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Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Book Competition

Date: Thursday 5th March 2009 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've teamed up with the good folks at Titan Books to give away copies of the new book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in The Anime And Manga Trade. The book written by Jonathan Clements reveals in inner workings of the anime and manga business.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Orbital Manga London Valentine's Day Event

Date: Tuesday 3rd February 2009 [16:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Otaku couples in London looking for something to do this Valentine's Day (on Saturday February 14th 2009), might want to head over to Orbital Manga. From 2pm they'll have some UK artists drawing cute portraits of you and other half for a fee. They also say don't worry if you're single, as they'll get the artists to draw you with your favourite manga character.

Our question is what if you're not single and you want to be drawn with your favourite character? Well this might make you single afterwards! I guess it depends on what/who you get them to draw.

They'll also be running an art contest as a chance to win prizes.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

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

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

LDMS and ADV Films January and February 2009 DVD line up

Date: Wednesday 17th December 2008 [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from LDMS, in partnership with ADV Films, have sent us the DVD release details for their January and February 2009.

They've got the following lined up:

Area 88: Complete Collection - 26th January 2009
Get Backers, Season 1: Complete Collection- 26th January 2009

Angelic Layer: Complete Collection - 9th February 2009

Aquarian Age: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009
Pretear: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009

The selection of boxsets offers great value for money.

Read More... | Source: LDMS

Fosse Farmhouse England welcomes Mominoki House Japan

Date: Monday 15th December 2008 [18:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

We don't normally plug stuff like this on Otaku News, but the press release itself is a great example of Anglo-Japan cross cultural collaboration, which we always like hear and shout about. Vegetarians who are up for a Christmas holiday get away might want to pay a visit to Fosse Farmhouse in North Wiltshire in the UK.

Not only are they a good UK tourist attraction, they got close ties with Japan, and will be offering from Saturday 20th December 2008 to Sunday 4th January 2009 a special Mominoki vegetarian dinner menu. So if you want to eat like Paul McCartney and his band over Christmas then pay them a visit.

Read More... | Source: Fosse Farmhouse

Deux Press picks up Cigarette Kisses

Date: Sunday 14th December 2008 [11:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks at Deux Press have sent us some details about Cigarette Kisses by Nase Yamato. I'm sure our readers who are yaoi fans will be interested.

Read More... | Source: Deux Press

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

Cosplay Ball and International Cosplay Day Reminder

Date: Monday 24th November 2008 [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've got some exciting news for cosplayers in who can get to London this weekend. I'm sure you already know about the Grand International Cosplay Ball on Sunday 30th November 2008, which has an interesting line up of guests including Electro Pop Idol Hiko Suzuki.

On Saturday 29th November 2008 at selection of great cosplayer guests will be making an appearance at TokyoToys in the Trocadero, Picadilly Circus. Yaya Han, Laura Sindall, Jacob Kimber, Kahman Fong, Isabelle Jeudy, Damien Ratte and Brian Boling will all be there, giving talks and interviews. There will also be a prize draw thanks to the great people at KOEI Entertainment.

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

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

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

Gaming Cosplayers in London, be part of a world record.

Date: Thursday 16th October 2008 [16:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

A keen eyed Otaku News reader has sent us details of a world record attempt, for the largest gathering of people dressed up as video game characters, which will occur on Satury 25 October 2008 at the London ExCel centre for the London MCM Expo.

Cosplayers should note that the characters have to been in video games before other media.
Eg: Sonic the Hedgehog started out in a video game, so he's fine to cosplay as.
Batman however started out in a comic book, so he does not count.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

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

Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest

Date: Friday 5th September 2008 [18:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've received details about the ever popular Sci-Fi London Event, which returns for a special event scheduled for Friday 3rd October 2008 called Oktoberfest.

It's got a great line up of anime and other Japanese films.

Tickets are on sale now from the Apollo West End box office.
Tel: 020 7451 9944

As always with these events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Sci-Fi London

Free Manchester Anime Screenings

Date: Friday 5th September 2008 [18:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK anime fans in Manchester are in for a real treat on Saturday 20th September 2008, where Urbis will be hosting free back to back screenings of 3 feature films from 11am to 5pm. In a nice twist Urbis are allowing people to vote for the final feature.

Seeing these movies on a big screen is great and a must see for every anime fan at least once!

