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2005: Words From the UK Anime Industry

Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2006 [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Paul over at Anime UK News.net has sent us the low down on a very interesting article they've just put on-line. Getting the views from the major players in the UK anime industry, the article recaps 2005 and gets various companies views on 2006. It's interesting to see all their separate takes on the achievements of the last 12 months.

The Otaku News Crew consider 2005 a very important year for the UK anime industry since it's the year that anime really went in the public eye, with more stores willing to stock it, more news papers writing positive and factually correct articles. Even Howl's Moving Castle got good fair write coverage too, while manga continues to be more easy to obtain in the UK. Taking into account where the UK anime scene was 3 or 4 years ago things have really progressed.

Source: Anime UK News.net

Evangelion Character Contest

Date: Thursday 22nd December 2005 [9:49] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Gainax, the anime studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion (currently airing Thursday nights on Adult Swim), has announced a new contest for the latest video game spin-off for the hit series. The contest is calling for fans to design a new character for the second part of Neon Genesis Evangelion Supplementary Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a game designed for cellular phones.

The guidelines for the contest can be found on Gainax’s website. Unfortunately for American Evangelion fans, they are in Japanese. The few guidelines that are known is that the character must be female, and must be in the same class as EVA pilots Shinji, Rei and Asuka. Contestants will not simply be limited to only submitting designs for the physical appearance of the new character, but can also create her personality, manner of speech, and so on. There is no explicit statement saying that the contest is only open to Japanese residents. Other rules and guidelines, such as a final submission date, are not known at this time.

Source: Anime News Network

Studio Ghibli's Next Movie Will be Earthsea

Date: Thursday 15th December 2005 [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Studio Ghibli have officially announced their next movie, which is due to hit Japan in July 2006. Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) is based on Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea Collection. Controversially Hayao Miyazaki son, Goro Miyazaki will be directing the film.

Read More... | Source: Studio Ghibli

Outlanders Coming to DVD

Date: Monday 12th December 2005 [10:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media announces DVD release of sci-fi comedy Outlanders.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

Casting Begins for Cameron's Battle Angel

Date: Friday 9th December 2005 [6:37] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime > Film

Finally, some concrete news on the production with Battle Angel - Based upon Battle Angel Alita, a great anime flick, and an even greater manga serial most would agree.

Mali Finn Casting have recently posted up an advert auditioning for the main lead, which will be held until the 19th December 2005. They also state that 'no prior film experience is necessary'. What are you waiting for? Submit your sisters and daughters!

Source: VFXWorld News

DVDs of Honneamise

Date: Thursday 8th December 2005 [11:13] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bandai announces new DVD label Honneamise, to distribute anime in North America.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Tomo-Dachi a New Northern Ireland Convention

Date: Saturday 3rd December 2005 [11:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've got news of a new anime convention in Northern Ireland, at the University of Ulster's Magee Campus in Londonderry. Tomo-Dachi is set for 7th 8th and 9th of July 2006 and looks like it's going to be great! With guests including veteran voice actress Tiffany Grant and writer, translator and man of many talents Jonathan Clements. The convention is the first of it's kind in Northern Ireland and has some really nice touches like anime related presents in everyone's room! We reckon it's worth going to for the "What Stupid People Say About Anime" segment alone, since we've heard many people say stupid things about anime! So clear your calendars for that week and get over to Londonderry! ^_^

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

DS Wi-fi is here

Date: Friday 2nd December 2005 [7:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

The Nintendo DS Wi-fi service has now been fully launched! DS owners can go online with certain games for free by locating wireless hotspots. Alternatively they can simply connect using their home wireless connection or by buying a USB adapter for their home PC and use standard internet connections.

Read More... | Source: Nintendo Wi-fi

Proud To Be An Otaku

Date: Saturday 26th November 2005 [19:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The Scotsman are currently running a story focusing on the economic force behind the otaku. It's very similar to articles we've featured before. It explains what an otaku is, the fun places in Akihabara, including it's electronic shops, and maid cafes. It also mentions the otaku test we've covered before, along with how keen otaku are with the test.

What makes this article a bit different from a recap of all the articles featured before is a new phrase we've never read about "otaku mum", the parent of one otaku is actually into anime too and even has models of characters from her favourite movie! Now don't you wish your parents were like that? Then again, maybe not since they would only "borrow" most of your DVDs! ^_-

Source: The Scotsman

Mattel To Produce "Zatch Bell!" Toys

Date: Monday 14th November 2005 [9:57] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC announced that they have made a deal with toymaker Mattel to produce toys based on hit anime series "Zatch Bell!".

