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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

Haruki Murakami Book Signing Report

Date: 2014 August 31st Sunday [11:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Yesterday cult best selling author Haruki Murakami was in London for a book signing. Being fans of his work the Otaku News Team decided to go along and see if we could get a signed copy of his book. It turns out, we're not hardcore Murakami fans.

Waterstones were running the book signing and advised fans that they would be giving out wrist bands for the event at 8:30am. The first 200 people would be able to buy a copy of the book and get it signed by the man himself. The next 200 would get a pre-signed copy. We got to the Piccadilly branch of Waterstones at 7:30am, already the queue had hit the 400 people capacity. The security guard for the event was politely turning people away. It was inevitable if you cap the number of people at an event, that there will be some people disappointed.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

AmeChibi Sells Out In 6 Hours

Date: 2014 August 25th Monday [14:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime fans will not be surprised to hear that Mini Anime Convention AmeChibi 2015 has hit it's registration limit of 500 people in 6 hours of opening their website for registration. The website enabled registration at midday on 25th August 2014, and by 6pm on the same day the limit had been reached.

We did say to book early to avoid disappointment. Those who have not yet registered can be added to the wait list, and put in the queue for any cancelled registrations.

The convention is going to be a smaller less crowded affair, with the event highlighting "the smaller size means a cosier venue, with less of that pesky walking around".

Source: AmeCon Website

AmeChibi 2015 Registration Details

Date: 2014 August 16th Saturday [7:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear the news sent to us from the good folks from AmeCon. They've already announced that AmeChibi will be running from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April 2015 in Nottingham. Now they've just revealed when registration will be open/

On Monday 25th of August 2014 at midday, they'll accept registrations. So get ready, as with events like this once they've sold out, that's it. We advise on booking early to avoid disappointment.

Update: AmeCon have confirmed the mini con will be limited to 500 places. So do book early.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

Manga Jiman 2014 Competition Details

Date: 2014 July 12th Saturday [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

UK based artists should get drawing as the Embassy of Japan in the UK have just announced details of the 2014 Manga Jiman competition. The manga competition is now in it's 8th year. The theme this time around is "ichi-go ichi-e", which can be translated as "once-in-a-lifetime meeting" or "a chance encounter".

We've covered previous Manga Jiman competitions before. The top prize this year is 2 return tickets to Japan, second prize is a laptop, and third a rather nifty digital camera.

They've also got an interesting category for 11 to 13 year olds, Yonkoma Manga covering 4 panels.

Read More... | Source: The Embassy of Japan in the UK

An interview with Japan Camera Hunter

Date: 2014 July 9th Wednesday [14:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Normally on Otaku News, when we talk about otaku we mean fans of anime and manga. There are plenty of other areas worth exploring. Today, we'll introduce you to someone who loves cameras.

With the world going increasingly more digital, the photography scene around the world is seeing a resurgence of film and there is a demand among amateur and professional photographers alike for good film cameras. Film photographers enjoy the tangible nature of the photos and the fact that film slows the whole process down. Developing the picture is something to look forward to, it doesn't give instant gratification like a digital camera.

Certain cameras are now regarded as classics of their era. Japan is the natural place to go if you want a nice film camera because the country is ubiquitous for photography and cameras with so many camera brands being Japanese. While in other countries things are going on-line, physical camera shops both for new and second hand goods are a thriving business.

Bellamy Hunt lives in Tokyo. He runs a website called Japan Camera Hunter. He's passionate about photography and film. If you want a decent camera sourced from Japan, he's your man.

