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Three Ghibli Shorts: An Interview with Hayao Miyazaki

Date: Sunday 15th January 2006 [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The Daily Yomuiri have a very interesting interview with Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese cultural icon and the Oscar winning director of Spirited Away. He talks about three shorts which can only be seen at the Ghibli Museum. It also focuses on the films Miyazaki would like to animate, along with children's relationships with visual imagery. It also briefly touches on the tension between Miyazaki and his son Goro, although it's not exactly clear what the issues are between, although this doesn't stop fans speculating. The article concludes on a high note, stating that Studio Ghibli is the world's best studio in terms of potential, something that many fans had known, since they first saw Nausicaa, many moons ago.

Source: The Daily Yomuiri

Negima Voice Cast Announced

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

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

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

Source: Anime Insider

Matt Greenfield to Appear At Tomo-Dachi

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

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

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

2005: Words From the UK Anime Industry

Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2006 [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Paul over at Anime UK News.net has sent us the low down on a very interesting article they've just put on-line. Getting the views from the major players in the UK anime industry, the article recaps 2005 and gets various companies views on 2006. It's interesting to see all their separate takes on the achievements of the last 12 months.

The Otaku News Crew consider 2005 a very important year for the UK anime industry since it's the year that anime really went in the public eye, with more stores willing to stock it, more news papers writing positive and factually correct articles. Even Howl's Moving Castle got good fair write coverage too, while manga continues to be more easy to obtain in the UK. Taking into account where the UK anime scene was 3 or 4 years ago things have really progressed.

Source: Anime UK News.net

Evangelion Character Contest

Date: Thursday 22nd December 2005 [9:49] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Gainax, the anime studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion (currently airing Thursday nights on Adult Swim), has announced a new contest for the latest video game spin-off for the hit series. The contest is calling for fans to design a new character for the second part of Neon Genesis Evangelion Supplementary Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a game designed for cellular phones.

The guidelines for the contest can be found on Gainaxís website. Unfortunately for American Evangelion fans, they are in Japanese. The few guidelines that are known is that the character must be female, and must be in the same class as EVA pilots Shinji, Rei and Asuka. Contestants will not simply be limited to only submitting designs for the physical appearance of the new character, but can also create her personality, manner of speech, and so on. There is no explicit statement saying that the contest is only open to Japanese residents. Other rules and guidelines, such as a final submission date, are not known at this time.

Source: Anime News Network

Studio Ghibli's Next Movie Will be Earthsea

Date: Thursday 15th December 2005 [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Studio Ghibli have officially announced their next movie, which is due to hit Japan in July 2006. Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) is based on Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea Collection. Controversially Hayao Miyazaki son, Goro Miyazaki will be directing the film.

Read More... | Source: Studio Ghibli

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

Miyazaki on TCM in January

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2005 [23:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Turner Classic Movies will be airing anime films by Hayao Miyazaki in January.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Swansea Animation Days 2005

Date: Saturday 1st October 2005 [11:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's almost time for SAND 2005, Swansea Animation Days, "a prestigious, international digital animation event that is establishing Wales as a premier location for leading animation business". Anime fans will be interested to know that Jonathan Clements will be there giving a talk entitled "Wrong About Anime"

The Western world has "discovered" anime half a dozen times since the 1960s. Jonathan Clements examines the history of our tempestuous relationship with Japanese animation, from hidden imports and secret deals, through the video nasty controversy, corporate subterfuge at toy corporations and political intrigues at the Oscars.

We've been to Jonathan's Newtype Anime Talk before and found it well worth attending.

Source: Swansea Animation Days

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

Franz Ferdinand to Provide Paradise Kiss Ending Theme

Date: Monday 19th September 2005 [22:23] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

I've had my eye on the manga for years, and when hearing the recent news of the anime being in production, well, now I've got to read the manga ASAP!

Anyway, the anime is being produced by Madhouse, and th site recently opened the music section. UK anime fans might be happy to hear British rockers Franz Ferdinand's hot single "Do You Want To", will be the ending theme for this highly anticipated series!

Source: Paradise Kiss TV Official Website

Anime Novels Big Sellers in Japan

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

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

Read More... | Source: ICv2

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

Millennium Actress to Feature Atlantic Accents

Date: Monday 22nd August 2005 [17:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

It seems that Millennium actress will have Atlantic accents according to reports from Eyeonanime.co.uk. Itís a bit of a shame for fans that were genuinely excited to see a real British dub, but it seems that Manga Entertainment feel that it will be too jarring to hear English voices on a dub.

