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Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan Exhibition in London

Date: 2017 April 12th Wednesday [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans who can get to London from the end of May to the start of September will want to head over to House of Illustration who will be hosting an exhibition on Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan.

Visitors will be treated to the background artwork from classic sci-fi anime feature films including Ghost in the Shell (1995), The Patlabor: The Movie (1989) and Metropolis (2001), by Mamoru Oshii and Atsushi Takeuchi.

House of Illustration is the UK’s only public gallery and education space dedicated solely to illustration so is the ideal place to run an event on anime artwork. It's located a short walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations. The exhibition is set to run from 26th May to 10th September 2017. It's closed on Mondays. There is an £8.25 admission charge, this will give you access to all 3 galleries.

Read More... | Source: House of Illustration

An interview with Psycho-Pass Director Naoyoshi Shiotani

Date: 2016 November 29th Tuesday [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The MCM London Comic Con is always great for anime guests! This time around at the October 2016 event on of the anime guests of honour was Naoyoshi Shiotani. Working for Production I.G, he's directed a few titles including the hugely popular dystopian future anime Psycho-Pass. The good folks at Anime Limited arranged to the director over to the UK just in time to promote the UK home video release of the Psycho-Pass Movie.

Rather than sending our editor to interview him, we wanted to send in a Psycho-Pass super fan. So we sent in Nes who cosplayed as antagonist Makishima while interviewing Mr Shiotani. Not only did it make for an interesting interview, Nes managed to find some interesting insights into the series that many fans may have not been aware of!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani to attend MCM London Comic Con October 2016

Date: 2016 October 6th Thursday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

When it comes to anime guests the MCM London Comic Con never disappoints. For this Comic Con they've just announced the special anime guest of honour Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani. Best known for directing dystopian future anime, he's also directed Tokyo Marble Chocolate and worked on Production I.G’s first 3DCG animated feature, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror.

He'll be at the comic con to present an on-stage panel as well as signing autographs. So if you fancy getting your Dominator signed, now's your chance!

MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016 at Excel London

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

BFI Southbank London - Anime Weekend 2016 Details

Date: 2016 April 25th Monday [15:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London anime fans will want to head to the BFI Southbank for the return of their Anime Weekend. The screenings are held every other year. This screenings are set to run from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016 at the BFI Southbank.

This time around they're showing the original Ghost in the Shell Movie, the new Ghost In the Shell Movie called Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (you can read more about the naming here), Empire of the Corpses, Psycho-Pass: The Movie, The Boy and the Beast. There'll also be a special screening and QA of anime Harmony, the QA features it's director Michael Arias (who also directed Tekkonkinkreet and produced The Animatrix).

The BFI also suggest you catch their screening of the latest (and currently last) Studio Ghibli Film When Marnie Was There.

The BFI anime screenings have proved to be very popular in the past. As always we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

Miss Hokusai Screening Review

Date: 2016 February 1st Monday [13:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Features

Whether I'm reviewing or not, when I go in to watch a new feature film, I try to read up on it as little as possible. With Miss Hokusai, I had only seen the short Japanese trailer (on purpose, so I wouldn't understand everything), and later skimmed the first few paragraphs of the production notes, handed to me when I walked into the screening. What I was expecting was something of a behind-the-scenes, biographical approach to Katsushika Hokusai's life, through his daughter's eyes. But instead I got something a little different.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2015 Details

Date: 2015 November 7th Saturday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese culture looking for something fun to do near Christmas will be interested in Hyper Japan Christmas Market. It's set to run from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November 2015 at Tobacco Dock in London.

There's a ton of things to do at this event. They'll be lots of Japanese food, plenty of stalls with things to buy. Along with a whole host of musical performances from the virtual artist IA to the the cute and rather strange Lady Baby.

Cosplayers and fashion fans will be well represented too.