Our editor Joe caught up with him over a coffee in Shinjuku.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Con Report: MCM Comic Con Ireland 2014

Date: 2014 April 29th Tuesday [17:09] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Fandom

Our report is nearly derailed by con flu but here's the rundown from MCM Comic Con 2014 in Dublin!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Omake 1

Date: 2014 January 20th Monday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Spike and Colin try a different kind of podcast in the first Omake Podcast. We didn't want to record a proper show without Rebecca (who is relocating for work) so we decided to just talk for a while about a few different topics. Colin bores the pants off Spike talking about the newly announced Persona games, we look at the first episode of Seitokai Yakuindomo* and then theres a long discussion about mech shows. As this is the first time we've done this, we would like some feedback. Maybe you preffered this to the normal structured podcast. Let us know at podcast@otakunews.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Otakunewscast

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47 minutes 01 second

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Looking back over 2013 with Otaku News

Date: 2013 December 31st Tuesday [11:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

We don't normally do retrospective articles like this, but we thought it would be interesting to look back over the year that was 2013. February 2014 will mark 10 years of Otaku News. The last 12 months we've managed to cover a lot of interesting things and it'll be fun to go over all the events we were able to bring you in 2013.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 12

Date: 2013 November 5th Tuesday [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

The Podcast crew is back for a bumper episode covering recent news, licenses and cake. Being reviewed we have Gatchaman Crowds, Beyond The Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata) and the so far rather awesome Kill la Kill. Rebecca has just returned from a trip to Japan, so we get to hear her take on Toyko. The podcast wraps up with a new feature called Stream Run where Colin tries to talk about all the new shows he's been watching on Crunchyroll as fast as he can.

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1 Hour 25 minutes 02 seconds

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Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 11

Date: 2013 October 31st Thursday [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

It's live podcast time! Here is most of our live episode from Ayacon 2013. Sadly technical problems cut off the beginning of the show but to make up for it we made a video version including the slides that the audience saw during the show. We cover our usual topics such as news and licenses. The feature is spread throughout the show and are our Top 3 "What the!?" shows. We review that swimming Free as well as C3-Bu and take some questions from the audience (who were rather awesome).

I don't believe its stated in the show itself but Spike and myself are playing a drinking game. Any time someone mentions Persona or Bakemonogatari we have to drink. That explains some of the random pauses and laughter.

If you like the video format and want more of it, let us know at podcast@otakunews.com or tweet us @otakunewscast. Also, look out for episode 12 which is coming soon and features highlights of Rebecca's recent trip to Japan!

Source: Otaku News Podcast Episode 11

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

REZtron - Otaku News Event Review - Wednesday 18th September 2013

Date: 2013 September 23rd Monday [16:37] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Events

Written by Voxie and Franki Webb.

What does a gamer look like? Today this is an impossible question to answer. It's 7:45 pm, and as we walk into REZtron, we see a crowd ranging from 20s to 40s, male and female, from a range of backgrounds. It's clear that a gamer as no specific look.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Wolf Girl - The Princess Mononoke fan film

Date: 2013 September 14th Saturday [11:05] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Fandom

Any filmmaker will tell you that producing a movie is- hard work. The time, effort and sometimes budget issues can get in the way of making a vision a reality. That challenge is only intensified when it's a fan-based film, reaping no financial rewards at the end and with only the love of the story to keep them going. But that's exactly what filmmakers, Nate Drake and Georgie Donovan are doing, currently in the works is Wolf Girl, a movie about a modern teenage girl struggling to save the forest she calls home from humans, who are cutting down the trees for their own needs. She then joins forces with wolves in a bid to defend her home.

Read More... | Source: Wolf Girl Movie

Cosplayers Unite - A Kickstarter Project

Date: 2013 August 25th Sunday [7:01] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Fandom

Cosplay photography circle SCG have launched a gutsy project Cosplayers Unite on crowd funding web platform Kickstarter. The project seeks to immortalise some of the world’s finest female cosplayers in a series of portraits to provide a unique "multi-media cosplay experience" for backers.

Read More... | Source: Cosplayers Unite Kickstarter Page

Otaku News Podcast Episode 10

Date: 2013 July 29th Monday [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

The Otaku News Podcast team braved the heat trap that is Colin's flat to bring you the latest installment of podcast goodness. We discuss some of the news to come out of Anime Expo, review The Eccentric Family and Yuyushiki and discuss the 3DS and the Final Fantasy 14 Beta. As Rebecca is off to Japan soon, Spike and Colin tell tale's of their previous trips to the land of the rising sun.

