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ADV UK DVD Releases for August 2006

Date: Monday 12th June 2006 [14:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

No sooner than we had recived details for July's DVD releases, our chums at ADV Films UK had sent us the details for their August DVD line up:

- Saiyuki: Requiem
- Cromartie High School Volume 3
- Elfen Lied Volume 4 (Final)
- DNAngel Volume 7 (Final)
- Get Backers 8

There's something for everyone this month! So check out the DVD Review Section for more details about Cromartie High School, Elfen Lied, DNAngel and Get Backers.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

ADV UK DVD Releases for July 2006

Date: Thursday 8th June 2006 [17:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks from ADV Films UK have sent us details of their July DVD releases. The following is due to hit the stores:

- Gilgamesh Volume 2
- MADLAX Volume 3
- Full Metal Panic?! FUMOFFU Volume 4 (Final)
- Peacemaker Volume 6

All four releases this month are worth looking at, however we highly recomend Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU as it's the end of the excellent series, along with Peacemaker as we like Shinsengumi! ^_^

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Ghibli Screenings for Children at the Barbican

Date: Thursday 8th June 2006 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Ghibli fans with children will be pleased to hear about the Barbican screening's of three Ghibli films for an anime season. For three weeks, their Saturday specials will be:

Saturday 1 July - My Neighbour Totoro U, 11.00am
Saturday 8 July - Kiki's Delivery Service U, 11.00am
Saturday 15 July - Spirited Away PG, 11.00am

Please note that adults will have to be accompanied by children, so otaku parents this is an event to take your children to!

Studio Ghibli films always look fantastic on the big screen, and are worth watching and are enjoyable for Children and adults alike.
It's not clear from the release if the movies will be screened in English, or in Japanese with subtitles. We believe since the target audience for these screenings are 5 to 11 year olds, then chances are it will be dubbed in English.

Read More... | Source: Barbican Family Film Club

ADV UK DVD Releases for June 2006

Date: Monday 15th May 2006 [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at ADV Films UK have sent us the details of their June releases which include the following:

- Cromartie High School Volume 2
- Elfen Lied Volume 3
- DNAngel Volume 6
- Get Backers Volume 7

Normally we'd recomend a single title, but ADV have got something for everyone this month. If you like ultra violence (that is sugary cute and gratuitous), go for Elfen Lied. If Comedy is more your thing, go for Cromartie High School.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Tomo Dachi Northern Irish Anime Covention Coming Soon

Date: Thursday 11th May 2006 [14:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those good people at Tomo-Dachi have just sent us there latest press release, it contains more details about the Northern Irish convention set for 7th July to 9th July. Highlight's include US guests Tiffany Grant and Matt Greenfield, they'll both provide an interesting insight into the anime industry. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons anime and manga expert Jonathan Clements had to pull out, but has promised to attend the 2007 Tomo-Dachi.

The convention also promises a great selection of panels, workshops and other cool anime events. They'll also be playing a selection of traditional Japanese games such as Go and Shogi . Booking closes on May 30th, so get moving if you're interested! ^_^

Read More... | Source: Tomo Dachi

Preview - Initial D: Driftracer

Date: Tuesday 9th May 2006 [20:19] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > Film

The slopes and turns of Mount Akina have long been the haunts of local illegal racing teams, using a technique called 'drifting' to slide round corners at top speed and jousting with opposing teams for the honour of being the top team. The teams enjoy a status of being the envy of young wannabe drivers everywhere until one day during a race an unknown driver storms the course leaving the pros in his wake, just who is this 'Akina Racing God' and where did he come from? The driver is in fact local boy Takumi 'Tak' Fujiwara making a tofu delivery run for his father who would rather spend time with his love interest Natsuki than worry over cars or races, but how will he react when his new secret identity is revealed...

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tokyopop to Launch New Pop Fiction Line

Date: Tuesday 9th May 2006 [10:28] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Tokyopop planning to add new line of novels geared towards young adults.

