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Hayao Miyazaki Box Set Blu-ray UK Release Details

Date: 2014 November 4th Tuesday [15:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based fans of Oscar winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki will be very pleased to hear about Studio Canal's latest boxset. The Hayao Miyazaki Box Set is due out Monday 8th December 2014, just in time Christmas. The blu-ray collection features 11 of his films from Castle of Cagliostro to The Wind Rises.

The limited edition set comes with an exclusive bonus disc, a booklet plus a box featuring a self portrait of the epic director in his classic pig style. Each disc is also presented in a special art sleeve.

The set is available for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk. It retails at £180.

Read More... | Source: Studio Canal

Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno Live Action Movie UK Cinema Release Details

Date: 2014 November 3rd Monday [15:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks from Warner Bros. UK have sent us details about their latest cinema release Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno.

The second live action movie follows the Kyoto arc of the popular franchise. Kenshin must face the demons of his past and fight opponents as ruthless as he used to be before taking his vow never to kill again.

The films arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 28th November 2014, so check your local cinema.

If you've missed the first movie you can grab it from Amazon.co.uk in it's special Steelbook blu-ray edition.

Read More... | Source: Warner Bros. UK

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 Details - Reminder

Date: 2014 October 29th Wednesday [17:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Are you looking for Christmas Japanese Culture fun in London? Well Hyper Japan have got something for you! on Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014 they'll be running the Hyper Japan Christmas Market at National Hall, Olympia, London.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Record numbers at MCM London Comic Con as attendance tops 110,000

Date: 2014 October 29th Wednesday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Last weekend was all about the MCM London Comic Con, which ran from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014. The good folks running the event have just sent us details of the attendance, with over 110,000 people visiting. This is up from over 101,000 people in May 2014 and 88,000 in October 2013.

To take the increasing numbers into account the show as 12,000 square metres bigger than in May 2014.

The next MCM London Comic Con is scheduled for Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015.

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

Toyota to launch Manga Inspired Adventures at the MCM London Comic Con

Date: 2014 October 14th Tuesday [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The MCM London Comic Con is almost here! We've just been sent details of an interesting product launch. Toyota will be revealing a manga styled adventure story to promote their new Aygo.

They've commissioned British based professional comic artist and illustrator Sonia Leong to create the artwork along with an original story. Sonia is no stranger to the UK anime and manga scene she is a member of popular UK artist collective and publishers Sweatdrop.

More details about the Aygo and it's manga inspired story will be revealed at the MCM London Comic on on Friday 24th October 2014 at the Toyota booth.

The MCM Expo is set to run from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014 at the ExCel Centre in London.

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

Yen Press NYCC licence roundup

Date: 2014 October 11th Saturday [10:07] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Yen Press announce their 2014/2015 licences at New York Comic Con.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Junko Mizuno at the London Comica Festival 2014

Date: 2014 October 8th Wednesday [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

London based manga fans will be very excited to hear about a talk hosted manga artist Junko Mizuno. She'll be in London giving an exclusive talk for Comica Festival at popular bookshop Foyles at Charing Cross Road on Wednesday 22nd October 2014. Arrive at 6.30pm for 7.00-8.30pm. Tickets cost £8. As always we suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There will also be the first ever selling exhibition of her originals, prints and other items in London. Which will run at Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP from October 20th to 28th as part of Comica Festival. With thanks to GB Sasakawa Foundation, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, and Lakes International Comic Art Festival from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014.

Read More... | Source: Comica Festival

Attack On Titan Part 1 UK Blu-ray Competition

Date: 2014 September 17th Wednesday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Attack On Titan Part 1 on Blu-ray to give away.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gekiga: Alternative Manga Exhibition in London

Date: 2014 September 16th Tuesday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

London based readers looking to discover a different side of manga will be very interested to hear about the Gekiga: Alternative Manga From Japan. This will run at Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street (which is near the British Museum). It's set to run from Tuesday 23rd September to Saturday 29th November 2014.

It's not every day you get a chance to see manga like this on exhibition, so go and visit it while it's on!

The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a talk on Gekiga in London on Thursday 25th September 2014 (we've had this on the Otaku Calendar for a while).

Thanks to the good folks at The Japanese Gallery for telling us about the exhibition.