Source: Eyeonanime.co.uk

Range Murata talks about the US Release of Robots Vol 1

Date: Friday 5th August 2005 [7:16] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

Everyone has heard about the genius designer of Art & Fashion Range Murata who left a mark on the design world of today. His portfolio of works include: media, anime character design, art books to fashion and industrial design.

Here is a summary of the Akadot Interview to Range Murata where he talks about the US release of his upcoming comic / art book Robots Vol 1 where he plans to conquer the manga world as well.

Read More... | Source: Akadot

ICE Kunion Brings Manhwa to the US

Date: Tuesday 12th July 2005 [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just got a press release from ICE Kunion, a joint enterprise between Korean publishing companies Sigongsa, Seoul Cultural and others. They mention their October line up, which includes Angel Diary, Chocolat, The 11th Cat and Bring It On, which have sold a combined total of almost a million copies in Korea alone.

The Otaku News crew note that this press release is interesting, since Korean comic books are normally incorrectly marketed as manga to people who automatically assume it is from Japan. ICE Kunion are marketing their titles are Korean and are taking pride in it claiming that "Korean Manhwa has taken over Japanese Manga to be the hottest books in the market".

Read More... | Source: ICE Kunion

Planet Tokyo Talks Anime Business Blues

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [18:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Planet Tokyo have posted an interesting article called Talking Anime Business Blues, it covers the current concern about the boom on anime in the USA, and the double edge sword that is fansubbing, which both creates a hype for a series and also takes away DVD sales since fans would already have it on fansub (this is a long running debate in anime fandom and most fans operate on the policy that if they have the fansub and like it, they'll buy the DVD, otherwise they'll delete it).

Source: Planet Tokyo

Highlander: The Anime

Date: Friday 17th June 2005 [18:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

The Highlander is back. And this time, heís anime. Anime News Network announced that a 43-second trailer for a new anime film based on the cult sci-fi classic is available at Highlander-official.com. The 80-minute film, entitled "Highlander: Vengeance", is animated by Madhouse and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It is expected to come out in spring of 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

No Spirited Away Special Edition In The UK

Date: Monday 9th May 2005 [18:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've just heard from Optimum Releasing who inform us that there will be no Spirited Away Special Edition as they are "sadly unable to release it due to the difficulty of acquiring new extras".

The Otaku News Crew had heard rumours about Optimum intending to release such a special edition of Spirited Away to tie in with the Cat Returns in June, however we decided not to publish sketchy information, preferring to wait until we could get more solid details. The Special Edition would have been made exclusively for the UK (and perhaps Australia too through Madman Entertainment), it would have not been a reauthored US DVD like many UK anime DVDs.

Source: Optimum Releasing

ANN Interview Yoshitoshi ABe and Yasuyuki Ueda

Date: Sunday 3rd April 2005 [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Those nice people over at Anime News Network have just published an interview with Yoshitoshi ABe and Yasuyuki Ueda. ABe is best known for Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei, while Ueda the producer has been involved in everyone of ABe's shows.

Source: Anime News Network

Idols Everywhere!

Date: Thursday 31st March 2005 [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Japan Today have just published an article that explains the inner workings of the Japanese Idol industry. This fascinating read highlights the fact that the Japanese industry is the reverse of the "western" industry, where Japanese Idols are hired and trained by agencies who give them a percentage of their earnings. It mentions a selection of agencies each with their own speciality in the market place. Interestingly enough agencies also teach their employees something that many western celebrities should have lessons in "things like how to hold their alcohol, how to spend money wisely".

Source: Japan Today

ADV Manga Job Cuts

Date: Wednesday 16th March 2005 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Anime News Network have brought to our attention problems caused by a saturated anime market, this may be good for otaku with plenty to choose from and more anime than you can possibly buy in a month (unless you've got a very big disposable income), according to Publisher's Weekly ADV's manga unit has had to make some cuts. Rumours are that as many as 40 employees have been either transferred to their publishing division (which also produces Newtype USA) or made redundant.

Read More... | Source: Publisher's Weekly

Global Anime And Manga Market Worth US$100 Billion

Date: Sunday 20th February 2005 [11:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

J-Marketing.net have just published a story reporting that globally the anime and manga market is worth a massive US$100 billion! Yes, you read that right one-hundred billion US dollars. The article also states that products based on characters from anime and manga always prove very popular.

