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J-Pop Go February - The Lurve Is Go

Date: Thursday 2nd February 2006 [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The nice folks from J-Pop go have just sent us the details for their February event, this time it's at a new venue, the Cafe Manga (near to the London Eye, which is a great location). Set for Saturday February 11th tickets are available via the J-Pop Go Website. It seems they've also teamed up with evil games company Ubisoft, "Why are they evil we hear you cry?", well the answers simple Ubisoft distribute the most addictive game ever on the PSP - Lumines, a game so truly hypnotic it will suck days of your life in the blink of an eye. ^_- They've also teamed up with ADV Films UK for some goodies

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

Anime Network at Top of Podcast Charts

Date: Monday 30th January 2006 [10:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime Network show "Digital Dojo" cracks the Top 20 on the podcast charts in North America.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

ADV Announces Valkyrie From Space

Date: Monday 16th January 2006 [10:07] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films announces release date information on sci-fi comedy UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Negima Voice Cast Announced

Date: Thursday 12th January 2006 [10:03] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Following up on a recent announcement of FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd's acquirement of Negima, the anime series based on Ken Akamatsu's latest manga about a boy wizard teaching English at a girlís school in Japan, Anime Insider announced in their 2006 Preview issue some more of the cast for the English dub. The series is due out later this year, though there is no official date for the release.

Greg Ayres is still up to voice main character Negi Springfield, while Luci Christian (Full Metal Panic, Azumanga Daioh) will play his hot tempered student Asuna. Other actresses for the mostly female cast include Laura Bailey (Fruits Basket), Monica Rial (Excel Saga, Burst Angel) and Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist). With the 30+ students in Negi's class (including fortune teller Konoka, shy bookworm Nodoka, haughty rich girl Ayaka, half-demon kendoist Setsuna, vampire girl Evangeline, ninja girl Kaede and many more) and Akamatsuís plans to develop them all with their own storylines, Negima could very contain one the largest voice casts for an anime series, Japanese or English.

Source: Anime Insider

Matt Greenfield to Appear At Tomo-Dachi

Date: Tuesday 10th January 2006 [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The folks from Tomo-Dachi have just sent us their latest press release, which reveals that Matt Greenfield will be one of the guests. Matt Greenfield is best known to anime fans as the co-founder of ADV Films, and has directed the dubbing of Neon Genesis Evangelion (making sure that "Father I hate you!" sounds just right! ^_-).

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

New Anime Book Out in May

Date: Wednesday 4th January 2006 [10:44] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network has announced that a new book containing essays on anime will be due this May from publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Titled Cinema Anime, the book will contain nine essays with an overall theme of dismantling the distinction between high and low culture and offering compelling arguments for the value and importance of the study of anime and popular culture as a key link in the translation from the local to the global, according to Palgrave's website.

The nine essays featured in the new book will have such titles as "The Americanization of Anime and Manga: Negotiating Popular Culture"; "Excuse Me, Who Are You? Reality and Fantasy in the Anime of Kon Satoshi" (anime director Kon is the mastermind behind such films as Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress and the television series Paranoia Agent); and "The Robots from Takkunís Head: Cyborg Adolescece in FLCL". A hardcover version of the book will be published at £25.00. No details for a softcover version have been announced.

Source: Anime News Network

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 Gainaxís 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

Del Rey to Publish Gundam SEED Destiny

Date: Friday 16th December 2005 [11:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Del Rey Manga will publish the manga adaptation of Gundam SEED Destiny starting in 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

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

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

VIZ and TokyoPop Team Up For German Manga Launch

Date: Thursday 1st December 2005 [11:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

VIZ Media B.V. announces team-up with TokyoPop Germany to publish hit manga for the German market.

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

J-Pop Ho-Ho-Ho!

Date: Tuesday 29th November 2005 [18:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those nice folks at J-Pop Go have sent us the details for their next event, which will take place on December 7th. They've got a real Christmas treat with Rie Fu, who will be performing live, resident DJs, DJ Take Off and DJ Kyukyusha will play a selection of top J-Pop and J-Rock tunes throughout the night as well. Cosplayers get a discount too! So be sure to turn up to their regular venue Fluid in London, for some Japanese music themed fun.

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

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

Sweatdrop Studios At Comic Expo Brighton

Date: Tuesday 15th November 2005 [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those nice people over at Sweatdrop have sent us a press release for their appearace at the Comic Expo in Brighton. Tokyopop and Letraset will be there too. It's certainly worth a vist if you like your comics or want to be more active in the independent UK comic scene.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

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

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

IMAF 2005 Winners

Date: Tuesday 25th October 2005 [12:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The winners of this years IMAF have been announced. Michiru Morikawa's manga "Advent" and Sumito Sakakibara's animated film "Kamiya's Correspondence" will share the grand prize. Special congratulations go to our very own Voxie for wining the Student Childrenís Character Design category.