Read More... | Source: Tokyopop

VIZ and Cartoon Network Go Broadband

Date: Thursday 27th April 2006 [11:01] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ and Cartoon Network to launch new broadband site, Toonami Jetstream, to feature recent television hits and new shows not yet available.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

VIZ Made Master Licensor for Bleach

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2006 [10:04] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media becomes the official Master Licensor for anime and manga series Bleach.

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

Naruto Makes Top 30

Date: Tuesday 14th March 2006 [12:23] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Latest volume of Naruto cracks the Top 30 of USA Today's best seller list.

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

More Anime Screenings at the London Cafe Manga

Date: Thursday 9th March 2006 [13:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from ADV Films UK and Cafe Manga have sent us details of their special anime screenings which will be running throughout March. They'll be showing both subbed versions of Noir, Last Exile and Kino’s Journey at the Central London venue starting from Thursday 9th March. The Manga cafe also inform us that they've introduced happy hours during 6pm to 7pm where they'll be offering 25% discount off all drinks, note that if the staff are in doubt they will ask for ID. All titles screened are rated 12 and are uncut.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

ADV UK DVD Releases for April 2006

Date: Monday 27th February 2006 [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us the details of their April 2006 DVD releases. The following titles are due to hit the highstreets:

- Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody (1 of 4)
- Elfen Lied - Vector Two (2 of 4)
- DNAngel: The Darkside Of Love (5 of 7)
- Parasite Dolls

We recommend Cromartie High School, for a taste for something totally different. If you like something a very bloody, then go for Elfen Lied.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Howl and Totoro Get a UK DVD Release This March

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2006 [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

March marks an important month for UK Ghibli fans. Howl's Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki's latest film gets a very swift UK DVD release, we're really impressed at how quickly it took for Optimum to bring this title to market, especially since it was only released on DVD in Japan in November 2005, previously there has been a great gap between Ghibli DVD releases outside of Japan. Optimum will be releasing a two disc set packed with extras.

Many more anime fans will be excited to hear that My Neighbour Totoro finally gets an official UK DVD release, after many years of waiting. The film was a great success in Japan and as a result became Studio Ghibli's mascot and was incorporated into their logo. It's an excellent film and one of my all time favourite anime titles. It's a charming feature of children and adult alike, one of those real rare gems of a movie and a must have for any anime fan.

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

Sweatdrop Shop

Date: Sunday 12th February 2006 [14:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Those artistic people from Sweatdrop Studios have dropped us a line to tell us about their new on-line shopping system. They take Paypal too, which is useful for those who don't have or want credit cards. We recommend you grab a copy of Sugardrops if you haven't already, since it contains artwork from a selection of the Sweatdrop Crew. The press release they sent us also has a discount coupon. ^_-

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

South Bank Show Anime Special

Date: Thursday 26th January 2006 [18:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us a press release about an anime special South Bank Show, which is due to air on Sunday 19th of February. Some researchers for the South Bank Show even made the steps of visiting the London Anime Club to get the low down from British anime fans. Interestingly enough the press release also has some details about Jonathan Ross' recent Asian Invasion, stating that it got over 310,000 viewers, a BBC4 record (it's now clear however if this figure is for just the first screening of the show, or if the repeat screened later in the week is included too).

ITV4 will also be screening the original Ghost In The Shell movie on Saturday 4th March (we belive it's the dub version), so if you haven't seen it yet catch it!

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

ADV UK DVD Releases for February 2006

Date: Saturday 21st January 2006 [7:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The nice folks from ADV Films UK are out to bankrupt British otaku as in February they'll be releasing the following titles:

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Edition Volume 7 (Final Volume)
Elfen Lied - Volume 1
DNAngel - Volume 4
Boogiepop and Others (Live Action)
Boogiepop Phantom - Complete Collection

The final volume of the Special Platinum Edition of Evangelion is tempting. Elfen Lied, is shocking to say the least, if not the most graciously violent show we've seen in a very long time, it makes other shows look very tame by comparison, not something to show your grandma, especially if she was expecting something like Hello Kitty. The fact that the BBFC passed Elfen Lied uncut with a 15 Certificate shows that times have indeed changed and we're certinally curious to see if late volumes will also get a rated 15, or if they'll get rated 18 instead.

