMD on 19th September.

It should be noted that PSP UMD Movies are region locked, so a UK PSP will only play Region 2 European and Japanese UMDs and not Region 1 US UMDs. Like DVDs UMDs can support multiple audio tracks and subtitles, so a single disc can ideally come with both the subbed and dubbed version of title.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Spirited Away Open Air Screening in London

Date: 2005 July 18th Monday [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

FilmFour have teamed up with Somerset House "to create a night at the movies like no other". They mention the "cutting edge technology and the splendour of the 18th century courtyard" and rightly so.

On Thursday 18th August, 6:30pm they'll be screening Studio Ghibli's superb Spirited Away, the only Japanese anime film to have won an Oscar. Tickets cost £12.50, with all phone and web bookings carrying an £1.75 charge per booking (not per ticket). As of yet it's not clear if the screening will be subbed or dubbed, but we will chase it up and post more details as soon as we find out.

If you haven't seen Spirited Away on a cinema screen yet, the Otaku News Crew highly recommend it.

Source: Somerset House

Gundam Museum Gets Revamped

Date: 2005 July 18th Monday [14:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Those clever people at TechJapan have discovered an article on the renewal of the Gundam Museum which is run by Bandai. The renewal includes a "V Operations Cockpit Reproduction", where visitors can take pictures of themselves inside a Gundam cockpit, otaku will also want to see the 2 story (that's 5.6 meters / 18 feet) 1/1 scale model of Gundam A-Parts! The Otaku News Crew wonder if Bandai will release a 1/1 Perfect Grade kit of this. ^_-

Source: TechJapan

More Otaku Test Details

Date: 2005 July 17th Sunday [12:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Following up on our earlier story on the Otaku Test, The Japan Times Online are running a story on how big the response has been, apparently publisher Biblos expected only 1,000 people would apply, but it seems that the actual number will be much bigger. The article also has example questions for the test and a brief history of the origin of otaku.

Source: The Japan Times Online

Nana Becomes Live-Action

Date: 2005 July 13th Wednesday [14:14] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Mainichi Daily News, the top-selling Manga in Japan Nana has been made into a film. "Nana" which sold over 23 million copies of its twelve volumes is very popular among girls in Japan.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Evangelion To Be On Adult Swim

Date: 2005 July 12th Tuesday [22:12] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime > TV

Anime News Network has announced that Neon Genesis Evangelion, the hit anime that revolutionized the giant robot genre in particular and anime in general, will be debuting on Adult Swim as part of its late night line-up. No air date has been released, but the show is said to be appearing sometime in the near future.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

MinamiCon 12 Registrations Now Open

Date: 2005 July 12th Tuesday [13:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Anime Club President Dragon, has just informed us that registrations for the MinamiCon 12, the Southampton, UK based anime convention are now open. It's set for the 17th-19th March 2006. Registration costs £42 per person for the full weekend, and for an extra £10 you can also get a convention t-shirt.

Source: MinamiCon 12

National Unified Otaku Proficiency Exam

Date: 2005 July 11th Monday [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Who is the biggest otaku? Is your friend Steve a bigger otaku than you? If so why? Well publisher Biblos are going to solve this question finally by holding the first Japanese national unified otaku proficient exam in their August 5th Edition of Elfix Magazine.

They claim they want to nurture an "otaku elite to carry the otaku culture through the 21st century".

The Mainichi Daily News explain that the magazine will even grade their otaku awareness level if readers write their answers down on a postcard and send it to the Elfix staff. The best results will be printed in the October 5th edition of the magazine.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

VIZ Media Makes Licensing Deals for "Naruto"

Date: 2005 July 1st Friday [21:29] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC has announced on its website that it has made licensing deals with Bandai America and Hot Topic, Inc. for one of its most popular titles, "Naruto", the action-comedy about a young ninja, infused with the spirit of a powerful fox-demon, who strives to be the greatest ninja of all and learns life lessons along the way. This comes following the announcement of the "Naruto" anime, currently one of the highest rated shows in Japan, debuting on Cartoon Network this fall. VIZ Media currently publishes the "Naruto" manga in the monthly anthology "Shonen Jump", as well as in graphic novel format.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

Sky Blue eCard

Date: 2005 July 1st Friday [18:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

To remind our readers about the UK 8th July release of Sky Blue (the English name for Korean animation Wonderful Days), we're hosting a little eCard for you to feast your eyes on.