Anime fans will be pleased to hear that anime studio Production I.G will be represented too with anime director Naoyoshi Shiotani (who directed the Psycho-Pass TV series and movie) and producer Rui Kuroki, who will be giving talks throughout the event.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan Christmas Market

An Interview with Shigeto Koyama - Anime Character Designer

Date: 2015 November 6th Friday [18:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The May and October MCM London Comic Cons are without doubt the biggest geek events in the UK. With over 130,000 people attending this October. It caters for all geeky tastes. Anime fans are also well looked after, each event regularly has an anime guest of honour. The October Comic con played host to Shigeto Koyama, renowned designer, he designed Baymax from Disney movie Big Hero 6. He was also involved in the character designs for fan favourite anime show Kill La Kill, as well as designing the weapons and lots of gear in the well loved game No More Heroes. We were lucky enough to catch up with him and ask some interesting questions.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Anime Limited

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can read our review of film here.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Miss Hokusai Set for UK Release from Anime Limited

Date: 2015 February 27th Friday [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks from UK based anime company Anime Limited have sent us the details of their newest acquisition. Miss Hokusai, a film from anime studio Production I.G (best known for all the Ghost In the Shell titles, plus so much top notch anime). The movie is based on the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura.

It's yet to be released in cinemas in Japan! It opens in Japan on 9th May 2015, with a UK and Irish cinematic release following in October to November of this year, with a home video release to follow.

Production I.G are well known for their high quality animation, so it'll be interesting to see what this feature is actually like.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

An Interview with Mizuho Nishikubo director of Giovanni's Island

Date: 2015 January 10th Saturday [18:06] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Recently, we got a chance to interview Mr. Mizuho Nishikubo, director of Giovanni's Island, and ask him about the film and some of his other works.

The film is going to be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Anime Limited.

You can enter our competition to win a copy of the film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Giovanni's Island Blu-ray Competition

Date: 2014 December 29th Monday [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear about a competition we're currently running. The good folks from Anime Limited have given us one copy of Giovanni's Island to give away on Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Giovanni's Island UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2014 December 26th Friday [17:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us details of their UK release of anime film Giovanni's Island. It's due out on Monday 12th January 2015.

Giovanni's Island is from Production I.G known for it's high quality anime. The film follows a part of Japanese history that will be unknown to many in the west and we're sure will be interesting to anime fans.

The film is available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk on DVD, blu-ray and Ultimate Edition blu-ray.

It should also be noted that recently Anime Limited have been releasing a lot of top notch anime, and as result hurting the Otaku News Team's wallets.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Ghost in the Shell UK Cinema and Limited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook Release Details

Date: 2014 July 28th Monday [15:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear the news that Manga Entertainment UK have sent us. We've been told as it's the 25th anniversary since the original Masamune Shirow manga was released, the film will receive a limited theatrical run at select Picturehouse Cinemas from 27th September 2014. Following on from that on Monday 29th September the movie will get a HD Blu-ray release with a bonus 22-page booklet, in a limited edition steel book. Fans will note that this the first time the original movie has had a high-def release in the UK.

The limited edition Steelbook is available to pre-order now from the Amazon.co.uk now.

Read More... | Source: Amazon.co.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 the theatrical release of A Letter to Momo in the UK

Date: 2013 June 6th Thursday [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

This week is a good week for UK based anime company Anime Limited. They've just released 009 RE:Cyborg in UK cinemas and they're following up this with news of their next UK cinema release. In Winter 2013 they'll be releasing A Letter to Momo. The movie is directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, who is best known as the director behind Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade. They're currently waiting for the dub to be completed in the USA before releasing it in UK cinemas.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

An Interview With Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama

Date: 2013 June 3rd Monday [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

April 2013, it's spring time in London, it should be warm and sunny, but instead it's snowing sideways. We're off to meet renowned anime direction Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of hit titles like Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

009 RE:Cyborg Cinema Review 2

Date: 2013 June 3rd Monday [14:58] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

We're not going to give you one, but two different takes on the latest anime cinema screening of 009 RE:Cyborg. We also have an interview with the film's director Kenji Kamiyama. Here's Eeeper's take on the title.

