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ADV Films Announces February 8 Releases

Date: 2005 January 19th Wednesday [17:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those informative people at ADV US have sent us their release details for February 8th. They've got quite a few titles coming out on that day, looking through the list there's pretty much something for everyone with:

- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum:05
- Get Backers Volume 4
- Mezzo Volume 3 (Final Volume)
- Wedding Peach Volume 9
- Sister Princess Volume 3
- Saint Seiya Volume 10

Normally with these releases we suggest a title or two, but because this selection is so varied, we say go with your instinct this time!

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces February 1 Release Dates

Date: 2005 January 19th Wednesday [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

ADV US have sent us the details for their DVD releases on February 1st. They'll be releasing volume 3 of the popular show Peacemaker along with a live action series Shinobi.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces Release for Volume One of Princess Tutu: Märchen

Date: 2005 January 12th Wednesday [18:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The people over at ADV Films US have sent us the details for a release due out on January 25th, Princess Tutu: Märchen, it's directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Kaleido Star) and Shougo Kawamoto (You're Under Arrest! Season 2). ADV seem to be targeting the same fans who enjoy Sailor Moon and Kaleido Star with this title. So if you like your anime cute and cuddly this seems to be one for you.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Galerians: Rion DVD To Hit The UK

Date: 2005 January 12th Wednesday [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The folks over at Revolver Entertainment have sent us the details for Galerians: Rion, a CG film based on a PlayStation horror game Galerians, I've also wondered, would 3D CGI be classed as anime? Even if it is Japanese? Or is it one of those blurrily borderline questions? Anyway, it's out on the 24 of January, the same week as Cowboy Bebop Volume 1 and 2 are due to hit the stores in the UK.

Read More... | Source: Revolver Entertainment

ADV UK DVD Releases For February 2005

Date: 2005 January 7th Friday [20:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at ADV Films UK have sent us the details for their February releases. The selection looks very promising as always with:

- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Edition vol.1
- Last Exile Volume 2
- Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden Volume 3 (Final)
- Kino's Journey Volume 3
- Azumanga Daioh Volume 4
- Angelic Layer Volume 6
- RahXephon-The Motion Picture: Pluralitas Concentio

The Otaku News Crew feel like their spoilt for choice this month, we recommend Eva Platinum Edition Volume 1, if you haven't already got Evangelion on DVD, Last Exile Volume 2, Azumanga Daioh Volume 4 and RahXephon The Motion Picture. Normally we tend to suggest two titles a month, but it's too hard to pick this time around!

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

ADV Films Announces February 8 Release of Gantz: Game of Death, Volume One

Date: 2005 January 7th Friday [19:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

ADV Films have sent us details about their new US DVD release, the dark and cutting edge Gantz. ADV pride themselves on showing the uncut version of the show, not seen on Japanese television. If you're used to cute anime, this may not be the best title for you, if you like something at the more violent end of the spectrum, then go for Gantz! However readers should not confuse Gantz with a mindless violence anime show (*cough* we'll mention no names here), it actually tackles some issues in a thought provoking manner, the two main characters are actually killed in the first episode (and that's not a spoiler either). Gantz also has a very strong helping of fan service!

The Gantz Volume 1 DVD only has two episodes on it (we believe to licensing difficulties), however the price has been lowered to reflect that.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Japonisme - Cultural Crossings between Japan and the West

Date: 2005 January 7th Friday [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Phaidon Press have sent us details of a new book they are publishing - Japonisme: Cultural Crossings between Japan and the West, by Lionel Lambourne. It focuses on the history of Japanese of the West's extraordinary love affair with Japan. It's due out in May and sounds like an interesting read.

Read More... | Source: Phaidon Press

Cover Competition - The Anime and Electronics Shopping Guide to Tokyo

Date: 2005 January 6th Thursday [18:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

David Cotterill (aka Dragon) has dropped us a line about his new book - The Anime and Electronics Shopping Guide to Tokyo, a self published using print-on-demand technology to ensure that each copy ordered is as up to date as possible, it's due for publication in February. Currently Dragon is running a competition for his book to design the front cover and inside icons for the book. The winning entry will get a free copy of the book and DVD of your choice from United Publications. More details can be found on Anime.org.uk's News Section.