Source: J-Marketing.net

An Interview With Frederik L. Schodt

Date: Thursday 17th February 2005 [18:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Animation Insider have published their interview with Frederik L. Schodt and experienced Japanese language interpreter, manga translator, and author, Schodt has written some very excellent books on manga, translated both volumes of the Ghost In The Shell manga as well as many other projects. Schodt is highly respected in the anime and manga community and has even worked the late Osamu Tezuka (who is often regarded as the founder of modern anime and manga). The interview has lots of great bits of information and we really recommend reading it.

Source: Animation Insider

Jonathan Clements Interview By AnimeOnDVD.com

Date: Sunday 6th February 2005 [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Incredibly nice guy Paul Jacques over at AnimeOnDVD.com went out to a pub with Jonathan Clements (writer, translator, anime expert etc...), so as well as drinking many beers (as the photo's show ^_-) Paul decided to interview Mr Clements about anime and it's good to see that as always Jonathan is refreshingly honest with his opinions.

The interview is devided into three parts:

Part 1 - in which they try to determine who buys anime, and why there were only 500 people at 1990s conventions when Overfiend sells in the tens of thousands. Jonathan also mentions a new show "Magical Princess Fluffy Tosspot", we belive this is like Schoolgirl Milky Crisis! ^_-

Part 2 - in which they discuss the values of television and ask whether the quality of anime is not strained.

Part 3 - in which they talk of critics and the mediaís strange habit of redefining "anime" to mean whatever they need it to mean on any given day.

Source: AnimeOnDVD.com

Time Warner to Co-Produce New Anime

Date: Wednesday 2nd February 2005 [14:36] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Production

American based Time Warner and Japanese based Itochu Corporation have announced a joint venture to create a new Anime series to be broadcast at the same time in both America and Japan. While few details are currently known about the new series, the budget for this project is set to be around
20 million Yen ($US 190,000) per episode, which is a good deal higher (up to 50%) than most other animated series. The companies in question will hoping to reclaim the outlay by tying in marketing deals with toy companies and other merchandising elements and possibly marketing the series to
broadcasters abroad.

Source: Anime News Network

Skwigly talk to C.H.A.S.E

Date: Thursday 13th January 2005 [12:30] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Art

Skwigly magazine have an interesting article about C.H.A.S.E, the group behind the IMAF festival. It details a little more about the group's ambitious aims in the international anime industry, as well as talking to Dr Andre Singer the Creative Director of Chase.

Source: Skwigly

End of an Era? Anime Industry In Crisis!

Date: Sunday 2nd January 2005 [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Otaku News Crew are still in holiday mode, which explains our rather relaxed coverage recently (I am aware that a few of the crew have had far too much eggnog and mulled wine over this holiday season). This doesn't mean that the news stops however.

As if it was timed to coincide with Sky Cinema's UK Screenings of Spirited Away the alert folks over at AnimeUKNews.net have discovered that The Telegraph Arts Section has a very interesting article on the future of anime, Hayao Miyazaki's future retirement (Princess Mononoke was supposed to be his last film, as was Spirited Away) and how little an animator in the Japanese animation industry earns.

It explains that animators start as passionate otaku wanting to be part of the industry of their childhood dreams and by the time they are thirty or so realise that most supermarket clerks earn more than them so as a result decide to leave for a better paid job. It then goes on to mention the danger of foreign influences leading to anime it loosing it's appeal and it's soul.

The article has quotes from anime expert, translator and writer Jonathan Clements.

An another interesting part of the article is the bullet point at the end stating that Howl's Moving Castle will be released in the UK in the autumn. The Otaku News Crew look forward to this and will bring you more news on the subject when avaible. ^_-

Source: Telegraph Arts Section

The Laughing Man - Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex's Hacker Logo

Date: Monday 29th November 2004 [11:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

The hit series Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex, features a logo for hacker and cyberterrorist "The Laughing Man", in the show he is only identified by his logo which forms a distinct part of the Standalone Complex imagery. I discovered that Paul Nicholson of Terratag designed the logo for Production I.G.

Join us as Otaku News interview Paul about creating an icon in anime!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Confirmed - James Cameron To Direct Battle Angel Alita Movie

Date: Friday 19th November 2004 [19:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Ever since the domain name BattleAngelAlita.com was registered in March 2000 and pointed to Foxmovies.com rumours of a live action Hollywood version of Battle Angel Alita (or Gunnm which translates as Gun Dream) started to fly. James Cameron (one of Hollywood's most sought-after directors thanks to films like Aliens Terminator, Terminator 2 and Titanic) was one of the names that was suggested to direct the movie and now according to Ain't it Cool News he has confirmed that it is indeed his next movie.