Read More... | Source: Sky Blue UK Movie Website

Planet Tokyo Talks Anime Business Blues

Date: 2005 July 1st Friday [18:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Planet Tokyo have posted an interesting article called Talking Anime Business Blues, it covers the current concern about the boom on anime in the USA, and the double edge sword that is fansubbing, which both creates a hype for a series and also takes away DVD sales since fans would already have it on fansub (this is a long running debate in anime fandom and most fans operate on the policy that if they have the fansub and like it, they'll buy the DVD, otherwise they'll delete it).

Source: Planet Tokyo

Initial D Live-Action opens in Asia

Date: 2005 July 1st Friday [7:30] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

The new live-action film Initial D opened last weekend in five Asian Markets and was number one in three of them. In Hong Kong it was shown on 99 screens, China-450 screens and Malaysia.

Based on the Japanese manga, Initial D began shooting on the 2nd June 2004 and it was directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, who also co-directed Infernal Affairs. The film was shot in locations in China and Japan and features Edison Chen as Takumi, the delivery boy who becomes a street racing legend.

Initial D was also the top Chinese-Language film in Taiwan and Singapore and was the top opening of the year in all three markets. No word was said yet on the U.S release and its Japanese Release is scheduled for September.

Source: ICv2

CPM Offers Anime Classics at Lower Prices

Date: 2005 June 29th Wednesday [19:46] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime > DVD

Central Park Media has announced that it will be re-releasing a select number of its classic titles at the lower, more affordable price of $9.95 Suggested Retail Price. CPM joins fellow distributors ADV Films and U.S. Manga Corps in offering anime titles at such prices.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

Nippon Animation Co Ordered to Pay Loyalties to Voice Actors

Date: 2005 June 29th Wednesday [6:54] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to the Mainichi Daily News on Tuesday the Supreme Court ordered Japan's largest animation production company to pay royalties to voice actors and actresses for the sales of videotapes of animated films in which they acted.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Aichi To Keep Satsuki's and Mei's House

Date: 2005 June 27th Monday [14:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Following on from several stories about Satsuki's and Mei's House, Anime News Network cite Yahoo! News Japan, stating that the popular attraction at the World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan will stay in Aichi. Previously several other groups and cities all took a keen interest in hosting the replica house from My Neighbor Totoro.

Apparently the house will be transferred to the Aichi prefecture in September, they will not have to pay to buy the house, however they have been concerned about it's high cost to maintain. The Otaku News Crew believe that the building must attract a lot of soot sprites!

Source: Anime News Network

Anime Action Figures to be Launched

Date: 2005 June 26th Sunday [10:23] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to ICv2 FUNimation has given the rights to Southern Island LLC. of Phoenix Arizona to create action figures for Case-Closed, Full-Metal Alchemist, Blue Gender and Fruits Basket.

The four-year licenses will allow Southern Island to develop highly articulated 6" to 8" action figures for all four popular anime series as well as deluxe 10" to 12" action figures, plus busts and statues for Fruits Basket and Blue Gender. Action figures from all four properties should be available in 2006, with prototypes exhibited as early as the American International Fall Toy Show in October.

Source: ICv2

Galaxy Express 999 to become live-action

Date: 2005 June 22nd Wednesday [9:17] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, chinese director Jeff Lau is planning to produce a film based on Leiji Matsumotoís Galaxy Express 999 manga. The film will be titled "Galaxy Princess" and it will be a loose adaptation of the actual manga. It will star Sammo Hung, Gordon Liu, Yuen Wah, Bruce Leung, Stephen Fung, Gillian Chung and, Charlene Choi. The Live-Action is scheduled to be released early next year and production will start this coming August.

Source: Anime News Network

Only 49 Places Left at AyaCon

Date: 2005 June 21st Tuesday [19:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Popular UK Anime convention AyaCon are now down to their last 49 places. The convention always proves a hit and once it has sold out getting a ticket to the event is very hard, normally people have to wait for registered members to cancel.

AyaCon 5 is set to be the biggest UK anime convention to date with 1200 fans in attendance. Currently hosting an anime convention of this size is tricky and it's always nice to know that the people running the convention have experience and a proven track record at organising anime conventions. So book now to avoid disappointment.