The Otaku News Crew suggest the winner selects a nice DVD boxset. ^_-

Source: David Cotterill

ADV Films Announces January 11 Release Dates

Date: 2005 January 6th Thursday [17:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've got news in from the folks in ADV Films US, not only are they going to release Moeyo Ken: A Clash From the Past, but three other titles too:

- Burn Up!
- Chrono Crusade Volume 3
- The Super Milk-Chan Show Volume 4

So the years just started and ADV USA are churing out the titles, which is nice to see.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films US

ADV Films Announces Release of Moeyo Ken: A Clash From the Past

Date: 2005 January 6th Thursday [15:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at ADV Films have sent us the details for a DVD due out next week - Moeyo Ken: A Clash From the Past. Featuring character designs by Rumiko Takahashi (responsible for the hugely popular Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha) so it looks like one of her own productions. Moeyo Ken, is a standalone DVD (in other words 1 volume only) and is due out on Tuesday 11 January 2005.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Kirin Ichiban Now Prime Marketing Focus For Kirin Brand

Date: 2005 January 5th Wednesday [19:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

Since all Otaku News readers are sophisticated and as a result eat and drink Japanese food and drink at every opportunity, we're certain that they'll be interested in some Japanese beer news for this year.

Kirin Ichiban is to become the prime focus of marketing, promotional and sales activity for the Kirin brand in the UK. In other words, the company in charge of Kirin in the UK would like you to make Kirin Ichiban your beverage of choice.

Read More... | Source: Kirin Ichiban

ADV Kids Announces Release Of Megaman: Upon A Star, Hitting Shelves Today!

Date: 2005 January 4th Tuesday [17:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've just got the details in from ADV Films US about their latest DVD release on their ADV Kid's Label - Megaman: Upon A Star. Capcom's Hero is out to save Japan against the evil mad scientist Dr. Wily! It's out today.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films US

UK DVD - Cowboy Bebop Volume 1 First Impressions

Date: 2005 January 3rd Monday [11:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The Otaku News Crew have been sent a review copy of the UK edition of Cowboy Bebop Volume 1. Content wise it's mainly the same as the US Edition, featuring the first five episodes on disc one, English and Japanese Stereo tracks, and English subtitles. This hit series has been in the US since the year 2000, so some UK anime fans have had to wait almost five years to get hold of this show (or of course they imported the US edition, or a bootleg three disc edition commonly found from bad on-line retailers).

UK fans who haven't already got the US edition or taped it off cable TV when it first broadcast will probably want to know is the UK edition worth buying or should they go for the US edition instead? Read On to find out!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

United Publications Price Cuts

Date: 2004 December 31st Friday [12:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've just heard from Dragon, the webmaster for United Publications (a popular UK import anime and manga retailer) that they've slashed their prices by up to 20% on most US DVDs due to the strength of the Pound, our UK readers with multiregion set-ups should check it out!

Source: United Publications

Evangelion iPod

Date: 2004 December 28th Tuesday [17:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

TechJapan have discovered that Bandai Networks will be releasing a special Neon Genesis Evangelion Edition iPod. Only 2,000 of them are available, it has the NERV logo featuring heavily, it's engraved on the back metal casing, it's also on the screen protector and the special headphones. The included carry case has been made to look like Rei Ayanami's plug suit too! ^_^

The Eva iPod based on is the 20 GB model and is set to retail for 47,250 yen.

Source: TechJapan

Viz Announces The Debut Of Shonen Jump Advanced

Date: 2004 December 20th Monday [16:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Viz have just announced the launch of Shonen Jump Advanced, it's not a game for the GameBoy Advanced, but infact a new range that "will that will present the latest cutting-edge manga stories offering titles with progressive storylines and characters to older teens and young adults". At first glance this sounds a bit like Pulp - Viz's manga anthology taglined as "Manga for Grownups" which stopped in August 2002, or perhaps Pulp Junior since it's aimed at a slightly younger audience. However like the Shonen Jump manga line these titles will be sold individually, and should not be confused with the Shonen Jump Magazine.

So keep your eyes peeled in April 2005 when title like Hunter X Hunter, I's and Eyeshield 21 start hitting the shelves.

Read More... | Source: Viz

ADV UK DVD Releases For January 2005

Date: 2004 December 19th Sunday [16:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at ADV UK have sent us details for their January releases.
The list is as follows:

- Get Backers Volume 1
- Gad Guard Volume 1
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 2
- Rune Soldier Volume 4
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Phase 6
- Slayers Premium

Interestingly Get Backers has been rumoured for UK release since AmeCon, when the dub was given an official preview screening. So for the January ADV list the Otaku News Crew recommend Get Backers and Slayers Premium since the Slayers range is always popular with fans.

