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Perfect Blue UK Halloween Cinema Screening Review

Date: Tuesday 24th October 2017 [16:40] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

UK Anime fans can catch the Satoshi Kon Classic Perfect Blue at UK Cinemas Nationally on 31st October 2017. Visit perfectbluemovie.co.uk to find a screening near you.

We sent James and Lee to review the movie. Our editor found them after the screening rocking back and forth in the corner of the room, muttering about perception of reality and something about an unreliable narrator, he didn't care that this movie freaked them both out, he just wanted his 500 word review. So after some special counselling involving a unicorn chaser of both seasons of K-On (plus the movie) we managed to get a coherent review. Although they are still on edge a bit when they see J-Pop Idols for some reason...

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa

Date: Friday 29th September 2017 [16:51] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

Cult anime director Masaaki Yuasa was in the UK recently, being eager to quiz him about his two upcoming films Night is Short, Walk On Girl which hits cinemas on 4th October 2017 (visit the official website to find a screening near you) and Lu Over the Wall on 6th December 2017.

Rather than just send anyone to interview this great director, we wanted to send someone we knew who is one of Masaaki Yuasa biggest fans. So we sent Katy.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Danny Choo

Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017 [15:27] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

One of the great things about writing for Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. At Hyper Japan we caught up with Danny Choo a professional otaku, entrepreneur, Japanese Cultural ambassador and inventor of the Smart Doll Fashion Doll.

Danny was born and raised in the UK and has been living in Tokyo since 1999. We managed to get an exclusive with interview him at his Smart Doll Booth and he revealed some interesting up products. Read on to find out more.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Kanpai London Craft Sake Brewery Crowd Sourcing

Date: Wednesday 21st June 2017 [15:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

We've just discovered a crowd sourcing attempt to get a London Sake Brewery going! The catchy named Kanapi London aim to raise 12,500 by Thursday 29th June 2017. They've already hit their original target of 10,000 with 129 supporters.

The sake microbrewery in Peckham intend to make clear and cloudy sake in 330ml bottles.

They're crowd funding to get the first batch to market, scale up and produce more varieties of sake in the future. Pledge tiers include more than booze, you can t-shirts and hot sauce made with the sake.

For the 1,000 top pledge the brewery will visit your house (if it's in London) and host a sake-paired 3-course sake themed meal for 8 people including an award winning sake bomb dessert! If you break it down to a luxury top notch meal for 125 a head that they'll make at your house, that's good value for money. Plus you get to to start up a London sake brewery.

Source: Kanpai London Craft Sake Brewery Crowdfunder

Talking to toco toco tv

Date: Wednesday 25th January 2017 [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

We've interviewed a lot of interesting people in the anime industry over the years and were delighted when we discovered the mini-documentary show toco toco tv. The series available on YouTube has a simple and effective format they talk to various Japanese creators and introduce places they like in Japan while telling the viewer about their work.

The show is aired on the French TV channel Nolife since 2011 and YouTube (with English and French subtitles) since 2015.

Being intrigued about the show we wanted to know more, so decided to interview Anne Ferrero the show's director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Seven Seas License Dragon Half Manga

Date: Friday 13th January 2017 [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

It seems that Christmas has come early for some manga fans as publisher Seven Seas Entertainment have just announced that they'll be releasing Dragon Half as a manga omnibus from December 2017.

Certain anime fans will be aware of the much loved crazy title that follows the adventures of half human half dragon Mink, who has fallen for male idol and dragon slayer Dick Saucer (yes, that is his name). The 1993 two episode OVA was mad cap to say the least for many it was an early introduction into how crazy anime can be. That and how you can reinterpret Beethoven's Symohony Number 7 and the joy of omelettes (you really need to watch the anime to appreciate this). Yum! Tamago! *ahem*

Even if you haven't seen the anime If you love Japanese RPGs, you'll want to get a hold of this title.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

Full Metal Alchemist Ultimate Boxset UK Release Details

Date: Monday 31st October 2016 [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've survived the madness that was MCM London Comic Con October 2016. There's lots of anime news for us to go through and share with you. Lots of release details and so on. One thing that really caught our eye was Anime Limited's release of Full Metal Alchemist. They've bundled the original series in an ultimate box set. Now they've been drumming up interest in this release for a while and having actually seen in at the Anime Limited Booth we can confirm it really is the Ultimate Edition.