Read More... | Source: Cartoon Museum

Psycho-Pass Complete Season 1 Collection UK Blu-ray Competition

Date: 2014 September 11th Thursday [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Psycho-Pass Complete Season 1 Collection on Blu-ray to give away.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Top Anime Director Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con October 2014

Date: 2014 September 5th Friday [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con returns this October 2014. As always UK based anime fans are in for a treat.

The good folks running MCM London Comic Con got in touch with us to tell us that this time around the Anime Guest of Honour is renowned anime director Shinichiro Watanabe. The man is well known for fusing anime with different musical styles. His work is highly regarded (and rightly so). He's the force behind Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids On The Slope. More recently, he's also directed Space Dandy and Terror In Resonance.

He'll be appearing on stage, plus attending the Anime Limited stand to sign autographs (exact times will be announced closer to the date), he's also here to promote the UK home video launch of Space Dandy and Terror In Resonance.

We were lucky enough to interview him last year at the MCM London Comic Con in May 2013.

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

MCM London Comic Con October 2014 Exclusive Pre-order T-shirt from Genki Gear

Date: 2014 September 5th Friday [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

It's that time of year again! This October from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th geeks will descend on London for the MCM London Comic Con. 3 days of fun for all the different kinds geek spectrum, otaku, gamers, film fans, cosplayers, will all be well represented. As is tradition the good folks at Genki Gear will have an MCM London Comic Con Exclusive Official T-Shirt. It will be available for pre-order and features a sweet monster design.

The t-shirt is available from www.genkigear.com or the official MCM Store.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 Details

Date: 2014 September 3rd Wednesday [15:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK fans of Japanese culture will be pleased to hear about Hyper Japan's next event. The Christmas Market is set to run from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014 at National Hall, Kensington Olympia in London. We visited their last event in July and had lots of fun. So it's worth setting a date in your calendar or even your Otaku Calendar, as it's a great place to get some Christmas shopping done in advance.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Anime director Shingo Natsume to be guest of honour at MCM Scotland Comic Con 2014

Date: 2014 July 18th Friday [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've already mentioned that the MCM Manchester Comic Con is about to start, but planning ahead anime fans will be interested in the MCM Scotland Comic Con set to run at Glasgow's SECC from Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th September 2014. Otaku will pleased to hear that anime director Shingo Natsume will be the guest of honour at the September event. Director has an impressive CV and is currently directing Space Dandy alongside Shinichiro Watanabe.

As always, we've added details of the event to the Otaku Calendar.

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

MCM Manchester Comic Con July 2014 Details

Date: 2014 July 16th Wednesday [15:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans and geeks in general will want to head to Manchester this weekend for the MCM Manchester Comic Con. The event is set to run from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th July 2014 at Manchester Central. Popular anime companies will be there including Manga Entertainment UK and Anime Limited will be there selling their wares.

So head over to stand number 811, to find Manga Entertainment UK, Anime Limited and MVM titles on sale.

They'll also be some voice actors at the show including Bryce Papenbrook (who'll be voicing Eren in Attack on Titan), DC Douglas, along with Vic Mignogna who is best known as voicing Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist (he's voiced loads).

Plus the MCM Manchester Comic Con will play host to the EuroCosplay Championships where on Saturday one talented person will be selected to represent the UK for the 2014 finals.

You can download the official show guide here.

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

Hyper Japan Event Details - July 2014

Date: 2014 July 3rd Thursday [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture including anime, manga, food, J-Pop, cosplay and more traditional things will want to head to London on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014 for Hyper Japan.

The annual J-culture event returns promising to be it's biggest Hyper Japan yet.

It'll have all sorts of fun things to see and do. Including a game and anime park, fringe market, a section of pure kawaii, plus much more!

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Fairy Tail The Movie: Phoenix Priestess UK DVD and blu-ray release details

Date: 2014 July 1st Tuesday [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

UK Anime fans of the Fairy Tail series will be pleased to hear the news from Manga Entertainment UK. They've sent us details of the upcoming movie release on DVD and blu-ray. Fairy Tail The Movie: Phoenix Priestess will be released on Monday 28th July 2014.

You can pre-order the blu-ray or DVD from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

MCM London Comic Con smashes attendance record, tops 100,000 visitors

Date: 2014 May 29th Thursday [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con for May 2014 has just finished. We're still recovering from the huge event. So much always happen at them! The good folks from the Comic Con have sent us details of the attendance figures. The May 2014 event attracted 101,600 addendies, up from 88,000 in October 2013, and just over 70,000 people in May 2013.