Read More... | Source: ADV UK

PlayStation Portable Out Now In Japan

Date: 2004 December 12th Sunday [17:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Sony's new handheld games machine the PlayStation Portable was released in Japan today. At Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku over 1,000 eager gamers waited overnight outside the store forcing it to open early at 6 am! After three hours the store was sold out. Apparently Sony has shipped 200,000 units, but this was not enough to meet the demands, so Sony intend to produce and ship another 500,000 units in Japan by the end of the year. The PSP is due out in the USA and Europe in the new year.

Source: Mainichi Interactive

Move Over, Mickey Mouse-san

Date: 2004 December 12th Sunday [17:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Associated Press have a good write up on the Success of anime in the US, it features John Ledford of ADV Films, who describes ADV as the "anti-Disney". Since it's syndicated, it appears on quite a few news sites. Well known store Wizzywig Collectibles gets mentioned too. We recommend that you check out The Sun Herald's copy of it, even if you don't live in the South of Mississippi. ^_-

Source: The Sun Herald

ADV Films Announces January 4 2005 Release Dates

Date: 2004 December 7th Tuesday [17:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

ADV US have just sent us details of their January 4th line up, just as 2005 starts they'll be releasing three titles:

- DNAngel, Volume 2
- Dragon Knight: Wheel of Time
- Aura Battler Dunbine, Volume 11

Read More... | Source: ADV US

Newtype USA Vol. 3, Issue 12 Out Now

Date: 2004 December 4th Saturday [12:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Newtype USA Vol. 3, Issue 12 Out Now

The folks from Newtype USA have just sent us details for their December issue, which is out now. It has a cover feature on Ah! My Goddess, with details on the OVAs, the movie and the TV series which is currently being produced in Japan.

Other features include details on shows like Chrono Crusade, Samurai 7, Wolf's Rain and Gankutsuou.

The Otaku News Crew recommend that you take a look at the two page feature on Howl's Moving Castle, which has some nice shots of the Ghibli artwork and we also suggest you read their Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, since that way you'll know what to buy us for Christmas! ^_-

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

ADV Films Announces December 28 Release For Samurai X: Reflection Director's Cut

Date: 2004 December 3rd Friday [15:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Shortly after sending us the details for their December 28th releases, ADV Films US sent an additional press release for Samurai X: Reflection Director's Cut. Samurai X is also known Rurouni Kenshin, a wondering samurai with a reverse blade sword. The Reflection DVD concludes the Rurouni Kenshin story.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

Yamato Announces Late Spring Releases

Date: 2004 December 1st Wednesday [18:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

ICv2 have the details for the late spring 2005 releases from Yamato USA. They'll be releasing a Mizuho in Space Suit Resin Statue from Please Teacher. For Capcom fans there's Morrigan & Lilith Collectible Miniature from DarkStalkers.

Love Hina fans can expect Naru, Mutsumi, Motoko, and Shinobu PVC statues from the Love Hina Again OVA. They'll also be be releasing figures from Guilty Gear, Read Or Die (aka ROD) TV, Iron Leaguer, and Cyber Formula.

Source: ICv2

ADV Films Announces December 28 Releases

Date: 2004 December 1st Wednesday [18:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Following on straight their December 14 details ADV US have sent us the details for their December 28 Releases.

They've got Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum:04, Robotech Remastered: New Generation Collection 2, Volume 7 (which is the final volume of this series), Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Volume 2 under their Essential Anime Collection range and Volume 8 of Wedding Peach.

The Otaku News Crew recommend Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Volume 2 since it has 9 episodes of the shown on for $19.98, even if Sylvia looks amazingly like Ifurita from EL Hazard! Failing that, you can never really go wrong with some Evangelion.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

ADV Films Announces December 14 Release Dates

Date: 2004 December 1st Wednesday [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good people over at ADV US have just sent us the release details for December 14. They've got quite a few titles coming out that week with:

- Get Backers Volume 3
- Mezzo Volume 2
- The third and final volume of New Fist of the North Star
- Saint Seiya Volume 9
- Sister Princess Volume 2

Get Backers is probably the most popular title out of this bunch of releases. Although it does depend on what your tastes are with anime others might enjoy Fist of the North Star more.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

Bandai UK DVD Delays

Date: 2004 November 29th Monday [8:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've just heard from Bandai Europe that again some of their UK DVDs are going to be delayed.

Escaflowne Collection Box Volume 2 and Gundam Wing Box Set Volume 4 have both been put back to 13th December 2004.