The real insane part of the set is "The Gate" made of resign it weighs in at 5kg (that's not a typo, it's five kilograms). The set in total weighs 8 Kg!

It'll ship mid November 2016. Anime Limited's shop has it for 209. That's a 90 saving. Anime Limited are also very clear that once this is out of print that's it.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited's Full Metal Alchemist Ultimate Boxset Site

Kitacon 2017 Details

Date: Friday 5th August 2016 [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans looking ahead for the 2017 anime convention season will be pleased to hear that Kitacon have announced their 2017 event. During the closing ceremony of AmeCon 2016 the KitaCon Team revealed that their next event is called Kita Quest and will be at the Warwick Arts Centre from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August 2017.

The Warwick Arts Centre was used this year for AmeCon 2016, and has been used many times before by AyaCon. It's a favoured location for anime conventions.

Registration for the anime/geek convention opens on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 19:00.

Source: Kitacon

An Interview Hirokatsu Kihara - Horror Writer and Studio Ghibli Production Manager

Date: Wednesday 27th July 2016 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

One of the fun parts about running Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. In July 2016 we went to Japanese Cultural Festival Hyper Japan and met Hirokatsu Kihara. The former Studio Ghibli Production Manager is now a horror story writer and yokai expert. Hirokatsu Kihara sounded just like the kind of person you'd be interested in hearing from. So we caught up with him for an interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Band-Maid Announce First European Tour

Date: Wednesday 27th July 2016 [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of hard core rock music played by Japanese Maids will be pleased to hear the news from JPU Records, who have sent us details of Band-Maid's first European tour.

Tour dates are as follows:
12 October 2016: The Underworld London, UK
13 October 2016: MTC Cologne, Germany
15 October 2016: Headcrash Hamburg, Germany
16 October 2016: La Boule Noire Paris, France
19 October 2016: Hydrozagadka Warsaw, Poland

Ticket sales begin on Friday 29 July 2016.

Read More... | Source: JPU Records

Finnish iOS Users are Discovering a Whole New World of Anime with Autocorrect

Date: Tuesday 26th April 2016 [14:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We're not certain if all our readers keep up to date with Finnish tech current affairs, so read on if you haven't heard about this already. In order to explain this we need to teach you some basic Finnish.

Read More... | Source: Digitoday

Lone Wolf and Cub Motion Comic Project Kickstarter Details

Date: Thursday 25th February 2016 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just been sent details of a new Kickstarter called Samurai Lone Wolf. It aims to turn the classic manga Lone Wolf Cub into a motion comic.

What's a motion comic? According to the Kick stater it's "...a term for a next generation of comics that takes realism of the medium to a new level, using digital processing techniques to enrich the original artwork by adding movement to the drawings that were inked by the hand of the artists themselves."

Basically it's moving manga. They intend to take the original artwork and animate it slightly. So characters lips will move. Characters arm movements will animated in key panels and so on.

Lone Wolf and Cub has won plenty of awards including an Eisner Award (Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material / Best Archival Collection/Project). It's been adapted into movies and a TV show in Japan. It's also known as Shogun Assassin in some places. The manga itself is hugely influential and held in high regard. We just wonder is there any demand for a motion comic? Part of the joy of reading manga is letting your imagination fill in the gaps. You can read it at your own speed, you can spend ages admiring the line work or speed through pages as you please. The goal has been set to $300,000 USD. We think this crowdfunding attempt is ambitious. So far $1,140 has been pledged with 29 days left, so there's plenty of time for it to reach it's goal.