To cope with this huge growth the people running the event booked more floor space at the London Excel Centre and even arranged for extra cash machines to be brought in to cope with all the demand.

At this current growth rate it'll interesting to see how big the October 2014 MCM London Comic Con is!

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

Sailor Moon Now Streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus

Date: 2014 May 19th Monday [15:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

North American based readers who are fans of classic anime Sailor Moon will be pleased to hear that you can now watch it streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus. VIZ Media will premiere SAILOR MOON Episodes 1-4 (subbed) today on its free NeonAlley.com.

Those readers outside North America will note that the streams are geo-locked. So you'll have to find your own local legal rights holder to watch Sailor Moon.

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

Patema Inverted Quad Poster Give Away

Date: 2014 May 17th Saturday [13:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Patema Inverted is out now in selected cinemas across the UK. To celebrate, we've got a very nice quad poster of the anime film to give away. What's a quad poster? Well film buff would already know, it's the standard size poster used in UK cinemas to promote films. They are 40 inches by 30 inches in landscape format.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ghost In The Shell Blu-ray - Limited Edition Steelbook now available for pre-order from Amazon UK

Date: 2014 May 14th Wednesday [16:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans keen to get their hands on the hi-def release of the original Ghost in the Shell Movie, will be pleased to hear that Amazon.co.uk are now taking pre-orders for the title on blu-ray. The limited edition steelbook is due out on Monday 29th September 2014.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Patema Inverted UK Kickstarter funded in 5 hours

Date: 2014 May 7th Wednesday [16:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Once again Anime Limited have proved to be masters of the Kickstarter Campaign, by meeting their crowdfunding target for the definitive edition of Patema Inverted in 5 hours! Not 5 weeks, or even 5 days, but 5 hours! As a result, they've had to add extra rewards too.

The movie is also now out at select UK cinemas. So check out www.patema.co.uk for a screening near you.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Create your own Kaburimono headgear at the Japan Foundation in London

Date: 2014 May 6th Tuesday [16:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from the Japan Foundation in London have sent us details of an upcoming event set to run at the end of May 2014.

Details as follows:

At the end of this month, The Japan Foundation will be hosting three workshops with Japanese artist Norio Nishihara, renowned for making bizarre and outlandish headgear known as "kaburimono". In the workshops, participants can make their very own Kaburimono similar to Nishihara's creations, using newspaper and coloured tape. They can also take their inspiration from almost anything - even their favourite anime or manga characters. The workshops will be held at the Japan Foundation in Russell Square, on the 30th May (3:00pm) and the 31st May (11:00am and 3:00pm).

This event is free, but booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment as there are a limited number of places.

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

Ghost in the Shell UK Limited Edition Blu-ray Steel book details

Date: 2014 May 3rd Saturday [10:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good people from Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us some more news about the up coming release of Ghost In the Shell on Blu-ray. They'll be releasing the original film in hi-def (not the 2.0 version), on a worldwide exclusive limited edition steel book. Manga Entertainment UK have proved very popular with fans with their previous releases of Akira and Ninja Scroll on Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Dragon Ball Season 1 UK DVD Competition

Date: 2014 May 2nd Friday [19:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Dragon Ball Season 1 on DVD to give away.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Anime Limited launch Kickstarter campaign for Patema Inverted UK Definitive Edition

Date: 2014 April 28th Monday [14:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details of their soon to run Kickstarter. This is to enable the company to produce a definitive edition of the movie for UK home release.

The film will be hitting select UK cinemas from Friday 2nd May 2014.

Producing an ultimate edition like this with so many awesome extras can be risky, as it can be hard to gauge the demand for this kind of release. Launching a Kickstarter is a sensible way to figure out the demand. Anime Limited are not new to Kickstarter. They recently ran a hugely successful campaign for Mai Mai Miracle, that smashed stretch goal after stretch goal.

Read More... | Source: Patema Inverted Kickstarter

Explore the East at MCM London Comic Con - JapanEx expands and rebrands as PopAsia

Date: 2014 April 25th Friday [14:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The big London event the MCM London Comic Con is a month away. It'll run at the Excel Centre from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May 2014. The good folks running the Comic Con have just got in touch to tell us that their JapanEx section is expanding to include Korean Pop hits and Indonesian films such as The Raid. As a result they're going to rebrand it to PopAsia.

They'll also have extra sections to temp people including the cute sounding Kawaii Alley. As always they'll have tasty food from the Far East on sale in PopAsia.