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

FMA & Wolf’s Rain to be shown on UK TV

Date: Sunday 6th November 2005 [10:47] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

As reported previously on Otaku News, Anime News Network have discovered, a new digital speciality station called Rapture announced at the London Expo that it will begin airing Full Metal Alchemist & Wolf’s Rain on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The official launch of the station is on the 14th of November.

Source: Anime News Network

Atari Europe's Bandai Christmas Line Up

Date: Sunday 30th October 2005 [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Fans of anime games should be pleased to hear about Atari and Bandai's Christmas game line up. They've got the following for PS2:

- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- One Piece: Grand Battle
- Digimon World 4

Along with Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 for Nintendo DS and Ghost in the Shell®: Stand Alone Complex for PSP.

Read More... | Source: Atari

November is Bootleg Calendar Month

Date: Saturday 29th October 2005 [11:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

For many anime fans November is that month before Christmas where you get your giftlist ready and figure out what you're going to give to your fellow otaku. As the author of the Pirate Anime FAQ, I'd like to remind our readers that November is bootleg anime calendar month. What's this? A new national holiday! No, not really, but it's a good way of spotting the swarm of bootleg calendars that come out each year - In order to compete with legitimate calendars they start with dates two months before each year. In other words, it'll be November 2005 - December 2006. They are often advertised as this too. It's a sneaky way of beating out competition from official calendars too, since people are more likely to buy calendars with two extra months on, making the need for calendars that start in 2006, more redundant.

So if you see an anime calendar that starts in November instead of January on eBay, or from some certain retailers, then be careful, it's more likely to be bootleg one.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

Miyazaki on TCM in January

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2005 [23:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Turner Classic Movies will be airing anime films by Hayao Miyazaki in January.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

VIZ Launches Shonen Jump Video Line

Date: Thursday 20th October 2005 [22:58] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ announces plan to launch new video line featuring Shonen Jump titles.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

PSP Ghost In the Shell:SAC Game Details

Date: Thursday 20th October 2005 [15:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

UK fans of the Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex Series should be pleased to hear that a game based on the anime will be released on PSP this Friday. Atari have sent us the details. The game sounds really good, not only do you get to play as the main cast members, each with different abilities, but you also get to command Tachikoma, that is surely worth the price of the game alone! You even get to train and customize them (*hums Tachikoma themetune* ^_-).

Read More... | Source: Atari

Get Your Voice Heard by ADV UK!

Date: Thursday 13th October 2005 [8:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

We’ve had a message from ADV Films UK regarding the polls on its website. It seems the response has been far too low for ADV to gauge your opinions accurately; they are taking the responses seriously and significant responses will effect what they release. Launching new series in the UK can be expensive, and the choice of series can often be difficult for the British companies so ADV want to make sure they are in tune with fans requests.

We encourage every British fan to regularly take part in the polls, as well as encouraging other fans to do so especially for any series they feel strongly about.

The current poll asks which of the following series fans would like to see;
Gatchaman (known widely in it’s edited form as Battle of the Planets)
Gilgamesh
Samurai Gun
Area 88
Yugo the Negotiator

I’ve already voted for Gatchaman, Battle of the Planets was a childhood favourite and I’m looking forwards to seeing it uncut.

Source: ADV Films UK

ADV UK DVD Releases for October 2005

Date: Wednesday 5th October 2005 [13:17] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

ADV UK have sent us their October Press release with info concerning:
- Martian Successor Nadesico: Complete Chronicles
- DNAngel volume 2
- Divergence Eve volume 2
- Gravion volume 3 (final)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Edition 0:5
- Last Exile volume 6

Read More... | Source: ADV UK

IMAF 2005 Lines Up Top Speakers and New Anime

Date: Monday 26th September 2005 [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With the competition deadline edging ever close, the nice folks at IMAF have sent us some more details for their London event.

Highlights include Sweatdrop Studios, a special screening of Millennium Actress, along with the Europe Premiere of Streetfighter - Alpha Generation. Even Garnier will be their with its Manga haircare range. The IMAF is certainly worth attending to see the wonderful range of entrants.