Read More... | Source: Lone Wolf and Cub Motion Comic Project Kickstarter

Hatsune Miku by iDoll x Nendoroid at Wonder Festival

Date: Tuesday 9th February 2016 [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Fans of collectable anime figures will already be aware of winter Wonder Festival 2016. It's always interesting to see what figures have been launched and how stressful it will be on your wallet. The good folks from Yukai Engineering Inc have sent us details of their latest concept project. A collaboration with figure firm Good Smile The iDoll x Nendoroid combines the Yukai Engineering iDoll with Good Smile's popular Nendoroid figure. They've created a singing dancing Hatsune Miku figure that interacts with a smart phone app.

Yukai Engineering Inc are not new to making otaku products they were also involved in the necomimi, those brainwave reading cat ears.

Read More... | Source: iDoll x Nendoroid

KISS x Ukiyo-e Project

Date: Tuesday 9th February 2016 [15:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

With the release of Miss Hokusai Ukiyo-e prints are in the spotlight. Iconic band KISS have launched the KISS x Ukiyo-e Project which involves a collaboration with Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e art creators the Ukiyo-e Project. It features the KISS iconic style thrown into the world of traditional Japanese woodblook prints.

The Sunset Marquis/Morrison Gallery Hotel in Los Angeles will be hosting a KISS retrospective exhibition which will showcase the debut of the collaborative Ukiyo-e art pieces from Saturday 13th February 2016.

This is not the first time KISS have collaborated with Japanese culture icons, they've collaborated with Japanese super star Hello Kitty for KISS x Hello Kitty, which had a line of clothes and cool vinyl figures (this was one of our favourite collaborations with Hello Kitty since she teamed up with Gloomy Bear). KISS also teamed up with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z.

Read More... | Source: KISS

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses My Girlfriend is a T-Rex

Date: Friday 4th December 2015 [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just heard from the good folks at Seven Seas Entertainment about a new manga they've licensed. It's called My Girlfriend is a T-Rex. No, it's not a typo. It's an actual manga. According to the press release:

"My Girlfriend is a T-Rex-like Monster Musume but with a very prehistoric twist!". So that explains the influence and the target audience.

If you like your anime girls carnivorous and cold blooded then this title is clearly for you. You might have to wait a while to get your hands on it as Seven Seas have states that it will be released on 1st November 2016.

We're thinking this is a must to add to your manga / graphic novel collection.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2015 Details

Date: Saturday 7th November 2015 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese culture looking for something fun to do near Christmas will be interested in Hyper Japan Christmas Market. It's set to run from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November 2015 at Tobacco Dock in London.

There's a ton of things to do at this event. They'll be lots of Japanese food, plenty of stalls with things to buy. Along with a whole host of musical performances from the virtual artist IA to the the cute and rather strange Lady Baby.

Cosplayers and fashion fans will be well represented too.

Anime fans will be pleased to hear that anime studio Production I.G will be represented too with anime director Naoyoshi Shiotani (who directed the Psycho-Pass TV series and movie) and producer Rui Kuroki, who will be giving talks throughout the event.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan Christmas Market

Gundam Zeonic Toyota Auris

Date: Friday 2nd October 2015 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Gundam fans who have got it all will be interested in this latest cross over. Bandai Namco have teamed up with Toyota to produce a special Zeonic Toyota Auris. The car is available in forms the racy red MS-185H-CA02, which matches Char Aznable's own mech paint scheme, they also have a "PROCUCTION MODEL" that matches the classic Zaku green colour scheme.

This is a simple colour and transfer release, the cars actually have custom detailing including mech like fins on the rear, special front and rear bumpers, new mech-like wheel arches and air intakes too. It even includes red alloy wheels, along with Zeonic Toyota branded sport seats, gear stick. There's a ton of extras included too, such as the sat-nav using the Gundam voice actors Shuuichi Ikeda and Keiko Han.