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

Hyper Japan 2014 Event Details

Date: 2014 April 17th Thursday [17:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture will be excited to hear about the return of Hyper Japan. The popular event which celebrates everything J-Culture related, including Japanese street fashion, cosplay, anime, manga, Japanese cuisine and of course the more traditional side of Japanese culture is back at London's Earl's Court One.

The event is set to run from Friday 25th July to Sunday 27th July 2014.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Japanese Theatre at artsdepot in North London

Date: 2014 April 14th Monday [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Cultured readers in North London will be interested in hearing about the latest performances at the artsdepot in North Finchley. On Sunday 18th May 2014 at 11am and 2pm, there will be performances of Tales from Old Japan. The family performance has been created for children aged 5+ and their families. It focuses on 3 traditional Japanese tales.

While on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th June 2014 the artsdepot will host the UK premiere of Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich, a darkly humorous look at Japanese consumerism.

Read More... | Source: artsdepot

Attack on Titan UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: 2014 April 11th Friday [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about the UK DVD and blu-ray release of this fan favourite. We've been told that Attack on Titan Part 1 will be coming to DVD, Blu-ray and as a Blu-ray Deluxe Collector's Edition package on 15th September 2014. Part 1 will include episodes 1-12 of the series.

We interviewed WIT Studio the company behind the Attack on Titan anime at the October 2013 MCM London Comic Con.

For UK anime fans who can't wait, you can always watch it (legally) on Crunchyroll.

You can pre-order the Attack on Titan blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK.

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

MCM London Comic Con May 2014 Exclusive Pre-order T-shirt from Genki Gear

Date: 2014 April 10th Thursday [16:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's almost time for the big MCM London Comic Con in May. The event is set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May 2014. As is tradition super t-shirt company Genki Gear have produced a special exclusive design for the event. The theme this time around is a Teeny Tiny Ninja!

It's available as a limited edition pre-order only from the 7th April until the 16th May at Genkigear.com for £16.99. There is also a subtle design change with the MCM logo on the arm this time around.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Babymetal make UK debut at Sonisphere

Date: 2014 April 8th Tuesday [14:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of kawaii metal group Babymetal will be pleased to hear that they'll be making their UK debut at Sonisphere. The metal festival is set to run from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014 at Knebworth Park. Headline acts at Sonisphere include The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Babymetal will be playing at the Bohemia tent on the Sunday.

Read More... | Source: Sonisphere

First MCM Ireland Comic Con Details - April 2014

Date: 2014 April 3rd Thursday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Irish Anime fans in Dublin are in for a treat on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014 as that's when the first ever MCM Ireland Comic Con is set to run at Dublin's RDS.

The event regularly attracts huge crowds around the UK and this April it's Dublin debut marks it's first time in Ireland. Anime fans will be well catered for with two top voice actors - Maile Flanagan, the voice of Naruto, and Bryce Papenbrook, who plays Eren Yeager in Attack On Titan. Plus lots of cosplay goodness including a masquerade.

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

Ghost In the Shell UK Release Details - ARISE and Original Movie

Date: 2014 March 30th Sunday [17:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans of Ghost in the Shell will be pleased to hear the latest news from Manga Entertainment UK.

We've been told that the latest incarnation of the Major's adventures, Ghost in the Shell: ARISE will be released in the UK. At this time they're unable to confirm any details. London based fans will be able to catch ARISE at the BFI in May.

They've also stated that later this year, the original movie of Ghost in The Shell will be released as a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook (to clarify, this is the original version of the film, not the "2.0" version.) More details will be made available on this soon. Anime fans have been screaming out for a blu-ray release of the original version of the hugely influential movie. The 2.0 version of the film replaced the original computer graphics with more current CGI and proved to have a mixed receiption. Fans just wanted the original movie in hi-def, the one they first saw on the big screen.

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Anime Weekend at the BFI Southbank in London - May 2014

Date: 2014 March 25th Tuesday [17:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans are already in for a treat at the BFI Southbank as we've covered before the news on their complete Studio Ghibli retrospective, which includes the latest Ghibli Movie The Wind Rises. Wanting to show even more anime, the BFI Southbank run biennial Anime Weekend, and it's running this year on from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May 2014. They've got an amazing line up and a bit of something for everyone.

They'll be showing Ghost in the Shell Arise Part 1: Ghost Pain, and the UK Premiere of Part 2: Ghost Whispers (on Friday 16th May).