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Neo Awards - Time To Vote

Date: Tuesday 20th September 2005 [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

UK Anime Magazine Neo, are currently taking votes for their first Neo Awards "the only UK awards ceremony to celebrate the best in Asian Pop Culture" which will be held on Saturday 29th October.

Neo rightly point out that what makes the awards important is that the winner of each category is voted by the fans.

To vote all you have to do is download this PDF file, print it out, fill it out and post it to the address on the form. All voting forms have to be sent in by Friday 7th October to be counted.

Please note that the form is in PDF format, so if you have problems printing the file try downloading Adobe Acrobat.

Source: Neo

Franz Ferdinand to Provide Paradise Kiss Ending Theme

Date: Monday 19th September 2005 [22:23] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

I've had my eye on the manga for years, and when hearing the recent news of the anime being in production, well, now I've got to read the manga ASAP!

Anyway, the anime is being produced by Madhouse, and th site recently opened the music section. UK anime fans might be happy to hear British rockers Franz Ferdinand's hot single "Do You Want To", will be the ending theme for this highly anticipated series!

Source: Paradise Kiss TV Official Website

Viz Titles for the UK Include Bleach and Inu Yasha

Date: Saturday 17th September 2005 [16:37] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Viz are set to enter the European anime and manga market,partnering with Copyright Promotions Ltd they will form Viz Media B.V. Titles appearing in the press release include Bleach, Deko Boku Friends and Mar.

We at Otaku news have also noticed one title surprisingly not mentioned in the press release has already appeared on the CPLG website, with a page now listing the Inu Yasha anime.

Source: AnimeUKNews

Convention Report: Ayacon 2005

Date: Saturday 27th August 2005 [19:33] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Events

Ayacon, one of the longest running UK Anime conventions, has repeated itself after a one year absence due to Amecon last year, and has certainly come back with one hell of a bang. Spanning three days from the 19th to the 22nd of August at Warwick Arts Centre just south of Coventry, this convention provided not only a bountiful selection of Anime, a masquerade and of course karaoke but also panels from a large variety of different sources, a pub quiz, two parties and even a concert from gothic j-rock group Blood. Boredom was never going to be an option...

Read More... | Source: Ayacon

Is KyuuCON a Scam?

Date: Thursday 25th August 2005 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

After posting the press release from KyuuCon yesterday, it's been brought to our attention by various members of UK anime fandom that there is something fishy about KyuuCON. Firstly it appears that the venue mentioned the Plymouth Pavillions has not heard of KyuuCON or the organisers in question. The second major alarm bell is where the payments are going, into a personal bank account and not a building society account/non-profit account in the conventions name.

What's also interesting is their sudden change of heart, and the way they've just moved everything back a year. Plus this thread brought to our attention at the AyaCon Forum. At this current moment in time, based on what we have heard, we believe that KyuuCON is either very poorly organised or a cash grabbing scam, either way, we suggest you avoid KyuuCON for now.

Read More... | Source: Anime Fandom

Howl's Moving Castle Premiere in the UK

Date: Wednesday 24th August 2005 [7:19] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network the premiere of Howl’s Moving Castle in the U.K is set to be on the 2nd of September at 19:30 hrs at The British Academy (BAFTA - Princess Anne Theatre) 195 Piccadilly London, UK, to inaugurate BAFTA's London Japanese Film Festival.

A reception hosted by the Japanese Embassy at 18:30 is to be held before the screening. Tickets are £10 for the combined event for non BAFTA members. More information may be found on the BAFTA website.

Otaku will note that this is not the first screening of Howl's Moving Castle in the UK, since the first public screening was held in Cambridge and featured a Question and Answers session with Howl's original author Diana Wynne Jones.

Optimum Releasing have also launched www.howlsmovingcastlemovie.co.uk which features some lovely wallpaper in their downloads section.

Source: Anime News Network

Dragon Ball Gt Special to Air on Toonami

Date: Friday 19th August 2005 [9:32] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > TV

For those of you not at Ayacon you might be interested to know that the Dragon Ball GT TV special will be premiering on UK TV tonight at 5:30 pm on Toonami. The special is set after the events of Dragon Ball GT and follows Goku’s descendant Goku Jr.

Source:

World Cosplay Summit 2005 Winners Announced

Date: Sunday 14th August 2005 [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Following on from our earlier story, according to the Mainichi Daily News, a fantastic costume of Sirene from Devilman has won the top individual prize, Italian Giorgia Vecchini's costume even had Sirene's wings on her head, making it a huge and elaborate competitor in the competition!