The car retails around 2,900,000 to 3,700,000 JPY (which is about 15,900 to 20,300 GBP or 24,150 to 30,800 USD), depending on which options you get for it. You can read more details about this Auris on the Toyota Japan website.

You can also watch various promotional videos on YouTube.

As cars sold in Japan are right hand drive, we're wondering if any British Gundam fans would import this car?

Read More... | Source: Toyota UK Blog

Shinya Tsukamoto: Filmmaker Talk in London

Date: Friday 4th September 2015 [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of Japanese cinema in London will be keen to go to the Shinya Tsukamoto: Filmmaker Talk on Saturday 26th September 2015 at 2:30pm at the Impact Hub Westminster. The talk is hosted by the Japan Foundation London and is free to attend, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation London

Hatsune Miku at the Photographers' Gallery in London

Date: Saturday 22nd August 2015 [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of everyone's favourite Vocaloid will want to head down to The Photographers' Gallery in Central London. Their media wall is currently showing Hatsune Miku as part of the d(^_^)b Exhibit, which runs up until Tuesday 15th September 2015.

Fans will also want to attend the Vocaloids and Alternative Universes talk which is set to run at the gallery at 6pm on Tuesday 8th September 2015. It's set to explore the theme of "How are new forums are being created online through fan and user generated music and images?" It should be an interesting discussion, but we wonder why no-one who is a Japanese Culture expert is on the panel? The talk costs 8 to attend or 5 for TPG members and concessions. It certainly does look interesting and worth attending.

Read More... | Source: The Photographers' Gallery

Love Hotel Documentary on BBC 4 - Monday 16th February 2015

Date: Sunday 15th February 2015 [12:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK readers looking for something a bit different will be interested to hear about BBC 4's Storyville Documentary on Love Hotels. This documentary explores daily life inside a Japanese 'love hotel' and the people that frequent . The feature will be broadcast at 10pm on Monday 16th February 2015. It'll also be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

BBC 4 can be viewed on:
Freeview Channel 9
Freeview HD 106
Freesat Channel 107
Sky Channel 116
Virgin Channel 107
Virgin HD 164

Read More... | Source: BBC 4

The Giant Ghibli Clock - Nittele Big Clock

Date: Thursday 1st January 2015 [15:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

For a Ghibli fan heading to Japan, Mitaka is a the natural place to go for a pilgrimage to the Ghibli Museum. However the modern Tokyo district of Shiodome should not be overlooked for something something interesting and entertaining: the Nittele Big Clock (Nippon TV Really Big Clock).

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview With Manga Artist Junko Mizuno

Date: Thursday 16th October 2014 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Renowned manga artist Junko Mizuno is jetting over to the UK. She'll be here to attend Comica Festival and Lakes International Comic Art Festival. She'll also be visiting London to give an exclusive talk. Art gallery Atomica will be exhibiting and selling her original works in London.

Just before jetting off from the United States to the UK we were lucky enough to catch up with her for an exclusive interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Toyota to launch Manga Inspired Adventures at the MCM London Comic Con

Date: Tuesday 14th October 2014 [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The MCM London Comic Con is almost here! We've just been sent details of an interesting product launch. Toyota will be revealing a manga styled adventure story to promote their new Aygo.

They've commissioned British based professional comic artist and illustrator Sonia Leong to create the artwork along with an original story. Sonia is no stranger to the UK anime and manga scene she is a member of popular UK artist collective and publishers Sweatdrop.

More details about the Aygo and it's manga inspired story will be revealed at the MCM London Comic on on Friday 24th October 2014 at the Toyota booth.

The MCM Expo is set to run from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014 at the ExCel Centre in London.

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

Junko Mizuno at the London Comica Festival 2014

Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014 [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

London based manga fans will be very excited to hear about a talk hosted manga artist Junko Mizuno. She'll be in London giving an exclusive talk for Comica Festival at popular bookshop Foyles at Charing Cross Road on Wednesday 22nd October 2014. Arrive at 6.30pm for 7.00-8.30pm. Tickets cost 8. As always we suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There will also be the first ever selling exhibition of her originals, prints and other items in London. Which will run at Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP from October 20th to 28th as part of Comica Festival. With thanks to GB Sasakawa Foundation, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, and Lakes International Comic Art Festival from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014.