Read More... | Source: Urbis

London Lost Girls Signing - Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore

Date: Thursday 14th August 2008 [16:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We don't normally post articles of this nature, as it's got nothing to do with anime, manga, Japanese culture, but this will be of interest to some of our London readers.

Orbital Comics, will be hosting a book signing for Lost Girls the new work of Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore

Date: 13th September 2008
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Orbital Comics
Address: 148 Charing Cross Road, London. UK

Source: Orbital Comics

Festival of Japan, Durham Botanic Gardens

Date: Thursday 14th August 2008 [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK fans of Japanese culture should head over to Durham from the 5th to the 7th of September 2008 to enjoy the Festival of Japan, which will have lot of fun events including a cosplay masquerade, traditional taiko drumming, koto playing, martial arts demonstrations, butoh dance, and even some geisha and maiko!

Read More... | Source: Festival of Japan

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

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

BFI Spirited Away Book out now

Date: Thursday 26th June 2008 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of Studio Ghibli will be interested to know that the BFI have just published a new book on Spirited Away, written by Andrew Osmond.

Read More... | Source: BFI

Death Note live action movie UK DVD release details

Date: Friday 13th June 2008 [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Fans of killer stationary supplied by death gods should take a note that we've received the UK DVD release details for the first Death Note Live Action Movie. The DVD will be released on 28th July 2008. 4Digital Media will also be releasing the other two Death Note features, with Death Note The Last Name showing in cinemas from 4th July 2008, and L Change The World coming soon.

Read More... | Source: 4Digital Media

Heroes Graphic Artist Jason Badower London Signings

Date: Saturday 31st May 2008 [17:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of the graphic novel version of Heroes who can get to London next week will want to head to Orbital Manga, just in-between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, where they'll be having a signing with graphic artist Jason Badower.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover Edition art book

Date: Tuesday 29th April 2008 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've been sent details from UDON Entertainment about the new Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover artbook, which is now available for pre-order and features art from J.Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Penny Arcade's Gabe, lvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Omar Dogan and others.

Read More... | Source: UDON Entertainment

Japanese Films and Anime at the Barbican

Date: Saturday 5th April 2008 [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London's Barbican have a great selection of films over the next couple of months, with Kihachiro Kawamoto, Akira Kurosawa and a little bit of anime, with Helen McCarthy continuing her popular anime talks, focusing on horror followed by a screening of Le Portrait de Petite Cossette.

As always with these events we recommend booking in as soon as possible to avoid disappoint, Helen's talks in particular tend to sell out quickly.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

GONZO make progressive metal music video

Date: Monday 31st March 2008 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Gonzo

We've been sent some interesting details about anime studio GONZO, who have produced a music video for progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Read More... | Source: Dream Theater

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

LDMS now distrubting ADV titles in the UK.

Date: Tuesday 11th March 2008 [19:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received a press release from LDMS who will be now be distributing ADV DVD titles in the UK, after ADV closed their UK offices. The press release details the release schedule up until May 2008.

After ADV UK closing down it's good to see that their titles will be still be distributed, but it's sad to see that ADV UK had to shut shop, the UK staff there were more than just people doing their jobs, they were actual anime fans with a passion for what they were doing which does make a difference. ADV UK's presence at anime events will be sorely missed. They were more than just another company, they were actually part of the UK anime scene. It was a shame to see these people lose their jobs. We wish them the best of luck in finding a new careers.

It will be interesting to see if LDMS will be active in anime fan circles as ADV UK was.

Read More... | Source: LDMS

Manchester anime screenings

Date: Sunday 9th March 2008 [14:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK Anime fans who can get to Manchester from 3rd July to 20th September 2008 are in for a treat as Urbis will be showing 31 films over 36 days as part of their new exhibition - How Manga Took Over the World.