Cowboy Bebop Volume 1 is now due out on 17th January 2005. Cowboy Bebop Volume 2 is set for 24th January 2005.

So if you get any money over Christmas you might want to save it for Cowboy Bebop Volumes 1 and 2! ^_^

Source: Bandai Europe

ADV UK DVD Releases for December 2004

Date: 2004 November 28th Sunday [16:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

On Friday the good folks at ADV UK sent us their press release for their December releases.

Anime wise they have the following:

- Last Exile Volume 1
- Kino's Journey Volume 2
- Mahoromatic Volume 2
- Azumanga Daioh Volume 3
- Angelic Layer Volume 5
- Generator Gawl: The Collection

They're also releasing Gun Crazy 2: Beyond The Law for fans of live action stuff. The Otaku News Crew highly recommend Last Exile, the UK edition's packaging will be similar to the Madman Entertainment's Australian release, and not the shiny US Edition from Geneon/Pioneer, which means you can clearly see the lovely artwork on the UK edition. We also recommend Azumanga Daioh since everyone needs to see the mishaps of Chiyo-chan and Osaka! ^_-

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Neo Magazine First Issue Out Now

Date: 2004 November 25th Thursday [19:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Just a quick reminder to our UK readers that the first issue of Neo Magazine is out now. The publication covers anime, manga, videogames, gadgets, and all things Japanese. It's available from WH Smith, Borders, HMV, Martins Spar, Virgin Store, Forbidden Planet and some independent newsagents, it should also be available from Diamond Comic stockists.

For more information check out our previous write up on Neo Magazine, Anime UK News also has an interview with the editor as does UK-Anime.net

Source: Neo Magazine

Kinnikuman Gets Trashman in Trouble

Date: 2004 November 25th Thursday [17:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

The Mainichi Daily News is currently running a story about Kinnikuman (better known as Ultimate Muscle In the USA), which has landed a 48 year old trashman in trouble. He took about 120 action figures from a waste disposal site where they were dumped after failing to sell in stores. Since the action figures were thrown away, they became property of the disposal company and as a result the trashman has been charge with theft. Strange, but true.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Hello Kitty Statuette Sold For $100,000

Date: 2004 November 25th Thursday [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The BBC are reporting that a Hello Kitty statuette made of platinum and studded with diamonds has been sold for 10.5 million Yen (that's about $102,450 USD)! The 4cm (2 inch) figure was made to celebrate Hello Kitty's 30th Birthday and has been on sale since August.

The Osaka branch of department store Mitsukoshi says that a local customer has purchased it. Otaku News have no idea who the buyer is, but we believe that they must be a pretty serious Hello Kitty fan! ^_-

Source: BBC News

Educational Value of Manga In The UK

Date: 2004 November 16th Tuesday [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Times Education Supplement (a Times newspaper for teachers and people working in the education sector) are running a story about the educational value of manga, interestingly enough they make the same common misconceptions about manga - "Mangas depict wide-eyed heroes, often in varying states of undress". The Reading Agency, an organisation that promotes literacy, is encouraging schools to buy Manga comics, it seems they want to get as many children to get into reading by introducing them to manga. They've compiled a list of 150 recommended Manga titles, deemed suitable for teenagers and are sending them to all libraries and schools. The Otaku News crew imagine that this will help TokyoPop UK's already very healthy sales figures! ^_-

Source: TES

Bandai UK DVD Delays

Date: 2004 November 15th Monday [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK Anime fans better hold on to their cash just a bit longer. I've just heard that a few DVDs from Bandai are going to be delayed by a couple of weeks. This includes the first volume of Cowboy Bebop, which is well worth waiting for. I'm sure that those of you who already have the first Escaflowne DVD box set, can't wait to get hold of the second one. ^_^

The following titles have all be slipped back to Monday 6th December 2004

- Gundam Wing Box Set Vol. 4
- Gundam Wing Box Set Vol. 5
- Cowboy Bebop Vol 1
- Escaflowne Collection Box Vol. 2

Source: Bandai Europe

Strong Yaoi Sales on Amazon.com

Date: 2004 November 14th Sunday [8:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

ICv2 are reporting an interesting trend with Amazon.com's manga best seller list. Apparently Yaoi is three of the top five, four of the top ten and six of the top fifteen manga titles. ICv2 point out that these sales are only on Amazon.com as the American Bookscan list doesn't not match with these sales figures, with only Del Rey's Tsubasa Volume 3 appearing at the top of both lists.

