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Japan Matsuri in London Saturday 27th September 2014

Date: 2014 September 21st Sunday [5:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In London on Saturday? Looking for something Japanese Culture related to do? Well don't forget about the Japan Matsuri in London. The Traditional Japanese festival returns to Trafalgar Square. It's set to run on Saturday 27th September 2014 from 11am until 9pm. As expected, they'll be lots of food stalls, along with stalls selling all sorts of Japanese related goodies plus shows on the main stage. There is no entry fee, it's open to all.

Regular readers would have first heard about this years event on the Otaku Calendar as it's the best way to organise your otaku lifestyle! ^_^

Source: Japan Matsuri

Attack On Titan Part 1 Out Now in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray

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

Today's the day many UK anime fans have been waiting for. The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have released Attack on Titan. It's out today (Monday 15th September 2014) on Blu-ray, Collectors Edition Blu-ray and DVD. It is indeed epic.

You can also pre-order Attack On Titan Part 2 on Blu-ray and DVD.

Last year we caught up with WIT Studio the company behind the anime hit at the MCM London Comic Con.

As you can expect, we'll post a review soon. In the meantime, don't have nightmares about scary giant naked people eating you (please don't).

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 Details

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

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

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Haruki Murakami London Book Signings - August 2014

Date: 2014 August 29th Friday [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of cult writer Haruki Murakami will want to head to Waterstone's Piccadilly Circus Branch on Saturday 30th August 2014 at 11:00am where the author will be signing his latest book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Sensibly due to the authors huge popularity Waterstone's are advising people to turn up early to avoid disappointment. They will be operating a wristband scheme. Customers will receive their wristband for this event when they purchase Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage on Saturday 30th August at 8.30am, or when they bring a valid Waterstones receipt/Waterstones.com despatch note with their copy on the day of the signing. They'll be limiting the wristbands to the first 200 people, and they are non transferable. Those who are not lucky enough to meet Haruki Murakami on the day, will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy a rare pre-signed edition. These will be limited to 200 copies only, one per person.

Source: Waterstones

Psycho-Pass Complete Series One Collection DVD and Blu-ray UK Release Details

Date: 2014 August 27th Wednesday [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

A quick reminder to UK based anime fans who will be excited to hear about Manga Entertainment UK's upcoming release of Psycho-Pass Complete Series One Collection. The whole series is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 1st September 2014.

You can pre-order Psycho-pass Complete Series One Collection from Amazon.co.uk on DVD and Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Hyper Japan 2014 Report

Date: 2014 August 7th Thursday [15:04] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Features

So Japanese Culture event Hyper Japan was the 25th -27th July 2014 this year, a few of us went & this is a run down of the goings on at this awesome event!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Bryan Lee O'Malley Seconds UK Book Signing Details

Date: 2014 July 29th Tuesday [15:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Scott Pilgrim will be very pleased to hear about Bryan Lee O'Malley's new book Seconds. To celebrate it's launch Bryan will be in the UK for some book signings at Gosh! Comics in London on Thursday 14th August 2014, The British Library in London on Friday 15th 2014, plus Forbidden Planet in Edinburgh on Sunday 17th August 2014.

We've already updated the Otaku Calendar with these details.

Update: More details the signings have been announced including, Leeds, Manchester and Dublin.

If you can't make it to the signings, you can always pre-order Seconds from Amazon.co.uk.

Source: Raidomaru.com - Bryan Lee O'Malley's Website

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

Hyper Japan Event Reminder - July 2014

Date: 2014 July 24th Thursday [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japan looking for something to do this weekend will want to head over to Earl's Court for Hyper Japan. The Japanese Culture event is set to run in London from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014. As we've mentioned before, there's lots to see and do this weekend.

Source: Hyper Japan

MCM Manchester Comic Con July 2014 Details

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

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

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

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

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

You can download the official show guide here.