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1 Hour 0 minutes 59 seconds

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Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An interview With Anime Director Shinichiro Watanabe

Date: 2013 July 27th Saturday [16:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's not every day you meet an anime director, yet alone one from one of the most highly regarded anime series of all time. Thanks to good folks at Anime Limited we were able to catch up with Shinichiro Watanabe, who is best known as the director of Cowboy Bebop. He has also directed the hip-hop samurai mash-up Samurai Champloo and more recently the jazz anime Kids on the Slope.

We caught up with Shinichiro Watanabe at the May 2013 London MCM Comic Con. He was in town to promote the new release of Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray along with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Kids on the Slope.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan 2013 seeks volunteers

Date: 2013 July 18th Thursday [15:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from London based Japanese Culture Festival Hyper Japan have got in touch to say that they're still looking for volunteers for the event. It's set to run from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2013.

They are looking for people to help out at the Reception area. This includes queue control, ticket scan, workshop area and so on. You won't be able to choose what you do in this area, so just e-mail volunteer@hyperjapan.co.uk and mention that you'd like to help out at the reception area.

They're also looking for people to help out at the Sushi Awards as Serving staff. If you're interested contact eri@hyperjapan.co.uk.

Source: Hyper Japan

Evangelion Store Tokyo 01 - Harajuku

Date: 2013 July 17th Wednesday [16:17] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Features

In the April of 2013, I made my first visit to Japan. On my many travels, the second excursion to Harajuku was not for the stores featuring Japan's most iconic and eccentric fashion trends. It was not even to torture myself with the price tags in Lolita fashion wonderland. I passed the stores and sparklingly sweet crepe stands by. I was on a reconnaissance mission to visit The Evangelion Store - Tokyo One.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

NHK World at the Japan Expo 2013 Paris

Date: 2013 July 2nd Tuesday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of their latest European adventures.

They'll be at the Japan Expo 2013 in Paris from 4th to 7th July 2013. NHK world will have a host of events at the Expo, highlights include a Shironuri Makeup Session with leading shironuri artist Minori.

We've been told that they'll also be at Hyper Japan 2013 in London on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2013.

For the latest event schedule, please visit their Japan Expo 2013 Website.

UK based readers will be pleased to hear that you can now watch NHK World on Virgin Media Channel 625, along with FreeSat Channel 209 or on Sky Channel 507.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

MCM London Comic Con October 2013 details

Date: 2013 June 11th Tuesday [16:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from the MCM London Comic Con have sent us news of the next London event. We're still recovering from this May's London Comic con which saw over 76,000 visitors.

The next MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013. To accomdate the huge number of visitors the event will for the first time be using both sides of the huge Excel centre, increasing their capacity from 25,000 to 34,000 square metres. That's a lot more space for cosplayers with big wings!

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

Otaku News Podcast Episode 9

Date: 2013 June 2nd Sunday [9:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

The latest episode of the podcast sees a bumber crop of new shows and licenses, some recent news, reviews of Strike Suit Infinity, Code Geass and Majestic Prince. Full Metal Panic goes into the Hall Of Fame and then some brief discussions about the last series you really got into and the last game you finished.

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1 Hour 3 minutes 53 seconds

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You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manga Jiman Competition 2013

Date: 2013 May 30th Thursday [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Artistic readers in the UK will be pleased to hear about the annual Embassy of Japan Competition Manga Jiman. The theme for 2013 is voyages of discovery.

The competition is open to all legal UK residents who are over the age of 14 by 1st January 2014.

There's a great selection of prizes to be won, including the top prize of return air tickets to Japan!

You can see previous winners on Myebook.

Read More... | Source: Manga Jiman Competition 2013

Cosplay at Comica MangAsia in London 18th May 2013

Date: 2013 May 9th Thursday [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've covered the Comica MangAsia details earlier. The event is set to run in London at Asia House on Saturday 18th May 2013. We've been sent more details of the cosplay workshop that'll be running there. It's an event in it's own right and is run by veteran cosplayers Emily Bastian and Adelaide Filippe as part of the fun.

Read More... | Source: Cosplay Bookings at Eventbrite

Comica MangAsia - May 2013

Date: 2013 April 27th Saturday [14:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from the Comica Festival have sent us details of their latest event aimed at anime and manga fans in London. The Comica MangAsia is set to run on Saturday 18th May 2013 at Asia House in London. The fun starts at 11am and ends at 4:30pm.