We hear that the live action Boogiepop features supposed to be good, but we haven't seen it yet, so can't confirm it.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Otaku News Launch PSP Edition

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2006 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've been listening to what our readers want, and we know that many anime fans are also keen PSP owners. Which is why we've made a PSP version of Otaku News, designed especially for Sony's box of tricks. It has less content than the full versions of this site, but is designed for quick loading times and navigation, which is ideal when you're out and about with wireless access. To access it all you have to do is visit http://www.otakunews.com/psp/ (go on, bookmark it on your PSP you know you want to). The main article content and DVD reviews are identical to the other editions of Otaku News.

Source: Otaku News - PSP Edition

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 girl’s 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 Akamatsu’s 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

London MCM Expo Announce Anime London for 2007

Date: Wednesday 11th January 2006 [5:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

As goes the message I got in the mailing list this morning...

-----------------------------------------------------------
NEWSFLASH

The London MCM Expo is very happy to announce a pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture event for the UK to place in London, UK during July 2007 called 'Anime London'.

The ever growing London MCM Expo which takes place at Excel in London twice a year will still heavily feature ‘Anime Village’ bringing fans the best of Anime & Manga along with the many movie and TV related areas that it covers.

We now feel that it is time to bring a different kind event to the UK that will address the needs of the pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture
fan, this will not take away from existing Anime conventions or the
London MCM Expo but compliment them.

We have added a section to the London MCM Expo message board for you to
discuss the ‘Anime London’ event.

A website is currently being designed for the event and will go live within the next few weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you with regards to the event.

Regards

London MCM Expo www.londonexpo.com
-----------------------------------------------------------

Now isn't it about time someone made the brave attempt of holding a major anime event in London town!

Source: London MCM Expo

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

ADV UK DVD Give Away!

Date: Saturday 17th December 2005 [7:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Otaku News have teamed up with the generous folks from ADV Films UK who are giving our readers the chance to win the complete series of Last Exile or the complete series of Divergence Eve on DVD.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

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

DVDs of Honneamise

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

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

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Tomo-Dachi a New Northern Ireland Convention

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

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

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

ADV UK DVD Releases for January 2006

Date: Friday 2nd December 2005 [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good people from ADV Films UK have sent out the details for their January DVD releases. They really do want to start the new year with a bang quite literally by releasing the latest incarnation of Full Metal Panic!, entitled Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU, this 12 episode spin off series focuses more on Sousuke's and Kaname's adventures at high school and is based around the FMP "light novels".

In January 2006 ADV Films UK will be releasing the following:

- Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Pandemonium! (1 of 4)
- Peacemaker: Gunning For Trouble (3 of 7)
- Chrono Crusade: Devil's Advocate (6 of 7)

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

ADV UK DVD Releases for December 2005

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2005 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice folk from ADV Films UK have sent us the details of the December DVD releases.
They'll be releasing the following:

- Divergence Eve Volume 3 (Final)
- DNAngel Volume 3
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Edition 0:6
- Last Exile Volume 7 (Final)

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy On Long List for Oscars

Date: Thursday 17th November 2005 [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have just published a press release revealing the long list of ten films to compete for the Animated Feature Oscar. Three of the top films on the list will then go on to be nominated for the Oscar. Anime fans should be cheering for Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy.

It's clear to see that the competition is very tough this year, with Madagascar, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; also in the running.

Read More... | Source: Oscars.org

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

Seven Seas Entertainment Aquires Boogiepop

Date: Tuesday 1st November 2005 [3:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced it will move into the world of licensed Japanese material with the acquisition of Kouhei Kadono's Boogiepop series of novel and manga, the first volume is due out in 2006.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

Atari Europe's Bandai Christmas Line Up

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Atari

VIZ Launches Shonen Jump Video Line

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

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

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

PSP Ghost In the Shell:SAC Game Details

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

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

Read More... | Source: Atari

UK DVD Releases for October and November 2005

Date: Monday 10th October 2005 [16:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've just been sent the UK DVD release details for the next two months from Manga Entertainment and Beez (Bandai).

It's a busy release period indeed! A few years ago UK anime fans could only dream of this sort of release schedule.