Read More... | Source: Comica Festival

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: LA Times

Ambassadors of Cute

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Transformers x Evangelion - Optimus Prime with Eva Unit 01 Colours

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

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

Only 1,000 will be sold in Japan.

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

Read More... | Source: Takara Tomy

Create your own Kaburimono headgear at the Japan Foundation in London

Date: Tuesday 6th May 2014 [16:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from the Japan Foundation in London have sent us details of an upcoming event set to run at the end of May 2014.

Details as follows:

At the end of this month, The Japan Foundation will be hosting three workshops with Japanese artist Norio Nishihara, renowned for making bizarre and outlandish headgear known as "kaburimono". In the workshops, participants can make their very own Kaburimono similar to Nishihara's creations, using newspaper and coloured tape. They can also take their inspiration from almost anything - even their favourite anime or manga characters. The workshops will be held at the Japan Foundation in Russell Square, on the 30th May (3:00pm) and the 31st May (11:00am and 3:00pm).

This event is free, but booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment as there are a limited number of places.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation, London

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

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

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

Beckkii Cruel has reviewed the product.

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

Manga wallpaper is now available at B&Q

Date: Monday 13th January 2014 [19:16] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Freaky Things

On the off-chance of a friend sending me a photo of her shiny new computer, I notice her room is emblazoned in manga comic art. I find out she bought it from B&Q a while a go.

The art in question is not an excerpt from an existing manga publication, but seems to be a one-off by artist and fashion designer Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

The wallpaper can be purchased online. It's available for 19.98 for a roll that spans 53cm in width and 10 metres.

Source: B&Q

The latest craze in Japan - eyeball licking?

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

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

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

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

Source: Number 1 Shimbun

Tentacular! An interview with Toshio Maeda

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Street Fighter and Sanrio Join forces!

Date: Tuesday 20th November 2012 [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Every so often we get sent product details we just have to shout about. Something so amazing, so just wow, they need to be documented, the word needs to be spread about them. A while ago we covered some interesting Evangelion products, and what we've just discovered is just as awesome.

Viz Media have sent us details of new mashup - Street Fighter x Sanrio where the characters from Street Fighter and Sanrio combine. We know many fans have been anticipating this combination since the famed Gloomy Bear x Hello Kitty.

The characters are as follows:
Hello Kitty is Chun Li
Badtz-Maru is Ryu
Pochacco is Ken
My Melody is Cammy
Keroppi is Blanka
Purin is Zangief
Tuxedosam is E.Honda
Hangyodon is Guile
Monkichi is Dhalsim,
Kuromi is M.Bison.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Street Fighter they've released two new books Street Fighter x Sanrio: World View and Street Fighter X Sanrio: Sticker Book. Both are available to buy now.

Order Street Fighter X Sanrio: World View from:
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com

Order Street Fighter X Sanrio Sticker Book from:
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack UK Release Details

Date: Wednesday 8th August 2012 [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans looking for something different, will want to give Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack a try.

The title is due out on Monday 20th August 2012 and is available for pre-order now. We haven't seen it yet, and we're unsure how to pitch this, perhaps it's the cure for watching too many moe titles?! Forget regular zombies, a fish that sprout legs and attacks the land is not something you hear about everyday!

Read More... | Source: Terracotta Distribution

Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears are now available to buy in the UK

Date: Wednesday 27th June 2012 [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Following on from our story on Brainwave Controlled Robotic Cat Ears, they've finally hit retailers in the UK! United Publications is now listing them for a very reasonable 73 a set. This will make an ideal gift for cosplayers, furries or those who just like wearing cat ears.

Source: United Publications

Video Games Music reaches the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2012

Date: Sunday 13th May 2012 [8:26] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Gaming

After voting from fans, two video game entries have made the Classic FM Hall of Fame.