Working off the notion that all good remakes don't try and make sense of their origins, RE: Cyborg 009 is a fresh and funky look at a classic manga and anime. If you've ever read or watched Shotaro Ishinomori's original tale then you are missing out on a great thing. Despite having a cute exterior with cartoonish designs, Ishinomori's ideas in the background tackle things like racism, war, poverty and the brutal nature of the, then, growing military industrial complex that arose after the Second World War. Kenji Kamiyama's version takes all of these aspects and posits an interesting question? If after we stop fighting nations, ideologies and groups who is left to fight? Ourselves would be the main answer but what if it's not another person but our own values, beliefs and morals? While there is a definable enemy that the main heroes fight, the best way to describe them are antagonists who are created by the situation not by themselves.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

009 RE:Cyborg Cinema Review 1

Date: 2013 June 3rd Monday [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We're not going to give you one, but two different takes on the latest anime cinema screening of 009 RE:Cyborg. We also have an interview with the film's director Kenji Kamiyama. Here's Joe's take on the title.

Production IG's Latest movie is a big budget action adventure based on the manga Cyborg 009 that started in the 1960's. Since then it's had several incarnations with different twists. The film was released in Japan in October 2012 and has already made its way to the UK at the BFI as part of a special screening with a Q&A from director Kenji Kamiyama. It'll also show in Scotland soon before hitting UK cinemas in June 2013 thanks to the good people from Anime Ltd. We like such a speedy turn around and hope it becomes such a regular thing for top notch titles.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

009 Re:Cyborg with Kenji Kamiyama at the BFI Southbank in London April 2013

Date: 2013 March 19th Tuesday [16:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK anime fans will want to head over to the BFI Southbank in London on Thursday 4th April 2013 for a very special screening of 009 Re:Cyborg. The director Kenji Kamiyama will be there for a QA session, he also directed the hugely popular Ghost in the Shell: SAC, along with Eden of the East.

If you're in the UK and can't get to London, fear not 009 Re:Cyborg will be hitting UK cinemas in June 2013. It'll be released by new anime company on the block Anime.Ltd.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

An interview with Production I.G.

Date: 2013 January 12th Saturday [15:28] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Anime

Returning for the second time in 2012, the fourth Hyper Japan festival in November welcomed thousands of visitors to Earls Court for a three day extravaganza of entertainment. The event flourishes every time with an array of Japanese cultural experiences, encompassing fashion, film, games, cuisine and of course anime and manga for people to see.

For anime fans, this Hyper Japan was host to an astounding public event - a panel chaired by Helen McCarthy in which Production I.G. President & CEO Ishikawa Mitsuhisa was joined by esteemed anime critic Hikawa Ryusuke. It was an exciting opportunity to gain unique insight into the Japanese animation industry from one of today's greatest studios and a major modern figure in Japanese cultural criticism.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tachikoma Revoltech Figure - Out December 2012

Date: 2012 October 18th Thursday [15:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

At the moment we don't really cover figures much on Otaku News, but every now and again there's something you just have to shout about, we know that our review of the Perfect Piece Tachikoma proved popular, so we know a lot of our readers will be interested in the pre-orders for the Revoltech No.126 Tachikoma. The figure comes with all the articulation you'd expect from Revoltech, along with with interchangeable hands, and fun accessories like organic oil. It also includes some wheel mounts so you can speed it along re-enacting Section 9's adventures. The thing that makes this model stand apart (or stand-alone sorry, we couldn't resist the pun) is that it's magnetic! So you can also relive those wall climbing moments.

Source: J-List

Eden Of The East: King Of Eden Blu-ray and DVD release details

Date: 2011 April 9th Saturday [18:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Fans of Eden of the East the excellent anime series from Kenji Kamiyama and Production I.G. will be pleased to hear that the first movie Eden Of The East: The King of Eden is out soon. The highly anticipated release follows on from the series.

It's due out on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday April 26th 2011 in the USA from Funimation. While the Blu-ray and DVD is scheduled Monday 6th June 2011 in the UK from Manga Entertainment UK.

As always you can pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon and take advantage of their pre-order price guarantee.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.com in the USA.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com in the USA.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.

Source: Funimation

Lucky Star Manga 6 out now and Bandai NYAF news roundup

Date: 2010 October 12th Tuesday [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Bandai Entertainment have sent us details fresh from NYAF including that Lucky Star Manga Volume 6 is out today. You can order it from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

The original Mobile Suit Gundam will be released as a two part DVD under the Anime Legend range.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is going to get a US blu-ray release, details and dates still to be confirmed.

Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is coming to blu-ray.

K-ON! Season 1 will be released on DVD and blu-ray, and will be released over 4 parts. Additionally they'll be releasing a standard and special addition which features a CD (with tracks to be confirmed).

