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Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat

Date: 2014 August 28th Thursday [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Every so often in the news you hear something that takes you by surprise. This week The LA Times found out that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

While researching Sanrio's super star character for a museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in LA Christine R. Yano an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (and currently a visiting professor at Harvard, as well as a Hello Kitty expert) discovered that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

Read More... | Source: LA Times

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

Howl's Moving Castle Today's Google Doodle

Date: 2014 August 16th Saturday [7:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Fans of Ghibli will be pleased to note that today's Google Doodle in the UK is Diana Wynne Jones, the author of Howl's Moving Castle. The doodle celebrates what would be her 80th birthday. The doodle features Micheal, Calcifer and Sophie sitting around the fireplace. As square on the door rotates, and the door opens and closes changing location.

Source: Google UK

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

The Daiwa Scholarship - Spend 19 Months in Japan

Date: 2014 July 28th Monday [15:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

UK readers will be very interested in a scholarship offered by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation.

"The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary."

So if you're a British Citizen about to graduate, or have graduated and are aged between 21 and 35 years of age as of 1 September 2015 you should investigate further!

Source: The Daiwa Scholarship

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

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

Sailor Moon Now Streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus

Date: 2014 May 19th Monday [15:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

North American based readers who are fans of classic anime Sailor Moon will be pleased to hear that you can now watch it streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus. VIZ Media will premiere SAILOR MOON Episodes 1-4 (subbed) today on its free NeonAlley.com.

Those readers outside North America will note that the streams are geo-locked. So you'll have to find your own local legal rights holder to watch Sailor Moon.

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

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

Anime Limited launch Kickstarter campaign for Patema Inverted UK Definitive Edition

Date: 2014 April 28th Monday [14:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details of their soon to run Kickstarter. This is to enable the company to produce a definitive edition of the movie for UK home release.

The film will be hitting select UK cinemas from Friday 2nd May 2014.

Producing an ultimate edition like this with so many awesome extras can be risky, as it can be hard to gauge the demand for this kind of release. Launching a Kickstarter is a sensible way to figure out the demand. Anime Limited are not new to Kickstarter. They recently ran a hugely successful campaign for Mai Mai Miracle, that smashed stretch goal after stretch goal.

Read More... | Source: Patema Inverted Kickstarter

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

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

Anime Limited Announce Space Dandy Season 2 for July 2014

Date: 2014 March 24th Monday [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from anime company Anime Limited have just announced that the second season of Space Dandy will be broadcast from July 2014. Details of the series including episode count are yet to be confirmed. What is confirmed that it will be streamed, dubbed and subbed in in July via Wakanim.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Mai Mai Miracle UK and US Release Kickstarter Update

Date: 2014 February 8th Saturday [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The big news in anime circles this week has been from Anime Limited and their Kickstarter campaign to bring Mai Mai Miracle to home video.

Within the first 18 hours the Kickstarter hit it's $30K (USD) funding goal. So now they're going for a stretch goal. If they hit the goal of $60K, they'll be able to fund a dub. At the time of writing (with 26 days left on the Kickstarter), they have reached just over $54K. You can keep up to date with news about the Kickstarter here or check out Anime Limited's own website.

Source: Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter

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

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

MP3 File:
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47 minutes 01 second

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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Space Dandy streams for free on Wakanim

Date: 2014 January 7th Tuesday [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans wanting to see the new sci-fi space comedy Space Dandy should head over to Wakanim now to enjoy it. The show has just started to stream with both the sub and dubbed versions available on-line. The show is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe who also directed Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids on the Slope. We caught up with him at the May MCM London Comic Con where he mentioned the show.

Source: WakAnim

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

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

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

Animax Launches in the UK

Date: 2013 October 25th Friday [17:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The first day of the MCM London Comic Con has just ended, we know people are partying into the night, but we're stopping to tell you the latest news from the event.

A new UK streaming / video on demand service has just launched Animax UK. The division of Sony are showing anime on a model similar to BBC iPlayer. The shows are simulcast for everyone to watch for free for 2 weeks. After that they go into the archive where paid subscribers can access the shows. Subscriptions cost 5.99 a month, and will also remove ads from any shows.