At number 16 is Aerith's theme from Final Fantasy VII, composed by Nobuo Uematsu. And at number 238 is Skyrim, composed by Jeremy Soule.

As a person who began liking classical music through video games in the first place, this is absolutely amazing news! Video games have come a long way!

Read More... | Source: ClassicVGMusic Facebook page

Japanese Queen Tribute act at London's Japan Underground

Date: Saturday 21st January 2012 [8:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers in London wondering thinking - Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught reading this website should head over to The Pipeline in Liverpool Street London on Saturday 4th and Tuesday 7th February 2012 to catch one of Japan's hottest new Queen tribute acts. The band are called Queer (yes, that's actually their name) and will be playing a warm up set as part of Japan Underground, keeping in theme for the night the even will have DJ sets of famous rock hits covered by Japanese artists, plus an 80s themed dress code. The fun and games begin at 7pm and is set to run until midnight.

Tickets can be bought for 5 in advance, or for 7 at the door for each show.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14 - BBC TV documentary

Date: Sunday 8th August 2010 [12:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

We've mentioned the BBC covering Beckii Cruel before and BBC Three are set to cover the teen idol this week. Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14 focuses on the 14 year old school girl from the Isle of Man who is also known as Beckii Cruel a teen icon and internet sensation. It all started when she uploaded films of herself dancing to YouTube.

The hour long documentary forms part of the BBC Three Adult Season which explores the pressure of young people to grow up quickly and what it means to be an adult.

The documentary is set to broadcast this week on BBC Three at the following times:

Thursday 12th August 2010
21:00

Thursday 12th August 2010
23:45

Sunday 15th August 2010
23:15

Monday 16th August 2010
03:15

Update:
The BBC TV blog also has some background details on the making of the documentary.

British readers can now see the documentary on BBC iPlayer.

Source: BBC Three

Idle Idol - The Japanese Mascot

Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2010 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Japanese street furniture, retail space and the quirky side of things will want to check out the new book called Idle Idol: The Japanese mascot. The authors have sent details about this book, which collates the plastic mascots found outside shops, restaurants and other places trying to draw the attentions of passers by.

Read More... | Source: Idle Idol - The Japanese Mascot

News in manga format

Date: Friday 11th June 2010 [8:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Wired have an interesting article about news in manga format. The website newsmanga.com has current affairs explained in manga. The site employs more than 100 manga artists to cover breaking stories, updating 10 or 15 times a day. The site is in Japanese, but the Wired article has some translated and mirrored examples when you wave the mouse over the image.

Source: Wired

Where not to mug someone - Outside ninja school

Date: Sunday 23rd May 2010 [11:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have an amusing story about some muggers in Sydney, Australia who picked a victim outside of a ninja school. Three thieves were assaulting a German medical exchange student down an alley, when they were spotted by a pupil at the school. Instructed by their ninja master to take action the ninjas in training ran outside clad in black ninja gear and frightened the muggers. Two of the criminals were caught by the police, a third one got away.

The article doesn't mention what kind of ninjas they were and if they were wailing on their guitars, training for a fight with the local pirates, or doing chakra training.

Source: BBC News

Therapeutic ringtones for mobile phones

Date: Tuesday 23rd March 2010 [10:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Times have an interesting article covering a new fad for Therapeutic ringtones in Japan. With hefty claims such as improving your skin tone with the power of alpha-waves the ring tones have a lot to live up to. The different melodies are designed to ease a range of various day-to-day issues. There's one for hang overs, one for going to sleep, another for staying awake and so on. These are the latest creation from Matsumi Suzuki and the Japan Ringing Tone Laboratory. The ringtone providers are currently excited about their new range of ringtones that promise to relieve hay fever, however no research has been conducted in this area.