The event includes talks and panels with anime and manga expert and writer Helen McCarthy. Sarah Rundle introduces Kamishibai, a form of traditional Japanese paper based storytelling.

Cosplay experts Emily Bastian and Adelaide Filippe will be there running a cosplay workshop. Plus Japanese manga artist Inko will be running a manga masterclass for those aged 16+.

Throughout the day there will be a free comic fair along with a tea room.

As always with these events, we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Comica Festival

Photos from AnimeDublin 2013

Date: 2013 April 16th Tuesday [18:45] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

On Saturday 6th of April, AnimeDublin held it's second one-day con in Dublin City and one of our reporters was on hand to see things and take some pictures!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 8

Date: 2013 March 30th Saturday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 8 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! Our intrepid podcasters return with some news on new licenses and online manga closures. We review Persona 4 The Animation, Thermae Romae and Heroman. Cromartie High School takes its place in the hall of fame and then it all goes a bit freeform with mentions of doujinshi and WiiU's new Street View app.

Rumour control - since recording, MVM have confirmed they are putting out Another here in the UK.

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16.2 MB
35 minutes

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You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manga Industry Pioneer Toren Smith Passes Away

Date: 2013 March 8th Friday [16:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Readers will be sad to hear that manga industry pioneer Toren Smith passed away on Tuesday March 5th 2013.

We could write an obituary about the man who brought manga to the English speaking world, but we don't have the words. We suggest you read the one written by Jonathan Clements.

We've never had the privilege of meeting Toren. For many of us, ourselves included, his work were fundamental in discovering the world of anime and manga.

The news was first broken on Twitter and Anime News Network.

Source: James Hudnall's Blog

Otaku News Podcast Episode 7

Date: 2013 February 10th Sunday [11:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 7 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! The Otaku News Podcast gang is back to look at some recent news, cast their eyes over some new anime from the Winter 2013 seasons along with some anime based video games. In a new segement we discuss if simulcasting is helping or hurting the anime industry and Eden of the East goes into the Hall Of Fame.

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37 minutes

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You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Harajuku! Valentines Ball 2013

Date: 2013 January 8th Tuesday [15:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based otaku looking for a night of partying will want to head to Proud in Camden on Sunday 10th of February for the return of the Harajuku Ball. This time it's a Valentines Ball.

The fun is set to start at 7pm. There's lots to do at the event including Gaming, Karaoke, Manga, Art, and live bands. Entry is free.

Read More... | Source: Criminal Record's Facebook Page

Otaku News Podcast Episode 6

Date: 2012 December 27th Thursday [18:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 6 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! This episode we talk about some upcoming licenses and new shows, Comikets bomb threat and a live action Dragon Ball trailer. Trigun Badlands Rumble is the focus of the reviews, which also include J Pop Go, a Final Fantasy Concert and GA Geijutsuka Art Design. We celebrate the end of the year with a quiz and induct Gurren Lagann to the Hall of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

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1 hour 11 minutes

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You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

UK Photographer Seeks Otaku for Photography Project

Date: 2012 November 14th Wednesday [16:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

UK based fine art and cosplay photographer Daisy Ware-Jarrett has got in touch with us and needs to hear from otaku for her up coming project. She's putting together a project titled Moe. For the project she needs to spend a day with an otaku photographing fandom from an individual's perspective. Are you interested in being part of this photo project?! If so then get in touch with Daisy.

Read More... | Source: Daisy Ware-Jarrett

Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

Date: 2012 November 10th Saturday [14:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 5 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! On this episode of the Otaku News podcast we discuss recent licenses and news, Colin talks forever about some of the new shows in the Autumn 2012 season, the feature topic is shows that defy your expectations, Azumanga Daioh gets the Hall of Fame treatment and we answer some questions.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

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1 hour 3 minutes

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You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Pirate Anime FAQ Updated - November 2012

Date: 2012 November 3rd Saturday [16:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've just updated The Pirate Anime FAQ with some more details. We've added details of bootleg bags, bootleg wallets / bill folds and finally included bootleg CD company Miya Records to the Audio CD section.