Depending on how much anime you watch a month, this could be a good way of catching up with titles without paying for a boxset.

What makes them a bit different, is apart from offering simulcasts they also have movies for paid subscribers, and also offer viewers the choice to watch shows dubbed in English where available, or in Japanese with English subtitles.

If you're going to the MCM London Comic Con this weekend (Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013), you should pop over to their stall for a chance to win a big Sony TV.

It seems along with other legal streaming services Wakanim.co.uk and Crunchyroll, there are lots of ways to watch anime on-line now.

Read More... | Source: Animax

New UK streaming service announces Kill La Kill for UK/Ireland

Date: 2013 October 4th Friday [9:37] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Anime Limited announces UK branch of French based anime streaming service, also announces Kill La Kill as first title.

Read More... | Source: ANN

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

Otaku Calendar Adds iCal Support

Date: 2013 August 10th Saturday [12:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've just added support for iCal Feeds to the Otaku Calendar. What does this mean? It means that you can now set up your calendar software, including Google Calendar and the calendar on your phone (including iPhone and Android) to get updates from the Otaku Calendar. It even works with MS Outlook. This way you can keep to to date with what's going on without visiting the site.

Source: Otaku Calendar

The latest craze in Japan - eyeball licking?

Date: 2013 August 2nd Friday [14:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We know readers of Otaku News are up to date with all the latest crazes in Japan, but have you heard about eyeball licking? If you read some news websites they state that it's the latest craze in Japan. They all give the impression that it's sweeping the country. They also interview various doctors who confirm that eyeball licking isn't a healthy thing to do. What they don't do is actually double check with anyone in Japan about this strange craze, because if they did, they'd find out that it isn't really happening. It's another one of those weird Japan stories that people just assume is true.

The Number 1 Shimbun has an excellent article by Mark Schreiber who analyses the origin of the story and how lack of any fact checking caused the article to be picked up by more prestigious news outlets.

Thanks to Matt Alt for making us aware of this story.

Source: Number 1 Shimbun

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.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 10

MP3 File:
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1 Hour 0 minutes 59 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Anime streaming site Daisuki.net to simulcast Monogatari Series Second Season

Date: 2013 June 21st Friday [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from new anime streaming site Daisuki.net have sent us details about their latest upcoming streams. They'll be simulcasting Monogatari Series Second Season and offering streams of the previous series - Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari (Black).


Monogatari Series Second Season and Nekomonogatari (Black) will be avaiable for simulcast in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. While Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari will be available in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa.

They've also got 1,000 prizes to give away to anyone who registers on the site and applies for their give away.

Read More... | Source: Daisuki.net

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.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 9

MP3 File:
29.3 MB
1 Hour 3 minutes 53 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

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

Anime Cels for sale and free Otaku News Postcards at the MCM London Comic Con May 2013

Date: 2013 May 22nd Wednesday [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at the Japanese Gallery have sent us news that they'll be at the MCM London Comic Con from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May 2013. They'll be there with cels from anime for sale. They've got cels from Hunter x Hunter, Dragon Ball Z, Transformers, Pokemon, and 2 from Studio Ghibli films!

They've also got some free Otaku News Postcards to give away at their stall. We normally only give these out at anime conventions so they're rare and hard to get. Just head over to their stall and ask for one! If you can't get to the comic con, you can always download our wallpaper which features designs from our postcards.

Update: The details in the Comic Con book aren't exactly clear. The Japanese Gallery can be found at booth 302.

Read More... | Source: Japanese Gallery

Osamu Tezuka's The Crater goes live on Kickstarter

Date: 2013 May 19th Sunday [10:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from the Kansai Club have sent us details of their Kickstarter to get Osamu Tezuka's The Crater published in English. They intend to publish it as a limited edition run of 2,000 high quality copies.

This is not the first of Tezuka's works to be crowd funded for an English release. Last year DMP ran a successful Kickstarter to get Unico funded.