Gundam 00 movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer has also got a North AMerican release, again details and release dates to be confirmed.

Read More... | Source: Bandai Entertainment

The Anime Machine: An Illustrated Lecture at London's BFI Southbank

Date: 2010 June 23rd Wednesday [15:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of futuristic technology and anime who can get to London will want to head over to the BFI Southbank on Sunday 11th July 2010 for their special lecture on the world saturated with technology. Called The Anime Machine: An Illustrated Lecture by Thomas Lamarre it's set to start at 6pm. You can also get a joint ticket for a screening of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

Fans of more tradional Japanese cinema will want to consider the BFI Southbank season of Akira Kurosawa and His Influence.

As always we advise booking in advance for such events to avoid disappointment.

Source: BFI Southbank

Original Laughing Man Creator Dies

Date: 2010 January 28th Thursday [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Author JD Salinger dies, aged 91. Anime fans who have seen Ghost in the Shell : Stand Alone Complex, will be aware of the Laughing Man. The Japanese producers of the series created the antagonist after being inspired by a short story by JD Salinger, which was called The Laughing Man.

The logo used in Ghost In the Shell : Stand Alone Complex also references Catcher in the Rye, his best known work.

Source: BBC News

London Ghost in the Shell 2.0 Screening

Date: 2009 June 16th Tuesday [14:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans should keep Tuesday 21st July 2009 free, as the Barbican will be holding a special screening of Ghost in the Shell 2.0. The remastered version of the original Ghost in the Shell features new CGI, animation and a remixed orchestral score. The feature will be introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy.

As always with these events we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Blood The Last Vampire Live Action Movie

Date: 2009 May 4th Monday [8:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

A live action version of Blood the Last Vampire is due to hit the cinemas soon! Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, have acquired the rights for screenings in the US. For more details check out the official website. There's no release date yet, but it'll be hitting the screens this summer!

Read More... | Source: Blood the Last Vampire Movie Website

Perfect Piece Tachikoma Review

Date: 2007 December 31st Monday [10:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

With the holiday season coming to a close, some of you may have some extra cash to spend, this article might tempt some of that money away from you.

Anime fandom like most kinds of fandom is always susceptible to merchandising, and lets face it there is a lot of plastic tat out there, if you can print onto it, engrave it, or mould it, it's had some sort of anime merchandising. However every now and again something good comes along, so we thought it would be nice to do a product review to gauge our readers reactions and see if it's the sort of thing Otaku News readers want.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Barbican UK Anime Season Continues

Date: 2007 May 29th Tuesday [18:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just got back from the Barbican in London and seen the fantastic Satoshi Kon movie, Paprika, introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy. We highly recommend the next two events just to hear Helen's insight on the subjects. On 26 June 2007 they'll be showing plenty of Guyver, while on 31 July 2007 they'll be showing a Production I.G. double bill of Le Chevalier D'Eon and Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Sci-Fi-London 2007 anime all-nighter

Date: 2007 April 5th Thursday [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've got the details from the Sci-Fi-London regarding their anime all-nighter. The line up looks to be the best yet. The anime all nighter is set to run on Saturday 5th May from 11pm. The line up is as follows:

Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
Paprika
Le Chevalier D'Eon
Highlander: Search for vengence
Full Metal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa

We're excited to see the new follow up to Ghost In the Shell: Stand alone complex - Solid State Society, and it's worth going for that alone. However Paprika by Satoshi Kon (the director behind Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Paranoia Agent) is another must see title. We're really impressed that they'll be showing them both on the same screening. The other titles are worth watching too. We suggest you make it a weekend of anime, go along to the anime all nighter, and then go to the London Anime Club the following day.

We also advise you book soon to avoid disappointment they sold out within 10 days last year.

Friday 4th May 2007, will show the UK Premiere of Ghost In the Shell: Solid State Society.