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Photo Blogging For Otaku

Date: Monday 17th October 2005 [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Blogging is all the rage at the moment, with everyone and their dog putting up content about this that and everything. Many blogs are just angst fests. However hunting around can be interesting and rewarding with many different takes on anime fandom and Japanese Culture in general. Photo Blog site Flickr offers a wealth of photos for otaku, featuring Gundam, some nice Catbus, the cast of Naruto and Evangelion! One enterprising otaku even has his own Calcifer to keep his car warm. There are tons of cool images for you too look at on Flickr, so why not add your own! ^_^

Source: Flickr

Manga Sales Decreasing in Japan

Date: Friday 30th September 2005 [22:12] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Manga sales decreasing in Japan due to rental shops and used sales.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Japanese Manga and Cultural Politics Lecture

Date: Thursday 29th September 2005 [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Author and anime expert Jonathan Clements has sent us details of the SOAS Japanese Manga and Cultural Politics Lecture and Discussion in London. This is due to take place at 7pm Tuesday 11th October, with free admission at the The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS. Since it's hosted by The School of Oriental and African Studies, you know it should be good.

Read More... | Source: SOAS

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

Anime Novels Big Sellers in Japan

Date: Monday 19th September 2005 [20:25] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Anime-related novels turn out to be big sellers in American bookstore market.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Exclusive Howl's Moving Castle Preview Screening Offer

Date: Thursday 15th September 2005 [18:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

With Howl's Moving Castle being launched in the UK from September 23rd every British anime fan is counting the days until they can see it on the big screen. It's already had a few special art house and festival showings in the UK, but these sold out ridiculously quickly. For our UK readers in the Hertfordshire area, we've managed to get exclusive preview screening tickets.

The good people at Cineworld in Stevenage have decided that Otaku News readers can come to this advanced screening for free! All you have to do is download this flyer, and be able to get to Stevenage Cineworld on Wednesday 21st September 2005 for 8:15pm. Present the flyer to the Cineworld staff to attend the screening. Please note that seats are subject to availability so turn up early if you really want to see Howl's Moving Castle!

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

Source: Cineworld Stevenage

New Ameri-Manga From Tokyopop

Date: Wednesday 14th September 2005 [12:26] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Tokyopop announces November release of manga series from Rising Stars of Manga entrants.

Read More... | Source: Tokyopop

J-Pop Go Date Change

Date: Sunday 11th September 2005 [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Paul from J-Pop Go has sent us the latest details for the event. Apparently it looks like the date for the next London J-Pop Go is going to change. -

"Unfortunately the premiere of the new Ghost In The Shell film is on the same day (I only discovered this today) so the 28th is unlikely to happen."

They plan to push back until October, making sure the event doesn't clash with anything else.

Additionally J-Pop Go will also be providing music at the party for the forthcoming London Expo. - "Following on from the success of last year's event, this year's Expo continues to be a celebration of a variety of pop culture interests including film and TV. The Expo will see special guest stars, displays and a dealer's section. The event will also house a special Anime Village featuring a Cosplay Masquerade and exclusive big screen presentations. The Expo runs on the weekend of 29th/30th October".

It's good to see that the J-Pop Go Organisers are aware of other anime events and are proactively avoiding any calendar conflicts.

Source: J-Pop Go

Anime/Manga Exposure Wanted for Geisha Event in 2006

Date: Sunday 11th September 2005 [15:15] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Culture

Following a post made at the Anime Cafe organisers have mentioned plans saying that they will be "the first people to bring real geisha to England"! Geisha being a standard unique to Japanese culture, curious otaku will now have access to this experience without paying the plane fare!

The event is not until May next year. Apart from the chance to view the beautiful kimono, there are also other Japanese-related events to be be held, including calligraphy and martial arts. More information, including prices and availability, are now on the organisers' website.

And finally, at present the organisers are welcoming venture from others, including maybe a mini manga/anime expo! If you're interested in having a workshop, table to sell your works, or even cosplaying, contact the organisers via the website link above, or email them directly: katie_c@tiscali.co.uk

Source: Anime.org.uk

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

Seven Seas Seeks Manga Artists

Date: Saturday 27th August 2005 [15:28] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment are now accepting submissions for manga artists, though sadly they can not accept unsolicited submissions from writers at this time. Seven Seas already have a number of excellent titles , and we heartily recommend you read some of their established work before submitting,the first volume of many of their books are available online and for download on the PSP.

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

J-Pop Go September Details

Date: Saturday 27th August 2005 [12:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The people behind J-Pop Go have sent us the lastest details for the next event in September. The venue will be the same as the previous J-Pop Go, Fluid in London.

So keep Wednesday 28th September free!

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

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

KyuuCON 2006

Date: Thursday 25th August 2005 [4:41] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

2006 looks to be a busy year for fans with the announcement of a third convention in the UK. KyuuCON 2006 will run from the 2nd - 4th of June at the Plymouth Pavillions. The convention will have a capacity of 1500 with the weekend price being £50.

Read More... | Source: Kyuucon 2006

Amecon and Auchinawa Convention Details

Date: Wednesday 17th August 2005 [16:59] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Those of you attending Ayacon and planning on attending next year's conventions Amecon 2006 (August 11th - 13th, 2006) and Auchinawa(November 23rd -
26th, 2006) will be interested in a joint registration scheme which will be running during Ayacon this weekend. The scheme will allow con goers to pay for one con in full and a deposit for the other at the same time.

