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Helen McCarthy on RightStuf's Anime Today Podcast

Date: Tuesday 20th January 2009 [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans will want to check out RightStuf's latest podcast. It features an interview with anime expert Helen McCarthy who promotes her book 500 Essential Anime Movies. In the podcast she explains how she narrowed down her choices in the book to just 500 shows. Along with how anime production and writing about anime has changed over the years.

Source: RightStuf Anime Today Podcast

London Barbican Japanimation: After Tezuka Season

Date: Sunday 18th January 2009 [14:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London anime fans will want to head over to the Barbican for their upcoming season Japanimation: After Tezuka. It's considers Tezuka's legacy and the works he inspired.

It starts on Wednesday 28th January 2009 and is set to run to Sunday 1st February. Curated by anime expert Helen McCarthy, she always manages to arrange a selection of animated treats. Her introductions are worth attending too, as she manages to cram plenty of facts about each screening.

The line up is as follows:

Dororo 18:00 Wednesday 28th January 2009
Black Jack: Episode 15:00 Saturday 31st January 2009
Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion 13:45 Sunday 1st February 2009
Akira 15:45 Sunday 1st February 2009
(also later on in February)
Tekkonkinkreet 20:30 Tuesday 24th February 2009

With the Tokyo City Promotion 2009 in London at the same weekend it looks like the end of January is a great time for anime fans to visit London! As always with popular screenings we advise that you book early to avoid any disappoint.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Tokyo City Promotion 2009 in London

Date: Friday 16th January 2009 [9:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London anime fans are a in for a real treat on Saturday 31st January 2009, where a special Tokyo Day will be running. Organised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Day is set to be packed with tons for otaku to see and do.

The event will be held at Lawrence Hall at the Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre.

Admission is free. It's set to run from 10am to 8pm.

Read More... | Source: Tokyo City Promotion 2009

Naruto Shippuden on-line an hour after Japanese Broadcast

Date: Friday 2nd January 2009 [6:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just recived an exciting press release from Crunchyroll, who will be streaming Naruto Shippuden on-line an hour after Japanese broadcast. This sort of distribution model has been talked about for ages in the anime press, but until now it's never actually officially happened.

Read More... | Source: Crunchyroll

Klaatu as Spike Speigel?

Date: Friday 19th December 2008 [21:55] | Posted By: Queen Of Swords
Category: > Anime > Film

The star of The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Matrix trilogy, and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure wants to play Spike Speigel in a live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.

Read More... | Source: MTV

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Blog

Date: Friday 5th December 2008 [18:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Anime expert Jonathan Clements has just launched a blog to promote his new book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade, which is due for publication in early 2009.

The blog has some interesting insights that will no doubt also appear in the book, even an article about writing the index for the book proves to be amusing.

Source: Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Blog

Lincolnshire anime screenings

Date: Wednesday 3rd December 2008 [18:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans who can get to Lincolnshire will want to visit the Hub National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, as they'll be showing the How Manga Took over the World Exhibition, from 7th February 2009 to 19th April 2009. The exhibition is touring after a successfully run at Urbis.

Source: Hub National Centre for Craft & Design

Last London Anime Club Meeting

Date: Sunday 23rd November 2008 [14:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans who can get to London on Sunday 7th December 2008 should do so for the last meeting of the London Anime Club. The LAC has been running for 15 years now, but attendance has been dropping for various reasons, so they've decided to halt it's regular meetings. The Christmas meetings always have lots of people going, along with extras such as a prize draw, DDR:UK will be there with games and the bring and buy, along with all the usual things like the video room, and dealers selling anime and manga merchandise.

Source: London Anime Club

Thought Bubble Festival

Date: Friday 7th November 2008 [13:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime fans who can get to Leeds will want to keep the 13th to the 16th November 2008 free for the Thought Bubble Festival. The Festival will have a great selection of anime and manga stuff, including film screenings too.

The Convention on Saturday 15th November 2008 (10am - 5pm) will have free entry to cosplayers!

They'll be screening the following films:
Sword of the Stranger
Mind Game
20th Century Boys
Detroit Metal City

We've already seen Sword of the Stranger, and watching it on a big screen is recommend.