They'll also be showing Patema Inverted, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the European Premiere of Tiger and Bunny: The Rising, One Piece: Strong World, plus Blue Exorcist: The Movie.

We haven't seen all these films, but we really do want to see them all. Especially Ghost in the Shell Arise and the latest Evangelion Movie.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

Anime Limited Announce Space Dandy Season 2 for July 2014

Date: 2014 March 24th Monday [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from anime company Anime Limited have just announced that the second season of Space Dandy will be broadcast from July 2014. Details of the series including episode count are yet to be confirmed. What is confirmed that it will be streamed, dubbed and subbed in in July via Wakanim.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Ranma 1/2 US High definition release details

Date: 2014 March 18th Tuesday [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans after a true classic will be very pleased to hear about the new high definition release of Ranma 1/2 on blu-ray and DVD. The good folks from Viz Media have sent us details about the up coming release. The title is due to hit the shelves on March 25th 2014.

Volume 1 will feature everyone's favourite cursed gender bending boy, in original Japanese broadcast order.

You can see footage of the original release vs. this current High Def release and Blu-ray set Debut.

Pre-order Blu-ray from Amazon.com
Pre-order DVD from Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

Patema Inverted UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: 2014 March 5th Wednesday [1:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans looking for some cinema action will be pleased to hear about the up coming release of Pateman Inverted. The film debuted in the UK as part of the Scotland Loves Anime Screenings, and will be released in cinemas on Friday 2nd May 2014. Anime Limited will be bringing it to the big screen.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

HMV Exclusive Version of Blood C: The Last Dark announced on Blu-ray and DVD

Date: 2014 February 28th Friday [20:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us some details about a HMV exclusive version of Blood C: The Last Dark. The title is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 24th March 2014.

The HMV Exclusive version of Blood C: The Last Dark will be a double play, containing the film both on DVD and Blu-ray, come with a slip cover, a poster and 4 art cards containing visuals from the film.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

BFI Southbank launch complete Studio Ghibli feature film retrospective, including a preview of The Wind Rises.

Date: 2014 February 20th Thursday [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK fans of Studio Ghibli will be very pleased to hear the news we've been sent from the good folks at the BFI. From April to May 2014 the BFI Southbank will launch complete Studio Ghibli feature film retrospective, including a preview of The Wind Rises. They'll be celebrating the Studio's 30th Anniversary.

They'll also be showing a preview of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises. The latest film he's directed and likely to be his last as he says he's retired from film making. The Wind Rises will be screened on a special preview on Wednesday 23rd April 2013.

If you haven't seen a Studio Ghibli feature on the big screen before, we strongly suggest you do. It's a special treat to see these films as they're intend on the big screen!

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

Mai Mai Miracle UK and US Release Kickstarter Update

Date: 2014 February 8th Saturday [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The big news in anime circles this week has been from Anime Limited and their Kickstarter campaign to bring Mai Mai Miracle to home video.

Within the first 18 hours the Kickstarter hit it's $30K (USD) funding goal. So now they're going for a stretch goal. If they hit the goal of $60K, they'll be able to fund a dub. At the time of writing (with 26 days left on the Kickstarter), they have reached just over $54K. You can keep up to date with news about the Kickstarter here or check out Anime Limited's own website.

Source: Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter

Plastic Blue a LGBT Yuri tale continues the return of GEN Manga monthly

Date: 2014 February 4th Tuesday [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Indie Manga publishers GEN Manga have sent us details of their newest releases. Plus an all new season of their manga collection has just launched. All their titles are available to download from their website and are DRM free.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Anime Limited launch Kickstarter campaign for Mai Mai Miracle

Date: 2014 February 3rd Monday [14:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

After spending a few days teasing followers to guess, Anime Limited have announced the details of their Kick Starter Campaign to bring Mai Mai Miracle to the UK and US.

The film has yet to get any English speaking territory home video release, only being shown occasionally at anime film festivals. We first discovered the film at a Barbican Screening in 2009 and were immediately fans. It's made by Mad House, the studio well know for hight quality releases. The film itself has that nostalgic Ghibli like feel to it, with it's own touch of whimsy. We've been wondering why it hasn't had an English language blu-ray or DVD release yet, and we always recommend people see it if they can. It's one of those rare must see family movies.