Apparently Gally/Alita will be a Computer Generated character, and the film will be shot in 3-D.

Source: Ain't it Cool News

Ghost In The Shell 2 Eligible for Oscar

Date: Friday 5th November 2004 [17:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that eleven animated films are eligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards.

The BBC have published an article about all the features that are running. Anime News Network also have more details.
This year Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the only anime eligible, the eleven films will compete for a maximum of three nominations, to be announced in January. One of the three nominations will then win the Oscar.

This is the forth year for the best animated feature Oscar, which was first awarded to Shrek in 2001. Then anime history was made with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away winning in 2002, making it the first anime title to ever win an Academy award. Finding Nemo won in 2003.

Source: BBC News

More Anime and Manga Write ups in Mainstrem Press

Date: Saturday 23rd October 2004 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Some publications have discovered anime and it seems that they want to write lots of details about it. The on-line edition of Australian Newspaper The Age (registration required) have just published a great article covering recent events in Japanese anime, it has quotes from various figureheads in the industry and mentions Mamoru Oshii, Production I.G, Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki too. This one of those articles that is good to show to your friends who think that anime and manga is not taken seriously by the mainstream press.

Source: The Age

Animex 05 Bookings Now Open

Date: Friday 22nd October 2004 [18:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Those of you in the animation industry should pay a visit to the next Animex International Festival of Animation. This will be the sixth Animex now, and every time it just gets bigger and better. Animex will run from 31st January to 4th February at the University of Teesside in Middlesbrough in the North East of England.

This year the emphasis on animation in gaming seems to have increased and as always attendees get a chance to discuss details with industry professionals such as Robin Linn, Director of Animation Production for the Digital Character Group at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Source: Animex

Jonathan Clements Launches New Website

Date: Saturday 16th October 2004 [13:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Jonathan Clements, writer, translator, co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia, The Erotic Anime Movie Guide, The Dorama Encyclopedia and I Love My Tamagotchi (under the name of Bronwen Komatsubara), has just e-mailed with some details regarding his new website -

"Don't know if this counts as news or not, but if it does, there is much anime goodness to be found at my website, including the English version of my Afterword to the deluxe edition of Akira, the unpublished Afterword to the Anime Encyclopedia, and several anime columns from Newtype and the Sci Fi channel."

Considering how much Jonathan Clements has done in the anime industry, I think it does count as news, so go on and have a look at his website. I'm off to find Schoolgirl Milky Crisis.

Source: Jonathan Clements

Nintendo May Produce Anime

Date: Friday 1st October 2004 [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

According to Animaxis, at a recent press conference former Nintendo chairman and current advisor Hiroshi Yamauchi revealed that he is urging Nintendo to expand into the anime industry.

Yamauchi plans to formally propose this during the October general management conference. Now there is speculation that Nintendo would produce their own anime in the near future.

Source: Animaxis

The Rise Of Madman Entertainment

Date: Sunday 26th September 2004 [10:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The Age have just posted an interesting article about the accomplishments of Australian Anime DVD firm Madman Entertainment. It mentions their success with Neon Genesis Evangelion and how the founders won the Ernst & Young's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. UK fans will also note that MVM team up with Madman now and again to co-produce DVDs, saving costs and sharing resources.

Source: The Age

An Interview With Monica Rial

Date: Wednesday 8th September 2004 [15:39] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Monica Rial is an energetic American voice actress who unusually works with two studios: ADV and FUNimation. This means that she gets the opportunity to play a diverse range of characters across the anime spectrum. Fan favourites include the demure death defying Hyatt in Excel saga as well as the world famous, perky and cute Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty Mystical Theatre.

I was able to interview Monica at the UK convention Amecon (a big thanks to you all for letting us interview her ^_^) where she was invited as a special guest. This is the first time that a British convention has invited a US voice actor over, and it was interesting to note the con goer's reactions. Monica was a clear hit with the fans and I was impressed at the time she took to talk to people, whether they wanted advice or to make comments or get certain limited edition items signed. The actual interview went on for over an hour and a half. Join me as we explore the wacky world of Monica Rial!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News / VAA

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