Read More... | Source: Thought Bubble Festival

The Akiba: A Manga Guide to the Akihabara

Date: Friday 7th November 2008 [13:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

We've been sent a press release for a new book that sounds perfect for otaku paying a trip to Tokyo. The Akiba: A Manga Guide to the Akihabara (published by Japan Publications Trading), is an interesting blend of manga and travel guide.

Update: We've reviewed The Akiba: A Manga Guide to the Akihabara

Read More... | Source: Japan Publications Trading

Kitacon Announces New Guests

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2008 [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've just been sent news from the good folks at Kitacon (the UK anime Convention in Northampton 17th-19th April 2009), informing us that they've got two more guests. Voice actors Laura Bailey and Travis Willingham will be attending the convention.

Read More... | Source: Kitacon

Could Manga Inspire A Murder?

Date: Friday 24th October 2008 [18:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Sky News are running an article about the possibility that manga could inspire murder, and how it frustrates anime fans. It cites the current case of Meredith Kercher, a 21 year old student who was stabbed to death in Italy in a house she shared with other students. It mentions that the prosecution of the case are highlighting that Raffaele Sollecito (one of the accused) was acting out a "dark fantasy", inspired by his manga collection. BBC News have more coverage of the same story.

Read More... | Source: Sky News

Revelation Films 2009 Q1 anime UK DVD release schedule

Date: Tuesday 21st October 2008 [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The nice folks at Revelation Films have sent us details of their 2009 Q1 line up. For the first three months of 2009 promises to see the UK release of:

Fullmetal Alchemist Season One Part One - January.
Spiral The Complete Series Box - February
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (the final instalment) - March
Tsubasa The Complete Series Box Set - March

What's interesting in the press release is that it actually states sales figures, something you rarely see for the anime industry. It'll be nice if all anime companies releases sales figures for their titles. However this is valuable information for sales and marketing teams, which is why most companies like to keep this these details secret.

Read More... | Source: Revelation Films

Grand International Cosplay Ball

Date: Tuesday 7th October 2008 [15:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've got some exciting news about the Grand International Cosplay Ball, which is set for Sunday 30th November at the Clapham Grand, London, England.

This is the first event to our knowledge that is aimed at cosplayers, and not an event like an anime convention with cosplayers as a feature.

The event looks to be a sure fire hit, with live bands, DJs, ballroom dancing, a kimono fashion show, fire and burlesque performances and even an Alice-In-Wonderland themed photography area.

As always with such events we advise that you book soon to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Grand International Cosplay Ball

Kitacon Fan Choice Awards

Date: Thursday 18th September 2008 [18:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

UK anime fans looking for convention fun in April 2009 will be pleased to hear that Kitacon will be holding a Fan Choice Awards, where fans get to vote for their favourites, anime, manga, characters and more. They'll even be able to collect them on behalf of the nominees. This does sound like an interesting concept.

Read More... | Source: Kitacon

Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements London Book Signings

Date: Monday 15th September 2008 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans in London who can get to the Barbican on Saturday 20th September 2008 will want to drop in between 3pm and 6pm where expert writers Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements will be signing their books.

While in the Barbican don't forget to enjoy the great Tezuka Movie Season that Helen's curating.

Source: Barbican

An interview with Kari Wahlgren

Date: Sunday 7th September 2008 [11:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Thanks to go the great folk at AmeCon 2008, we were able to interview their main guest, voice actress Kari Wahlgren. You may have heard her in the American dub of FLCL as Haruko, or Robin in Witch Hunter Robin or Scarlett in Steamboy to name a few of her roles. As well as many video games you've probably played.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News / Voiceacting.co.uk

Eye On Anime Interview Helen McCarthy

Date: Sunday 31st August 2008 [13:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

With the upcoming Tezuka Season at London's Barbican, the folks at Eye On Anime have interviewed anime expert and season curator Helen McCarthy.

Source: Eye On Anime

500 Essential Anime Movies by Helen McCarthy - out now

Date: Tuesday 5th August 2008 [18:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details regarding anime expert Helen McCarthy's new book 500 Essential Anime Movies. It's out now in the UK and will be released in the US in a few weeks. You can buy it Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

We've always recommend Helen's books for several reasons - they're well written and they're well researched that and they're enjoyable to read. ^_^

Helen goes to a lot of effort to check the facts and details when writing books and it does show. We also recommend Helen McCarthy's publications when researching anime and manga, especially for academic purposes, you can never go wrong citing her work.