ICv2 speculate that people purchasing Yaoi prefer the privacy and relative anonymity that on-line reatilers offer and that the two main Yaoi publishers Digital Manga and CPM Manga don't have the marketing clout or number of titles compared to other publishers with titles at the top of the graphic novel lists.

Source: ICv2

Ghibli Launches Clothing Brand

Date: 2004 November 13th Saturday [7:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Ryoko Toyama on the Nausicaa.net's Miyazaki Mailing List has posted a message regarding Studio Ghibli's next enterprise, a clothing brand called Tailor Studio Ghibli:

Ghibli announced a new brand, "Shitateya Studio Ghibli (Tailor Studio Ghibli)," for its new clothining line for middle-aged men. The line includes a trench coat which was inspired by Porco Rosso. Ghibli clothes will be sold at Isetan department store in Shinhyuku.

The brand's logo was designed Studio Ghibli Director Hayao Miyazaki and features a crawfish.

Asahi.com have a picture of the coat along with Studio Ghibli Producer (and all round nice guy) Toshio Suzuki.

Source: Miyazaki Mailing List

Neo Magazine UK Editor Interview

Date: 2004 November 12th Friday [14:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Paul over at AnimeUKNews.net has just interviewed Stu Taylor the editor of Neo Magazine, a new UK magazine dedicated to anime, manga, Cult Asian Cinema J-Pop and other things oriental. The interview covers how the magazine got started, how hard it was getting it stocked in high street shops such as Borders as well as the possibility of future cover-discs. There are also pictures of the magazine's Ghost In the Shell cover (originally it appeared they were going to have a Dead Leaves cover).

Source: AnimeUKNews.net

NEO Magazine UK

Date: 2004 November 9th Tuesday [17:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Charlie from Crazy Ninja has sent us a the details about NEO Magazine. Neo Mag's publicity states that they are the UK's only newsstand magazine dedicated to Anime, Manga, videogames, gadgets, and all things Japanese.

Their market overview text states "Anime and Manga have been popular in the UK for over 10 years now, and the market has never had a dedicated quality publication which appeals to the core fan, and also provides for the broader mainstream markets". I always thought that this was part of Manga Mania / Max's brief.

Neo Magazine is due out on 25th November, with a Dead Leaves Cover and features articles on the American remake of The Grudge, Tekken, also interviews with Chiaki Kuriyama (of Battle Royal and Kill Bill fame), and voice actress Monica Rial.

Source: Crazy Ninja

eigoManga Release Sakura Pakk

Date: 2004 November 8th Monday [17:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eigoManga have just sent us a press release for their latest pseudo manga for girls. It's a bit odd, because they've sent it to us almost a month late. Their pseudo manga is called Sakura Pakk and is out now.

Read More... | Source: eigoManga

Otaku News UK DVD Reader Survey

Date: 2004 November 7th Sunday [19:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

With your support Otaku News are keen to compile a definitive survey for 2004 about what anime titles our readers would like to see released onto DVD in the UK. This can include TV series, film, OAV old and new. We are not going to do a web based poll, since that would limit the options, we are going to do an open survey to hear what you really want to be released in the UK. To take part please email your suggestions to AnimeSurvey@otakunews.com

Your e-mail address will only be used for this survey and once the results have been collated your details will be deleted. They will not be passed on to a third party for any reason. This survey will run until the 24th of December.

Source: Otaku News

ADV Films Announces December 7 Release Dates

Date: 2004 November 5th Friday [19:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The people over at ADV US have just sent us the release details for December 7. Peacemaker Volume 2, the 3rd and the final volume of Aquarian Age, plus live action TV show Mutant X volume 5 will all be hitting the shelves in time for the holidays.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

Advertising Industry Discover Anime

Date: 2004 November 5th Friday [18:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Recently it seems that anime and manga have become so cool that the American advertising industry have decided to use either real anime or adverts done in an anime style.

Anime News Network have made us aware that Nike are now airing adverts loosely based around Bruce Lee's Game of Death. The advert has NBA Star Lebron James facing Kung Fu Basket Ball challenges in a pagoda. The anime segments produced by Studio 4°C were originally intended only for Japan, but the advertising agency and Nike like them so much that they decided to air them in North America too.