The Mainichi Daily News site also has some photos of the finalists for this years summit. The competition had regional play offs in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

The New Anime Companion

Date: Monday 8th August 2005 [17:50] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

Anime fans wanting to know more about all the various cultural references that pop up in their favorite anime can now rejoice. Anime News Network has announced that Stone Bridge Press, publisher of books about Japan, is releasing The Anime Companion 2: More... What's Japanese in Japanese Animation?, the follow-up to the popular book written by Gilles Poitras, who also writes the new volume.

Like its predecessor, The Anime Companion 2 contains glossary-style entries to help readers decipher anime's distinctive content, images and cultural motifs. Everything from city landmarks to food to clothing to historical figures is covered in fascinating detail, using illustrations anime images, film citations and numerous references to the related art of manga. With entries in both kanji (Japanese characters) and English, the book also contains maps of old provinces and current prefectures (and the 23 wards of Tokyo), making it an absolute must-have for those wanting to learn about Japan, whether they're otaku or not.

Source: Anime News Network

London Anime Club is Next Weekend

Date: Saturday 6th August 2005 [11:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

A quick reminder to our London based readers, the London Anime Club which is normally held on the first Sunday of every month, will be on 14th August so not to clash with the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow which has an anime events run this weekend.

Source: London Anime Club

ADV to Screen Anime at Interation

Date: Wednesday 3rd August 2005 [8:02] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

ADV Films UK have announced they will be screening a variety of anime at Sci-Fi convention Interaction. Interaction is running in Glasgow from August 4th-8th. This is a high profile convention which also boasts events such as the Hugo awards. ADV are also providing the centrepiece presentation for a talk by anime expert and author Jonathan Clements. We recommend you make time to see Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Full Metal Panic, Voices of a Distant Star and if you still haven’t seen it Evangelion.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

AmeCon 2006 Details

Date: Tuesday 2nd August 2005 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

With AyaCon about to kick off in a few weeks, the AmeCon Crew have sent us the details of their Leicester based convention. Set to run from Friday 11th August to late on Sunday 13th in 2006 the convention looks like it's going to be good. The press release they've sent us has the full details and covers pretty much all the questions you could ask at this stage. It's great to see they've got the details sorted out even a year before the events set to run.

The guests include Monica Rial who was a real hoot at last years Amecon and interviewed really well, along with fellow voice actor Greg Ayres.

The AmeCon Crew have also decided to host a Cosplay Ball, which sounds exciting and attendees are advised to wear cosplay or formal wear (which basically means cosplay as Tuxedo Mask ^_-). The Otaku News Crew were at the first AmeCon and we've already paid the deposit for next years.

Read More... | Source: Amecon

Adult Swim Announces Evangelion Start Date

Date: Saturday 30th July 2005 [17:04] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

In an update to a recent article, Anime News Network has announced a start date for the hit anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is set to debut on the Adult Swim Network this fall. The show will air on Thursday nights, starting October 20th at 12:30 am. There is no specification as to whether this is Eastern or Central Standard Time.

In somewhat related news, new episodes of Full Metal Alchemist, the recent hit that debuted earlier this year, will also be debuting this fall. The new episodes will begin on Saturday, September 17 at midnight. Full Metal Alchemist tells the tale of Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers who search for a means to restore their bodies to normal following a failed attempt to restore their mother to life using alchemy.

Source: Anime News Network

ADV UK DVD Releases for September 2005

Date: Wednesday 27th July 2005 [11:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

ADV Films UK has sent us their press release concerning their September UK releases. This includes a special edition of Spriggan, which will include a soundtrack CD and new commentaries. September also sees the start of the UK release of Peacemaker. The September releases are as follows:

- Spriggan Special Edition
- Peacemaker Volume 1
- Mezzo Volume 2
- Aquarian Age Volume 2
- Chrono Crusade Volume 4
- Gad Guard Volume 5
- Get Backers Volume 5

The Otaku News Crew recommend Peacemaker if you like samurai anime (with pigs in) and Chrono Crusade since we're finding it enjoyable.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

International Manga and Anime Festival Launches and Calls For Entrants

Date: Monday 25th July 2005 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

This years IMAF has just launched. They're looking for international talent in the form of artists and animators to identify the best. Entrants have a chance to win some of the $75,000 prize fund which is divided between the categories. The best overall entry will win a generous $30,000!