Read More... | Source: Sci-Fi-London

ADV acquires Le Chevalier D'Eon for the UK

Date: 2006 November 2nd Thursday [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

The friendly guys over at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their latest acquistion from Production IG, Le Chevalier D'Eon. Currently they haven't set a release date which is a bit of a pain, not even a rough time frame is mentioned, however it does say that they have UK Video, TV and Video on Demand rights.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

New Time, Same Race

Date: 2006 July 20th Thursday [11:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network has announced that IGPX, the hit original Cartoon Network series produced in collaboration with Production I.G., will be moving to a new night and time. The futuristic racing show will air on Friday nights at 12:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time, beginning July 21. The series originally aired on Saturday nights as part of Cartoon Network's weekend Toonami line-up, and is returning after a brief hiatus. No reasons for the time change have been given at this time.

Source: Anime News Network

South Bank Show Anime Special

Date: 2006 January 26th Thursday [18:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us a press release about an anime special South Bank Show, which is due to air on Sunday 19th of February. Some researchers for the South Bank Show even made the steps of visiting the London Anime Club to get the low down from British anime fans. Interestingly enough the press release also has some details about Jonathan Ross' recent Asian Invasion, stating that it got over 310,000 viewers, a BBC4 record (it's now clear however if this figure is for just the first screening of the show, or if the repeat screened later in the week is included too).

ITV4 will also be screening the original Ghost In The Shell movie on Saturday 4th March (we belive it's the dub version), so if you haven't seen it yet catch it!

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy On Long List for Oscars

Date: 2005 November 17th Thursday [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have just published a press release revealing the long list of ten films to compete for the Animated Feature Oscar. Three of the top films on the list will then go on to be nominated for the Oscar. Anime fans should be cheering for Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy.

It's clear to see that the competition is very tough this year, with Madagascar, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; also in the running.

Read More... | Source: Oscars.org

New King of Fighters Anime Concept Art

Date: 2005 August 28th Sunday [19:23] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Manga

Production IG are currently working on a short anime based on the King of Fighters videogame from SNK. News on the actual release is currently unknown, but sources tell me to await further news at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show 2005, held on the 16th September.

You can see some concept art at the Game Watch website: http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/game/docs/20050823/kof.htm

Source: NeoGeoForLife Website

Skwigly Interviews Mitsuhisa Ishikawa

Date: 2005 April 20th Wednesday [12:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Production I.G.

UK animation magazine Skwigly features a brief interview with Mitsuhisa Ishikawa producer of Ghost in the Shell 2 in it's print edition (with the Valiant cover page 15). Among other things it discusses Production IG’s international ambitions and Ishikawa’s strong thoughts on 'British Anime'. The magazine is available from the website.

Source: Skwigly

Cartoon Network and Production I.G. Team Up

Date: 2005 April 4th Monday [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Today, the folks at Cartoon Network and Production I.G. have announced their lastest project for Toonami's first original series. IGPX aims to blend the quality and style of anime with Western storytelling. It's set to be a combination of traditional and CGI animation, which will debut in Fall 2005 in the USA.

Read More... | Source: Production I.G.

Ghost In The Shell SAC - Volume 3 UK DVD Details

Date: 2005 February 27th Sunday [19:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Manga Entertainment have sent us the details for the UK release of Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex - Volume 3. It's due out on 25th April 2005 and features more fun and games from the Laughing Man.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment

Ghost In The Shell 2 Misses Out At Oscars

Date: 2005 January 25th Tuesday [12:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Following our previous story about Ghost In The Shell 2 being eligible for an Oscar, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the three nominees for animated feature film, which are The Incredibles, Shark Tale and Shrek 2, so Ghost In The Shell 2 : Innocence is not in the running. Dreamsworks also released Shrek 2 and Sharks Tale along with Ghost In The Shell 2, so they've got their fair share of nominations! The Otaku News Crew wonder if the lack of a dubbed version put board members off the only anime film eligible this year.

Source: Oscar.com

The Laughing Man - Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex's Hacker Logo

Date: 2004 November 29th Monday [11:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

The hit series Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex, features a logo for hacker and cyberterrorist "The Laughing Man", in the show he is only identified by his logo which forms a distinct part of the Standalone Complex imagery. I discovered that Paul Nicholson of Terratag designed the logo for Production I.G.

Join us as Otaku News interview Paul about creating an icon in anime!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Passes $1 Million at the Domestic Box Office.

Date: 2004 November 29th Monday [10:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just heard from Go Fish Pictures that Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence has grossed an estimated $1,011,000 USD to date. According to Go Fish, this makes it the top grossing anime movie ever on a limited release with less than 100 screens, and the number 7 anime film in history.