Read More... | Source: Auchinawa Committee

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

Japan Manga Tour

Date: Thursday 4th August 2005 [16:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

UK Travel company Japan Journeys have sent us details of their package holiday Japan Manga Tour a package departing from London to Tokyo. The highlights include a visit to the fantastic Ghibli Museum, the historical Meiji Shrine, the fashionable Harajuku and the Aladdin's cave of an anime store that is Mandarake.

All of the above places are worth visiting for one reason or another from the cultural value, to the outright wacky. The Otaku News Crew suggest you add the locations to your list of places to visit, for when you're in Tokyo next! ^_-

Read More... | Source: Japan Journeys

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

Harajuku Styles Go International

Date: Tuesday 2nd August 2005 [16:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Otaku News has watched the Gothic Lolita crazy gain popularity in western otaku fandom and it seems that Japan Today have discovered a group of international girls all based in Japan who love the "Harajuku styles". The article profiles the group and their interest in the fashion crazes. For those wondering purikura is basically photo stickers taken in special photo booths.

Source: Japan Today

Otaku Could Revive Japanese Economy

Date: Tuesday 2nd August 2005 [16:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

According to Mainichi Daily News, Densha Otoko (Train Man as reported previously on Otaku News), has sparked an interest in otaku in Japan and also increased sales of items related to the story. The article mainly focuses on how much the otaku market is worth and mentions "moe sangyo" - products people don't need to have (hobby merchandise), which is worth an estimated 88 billion yen!

Apparently one private think tank believe that Japan's otaku population is about 2.8 mullion. If half of them feel in love the effect on the Japanese economy would be great, dating could make 330 billion yen!

Source: Mainichi Daily News

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

AOL Radio Launches Japanese Pop Station

Date: Friday 22nd July 2005 [18:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

The people over at AOL have just sent details of their new Japanese Pop Station. It seems that AOL Radio listeners enjoyed the Video Game Scores station so much that AOL have added a Japanese Pop station due to popular demand!

Read More... | Source: AOL

Spirited Away Makes BFI Must See List

Date: Wednesday 20th July 2005 [7:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

According to BBC News, the British Film Institute have complied a list of films that every child should have watched by the age of 14.

The list was put together with help from the public and is intended to spark debate about what children should watch.

Unsurprisingly, The Wizard of Oz, ET and Toy Story are listed, but it also seems that BFI (or perhaps the public in general) know what they're talking about by suggesting Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's tale of a girl drawn into a world of magic after her parents pig out on forbidden food.

The BFI selected 50 films and eventually whittled them down to 10.

Source: BBC News

Newtype USA to Launch Evangelion Serial Manga

Date: Tuesday 19th July 2005 [22:38] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Newtype USA will be releasing game-based Evangelion manga, Angelic Hearts, as serial starting in August issue.

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

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

J-Pop Go July Still Go!

Date: Monday 11th July 2005 [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our club bunny readers will be pleased to hear that despite recent tragic events in London, J-Pop Go July is indeed still Go and set for Wednesday 13th July. Tickets are still available at venue on the night.

The Otaku News Crew advise that you allow extra travel time to get the venue Fluid.

Regular contributor Voxie went to the last J-Pop go and has written a report of the event.

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

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

Japan University Forms New Manga Department

Date: Tuesday 5th July 2005 [17:54] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Going to school to learn about art just got a whole lot cooler. At least in Japan it has. Anime News Network has announced that the first ever Manga Department will begin next spring in 2006 at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. The school's already existing manga art courses will be merged together to form the new department. 200 students will have the option to take classes that not only include how to produce manga, but also animation courses as well. No details have yet been provided on exactly what classes will be available.

Source: Anime News Network

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

Looking For a Japanese Girlfriend? Then Get The T-shirt!

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [19:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

At any anime convention apart from cosplayers, you'll notice another popular fashion with otaku, t-shirts. The most common seem to be standard series specific t-shirts with large prints of characters on them, over the last couple of years at anime conventions the more fashionable anime fans has been wearing t-shirts a bit different.

One had kanji and hiragana characters and took me a second to figure out what it said "Looking for a Japanese Girlfriend", I wondered if the guy wearing it actually knew what it meant, since I've seen many Japanese people wearing Engrish t-shirts, it makes sense that gaijin would also make similar mistakes! But apparently he did know what it said, and I've even heard cases were the t-shirts in question work. ^_^

I first noticed these t-shirts a few years ago, when I saw them at a UK anime convention, since them I've seen them at US and even Japanese anime conventions too. Where ever there is fandom, these t-shirts appear. We've been able to track down the makers of these t-shirts - Japan and US based J-List. Not wanting to miss out on a chance to get more information about this current trend the Otaku News Crew too the opportunity to interview J-List's founder Peter Payne to discover what other t-shirts they sold and why!

Read More... | Source: J-List

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