Yesterday the Otaku News Crew also found details on Yahoo News about Asian themed restaurant chain Benihana who have just released an anime inspired commercial. After watching the Benihana commercial we thought it wasn't news worthy alone however it goes well in context with the Nike commercial.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Watching Anime, Reading Manga a Book By Fred Patten

Date: 2004 November 3rd Wednesday [17:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Although it's old news, I'm sure many of our readers are not yet aware that Stone Bridge Press have published a new book by anime and manga guru Fred Pattern, - Watching Anime, Reading Manga. The book has 63 articles covering all aspects of anime from fandom and the industry, it also has articles on the first ads in America to current day mainstream hits like the anime sequence in Kill Bill and anime inspired live action films like The Matrix. If you want to know more be sure to check OnlyPubjab.com's write up.

Source: Stone Bridge Press

Hello Kitty Celebrates Her 30th Birthday

Date: 2004 November 1st Monday [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Sanrio fans don't need reminding, but some other more causal otaku would need know that today, November 1st is Hello Kitty's 30th Birthday! Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy White were born on 1974 November 1st to her happy parents George and Mary White. The jolly Kitty lives with her parents and sister just outside of London.

Hello Kitty is hugely popular all over the world and ADV have published a very good article about it, interviewing some of the ADV crew behind the latest DVD release. They also interview the voice of Hello Kitty - Monica Rial, who we interviewed in August.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

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

ADV US Announces Release of Cyberteam in Akihabara: Cyberteam Genesis

Date: 2004 November 1st Monday [11:01] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > DVD

The guys over at ADV Films USA have sent us the details for Cyberteam in Akihabara: Cyberteam Genesis. The series is available from November 16th, it follows a group of school girls and their cybernetic pets, and subsequent efforts to combat evil using magical powers.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Geneon To Release Star Ocean EX

Date: 2004 October 29th Friday [12:48] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > DVD

A press release from Geneon Animation USA has announced the immenent release of Star Ocean EX on DVD. The series, based on a game for the Sony Playstation, follows Claude Kenni, a crewmember on the spaceship Calnus, who is transported to an unfamiliar alien world and attempts to unlock the secret of a mysterious sattelite, will be available from January 4th.

Read More... | Source: Geneon Animation

ADV UK October Newsletter Out Now

Date: 2004 October 26th Tuesday [18:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans will want to take a look at ADV UK's October Newsletter. If you read Otaku News regulary you already know pretty much everything there already. Still it's better to read the same information twice than not at all! ^_-

Source: ADV UK

GoManga.com Goes Live

Date: 2004 October 26th Tuesday [18:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Recently we ran a press release about Seven Seas producing original manga. Now their site Gomanga.com is live. So far they've got details of four titles on their site - Amazing Agent Luna, Blade for Barter, Last Hope and No Man's Land.

Read More... | Source: GoManga.com

Nintendo Abandons Family Image for New Gameboy DS Adverts.

Date: 2004 October 24th Sunday [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Reuters are running a story about Nintendo's new American advertising campaign costing $40 million for it's largest product launch. The whole campaign is aimed at more "mature" audience with the tagline of "Touching is Good."

Print ads will appear in men's magazines Maxim and Blender, with a woman holding a DS saying "How to Score! ... Start listening to her needs, playa!".

TV ads are scheduled for ad slots in-between episodes of South Park too.

Source: Reuters

UK Bandai November Releases

Date: 2004 October 23rd Saturday [19:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've got the release details for Bandai's UK DVD titles for this November.

Due out on the 15th of November:

- Escaflowne Collection Box Vol 1
- Gundam Wing Box Set Vol 4
- Gundam Wing Box Vol 5
- Hack Sign Vol 5

Due out on the 22nd of November:

- Cowboy Bebop Vol 1
- Escaflowne Collection Box Vol 2

So in one month the whole of Escaflowne will be available spread across two boxsets along with the first volume of Cowboy Bebop! That's a lot of great anime to watch. I cannot recommend Cowboy Bebop highly enough, it is to put it simply a fantastic show. Escaflowne is a great too and watching lots of episodes from the boxset in one go is advisable, since most of the episodes end on a cliff hanger meaning you just have to watch more!

A few years ago many anime fans in the UK thought they would never see the release of either of these titles, but to have them both being released on the same month is great news. The timing for the release of these shows is good too, being close to Christmas it means that you should give subtle hints to Santa! ^_-

Source: Bandai

Newtype USA subscription offer - Get a Cosplay Cap and pay $7.50 per issue

Date: 2004 October 22nd Friday [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Newtype USA have just sent us the details of a cool subscription offer. They'll be offering Cosplay Caps along with the 40% off subscription rate for 12 issues brining each issue down to $7.50

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

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