The Otaku News Crew advise that our talented readers get to work, you've got until the 30th September 2005 to get your entries in!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Rapture TV to Show Anime

Date: Thursday 21st July 2005 [6:04] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > TV

UK TV channel Rapture which is re-launching in October is promising that it will be showing two half hour anime shows each week. The channel admits it still is in negotiation so it is still unknown which anime they plan to show.

Source: Rapture TV

Transformers Movie Website Goes Live

Date: Thursday 21st July 2005 [5:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

It was inevitable someone would make a big budget Transformers film, especially with the climate for anime inspired films. Rumours have been floating around for some time but Spielberg has finally confirmed the project and released some details. The film will be directed by Michael Bray with Spielberg as executive producer. The official website Transformers Live has a video up of Spielberg talking about his plans for the film, as well as various other film updates.

Source: Transformers Live

UK PSP Anime Movies

Date: Tuesday 19th July 2005 [17:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

UK gamers looking forward to the September release of the Sony PSP can also expect a blitz of UMD Movies for the handheld games console, anime titles that are going to be available so far include:

- Akira
- Ghost In The Shell
- Ghost In The Shell: On The Trail Of The Laughing Man
- Ghost In The Shell: Trouble At Home & Abroad
- La Blue Girl Returns
- Transformers The Movie

All of the above should be out on (or by) 5th September 2005 and will be priced around £10 - £15 depending on the title and the retailer.

Optimum Releasing will also be releasing Appleseed on DVD and UMD on 19th September.

It should be noted that PSP UMD Movies are region locked, so a UK PSP will only play Region 2 European and Japanese UMDs and not Region 1 US UMDs. Like DVDs UMDs can support multiple audio tracks and subtitles, so a single disc can ideally come with both the subbed and dubbed version of title.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Spirited Away Open Air Screening in London

Date: Monday 18th July 2005 [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

FilmFour have teamed up with Somerset House "to create a night at the movies like no other". They mention the "cutting edge technology and the splendour of the 18th century courtyard" and rightly so.

On Thursday 18th August, 6:30pm they'll be screening Studio Ghibli's superb Spirited Away, the only Japanese anime film to have won an Oscar. Tickets cost £12.50, with all phone and web bookings carrying an £1.75 charge per booking (not per ticket). As of yet it's not clear if the screening will be subbed or dubbed, but we will chase it up and post more details as soon as we find out.

If you haven't seen Spirited Away on a cinema screen yet, the Otaku News Crew highly recommend it.

Source: Somerset House

MinamiCon 12 Registrations Now Open

Date: Tuesday 12th July 2005 [13:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Anime Club President Dragon, has just informed us that registrations for the MinamiCon 12, the Southampton, UK based anime convention are now open. It's set for the 17th-19th March 2006. Registration costs £42 per person for the full weekend, and for an extra £10 you can also get a convention t-shirt.

Source: MinamiCon 12

National Unified Otaku Proficiency Exam

Date: Monday 11th July 2005 [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Who is the biggest otaku? Is your friend Steve a bigger otaku than you? If so why? Well publisher Biblos are going to solve this question finally by holding the first Japanese national unified otaku proficient exam in their August 5th Edition of Elfix Magazine.

They claim they want to nurture an "otaku elite to carry the otaku culture through the 21st century".

The Mainichi Daily News explain that the magazine will even grade their otaku awareness level if readers write their answers down on a postcard and send it to the Elfix staff. The best results will be printed in the October 5th edition of the magazine.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

VIZ Media Makes Licensing Deals for "Naruto"

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [21:29] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC has announced on its website that it has made licensing deals with Bandai America and Hot Topic, Inc. for one of its most popular titles, "Naruto", the action-comedy about a young ninja, infused with the spirit of a powerful fox-demon, who strives to be the greatest ninja of all and learns life lessons along the way. This comes following the announcement of the "Naruto" anime, currently one of the highest rated shows in Japan, debuting on Cartoon Network this fall. VIZ Media currently publishes the "Naruto" manga in the monthly anthology "Shonen Jump", as well as in graphic novel format.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

Sky Blue eCard

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [18:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

To remind our readers about the UK 8th July release of Sky Blue (the English name for Korean animation Wonderful Days), we're hosting a little eCard for you to feast your eyes on.