Read More... | Source: Go Fish Pictures

Howl's Moving Castle World Release Details

Date: 2004 November 21st Sunday [7:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

According to the Yomiuri On-line Newspaper Studio Ghibli have announced that their latest film Howl's Moving Castle will be released in Korea on December 24th and then in France, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It will be released in about 50 countries. Regarding the US release, Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki says that he has heard Howl is likely to recive a wider cinema release than Spirited Away did.

Posters on the Miyazaki Mailing List suggest that you don't get your hopes up too high until US details are confirmed.

Source: Yomiuri On-line

US TV Ratings For Ghost In the Shell : Stand Alone Complex

Date: 2004 November 14th Sunday [9:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

ICv2 are reporting on the viewing figures for Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The show was aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on Satuday November 6th and ranked number one with the 12-34 demographic against all ad-supported cable shows.

Source: ICv2

Ghost In The Shell 2 Eligible for Oscar

Date: 2004 November 5th Friday [17:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that eleven animated films are eligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards.

The BBC have published an article about all the features that are running. Anime News Network also have more details.
This year Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the only anime eligible, the eleven films will compete for a maximum of three nominations, to be announced in January. One of the three nominations will then win the Oscar.

This is the forth year for the best animated feature Oscar, which was first awarded to Shrek in 2001. Then anime history was made with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away winning in 2002, making it the first anime title to ever win an Academy award. Finding Nemo won in 2003.

Source: BBC News

Bandai and Atari Announce Release for GITS:SAC

Date: 2004 November 1st Monday [12:39] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

For all you Playstation 2 owners out there, Bandai and Atari have announced the EU release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The game follows a similar format to the television series of the same name allowing the player to play as Motoko Kusanagi, Bateau, or the Tachikoma combat robot working for the mysterious 'Section 9' anti-terrorist division.

Read More... | Source: GamesIndustry.biz

More Anime and Manga Write ups in Mainstrem Press

Date: 2004 October 23rd Saturday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Some publications have discovered anime and it seems that they want to write lots of details about it. The on-line edition of Australian Newspaper The Age (registration required) have just published a great article covering recent events in Japanese anime, it has quotes from various figureheads in the industry and mentions Mamoru Oshii, Production I.G, Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki too. This one of those articles that is good to show to your friends who think that anime and manga is not taken seriously by the mainstream press.

Source: The Age

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence - Production Journal

Date: 2004 October 15th Friday [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Having been busy working for and interviewing Production I.G. Staff, Justin Leach has put up a fascinating Production Journal about his work on Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. It has all sorts of interesting titbits such as Oshii's skill at drawing storyboards, how Justin's knowledge or weaponry has increased (pretty scary if you ask me) and things you never really consider like the amount of effort that goes to putting a small doll on a car rear view mirror!

Source: VFX World

Ghost In The Shell 2 Coming To Canada

Date: 2004 October 12th Tuesday [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just heard from the folks at Go Fish Pictures some news that will please our Canadian readers. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, will debut in Montreal on October 14th followed by Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton on October 29th. Figures for the US box office have been positive, so it will be interesting to see if the pattern continues in Canada too.

Read More... | Source: Go Fish Pictures

Leeds International Film Festival Has Anime and Live Action Treats

Date: 2004 October 9th Saturday [13:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime-Europe has brought to our attention the Leeds International Film Festival. They mention the official UK premier of Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence (Sat 6th Nov - 8.30pm, Sun 7th Nov - 6.15pm) and Steamboy (Sat 6th Nov - 6.15pm, Sun 7th Nov - 8.15pm), both of these films are hotly anticipated by anime fans, myself included.

Also recomended is the Fanomenon Film Strand, with some other top notch cult live action Japanese cinema.

The Otaku News crew suggest you check out:
- Electric Dragon 80,000V
- The Live Action version of Cutie Honey (directed by Hideaki Anno of Evangelion fame).
- Doppleganger
- Izo
- Ju-on: The Grudge 2

Then there's Otakus In Love the film title explains what it's about, I'll have to put that on my to watch list for the title alone! ^_-

Also if you liked Hero, you will really want to see House of Flying Daggers.

Source: Leeds International Film Festival

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