Read More... | Source: Kansai Club's Kickstarter page

Another Look At The Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: 2013 May 12th Sunday [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

A while ago, we posted an article about the crazy world of Neon Genesis Evangelion Merchandise. It proved to be very popular with our readers. Checking now, we find that they still do make crazy merchandise. There's even a physical Evangelion store you can to in Harajuku in Tokyo-01 (in Eva speak).

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

A Quick Reminder About Pirate Goods

Date: 2013 May 12th Sunday [9:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With convention season kicking off it's time to remind everyone to keep an eye out for pirate goods. Do you know if the event you are going to has a pirate goods policy? Do you know how to spot and avoid pirate goods? We find that pirate goods are still present at some events. If you haven't already, please read the Pirate Anime FAQ and learn how to avoid dodgy merchandise.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

GEN Manga Announces the Release of Alive Collection 1

Date: 2013 May 5th Sunday [11:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest publication. They've just released their seinen title Alive into a single Tankobon - Alive - The Complete Series. Priced at $2.99 (USD) for a DRM free PDF download.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

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.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 8

MP3 File:
16.2 MB
35 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

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

On-line Manga Site JManga to shut down it's retail and viewing services

Date: 2013 March 14th Thursday [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

On-line and legitimate manga streaming service JManga will be shutting down it's retail and viewing services on May 30th 2013. In other words it's shutting down in it's current form. The site started offering manga to view on-line from 27th December 2010. It was formed by an industry group of 39 Japanese publishers.

They launched in North America on August 17th 2011, and later expanded out globally in February 2012.

They worked on a subscription model, allowing readers to buy points in order to redeem manga.

All JManga Members will be issued Amazon Gift Cards for use on Amazon.com as a substitute the amount of unused JManga Paid Points (terms and conditions apply).

Read More... | Source: JManga

GEN Manga go Manhwa and Sorako release details

Date: 2013 February 19th Tuesday [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks Gen Manga have sent us details of their latest publication. The publisher bringing us Indie Manga from the Tokyo Underground has branched out to Korean Manhwa, releasing Gen Manhwa featuring a title called Stone Collector.

Gen also tell us they intend to branch out to monthly one shot tankobon type titles. That and they've just released Sorako as a complete digital collection and intend to publish it as a printed edition with some help from a Kick Starter campaign.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

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.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 7

MP3 File:
17.2 MB
37 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

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

Johnnys' World: Top of the J-Pops

Date: 2013 January 25th Friday [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

J-Pop fans who can access NHK World will want to tune in for Johnnys' World: Top of the J-Pops.

The documentary focuses on Johnny Kitagawa of talent agency Johnny's Entertainment. The talent agency represents Tsuyoshi Domoto of Kinki Kids and Hey! Say! Jump!.

It'll be broadcast on NHK World on:
Saturday 26th January 2013 - 23:10 (UTC)
Sunday 27th January 2013 - 3:10/ 7:10/ 11:10/ 15:10/ 19:10 (UTC)

NHK World broadcasts content in English and is free to access. It's available in many countries.

In the UK if you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Source: NHK World

Play.com to end first party retail sales

Date: 2013 January 10th Thursday [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've just heard that popular on-line retailer Play.com will stop "first party retail sales" by the end of March 2013. They intend to focus on it's Marketplace business. Play.com were sold to the Rakuten Group in 2011 for 25m. With the price reflecting the close of the tax loophole that allowed them to sell their DVDs from the Channel Islands, without paying VAT.

This basically means they will not directly distribute goods, but instead act as a market place to allow third party companies to sell stuff.

Read More... | Source: Play.com

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!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 6

MP3 File:
32.6 MB
1 hour 11 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tentacular! An interview with Toshio Maeda

Date: 2012 December 9th Sunday [12:17] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Features

October 2012's London MCM expo was the most successful ever. It included a stall by influential and controversial manga artists Toshio Maeda. Creator of the the renowned Urotsukidoji and La Blue Girl. We caught with the manga artist and were lucky enough to interview him at the Expo.