We've been running the Pirate Anime FAQ for over 12 years now, helping anime fans become aware of bootlegs. Many fans first discover that they've bought bootlegs by reading the FAQ.

As always we appreciate any feedback, so please feel free to get in touch.

We'd like to thank you for all your support over the last 12 years and look forward to the next 12 years! ^_^

Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas Details

Date: 2012 October 7th Sunday [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Christmas has come early for UK based fans of Japanese culture! Hyper Japan is set to return to Brompton Hall, Earl's Court in London for Hyper Japan Christmas 2012. The event is set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th November 2012.

They'll have all sorts of fun including traditional Japanese food, culture and music, along with the modern elements that make Japan cool.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Manga Entertainment at the London MCM Expo October 2012

Date: 2012 October 2nd Tuesday [15:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Manga Entertainment at the London MCM Expo October 2012

The good folks at Manga Entertainment have sent us details of what they'll be doing at the London MCM Expo, on Friday 26h October to Sunday 28th October 2012.

Highlights include-
Exclusive signings with Liam O'Brien who is best known as Gaara from Naruto.
Cosplay Area
Viz Media Bookshop
Plus a DVD sale with prices starting from £1.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

Date: 2012 September 25th Tuesday [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 4 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! The fourth podcast sees our otaku views on some recent news and Amecon 2012. Reviews of Planzet, Yurei Attack and Ninja Attack and the first third of Dragon Ball Z Season 2. Overman King Gainer also goes into the Hall Of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

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46 minutes 45 seconds

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You can get episode 1 here, episode 2 here and episode 3 here.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

AmeCon is looking for new committee members

Date: 2012 August 31st Friday [9:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

UK based anime fans looking to get involved in fandom and help with the running of a successful convention, will be very interested to hear that UK anime convention AmeCon is looking for new committee members.

This is a great chance to get involved with something you're passionate about. They're particularity interested in hearing from people with skills in event organisation or web development.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

The Japanese Maid Cafe in London Sunday 2nd September 2012

Date: 2012 August 19th Sunday [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture looking to try out a maid cafe will be interested to hear about the Japanese Maid Cafe London. They've got two sittings on Sunday 2nd September 2012 at:

Hellenic Restaurant,
9a Delancey Street
Camden Town
London
NW1 7NL

Seating Times are 1pm to 3:30pm and 4pm to 6:30pm.
There is a choice of 4 set menus (which consists of 3 courses). Entry is £25 in advance or £35 on the door. Prices exclude drinks.

Read More... | Source: Japanese Maid Cafe London

AyaCon 2013 Convention Details

Date: 2012 August 14th Tuesday [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime fans who have just recovered from AmeCon 2012 and are looking for their next convention fix next year should sign up for AyaCon 2013.

The convention is set to run from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2013. AyaCon will be hosted at the Warwick Arts Centre, the same venue as the previous few runs. This is will be the last AyaCon, so the theme will be "Apocalypse". This the conventions 8th and final year.

Read More... | Source: AyaCon 2013

UK Cosplayers at the World Cosplay Summit Championship 2012

Date: 2012 August 2nd Thursday [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've just been sent some interesting details from the World Cosplay Summit UK Team, who are currently in Japan representing the country for the finals! So cheer them on this Saturday 4th August 2012. You can keep up with their adventures on their blog. They won the UK finals and in turn flights to Japan, and the chance to represent the UK at lots of fun events such as parties and parades along with the World Cosplay Summit Championship. The WCS is broadcast live on TV to an audience of 10 million.

You too can win the chance to represent the UK in the 2013 World Cosplay Summit. To do so, check out Hyper Japan's website.

Read More... | Source: Cosplay Odyssey: Japan 2012

Otaku News Podcast Episode 3

Date: 2012 July 31st Tuesday [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 3 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! This episode our podcasters cover the recent otaku influenced news stories, give a brief round up of some of the new summer 2012 anime, put Dragon Half and Megas XLR into the Hall Of Fame and answer some listener questions.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 3

MP3 File:
54.9 MB
50 minutes 52 seconds

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You can get episode 1 here and episode 2 here.