Read More... | Source: Ilex Press

The Pirate Anime FAQ Returns

Date: Sunday 3rd August 2008 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

8 years ago, I wrote an FAQ about piracy in anime, and how to avoid buying pirate goods. It started off as a simple guide as part of a site called Anime Digital, but evolved and improved over the years. It's generally regarded as the most comprehensive guide to pirate goods in anime fandom. A mini version has been printed at many anime conventions and distributed among convention staff to quickly spot pirate goods. The anime industry also use it to make anime fans aware of bootleg goods.

For the last 8 years the Pirate Anime FAQ was hosted on the London Anime Club's web server. Unfortunately it's been unavailable since April because of server problems so we have decided to host the guide on Otaku News instead. We'd like to thank the London Anime Club for hosting the Pirate Anime FAQ for the last 8 years.

The Pirate Anime FAQ has been translated into French and German, thanks to the kind help of anime fans. I'll put the French and German translations up soon. However I've made a few small changes to the FAQ to make sure it will fit with the formatting of Otaku News. As a result the translations will need to be updated too.

The old content from Anime Digital is not lost and we're currently deciding if we should integrate the articles into Otaku News, or archive them as a separate site.

So please update your bookmarks, the new URL for the Pirate Anime FAQ is http://www.otakunews.com/piratefaq.php.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

Naruto PS3 Game Demo Out

Date: Thursday 31st July 2008 [19:55] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

A demo of the new Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm PS3 game is now available to download

Read More... | Source: PlayStation Network

AmeCon 2008 Competition

Date: Sunday 20th July 2008 [10:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With Leicester based UK anime convention AmeCon less than a month a way, they've decided to launch a great competition where you can win two tickets to the convention, plus free accommodation for the length of the convention.

The press release also details the guest for this year will be voice actress Kari Walgren, who has done a large variety of voice work, including the American dubs for a few anime series - Haruko in FLCL, Scarlett in Steamboy, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin and Lavie in Last Exile.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon 2008 Competition Page

London Barbican Osamu Tezuka Season

Date: Thursday 17th July 2008 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've received some exciting news from the London Barbican about a special Osamu Tezuka Season they'll be running from Thursday 18th to Wednesday 24th of September 2008.

The season is curated by anime expert Helen McCarthy (who's written tons of good books and articles on anime and manga). The line is up a great showcase of Tezuka's work, with The Film Is Alive: Osamu Tezuka Filmography looking especially interesting, as it we're certain Helen will bring an informative take on the panel with the event.

Osamu Tezuka is the granddaddy of anime and manga, without doubt the most influential and inspiration artist, as always with these events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Manga Matinee at the Institute of Contemporary Arts

Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2008 [8:31] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

The Institute is nicely located, just around the corner from Trafalgar Square, London. Throughout July 2008, there will be a run of the following manga-inspired shows, both animated and otherwise:

Origin: Spirits of the Past (12th-14th July)
Ping Pong (19th July)
Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storm (26th July)
Hellboy Animated: blood and Iron (27th July)
Vexille (20th July)

Tickets: 8 / 7 Concessions / 6 ICA Members.

Source: Institute of Contemporary Arts

An interview with Makoto Shinkai

Date: Sunday 22nd June 2008 [18:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Otaku News went to a BFI screening of Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second and was lucky enough to get an exclusive chance to have a private chat with Mr Shinkai, the writer and anime director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manchester Cosplay Competition

Date: Thursday 5th June 2008 [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Cosplayers who can get to the Urbis in Manchester will want to visit on Saturday 28th of June for a cosplay competition with a unique prize, a manga portrait of the winner.

Read More... | Source: Urbis

New Non Photographic Law is a bit vague

Date: Thursday 29th May 2008 [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Some anime and manga fans in the UK might have heard about the new proposals which would ban obscene images of children. The proposals mainly cover drawings and computer-generated images, however due to certain parts of the proposals being a bit vague, it's not exactly certain what images are classed as obscene. The mainstream press are keen to wrongly cite manga as one such example.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

London Anime Screenings at the BFI Southbank

Date: Wednesday 14th May 2008 [8:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've got some great news for anime fans who can get to London on the weekend of the 20th to 22nd of June 2008. The BFI Southbank will be showing a great line up of anime features. Including a special screening of 5 Centimetres per Second with the director Makoto Shinkai!