NSFW Content Warning. This article contains content that is not safe for work. This article contains an interview with the creator of a certain tentacle based genre of manga.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

GEN Manga Issue 16 out now

Date: 2012 November 27th Tuesday [13:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have just release their latest Issue GEN 16.

This issue continues the instalments of Psycho, Android Angels, Stones of Power, Anomal and Alive.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

NHK World at Hyper Japan Christmas 2012

Date: 2012 November 19th Monday [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's getting closer to Hyper Japan Christmas 2012, which is set to run from Friday 23rd November to Sunday 26th November 2012.

The international arm of Japanese broadcaster NHK will be there to promote their international channel NHK World.

The station broadcasts content in English and is free to access. If you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Fans of Kawaii will be pleased to hear that the station will be looking for people wearing Kawaii Fashion at Hyper Japan for their Kawaii International show. Some stylish attendees to Hyper Japan might be added to the show's Facebook page, or even featured on the show itself!

At the NHK World booth (C6 at Hyper Japan), they'll also be showing Itadakimasu! Dining with the Chef, so you can learn about Japanese cooking techniques.

So if you're going to Hyper Japan this weekend, swing by the NHK World World booth C6.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

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!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

MP3 File:
57.7 MB
1 hour 3 minutes

[Direct Download] [Torrent]

Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

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

Otaku Calendar - a new site from the Otaku News Team

Date: 2012 October 14th Sunday [17:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

In the Otaku News labs we are always thinking about the best way to spread the latest news to people who love Japan.

A lot of the news we publish is about things that have a fixed date like events and releases, the sort of things that belong in a calendar. So we decided to build an Otaku Calendar, listing what's on and where to help every fan answer that nagging question:
"I'm new to fandom, what can I do in my area this month?"

Otaku Calendar is designed to be a sister site to Otaku News. We'll still cover all the stuff we normally do here, but the events will be organised differently on the Otaku Calendar.

Our ultimate (and somewhat impossible) goal is to list every event and release date of interest to otaku. In order to so we'll need volunteers to populate the calendar with events from around the world! If you're interested in helping out please get in touch by e-mail webmaster@otakunews.com.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions too, please feel free to let us know.

Source: Otaku Calendar

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!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

MP3 File:
42.8 MB
46 minutes 45 seconds

[Direct Download] [Torrent]

Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Anime and Manga event for Japanese Language Learners in London and Edinburgh

Date: 2012 September 12th Wednesday [17:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Readers who are in London or Edinburgh and are keen to learn Japanese will be interested in the Japan Foundation's new initiative. They've just launched a new website using Anime and Manga in Japanese to help you get to grips with the language.

They'll be running special workshops on the subject -

"This workshop, hosted by Ms Nanae Kumano (Developer of the Japanese in Anime & Manga website and Language Education Specialist at Japan Foundation Madrid), will introduce learners to the Japanese in Anime & Manga website, and explore how the site can be used to enhance your own Japanese language studies and enjoyment of Japanese culture."

On Thursday 4th October 2012 from 4pm to 6pm at the University of Edinburgh.

Levels: Basic Advanced (JLPT N5 N1/Level 1); English explanations will be given. This event is supported by the University of Edinburgh and is free for all participants. The event is free, but you do have to register in advance in order to attend.

On Friday 5th October 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Japan Foundation - Russell Square London.

Levels: Intermediate to Advanced (JLPT N3/Level 3 N1/Level 1); The workshop will be in Japanese.

Fee: 3.00 (to paid on arrival on the day, cash only accepted)
Limited to 40 participants First come, first served. Click here to register.

Source: The Japan Foundation

GEN Manga Issue 14 out now

Date: 2012 August 21st Tuesday [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have just release their latest Issue GEN 14.

This issue continues the instalments of Psycho, Android Angels, One is Enough, Stones of Power, Anomal and Alive.

GEN will be giving away a short preview version of GEN 14 for free this month.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

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

[Direct Download] [Torrent]

Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can get episode 1 here and episode 2 here.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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