What will be interesting to see is where will anime conventions go after this. Anime and manga is getting increasingly popular in the UK and more events are being held all the time. Surely more people will want to go to anime conventions run by anime fans like AmeCon, AyaCon and MinamiCon, however there are a only a limited number of venues that can cater for a fan run anime convention in the UK larger than 1200 people, anything bigger and all sorts of logistical factors kick in making organising an event a lot more complex. The Otaku News Crew wonder what will happen next, will these conventions continue with the same capacity, or will they be able to find even bigger venues to hold larger events? Whatever happens we certainly look forward to future fan run anime conventions.

Source: AyaCon

"Battle Angel" Delayed?

Date: 2005 June 21st Tuesday [17:54] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bad news for anime and action film fans. Anime News Network, on a report from "Hollywood Reporter", has announced that the live action film adaptation of "Battle Angel", to be directed by Hollywood heavy-hitter James Cameron, may be delayed. The only reason being given by Cameronís Lightstorm Entertainment at this time is that the storyís script is proving difficult to adapt. Despite rumors to the contrary, there has been no mention of any potential to cancel the project.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Geeky Girl Otaku

Date: 2005 June 19th Sunday [16:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Here at Otaku News, not only do we cover anime news, manga news and news for fans of Japan, but we also like to run stories on otaku! We have to, otherwise we would have to search for another name! ^_-

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running a story about Female Otaku in Japan and fandom from their perspective. It certainly makes an interesting read. You'll also learn that Ikebukuro is the otaku girls paradise, while Akihabara is the guys (but everyone probably already knows about Akihabara, the electronic district in Tokyo).

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Gonzo to Release Agito with Silver hair

Date: 2005 June 18th Saturday [7:26] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Gonzo has announced that GINIRO NO KAMI NO AGITO (Agito with Silver Hair) will be released New Years 2006.

The wasteland that Agito lives in is 300 years in the future. Failed DNA manipulation experiments have lead to a state of aggression between the "forest" and humans. One day, Agito meets Tula, a girl from the past. It is up to Tula to restore civilization, and to help her, Agito makes a contract with the "forest," obtaining forbidden powers. With his newfound powers, Agito's hair has become silver - where will Tula's "mission" and Agito's forbidden power take the story?

This is the first original full-length feature film by Gonzo and the trailer can be seen on Gonzoís official website: http://www.gin-iro.jp

Source: Akadot

Highlander: The Anime

Date: 2005 June 17th Friday [18:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

The Highlander is back. And this time, heís anime. Anime News Network announced that a 43-second trailer for a new anime film based on the cult sci-fi classic is available at Highlander-official.com. The 80-minute film, entitled "Highlander: Vengeance", is animated by Madhouse and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It is expected to come out in spring of 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Gundam Zeta Movie 2 Release in Japan

Date: 2005 June 14th Tuesday [9:02] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Service, the second Mobile Suit Gundam Zeta film "Lovers", will be released in theatres across Japan on Saturday October 29th. Advance tickets have already began selling and the number of theaters selling such tickets has increased after the proven success of the first movie.

Source: Anime News Service

New Eva Movie Box sets

Date: 2005 June 13th Monday [22:11] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Manga Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing the two movies based on the hit anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion", "Death & Rebirth" and "The End of Evangelion", in a special edition box set. The set is set to be released on July 26, 2005 with a suggested retail price of $49.98.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment

Change in Plans for "Patlabor" Release

Date: 2005 June 10th Friday [18:43] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media just announced on their website that will be slightly altering its plans for the upcoming release of the final DVD volume of "Patlabor: The Mobile Police-The TV Series". The DVD collection for volumes 9-11, set for release on August 9, will be reduced in price from $49.95 SRP (suggested retail price) to $29.95 SRP.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

CPM To Release

Date: 2005 June 7th Tuesday [21:39] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media announced on their website that will be releasing the final DVD volume to their long running series, "Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The Series". The August release will see the final episodes featuring the adventures of the SV2 Squad, the special section of the police that handles crimes committed using Labors, humanoid robots used in heavy construction in a near-future Tokyo.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media website

Bandai Releases Screenshots From Upcoming Inuyasha Game

Date: 2005 May 25th Wednesday [7:13] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Gaming

According to the Anime News Network, Bandai has released screenshots from the upcoming PS2 game: Inuyasha Feudal Combat.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

IMAF Winner Featured on BBC

Date: 2005 May 24th Tuesday [12:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Those alert people at UKAnime.com (who seem unable to hyperlink to us correctly when mentioning our articles) have discovered an article on the BBC Birmingham Website which reports on the talented Asia Alfasi, winner of the Kids Character Design in the IMAF 2004 competition, who drew on her heritage to create Monir a feisty young Arabian. Details of the other winners can be found on this previous Otaku News article.