The line up is as follows:

Friday 20th June:
Paprika
5 Centimetres per Second

Saturday 21st June:
Death Note (Live action)
Death Note 2 - The Last Name (Live action) - Special double tickets available for both Death Note Movies).
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Tekkonkinkreet

Sunday 22nd June:
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Appleseed: Ex Machina
Vexille

This line up is fantastic, we recommend going to see at least one of these films if you can. As always this screenings are likely to sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

King's College London Japan's Manga and Anime Industries seminar

Date: Thursday 1st May 2008 [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers who can get into London on Friday 16th of May 2008 will want to get to King's College London, from 1pm to 6pm to attend a seminar on Japanese comic book and animation industries.

The line up of speakers looks good, but Yoko Ono is not THAT Yoko Ono. It'll be interesting if they mention the difference between manga and manga style artwork in the talks too.

To go to the talk you will need to register via e-mail.

Read More... | Source: King's College London

BFI Southbank London Anime Weekend in June 2008

Date: Sunday 13th April 2008 [12:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've received some details about about an up coming anime weekend planned for 20th-22nd June 2008 at the BFI Southbank in London.

The programme hasn't been published yet, and won't be on sale until the end of the month, but the line up looks so good, it's worth mentioning now so you can keep the weekend free. ^_^

They'll be screening:

- Paprika
- 5 Centimetres Per Second,
- The Girl who Leapt Through Time
- Vexille
- Appleseed Ex Machina,
- The Place Promised in our Early Days
- Tekkonkinkreet
- Death Note/Death Note 2 (live action versions)

Anime fans should also keep the 20th June free, as they'll be hosting a very special guest, Makoto Shinkai, who will be giving an interview to accompany the screening of 5 Centimetres Per Second.

As mentioned before booking isn't open yet, but this even is likely to sell out quickly, so as always we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.

Source: BFI Southbank

NewType USA's replacement PiQ out now

Date: Thursday 13th March 2008 [18:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

We've received a press release from PiQ LLC, the magazine which is essentially the replacement for NewType USA. The magazine is due out from March 14th 2008. Issue 1 will feature articles about Appleseed: Ex Machina, Code Geass and xxxHOLiC.

Read More... | Source: PiQ

New Live-Action Akira Film Announced

Date: Friday 22nd February 2008 [14:44] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime

Warner Brothers have recently announced the production of two new Akira films based on the original six volume manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. The new films, set to be re-imagined in New Manhattan which is probably nowhere near downtown Tokyo, will chronicle three of the original works each and be helmed by Otomo himself as executive producer.

Read More... | Source: The Times Online

Anime speed dating event in Central London

Date: Tuesday 12th February 2008 [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our chum Emily has sent us the details for an event at Tokyo Toys store in Trocadero in central London.

It's a romantic maid cafe event, with speed dating for anime fans! You can be served by cosplayers dressed up as maids too, just like in Akihabara.

The event will be held on Saturday 16th February 2008, from 5pm to late. You don't have to take part in the speed dating to go along and participate in the maid cafe either.

Read More... | Source: Tokyo Toys

Mysterious cities of gold box set dated our inner childs are happy

Date: Sunday 3rd February 2008 [2:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Fabulous films have sent an e-mail confirming the impending release of the first of their Mysterious cities of gold box sets. The e-mail went on to link the HMV online shop which lists the release date as 24th March 2008. The HMV release will have some added extras not found elsewhere including postcards and a poster.

The RRP is 54.99 with HMV listing it at 37.99 along with the chance to win an MCOG cell if you pre-order. Hit read more for highlights of the suggestions Fabulous films received for extras

Read More... | Source: Fabulousfilms.co.uk

Don't forget your dancing shoes at next LAC!

Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2008 [9:31] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

The upcoming London Anime Club meeting will be featuring the DDR crew once again, with even more games to play this time, including DDX, with everything on freeplay of course.

A map for the LAC can be found on the London Anime Club website.

Source: DDR:UK

Projector animation:stimulation Festival

Date: Thursday 10th January 2008 [17:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details about Projector animation:stimulation Festival at Dundee Contemporary Arts which has some events of interest to anime fans. The whole festival runs from 30th January to 2nd February 2008.