Highlights include:
Steamboy
Cowboy Bebop
Kiki's Delivery Service
Jin Roh
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Princess Mononoke
Howl's Moving Castle
Millennium Actress

They'll be showing plenty of other films worth watching too. As always we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Urbis

Tales from Earthsea UK DVD Competition

Date: Sunday 10th February 2008 [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The Otaku News Crew have teamed up with the good folks from Optimum Releasing to give you the chance to win a copy of the movie on DVD along with some great anime goodies.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Yamato Drummers new show UK premiere

Date: Thursday 7th February 2008 [5:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Yamato Drummers of Japan will be performing the UK premiere of their new show Shin-on in London from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 30th of March. Fans of the traditional Taiko drumming will certainly be in for a treat, and if you haven't seen such a performance before, this is a rare chance to see such a special show. Performances will be in the Peacock Theatre, and as always with popular events, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Peacock Theatre

ADV Films UK DVD stock clearance sale

Date: Monday 21st January 2008 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their sale, due to "streamlining" they'll be having a stock clearout. Prices start from 1 while stocks last. So grab those titles while you can.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Tales from Earthsea UK DVD release details

Date: Thursday 13th December 2007 [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received details from Optimum Releasing about their UK DVD release of Tales from Earthsea. The 2 disc edition is due for release on 28th January 2008. The DVDs feature the English dubbed and Japanese subtitled version of the film, with the second DVD containing all the bonus features, include a making of, an NTV special, a behind the microphone and a trailer reel. You can read our review of Tales from Earthsea here.

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

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

Ghost In the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor manga release details

Date: Monday 15th October 2007 [18:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

UK fans of Ghost in The Shell will be pleased to hear the details Titan Books have sent us about the release of Ghost In the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor. The manga is due out in the UK on 23rd November 2007. It bridges the gap between the Ghost in the Shell 1 and 2 manga (hence the 1.5 name). We've been waiting for this to come out as one book ever since we heard about it and highly recommend it to Ghost in the Shell fans.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

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

London School of Oriental and African Studies Launches Rare Exhibition

Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2007 [18:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese art and culture that can travel to London from October to December 2007 will want to pay a visit to SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), where they'll be hosting a exhibition of Treasures, which are used as objects of instruction, a suitable tie in for a place of education.

They'll have lots of very interesting things on display, including the late 14th Century Japanese Reisai yawa (Chinese: Lengzhai yehua; Evening Discourses from the Cold Studio). This is the oldest printed book in the SOAS library and one of few known copies of its kind in the West.

Head to the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, it'll be open from 11th October to 15th December 2007, on Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 17.00 Admission Free.

Read More... | Source: SOAS

Raindance Film Festival 2007 Japanese Film Details

Date: Sunday 30th September 2007 [15:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of Japanese cinema who can get to London from 25th September to 7th October 2007 will want to go to the West End to catch the Raindance Film Festival, where they'll be showing the following films of interest:

- The Amazing Lifes Of The Fast Food Grifters
- Prisoner
- Uncles Paradise
- Its Only Talk
- M
- What The Snow Brings

As always with such advents we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Raindance Film Festival

London Barbican Anime Screening Details for October 2007 until June 2008

Date: Tuesday 25th September 2007 [17:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Anime fans in the UK will be pleased to hear those nice folks at the Barbican in London will be showing some more anime from October 2007 until June 2008. As with the last season each title will be introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy who really makes the screenings worth seeing with the extra details she brings to light with each title.

They've got a great line up too. Tickets cost 8.50 (7 members and concessions), 4.50 under 15s and they also have a special offer if you buy 3 or more tickets you'll get them for 6 each.
They'll be showing the following titles:

Romeo X Juliet (15) Tuesday 30 October 2007 - 8.30pm
Speed of 5 Centimeters per Second (Byosoku 5 Centimeters) Tuesday 27 November 2007
Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki) (PG) Tuesday 29 January 2008
Yugo the Negotiator (15) Tuesday 26 February 2008
Area 88 (15) Tuesday 25 March 2008
Patlabor II (PG) Tuesday 29 April 2008
Le Portrait De Petite Cossette (15) Tuesday 27 May 2008
Metropolis (PG) Tuesday 24th June 2008

The Barbican screenings have been known to sell out quickly so as always we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Sweatdrop launch self-help manga

Date: Tuesday 18th September 2007 [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Sweatdrop crew have always been inventive with the titles they've released and they've sent us details for some titles due in April 2008 and June 2008 (that's a while away isn't it? We don't normally get details for titles that are 6 months ahead anyway...).

They'll be releasing 4 books next year:

- Be creative by R. Bevan, J. Middleton & T. Wright
- Find true love by S. Dosani, L. Helmanis and P. Cross
- Beauty secrets for babes by L.Helmanis
- Sort out your money by J. Middleton

All the lovely artwork will be done by Sonia Leong, and we'll be curious to see how they do this.