Anime Limited are aiming to bring it on blu-ray to both the UK and US! For us this is a no brainer. This is a case of shut up and take my money.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

GEN Manga returns with Let's Eat Ramen 3

Date: 2014 January 6th Monday [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest release. They're back with volume 3 of Let's Eat Ramen. Their GEN Manga monthly indie manga has also returned.

We caught up with GEN Manga a few years ago to hear their thoughts on seinen and indie manga.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Christmas 2013 at Fosse Farm the Home of Alice from Kinmoza

Date: 2013 December 19th Thursday [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Without doubt one of our most popular articles this year was our on location coverage of Fosse Farm - Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza. Key scenes in the anime set in England used Fosse Farmhouse as Alice's house.

Caron Cooper who owns and runs the B&B has just got in touch with us to let us know about a special Christmas offer for Otaku news readers -

Double or twin bedrooms in The Stables Cottage (Alice and Shino's Hanafuda house) £99.00 per room per night B&B.

Available from 20/12/2013 - 26/12/2013 inclusive.

Plus a few spaces remaining for our delicious 4 course Christmas Day lunch at £48.00 per person.

Please email caron@fossefarmhouse.com for further details/booking.

Of course if you can't make it to Fosse Farm over Christmas, they do take bookings around the year too!

Source: Fosse Farm

Anime Limited licence Space Dandy TV Series

Date: 2013 December 9th Monday [18:11] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Anime Limited announces licence for new TV series from the creator of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Japanese Gallery Cel Sale in London

Date: 2013 November 25th Monday [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The good folks at the Japanese Gallery in London have sent us details of the cel sale, or as they call it cel sell! The event runs from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December 2013. They'll be offering people who visit the gallery 20% off all anime products as long as you bring this voucher along. You may have seen the Japanese Gallery's anime cels being sold at events like Hyper Japan and the MCM London Comic Con. They actively welcome and encourage cosplayers at this sale.

Read More... | Source: Japanese Gallery

Porco Rosso Blu-ray release details and Studio Ghibli UK Steel Book details

Date: 2013 November 18th Monday [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Christmas as come early for many Ghibli Fans in the UK. Porco Rosso has just got a Blu-ray release in the UK. The adventures of the Crimson Pig over the Adriatic Sea is a classic Miyazaki movie. it's got all the hallmarks you'd expect, aviation, air fights, sea plane pirates and a touch of magic. It's a must see movie.

Keen readers of the Otaku Calendar will already know that Monday 25th November marks the release date of 4 Ghibli Steel Book Sets in the UK. Each set contains the movie on DVD and Blu-ray and comes in a shiny steel case featuring artwork from each film. They'll be releasing My Neighbour Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo and Nausicaa.

We're already drooling over these sets and different members of the Otaku News crew have expressed interested in different copies of these steel books. I'm dropping subtle hints to santa that I would like a copy of *cough* Totoro *cough* on Steel book, even though I've got the original Japanese DVD and UK Blu-ray releases. Yes! I am that much of a Ghibli fan. ^_^;;

Source: Otaku Calendar

Animax Launches in the UK

Date: 2013 October 25th Friday [17:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The first day of the MCM London Comic Con has just ended, we know people are partying into the night, but we're stopping to tell you the latest news from the event.

A new UK streaming / video on demand service has just launched Animax UK. The division of Sony are showing anime on a model similar to BBC iPlayer. The shows are simulcast for everyone to watch for free for 2 weeks. After that they go into the archive where paid subscribers can access the shows. Subscriptions cost £5.99 a month, and will also remove ads from any shows.

Depending on how much anime you watch a month, this could be a good way of catching up with titles without paying for a boxset.

What makes them a bit different, is apart from offering simulcasts they also have movies for paid subscribers, and also offer viewers the choice to watch shows dubbed in English where available, or in Japanese with English subtitles.

If you're going to the MCM London Comic Con this weekend (Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013), you should pop over to their stall for a chance to win a big Sony TV.

It seems along with other legal streaming services Wakanim.co.uk and Crunchyroll, there are lots of ways to watch anime on-line now.

Read More... | Source: Animax

Konami Cosplay Challenge at the October MCM London Comic Con

Date: 2013 October 9th Wednesday [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from Konami UK and the MCM London Comic Con have got in touch to tell us about a cosplay competition they'll be running at the Konami UK stall. UK Cosplayers cosplaying as Konami characters have a chance of winning a Dracula statue from CLOS2.

The MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013.

Read More... | Source: Konami UK

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