On Thursday 31st January 2008, they'll be screen Satoshi Kon's excellent anime film Paprika (which comes highly recommend by the Otaku News crew), seeing it on DVD is one thing, but the film has to be enjoyed on a big screen for full effect.

On Friday 1st February 2008, the festival will be running a master class with anime expert Jonathan Clements on Japanese Animation on the Digital Age, which will cover the rise of digital animation in Japan. This should be an excellent talk, and we recommend going if you can.

You can buy a festival pass for 50 (or 40 for students), alternatively single screenings cost 5, with a masterclasses costing 10.

The only thing we wish Projector would have is an HTML version of their website for accessibility and ease of use.

Source: Projector animation:stimulation Festival

Five Girls Name Moe talk now on-line

Date: Thursday 10th January 2008 [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Jonathan Clements' talk "Five Girls Name Moe: The Anime Erotic", from Swansea Animation Days, is now up on-line as a web stream. You can watch his talk on-line, while it's up. As we've come to expect from Jonathan it's amusing, informative and backed with solid figures and statistics.

Source: Five Girls Name Moe: The Anime Erotic

Perfect Piece Tachikoma Review

Date: Monday 31st December 2007 [10:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

With the holiday season coming to a close, some of you may have some extra cash to spend, this article might tempt some of that money away from you.

Anime fandom like most kinds of fandom is always susceptible to merchandising, and lets face it there is a lot of plastic tat out there, if you can print onto it, engrave it, or mould it, it's had some sort of anime merchandising. However every now and again something good comes along, so we thought it would be nice to do a product review to gauge our readers reactions and see if it's the sort of thing Otaku News readers want.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

AmeCon 2008 Update

Date: Tuesday 4th December 2007 [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our earlier story, it seems that the Leicester, UK based anime conventions AmeCon, is now almost full, with over 1,190 registered members, it's getting close to their maximum capacity of 1,300. Fans keen to get to the event from the 8th to 10th of August 2008 should sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

New distributor BOST launches streaming anime service

Date: Tuesday 4th December 2007 [12:35] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

New distributor BOST has launched offering several series streaming online in the US, Australia, New Guinea and the UK. There are several series up which cost 100 points (approx $1.99) per episode. For a limited time they are offering dating sim anime Keitai Shoujo for free ( Until February) and are ruining a poll to determine which ending they show.

Read More... | Source: Animenewsnetwork.com

AmeCon 2008 registrations filling up quickly

Date: Monday 26th November 2007 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We mentioned before that AmeCon 2008, the UK anime convention, running for it's forth time is now open for registration. As expected it's filling up quickly with over 950 members registering already, and at this current rate they'll be full soon (their capacity is 1,300 fans). We advise any fans who want to go to a great fan run anime convention in August to 2008 to book soon to avoid disappointment. This year registration has been made easier by using Google Checkout too, so you don't have to mail them a cheque (although you still can if you prefer too).

Source: AmeCon

Cosplayers needed for UK TV Advert

Date: Thursday 8th November 2007 [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The folks at UK Satellite anime channel Anime Central are currently looking for cosplayers to participate in an advertising campaign to be broadcast in the New Year. To apply you have to be 18 or over and able to get to London at the end of November for filming. From the details, it's not clear if the adverts will go just on Anime Central or if they'll be broadcast on other channels too, or even if photos for a press campaign could be used. Check out their article for the full details, you just really need to e-mail them a photo of you in cosplay and write a paragraph about yourself.

Source: Anime Central

Anime Insider Hits 50!

Date: Friday 26th October 2007 [9:32] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

Anime Insider, the anime and manga oriented spin-off of Wizard, has just reached its 50th issue! And they're going all out to celebrate. In addition to their regular monthly features (including articles about the new season of Black Lagoon and the upcoming Pumpkin Scissors), the commemorative issue sports a ranking of the 50 best anime ever (check to see where and if your favorite title made the list), and a cover featuring two of the beauties of Evangelion, pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu offering a special cake.

Anime Insider is also offering their biggest contest to date with this issue. For a huge grand prize of a pack of anime goodies worth over $1500, all you have to do is write a haiku. That's right, the Japanese-style poem of three lines and 17 syllables (5, 7, 5). The poem can be about the magazine, fandom, giant robots, or your favorite character. Winners will be chosen from each category, with one grand prize winner for the big one. Grab a copy of the magazine for rules and entry form. And also enjoy the magazine in general.