Will they have an otaku take on things? Eg: Sort out your money - buy less DVDs and manga to save money. Beauty secrets for babes - wear cat ears. Be creative - draw more stuff. Find true love - ermmm, otaku aren't exactly good at that, erm, join a relatives house which happens to be populated by lots of hot babes and enjoy the hilarity that ensues.

We look forward to seeing what these guides will look like next year.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

Paprika and Tekkonkinkreet UK DVD release details

Date: Wednesday 12th September 2007 [17:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear that Satoshi Kon's latest masterpiece Paprika will be released on DVD on 24th September 2007, Tekkonkinkreet also hits the shelves too and we look forward to catching it.

To be honest, we can't recommend Paprika highly enough, it's the best English language anime release of 2007. This is one you must simply add to your collection, especially if you like Kon's other works (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paranoia Agent), then you'll really get a kick out of Paprika, Kon's on top form here (as always), and uses animation in his usual mind bending ways.

Read More... | Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Afro Samurai Directors Cut DVD to hit the UK in October

Date: Saturday 1st September 2007 [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Fans of Afro Samurai in the UK will be pleased to hear that on 15th October 2007 the directors cut DVD of the show will be available in the UK. It includes 15 minutes of extra footage, unedited dialogue, features with the voice actors of title too and much more.

Fans who have already bought the limited edition version of Afro Samurai we mentioned earlier may be disappointed to hear that they're releasing an uncut version so soon, as it's always bad to feel as if you're being milked by a company, on the other hand, at least the limited edition version was affordable.

Read More... | Source: Gonzo

Afro Samurai Limited Edition DVD out now in UK

Date: Thursday 9th August 2007 [17:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Our UK readers who caught Afro Samurai on Bravo, or perhaps even didn't catch it, but want to see it anyway, have a chance to get the Samuel L. Jackson anime title on DVD, known as the Afro Samurai Bravo Numbered Limited Edition DVD, it is an exclusive to Amazon.co.uk. The 18 rated DVD contains the following:

- Individually Numbered DVD Case
- Babes, Blades, Blood and Beauty trailers by GONZO
- RZA Soundtrack Promo
- RZA Music Production
- Spike US TV Promos
- Five Collectible Art Cards

The details don't say how many are being produced, only that they are individually numbered.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Tales from Earthsea UK Competition

Date: Wednesday 25th July 2007 [16:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've teamed up with Optimum Releasing for a chance for you to win some great prizes to celebrate the UK launch of Tales from Earthsea, we're giving away: Three Studio Ghibli DVDs of some of their finest work Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro as well as a Tales From Earthsea poster.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Jaltour UK offer Tokyo Anime Fair 2008 holiday package

Date: Tuesday 24th July 2007 [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

For anime fans in the UK who missed their chance to book for the London Anime Club 2007 Japan Trip, you should consider the package Jaltour are offering, being the tour section of Japan Airlines it means that they can have some very competitive prices. The package they're currently promoting at Japan Ex, is for the Tokyo International Anime Fair in March 2008, with prices from 882. Fans should note that they can also arrange package trips to places like the Ghibli Museum.

Read More... | Source: Jaltour

Tomo-Dachi 2007 Guest Details

Date: Tuesday 17th July 2007 [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The organisers for Northern Irish anime convention Tomo-Dachi have sent us more details for their 2007 convention. Set to run at The University Of Ulster's Magee campus from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2007. This year's guest of honour is Mike McFarland English language dub director of Full Metal Alchemist. Other guests include Stuart Claw, Hugh David, Sonia Leong and Emma Vieceli.

The convention is still open for registration, and we suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales UK Nintendo DS details

Date: Monday 21st May 2007 [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Just a quick reminder for our Final Fantasy loving readers in the UK. The nice folks at Square Enix have sent us details for the new Nintendo DS game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, it's due out in UK this Friday 25th May 2007.

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More details on Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK launch event

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2007 [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our article on the Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details, we've received some more news from Manga Entertainment.We've been informed that Dave Wittenberg, the US voice of Kakashi will be making an appearancelaunch event on Monday 21st May 2007, at the Oxford Street, London, Branch of Virgin Megastore, where fans will be able to meet Dave and get their copy of Naruto Unleashed Series 2 Part 1 signed from 4.30pm onwards.

We've also go more details for Cosplayers and the prizes you can win.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment

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