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UK Conventions Set For 2005 And 2006

Date: 2004 September 29th Wednesday [18:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It seems at almost exactly the same time, both AyaCon and AmeCon have officially announced more details regarding their next conventions!

It was announced at AyaCon 2003 that there would be no AyaCon in 2004, but now they've updated their website saying that "We are currently planning to stage our latest event, AyaCon Five, in Summer/Autumn 2005. We're aiming to make AyaCon bigger and better than ever!" As yet, they haven't revealed a venue for the convention.

AmeCon have also just updated their website. Stating that "The Convention will not be running in 2005, but will be running at Aston University, Birmingham, in 2006. Registrations for 2006 will open shortly."

Read More... | Source: AyaCon / AmeCon Websites.

Terratag London Exhibition - 'Pornograffiti'

Date: 2004 September 29th Wednesday [17:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've just got an e-mail from Paul over at Terratag. Terratag t-shirts have been sold at most of the UK anime conventions and Paul even had a stall at the Japanese Food Festival in London this August.

Terratag are also very naughty and as a result, I've always debated if I should add them to the Pirate Anime FAQ. The more astute otaku will know there is a range of Terratag t-shirts with Gundam designs on, Terratag have not paid for a license from Bandai to use any Gundam images, or their likeness. Technically this is a copyright violation, and that generally flags them as a bootlegger. This could land Paul in trouble with Bandai's lawyers, and he could face a hefty fine at least.

Anyway, Paul wanted to point out that he's holding an art exhibition at the Notting Hill Arts Club, his show runs until November 1st, he helpfully points out on the night of October 4th there are going to be 4 scratch DJ's from Tokyo playing live. The crew is called En and features Mc Raita with Dj's Jif Rock, Kiccio and Kaitaro. There will also be a jazz/hip-hop dance crew. So fans of the Japanese music scene will want to get over there!

Read More... | Source: Terratag

Tokyo Game Show 2004

Date: 2004 September 27th Monday [13:37] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

This year’s annual Tokyo Game show has been and gone with a massive 160,096 attendees. Highlights included the new Sony PSP handheld, as well as a plethora of games for the new Nintendo DS.

Read More... | Source: Gamespot.com

Japanese Swords in the British Museum

Date: 2004 September 26th Sunday [17:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of sharp pointy things will want to pay a visit to the British Museum in London, from 30th September 2004 until 17th February 2005 they have the "Cutting Edge: Japanese Swords in the British Museum" exhibition, which focuses on history of swords in Japan, including Koto (old swords), Shinto (new swords) and Shinshinto (new-new Swords). The British Museum is always a great place to visit, so we suggest you visit this exhibition while you can, especially since Japanese swords are really works of art.

For a more details visit the British Museum's Department of Asia Exhibitions page.

Source: British Museum - Department of Asia Exhibitions

Japanese Films at The 12th Raindance Festival

Date: 2004 September 26th Sunday [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

London cinema otaku as always are in for a treat with the 12th Raindance Film Festival, which is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. For fans of Japan, check out their Way Out East strand, they'll be showing films like:

- After The Apocalypse
- Antenna
- Arakey
- Dead End Run
- Doppelganger
- Lunch Box
- Marebito
- Ramblers

If South Korean flicks are more your thing, check out Arahan and Oldboy. If you're into Chinese gothic shockers then go for Night Corridor.

Source: Raindance Film Festival

Akita Kanto performance at the Thames Festival

Date: 2004 September 11th Saturday [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London otaku better get themselves to the the Thames Festival which "closes busy streets and transforms the river, parks and open spaces with a rich programme of new creative commissions, a riverside bazaar and night market, family oriented activities, street theatre, music, and more."

This year artistes balancing Kanto poles will be demonstraiting their skills in London while accompanied by traditional Japanese music of the taiko drum, bamboo flute and bell. On the 18th September they will be supported by taiko drummers from Gyosei International College.

Read More... | Source: Thames Festival Website

Manga Live! At The ICA In London

Date: 2004 August 30th Monday [14:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

I've just found out about an event at the ICA in London. It's called Manga Live, and is divided into two events Manga Live (Fri 03 Sep) and will discuss if Manga can take off in the UK.

The second event (Sat 04 Sep) is the Manga Live! Manga Masterclass which forms a practical demonstration and workshop. The masterclass will also have a special preview screening of Rogue Farm.

Read More... | Source: ICA

Toronto Film Festival Gets Canadian Premiere Of Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence

Date: 2004 August 27th Friday [12:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just heard the following from the folks at Dreamworks and GoFish Pictures:

We are happy to report that writer/director Mamoru Oshii's long-awaited sequel GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE will have its Canadian premiere this September in the Midnight Madness section of the
29th Toronto International Film Festival (www.bell.ca/filmfest).

Read More... | Source: GoFish Pictures

Ottawa International Animation Festival to screen Miyazaki Retrospective

Date: 2004 August 24th Tuesday [9:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Starting from Thursday September 23, the Ottawa International Animation Festival will screen a selection of Miyazaki films to form a Retrospective.

They'll be showing:

- Princess Mononoke
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- Spirited Away
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Porco Rosso

If you can get to Ottawa go - nothing beats watching a Ghibli movie on the big screen!

Source: Ottawa International Animation Festival

10th Anniversary Origami Tanteidan International Convention

Date: 2004 August 23rd Monday [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks at Slashdot have highlighted an Origami Convention at Toyo University in Japan.

Check out the Guardian article, Joseph Wu's site, and also previous convention photos.

Source: Slashdot

Back from AmeCon!

Date: 2004 August 23rd Monday [15:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

I've just got back from AmeCon! Gosh, I was busy! I'll try and get a full write up done tomorrow.

The convention was popular and everyone had a good time.

Monica Rial proved to be an excellent guest, signing panties (and other things), chatting away to all the con goers and even converting a few hardcore sub only zealots to English dubs!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

AmeCon 2004 Chairman Interview

Date: 2004 August 9th Monday [14:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Paul Bates over at Anime UK News has just posted an interview with Will Blewitt about AmeCon which is set to be a very large and funpacked convention. It makes a good read since it shows how mad running a convention can be!

I even get a mention in the interview because I've sent them a special printed version of the Pirate Anime FAQ to help out, plus I'm running a panel there too! So if you're going to AmeCon go to my panel, please ^_^;;

Source: Anime UK News

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