Source: Anime Insider

Amecon 2008 registrations open this November

Date: Friday 19th October 2007 [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime fans will be pleased to hear that we've received news from the Amecon Crew about the next anime convention set to run at Leicester University from August 8th to 10th 2008. Registrations will open on 18th November 2007. Guests as of yet haven't been confirmed (it's still a bit early for that), voice actress Monica Rial has already expressed an interest. At the moment it looks like they may have more live music, plenty of cosplay and the usual interesting selection of industry and fan run panels.

We look forward to the convention (many of the Otaku News crew have been to the previous three Amecons and had a blast) and we advise to book early to avoid disappointment as popular anime conventions in the UK tend to be fully booked quickly.

Read More... | Source: Amecon

Five Girls Named Moe at Swansea Animation Days 2007

Date: Thursday 18th October 2007 [17:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans who can get to Swansea Animation Days 2007, will want to see anime expert Jonathan Clements' talk called Five Girls Named Moe, which focuses on "the history and development of erotic animation in Japan: business practises, technology, censorship and market forces". It even promises to explain what fan service is and looking from the talk description it seems like it will have a few examples too. It's good to see Jonathan doing a talk on this subject, as unlike many people jumping on the anime bandwagon claiming to be "experts" Mr Clements is really an expert who knows what he's talking about, having co-written the Anime Encyclopedia and numerous other well researched books on the subject. We wonder how much moe his appropriately named talk will contain. ^_^

Source: Swansea Animation Days 2007

Spooky Happenings at J-Pop Go

Date: Thursday 11th October 2007 [15:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those good people from J-Pop Go have sent us the details of their spooky Halloween themed j-pop gathering in London. It'll be on Saturday 20th October at Cafe Manga by County Hall, near Westminster Tube. The fun is set to start at 7pm, tickets will be 5 (with discounts for flyers and cosplayers). As always they've got a good line up, along with some great prizes from ADV. Readers should also note that this event is for over 18's only.

Read More... | Source: J-Pop Go

Mysterious Cities of Gold on DVD finally

Date: Thursday 4th October 2007 [18:35] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Animated classic Mysterious Cities of Gold will be released on DVD in the UK in February 2008 by Fabulous Films. Many of our readers will no doubt remember this series airing on TV as children on CBBC in the UK, ABC in Australia, Nickelodeon the US or even NHK in Japan.

Fans have been calling for an English DVD release for some time. Fabulous films previously released the first twelve episodes on Inu Yasha in the UK in one of of the ugliest box sets we've seen for years. Lets hope the MCOG set is nicer. Fabulous Films do have a form up on their splash page asking about features, so get suggesting. We said decent packaging and the good old CBBC MCOG sing-along.

Source: Anime News Network

Anime Cancelled Following Axe Murder

Date: Monday 24th September 2007 [19:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

Two anime series get cancelled after a girl kills her father with an axe!

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Manga shares gain in Japan

Date: Thursday 13th September 2007 [8:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

As a slightly strange side effect of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his exit, shares in manga retailers in Japan have surged with speculation that manga fan Taro Aso is the leading candidate to replace Mr Abe.

According to BBC News, Mr Aso is a big promoter of manga abroad. They cite the rise of manga publisher Broccoli gaining 71% and Mandarake (a retail store in Japan which is a treasure trove for otaku), jumping 13%.

The article states that Mr Aso served as foreign minister, and suggested that embracing Japanese pop culture was an important step in cultivating ties with other countries. If this is the case the Otaku News crew would like an invite to Japan to meet with Mr Aso to help promote manga and anime. ^_-

Sadly the BBC gets some facts wrong about anime and manga stating that they have "psychedelic colours and outlandish story lines", and emphasises the more explicit side of anime and manga. They also manage to mention Spirited Away and Quentin Tarantino in the same sentence, which I'm sure can lead to all sorts of associations for those who haven't actually seen the wonderful family film that is Spirited Away.

The article also states that Mr Aso created an International Manga Award to honour non-Japanese cartoonists.

Source: BBC News

Death Note Cast Selected

Date: Wednesday 5th September 2007 [22:35] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

The English cast for Death Note has been selected... with 12 episodes already in the bag.

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