November 14th looks really promising with Cowboy Bebop being released across two DVD boxesets, Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex (1st Gig) also gets a boxset release. This is sure to break the wallet of many otaku, so it's best to hunt around your favourite real world and on-line retailers for good deals.

We're also looking forward to the release of Wolf's Rain because it's got great music from Yoko Kanno, along with a great storyline and character development to match.

The Manga Entertainment release of Appleseed should not be confused with the more recent 2004 CGI Feature film (released by Optimum Releasing), but is in fact the 1988 version.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment / Beez

J-Pop Go October Details

Date: Monday 10th October 2005 [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Music otaku should note that October marks a double feature for J-Pop Go, which will be held at Fluid, their regular venue on Wednesday October 19th and also at the London Expo on Saturday October 29th.

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

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

Rapture TV To Air Wolf's Rain

Date: Saturday 24th September 2005 [9:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The folks from new UK Station Rapture TV have sent us their latest press release with details of their first anime title - Wolfs Rain which will be screened on Thursday 17th November (and repeated on the 20th). What the press release doesn't mention is that the fantastic Yoko Kanno provided the music for Wolfs Rain (along with music for Cowboy Bebop and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex).

Rapture will also reveal another anime title at the MCM Expo at the end of October. There is much speculation in fandom over what this title will be, if it will be another Bandai/Beez title or something else from another distributor.

Read More... | Source: Rapture TV

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

Howl's Moving Castle Media Clips

Date: Thursday 15th September 2005 [18:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

With Studio Ghibli excellent Howl's Moving Castle being released in the UK next week, we thought it would be a nice idea for you to take a look at some of the media trailers available.

Read More... | Source: Howl's Moving Castle

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

Antarctic Press Release How To Break Into Comics Guide

Date: Sunday 4th September 2005 [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks over at Antarctic Press have sent us the details for their new guide to becoming a professional comic book creator. It covers all aspects from writing, drawing and submitting comic book work. We think it's worth a look into since it's only $2.99, and concise at 22 pages long.

Read More... | Source: Antarctic Press

Nausicaa and The Cat Returns UK DVD Release Details

Date: Tuesday 30th August 2005 [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at Optimum Releasing have sent us the details for the UK DVD release of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and The Cat Returns, both of which are due out on 26th September just in time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ground breaking Studio Ghibli and just after the 23rd September release of their brilliant cinema release of Howl's Moving Castle.

Both DVDs have their fair share of extras include storyboards, original Japanese Theatrical trailers, Studio Ghibli trailer reel, the Cat Returns DVD has a making of featurette, while Nausicaa has a birth of Studio Ghibli Featurette. Since both titles are Studio Ghibli titles, they're a must see, but if you're strapped for cash and can only get hold of one, go for Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, since it's truly epic Sci-Fi. Both movies have profiles on fansite Nausicaa.net

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

Firecracker Showcase 2005

Date: Tuesday 30th August 2005 [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Jonathan Clements has sent us details of the Firecracker Showcase 2005 in London, which will be screening Studio Ghibli's excellent Howl's Moving Castle, Appleseed, along with a Sonny Chiba triple bill featuring the live action version of Golgo 13 too (otaku will know Sonny plays Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill).

Read More... | Source: Firecracker Showcase 2005

Square Enix Acquires Taito

Date: Friday 26th August 2005 [13:50] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Gaming

It's been recently announced that Square Enix have acquired Taito. Taito was a games brand I grew up with, through the cute 2D Bubble Bobble and Bust-a-Move games. They're also involved heavily in the arcades. And teaming up with CG and RPG kings Square Enix, well, we can only know the outcome will be interesting, overall.

Source: Square Insider

Appleseed UK DVD Details

Date: Wednesday 17th August 2005 [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people from Optimum Releasing have sent us the press release for the UK release of Appleseed the movie, the recent CGI version of Masamune Shirow's popular manga title. The DVD version will be available in a limited edition steel tin as well as conventional DVD from 19th September and also on UMD for the Sony PSP from 31st October.

The press release also mentions a cinema release from 19th of August, we suggest that our readers who can get to the UGC Shaftesbury Avenue and UGC Glasgow check the film out while they can.

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

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.

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