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

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

Ambassadors of Cute

Date: 2014 July 6th Sunday [4:43] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Culture

What are these strange cute mascots, who are they, and what do they do?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Transformers x Evangelion - Optimus Prime with Eva Unit 01 Colours

Date: 2014 June 9th Monday [14:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of giant robots will be pleased to hear the news from the Big Bad Toy Store. Takara Tomy Toys the folks behind Transformers in Japan have teamed up with Gainax to produce an Evangelion Unit-01 coloured Optimus Prime. This forms part of the Transformers x Evangelion project.
Optimus' trailer comes with NERV branding too. Optimus himself sports the distinct purple and green colour scheme. While the Autobot Matrix of Leadership has been made to look like an S2 Engine.

Only 1,000 will be sold in Japan.

Fans of transformers merchandise will know that this is essentially a repaint of the MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure. Big Bad Toy Store are taking pre-orders at $314.99 (USD).

Read More... | Source: Takara Tomy

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

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

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

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

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

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

ShootTokyo Kickstarter Photo Book Campaign

Date: 2014 May 18th Sunday [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Tokyo is an iconic city, and many amazing photos of have been taken there. Tokyo based photographer and blogger Dave Powell runs the website ShootTokyo. He captures moments in the city and does lots of street photography. He's well known in the photographic blog scene and his site regularly attracts thousands of visitors daily. A photo speaks a thousand words and his photos speak for themselves.

Read More... | Source: ShootTokyo Kickstarter Campaign

Patema Inverted Quad Poster Give Away

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

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

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

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Patema Inverted UK Kickstarter funded in 5 hours

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition release details

Date: 2014 May 7th Wednesday [15:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime expert Jonathan Clements has just updated his website revealing that The Anime Encylopedia will have a third edition and is schedule for publication in December 2014.

The popular book written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy has been expanded with over 1,000 new entries, over 4,000 updates and corrections. This book is one of those amazing multiple purpose references. If you're an anime fan you should own a copy. If you're an academic it's essential. If you're running a website dedicated to news for fans of Japan (just like this one), you'll already have the first and second editions and regularly use them to fact check and research, so you'll be keen to get your hands on the third edition.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Remember that Amazon's pre-order price promise means you'll also pay the lowest price offered by Amazon, so if the price dips between now and when it's released, you'll only pay the lowest price.

Source: Jonathan Clements Website - Schoolgirl Milky Crisis

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Dragon Ball Season 1 UK DVD Competition

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

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

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Date: 2014 April 14th Monday [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good people from Project 6060 have sent us news of their Kickstarter Campaign for Stories of Modern Manga (1952-2012). The title of the book is self explanatory, with each double page spread tackling a year in the history of manga.

They aim to make the book as accessible as possible, it sounds like a great coffee table book, something you can just pick up and dip into.

The campaign aims to to raise $18K (USD) to publish the book. At the time of writing they've currently raised $3,693. However it's still early days and we know it's the last few hours that really count for a Kickstarter campaign.

Read More... | Source: 1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Pirate Anime FAQ Updated

Date: 2014 April 6th Sunday [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

The Pirate Anime FAQ is regarded as essential reading. We've just done a minor update adding a section about Anime Conventions and similar events to it. Geeky events like this are a great place to buy stuff from, but we urge caution as some will have excellent policies in place to stop dealers from selling pirate goods. Other events we are aware of however will not have any policy or if they do not enforce it. Often their concern is if they've sold enough tables to make a good profit. This does not just apply to small events. Bigger events also have this problem too.

Source: Pirate Anime FAQ

Ranma 1/2 US High definition release details

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

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

A look at the local Australian anime section

Date: 2014 March 12th Wednesday [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've highlighted before to our UK readers how they're connected to the Australian anime market. So today we'd thought we should share you with you an example of how established the market is down under.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Space Dandy UK DVD and blu-ray release details

Date: 2014 February 8th Saturday [15:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

For UK anime fans who have been watching Space Dandy on Wakanim you'll already know that it's due out on DVD and blu-ray on 24th November 2014. Amazon.co.uk have just started to take pre-orders for the DVD and blu-ray.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: 2014 February 6th Thursday [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK Fans of the anime series Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X for some releases), will be pleased to hear that Warner UK will be releasing the live action movie on Monday 17th February 2014. The film features events from the first story arc of the anime/manga, but is not a direct retelling as some concepts and events from the original series have been changed. You can pre-order the title on DVD and Collectors Edition Steelbook Blu-ray

Source: Warner Bros UK

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Anime Limited launch Kickstarter campaign for Mai Mai Miracle

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Miss Manga Mascara a new manga style mascara from L'Oreal Paris.