Source: BBC Birmingham

Blood At AyaCon

Date: 2005 May 19th Thursday [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The popular UK anime convention AyaCon have announced that their guests for this year will be visual kei band Blood. The last AyaCon had MegaTokyo artist Fred Gallagher who proved to be an excellent choice (a detailed report can be found here).

This seems like an interesting choice for guests, since Blood do not have a direct connection to Anime fandom, unlike MegaTokyo which is read by many anime fans. The Otaku News Crew wonder if more Visual Kei, J-Pop and J-Rock fans will register for the convention, who have no real interested in anime, with just over 300 places left at the time of writing this article AyaCon is selling out fast normally the last 200 or so places tend to go very quickly. We also wonder if the popular J-Pop/Rock party at AmeCon last year had any influence on the committee members.

It's good to see that UK anime conventions are experimenting with the type of guests they have and also take the standard anime convention in a new direction. This is the fifth AyaCon, and based on our previous experiences there the convention is normally very well run and certainlly well worth attending.

Read More... | Source: AyaCon

Brand New FUNimation

Date: 2005 May 18th Wednesday [21:12] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

FUNimation Productions, Ltd, which has brought numerous anime titles such as Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and most recently Fullmetal Alchemist to American audiences, announced on its website earlier this month that they will be changing their name, following the recent purchase of the company by the Navarre Corporation. "Nothing major," according to the announcement, "just a name that more accurately reflects our company's evolution."

Read More... | Source: FUNimation

Anime Releases On CD Japan

Date: 2005 May 14th Saturday [8:12] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Notable Future Releases on CD Japan will include various anime goodies ranging from Action Figures to Movie and Special Anime Soundtracks to limited addition DVD's of anime series.

Read More... | Source: CD japan

ADV Films Launches New Titles Exclusively At London Expo

Date: 2005 May 12th Thursday [17:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

With the London Expo this weekend, the anime village is beginning to sound more exciting the more we hear about it. Sweatdrop will be there, and ADV Films UK have just revealed that they will screening some of their titles in exclusive first showings! This includes Gravion, DNAngel and Mezzo.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Princess Ai Collectible Dolls out in Summer

Date: 2005 May 12th Thursday [8:32] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to ICv2 12" and 7" collectible Dolls of the famous series Princess Ai will be available for sale this summer. Bleeding Edge and LA Based Collectible Manufacturer will be manufacturing the line of collectible dolls.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Geneon Release Anime On PSP

Date: 2005 May 9th Monday [18:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network are currently highlighting a story on Modojo.com about anime on Sony's PSP Handheld system, Geneon Entertainment plan to release Appleseed and Samurai Champloo on UMD on July 5 in North America. Appleseed will be priced at $19.95 only a few cents less than the DVD version, while Samurai Champloo will be $14.98, with the DVD version around $23. It should be noted that the UMD versions will not have the extras that the full DVD versions will have. For more details check a full report on Video Business Online

Source: Anime News Network

Anime Postage Stamps

Date: 2005 May 7th Saturday [7:06] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Retail

Japanese ministry of posts and telecommunications will release a set of stamps dedicated to the 'Anime Hero and Heroine' series of stamps during 2005 with the 1st to the 3rd print run designed already.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

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Recent News
Blade of the Immortal UK Cinema Screening Details
Fireworks UK Anime Cinema Screening Reminder
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
Ronja The Robber's Daughter UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details
An Interview with Little Witch Academia Creators
Perfect Blue UK Halloween Cinema Screening Review
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
Fireworks UK Anime Cinema Screening Details
Your Name DVD Competition

Recent DVD Reviews

One Punch Man Collection 1
One Punch Man Collection 1
Digimon Adventure Tri
Nisekoi: False Love (Season 2 Complete)
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Heart Throb (Blu-ray)
When Marnie Was There
Sound Euphonium! (Streaming 1-14)
Golden Time Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Terror In Resonance (Blu-ray)
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Season 1)

DVD Review Archive

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