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Kitacon project details to be launched at AmeCon 2012

Date: 2012 July 27th Friday [19:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans heading off to August Convention AmeCon will be interested to hear about the latest Kitacon projects which will be announced at AmeCon.

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 2

Date: 2012 July 20th Friday [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 2 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! Rebecca, Spike and Colin cast their eyes over some recent news, there are reviews of Steins;Gate, Haiyore Nyaruko-san and the Rampage/Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya. Also Hare & Guu gets inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 2

MP3 File:
32.9 MB
35 minutes 57 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
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You can get episode 1 here.

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J-Pop Go in London on Sunday 15th July 2012

Date: 2012 July 8th Sunday [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of J-Pop will want to head over to J-Pop Go on Sunday 15th July 2012. The popular J-Pop event will be at The Vibe Bar, Old Truman Brewery, 91 - 95 Brick Lane E1 6QL. Tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the door.

Highlights include a performance from the J-Pop inspired Marshmallow Llama Time, along with Perfume Tribute band Fume, plus dance performances from Greentea Bon Bon.

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The Japanese Maid Cafe in London Sunday 15th July 2012

Date: 2012 June 21st Thursday [15:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Maids and food will want to head to Camden Town on Sunday 15th July 2012 (after being postponed from last month). The Hellenic Restaurant will play host to the Japanese Maid Cafe.


Entry is £25 in advance which includes a 3-course meal and entry to the event. The food will be prepared on site by a qualified Japanese chef.

They'll have 3 sessions:

13:00 to 15:00
15:30 to 17:30
18:00 to 20:00

The maid cafe will also give you the opportunity to play a selection of games with them (for £2 per game per person). Souvenir poloroid photos can also be taken on the day at a cost of £5 per photo.

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UK TV documentary calls for otaku

Date: 2012 June 21st Thursday [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We've been in touch with Factual Television Researcher Latisha Ma who is interested to hear from of our readers. She says:

"I am looking to speak to non-Oriental individuals who are obsessed with Asian/Oriental culture (from the fashion, to the music, to the gaming world, to comics etc). This is for research for TV documentary development. Please do get in touch if you're happy to have a chat about your interests! Email: latishama@yahoo.co.uk".

So if you fancy a chance of being in a TV documentary, now's your chance!

Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 1

Date: 2012 June 16th Saturday [5:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

We're pleased to announce Episode 1 of the Otaku News Podcast. Hopefully this will be the first of many. It features the talents of Azure, Little Wooden Boy and Spike.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 1

MP3 File:
94.9 MB
41 minutes 28 seconds

[Direct Download] [Torrent]

Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
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The Japanese Maid Cafe in London Sunday 17th June 2012

Date: 2012 June 11th Monday [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Maids and food will want to head to Camden Town on Sunday 17th June 2012 (this has now been postponed, please see the updated below). The Hellenic Restaurant will play host to the Japanese Maid Cafe.

Entry is £25 in advance which includes a 3-course meal and entry to the event. The food will be prepared on site by a qualified Japanese chef.

They'll have 3 sessions:

14:00 to 16:00
16:00 to 18:00
18:00 to 20:00

The maid cafe will also give you the opportunity to play a selection of games with them (for £2 per game per person). Souvenir poloroid photos can also be taken on the day at a cost of £5 per photo.

Update: Saturday 16th June 2012
We've just received an e-mail from the organisers of this event.
They've informed us that due to unforeseen circumstances they have to postpone the Japanese Maid Cafe originally due to take place tomorrow (Sunday 17th June 2012).

They also say - "We apologise for the inconvenience and have rearranged a new date for the Maid Cafe which we will announce shortly."

All tickets will be valid when the event is rescheduled, alternatively they will arrange refunds.

Read More... | Source: Japanese Maid Cafe London

NEO Magazine Seeks Ultimate Fan in Competition

Date: 2012 June 8th Friday [11:49] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

NEO Magazine launches campaign to find their ultimate fan in celebration for their 100th issue.

The winner will have a lifetime subscription to the magazine and have their photo featured in the 100th issue.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

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