Source: The Times

DVD Horror Stories

Date: Sunday 24th January 2010 [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

For a change, here's a little horror story that will make some anime fans cringe and check their collection, and others not even blink.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Santa Penguins of Matsue City

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2009 [4:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have an amusing article about the Santa Penguins of Matsue City. The article includes a video of the 5 African penguins who parade around a local park in Santa costumes. The handmade costumes consist of a red cape, with small bell along with a white trim. The parade is due to take place everyday until Christmas. It's not every day you see cosplaying penguins! We wonder if they dress as Pen Pen for the rest of the year?

Source: BBC News

London Gets Shibuya Style Crossing

Date: Monday 2nd November 2009 [5:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC News have an interesting article about a new crossing on Oxford Street in London.

The London shopping district now has a crossing inspired by the X style walk way. The most famous of which can be seen at Shibuya in Tokyo and is frequently filmed in documentaries that feature Japan.

The opening ceremony sounds like a lot of fun -
"In homage to its Far Eastern inspiration, the mayor will strike a two-metre high cymbal as Japanese musicians play taiko drums."

They even got cosplayers involved too -

"A giant X, in the form of 60m (196ft) of red ribbon will then be unfurled by devotees of cult Japanese Manga characters dressed in colourful costumes."

The London Mayor said the crossing was "a triumph for British engineering, Japanese innovation and good old fashioned common sense".

Oxford Street is frequently very busy with more than 200 million visitors a year and ideas like this help ease congestion at the bottle neck area of the tube station.

The BBC News Website has photos of the event you can even see a few cosplayers there too. ^_^

Update We've been sent some great photos of the opening ceremony.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

MTV Iggy on Otaku Culture

Date: Thursday 10th September 2009 [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The good folks at MTV Iggy (which is focused on breakthrough music and pop-culture from around the globe) have sent us details of their new feature - Otaku Culture.

They've got a couple of videos up from Otakon 2009 in Baltimore. It includes some otaku steampunk culture along with a video on ball jointed dolls. They've also got details of J-Rockers VAMPS, and plenty more to explore too.

Source: MTV Iggy

MCM Expo Retain Video Games Cosplay World Record

Date: Monday 24th August 2009 [14:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

We've just been send the details from the folks behind the MCM Expo. They currently hold the Video Games Cosplay World Record with 376 cosplayers at the 23rd May 2009 London MCM Expo. They expected the record to beaten at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. However they managed to get 311 video games cosplayers. As a result they intend to raise the bar even higher at the next London MCM Expo this October 2009.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

British fans of Manba

Date: Saturday 4th July 2009 [7:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have discovered the Manba scene in the UK. The article titled Japan's fashion rebellion goes West, features two fans of the Japanese fashion, along with a video of them Para-para dancing and a separate video interview.

"British teenagers like 18-year-olds Eilish and Declan got caught up in manba after an interest in Japanese culture led them to start researching on the internet, where they came across the style."

They've discovered how to apply the make-up by watching videos on YouTube, and use Japanese social networking site Mixi to keep up with Japanese people who are also into manba fashion. The article also mentions they meet up with other mamba fans in London's Chinatown.

Source: BBC News

Too pretty to be Gundam, but it is!

Date: Wednesday 24th June 2009 [21:06] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Freaky Things

Now we might have all heard of the life-size Gundam that was recently placed up in Odaiba. But how about an all pink, gender-questioning Gundam?

It's that same model everyone has seen before, only coaxed into believing it should be a strawberry cheesecake...

Source: Gizmondo

Homemade Katamari Controller

Date: Tuesday 26th May 2009 [4:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

On browsing the internet we've discovered a hardware hacker at play. Kellbot has built a Katamari Ball Controller for the Playstation 2. There's video footage explaining how it works along with a circuit diagram on her blog.

The Katamari controller is basically a giant trackball. The creator considered using a yoga ball, but found it impractical. We wonder if Namco will create an official trackball add on for the game? There seems to be tons of alternative controllers for consoles now, and a trackball could surely be used in more than one game? Super Monkey Balls would be great too!

Source: Kellbot

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