Date: 2014 January 22nd Wednesday [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've just seen an interesting advert on TV for a new brand of mega volume mascara Miss Manga. It's designed to give you the manga look. L'Oreal want people to embrace the Japanese Kawaii attitude.

Beckkii Cruel has reviewed the product.

Read More... | Source: L'Oreal Paris

Anime Limited announce 2014 DVD and Blu-ray release schedule

Date: 2014 January 13th Monday [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK anime company Anime Limited have just unvealed their 2014 release line up.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

GEN Manga returns with Let's Eat Ramen 3

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Wolf Children UK DVD Competition

Date: 2013 December 20th Friday [17:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us two copies of Wolf Children to give away. The film is directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also directed Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Christmas 2013 at Fosse Farm the Home of Alice from Kinmoza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Fosse Farm

London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide Updated

Date: 2013 December 3rd Tuesday [17:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

From the feedback we've been getting a fair few of our readers are planning on heading into London over Christmas. With this in mind we've just updated the London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide with details of updated shops. We hope this will you help you get a bit of real world otaku retail therapy!

Regardless of where you do go shopping, we always suggest some caution. There are some retailers around that are less than honest and will sell pirate goods. To help you avoid getting ripped off we suggest you read the Pirate Anime FAQ.

Source: Otaku News

Japanese Gallery Cel Sale in London

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

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

Read More... | Source: Japanese Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Otaku Calendar

Genki Gear Reveals Exclusive London Comic Con T-Shirt for October 2013

Date: 2013 September 16th Monday [15:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

It's that time of year again the MCM London Comic Con returns to the Excel Centre from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013. As is tradition, t-shirt brand Genki Gear have an official and exclusive design for the event.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

London's Japan Centre to close it's doors this September

Date: 2013 September 12th Thursday [15:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

London's well known Japanese shop Japan Centre has just announced that they'll be closing their doors on Sunday 22nd September 2013. Currently their store is just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus. The new location and opening details will be announced soon.

The shop has been popular with fans of everything Japanese for years, as it stocks Japanese food, books and current magazines. In the meantime they'll still sell everything via their website until the new location is revealed.

Update: The Japan Centre will reopen at 19 Shaftesbury Avenue in October 2013.

Read More... | Source: Japan Centre

Deadman Wonderland UK Blu-ray Competition

Date: 2013 September 6th Friday [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Deadman Wonderland The Complete Series to give away.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

London Shopping Guide Updated

Date: 2013 September 2nd Monday [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've just updated our London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide. Japanese department store Mitsukoshi has now closed, so it's been removed from our listing. We've heard rumours that they might open elsewhere in one form or another. All is not lost though as the bookshop in Mitsukoshi's basement JP Books now has it's own dedicated shop on Denman Street, just North of Piccadilly Circus.

We've also had to remove the much loved retro gaming shop Gaming Focus, along with the Muji on Oxford Street. There are still other Muji shops around London.

Also, we like to remind people when shopping for anime goods anywhere to watch out for pirate goods. We suggest you stay informed and read The Pirate Anime FAQ. There are still plenty of places out there that do stock pirate goods.

Source: Otaku News - London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide

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

Sword Art Online UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2013 August 20th Tuesday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Over the weekend of AyaCon on Sunday 18th August 2013 Manga Entertainment UK announced the release details of the of the highly anticipated Sword Art Online. Like the US release the UK edition will be released over 4 parts.

Release details are still to be confirmed, but they're aiming to release the first volume in December 2013 and the last volume by March 2014.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Genki Gear Summer Sale - August 2013

Date: 2013 August 15th Thursday [16:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks from Genki Gear have got in touch with us to tell everyone about their summer sale. Otaku News readers can use the discount code SUMMERSALE (all one word), to get an extra 10% off the sale price of anything in our summer sale sections. This offer end 31st August 2013.

Source: Genki Gear

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.

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