Read More... | Source: Sky Blue UK Movie Website

Planet Tokyo Talks Anime Business Blues

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [18:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Planet Tokyo have posted an interesting article called Talking Anime Business Blues, it covers the current concern about the boom on anime in the USA, and the double edge sword that is fansubbing, which both creates a hype for a series and also takes away DVD sales since fans would already have it on fansub (this is a long running debate in anime fandom and most fans operate on the policy that if they have the fansub and like it, they'll buy the DVD, otherwise they'll delete it).

Source: Planet Tokyo

Initial D Live-Action opens in Asia

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [7:30] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

The new live-action film Initial D opened last weekend in five Asian Markets and was number one in three of them. In Hong Kong it was shown on 99 screens, China-450 screens and Malaysia.

Based on the Japanese manga, Initial D began shooting on the 2nd June 2004 and it was directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, who also co-directed Infernal Affairs. The film was shot in locations in China and Japan and features Edison Chen as Takumi, the delivery boy who becomes a street racing legend.

Initial D was also the top Chinese-Language film in Taiwan and Singapore and was the top opening of the year in all three markets. No word was said yet on the U.S release and its Japanese Release is scheduled for September.

Source: ICv2

Only 49 Places Left at AyaCon

Date: Tuesday 21st June 2005 [19:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Popular UK Anime convention AyaCon are now down to their last 49 places. The convention always proves a hit and once it has sold out getting a ticket to the event is very hard, normally people have to wait for registered members to cancel.

AyaCon 5 is set to be the biggest UK anime convention to date with 1200 fans in attendance. Currently hosting an anime convention of this size is tricky and it's always nice to know that the people running the convention have experience and a proven track record at organising anime conventions. So book now to avoid disappointment.

What will be interesting to see is where will anime conventions go after this. Anime and manga is getting increasingly popular in the UK and more events are being held all the time. Surely more people will want to go to anime conventions run by anime fans like AmeCon, AyaCon and MinamiCon, however there are a only a limited number of venues that can cater for a fan run anime convention in the UK larger than 1200 people, anything bigger and all sorts of logistical factors kick in making organising an event a lot more complex. The Otaku News Crew wonder what will happen next, will these conventions continue with the same capacity, or will they be able to find even bigger venues to hold larger events? Whatever happens we certainly look forward to future fan run anime conventions.

Source: AyaCon

"Battle Angel" Delayed?

Date: Tuesday 21st June 2005 [17:54] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bad news for anime and action film fans. Anime News Network, on a report from "Hollywood Reporter", has announced that the live action film adaptation of "Battle Angel", to be directed by Hollywood heavy-hitter James Cameron, may be delayed. The only reason being given by Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment at this time is that the story’s script is proving difficult to adapt. Despite rumors to the contrary, there has been no mention of any potential to cancel the project.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Geeky Girl Otaku

Date: Sunday 19th June 2005 [16:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Here at Otaku News, not only do we cover anime news, manga news and news for fans of Japan, but we also like to run stories on otaku! We have to, otherwise we would have to search for another name! ^_-

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running a story about Female Otaku in Japan and fandom from their perspective. It certainly makes an interesting read. You'll also learn that Ikebukuro is the otaku girls paradise, while Akihabara is the guys (but everyone probably already knows about Akihabara, the electronic district in Tokyo).

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Highlander: The Anime

Date: Friday 17th June 2005 [18:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

The Highlander is back. And this time, he’s anime. Anime News Network announced that a 43-second trailer for a new anime film based on the cult sci-fi classic is available at Highlander-official.com. The 80-minute film, entitled "Highlander: Vengeance", is animated by Madhouse and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It is expected to come out in spring of 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Change in Plans for "Patlabor" Release

Date: Friday 10th June 2005 [18:43] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media just announced on their website that will be slightly altering its plans for the upcoming release of the final DVD volume of "Patlabor: The Mobile Police-The TV Series". The DVD collection for volumes 9-11, set for release on August 9, will be reduced in price from $49.95 SRP (suggested retail price) to $29.95 SRP.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

CPM To Release

Date: Tuesday 7th June 2005 [21:39] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media announced on their website that will be releasing the final DVD volume to their long running series, "Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The Series". The August release will see the final episodes featuring the adventures of the SV2 Squad, the special section of the police that handles crimes committed using Labors, humanoid robots used in heavy construction in a near-future Tokyo.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media website

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