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An Interview With Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama

Date: Monday 3rd June 2013 [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

April 2013, it's spring time in London, it should be warm and sunny, but instead it's snowing sideways. We're off to meet renowned anime direction Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of hit titles like Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 9

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013 [9:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

The latest episode of the podcast sees a bumber crop of new shows and licenses, some recent news, reviews of Strike Suit Infinity, Code Geass and Majestic Prince. Full Metal Panic goes into the Hall Of Fame and then some brief discussions about the last series you really got into and the last game you finished.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 9

MP3 File:
29.3 MB
1 Hour 3 minutes 53 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

High School of the Dead: Drifters Of The Dead Edition OVA Only UK Details

Date: Tuesday 28th May 2013 [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks from UK based anime and manga mail order firm United Publications have sent us news that they've got the exclusive stock of High School of the Dead: Drifters Of The Dead Edition (OVA Only). So if you've already got High School of The Dead and just want the OVA only, they're the ones to turn to.

Source: United Publications

Manga Entertainment UK at the MCM London Comic Con May 2013

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2013 [15:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

It's almost that time again! The MCM London Comic Con weekend is set to run from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May 2013. As you'd expect the great folks from Manga Entertainment UK will be there and they'll have lots of lovely things at their booth (number 510).

Cosplayers can have their photo taken for free, plus the best cosplayers can win hundreds of pounds worth of goodies! They'll also have exclusive prizes and offers. They've got DVDs starting at 2 and blu-rays starting at 5. So when you get to the Expo, head over to booth 510.

They've got a ton of prizes to give away too, including a hamper full of anime collectibles worth over 1,000.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Shinichiro Watanabe at MCM London Comic Con May 2013

Date: Wednesday 17th April 2013 [14:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans who can get to the MCM London Comic Con on Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May will be in for a real treat. Anime director Shinichiro Watanabe will be at the event as Anime Guest of Honour. The director is the man behind Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids On The Slope. He also directed two shorts on the Animatrix - Kid's Story and A Detective Story.

Attending all three days of the show, Shinichiro Watanabe will be taking part in on-stage panels and promoting both Anime Limited's upcoming HD release of Cowboy Bebop and the UK debut of his latest series, Kids On The Slope, released by MVM Entertainment.

Kids On The Slope is currently streaming on crunchyroll and is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk on DVD and Blu-rayand other retailers.

Cowboy Bebop Collectors Edition Part 1 is available to pre-order on Blu-ray.

Additionally, if you pre-order Cowboy Bebop from Amazon.co.uk or HMV and bring proof of the pre-order to the show you can receive an exclusive A4 Bebop print to get signed (while stocks last).

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

Kiki's Delivery Service UK and Australian Blu-ray details

Date: Thursday 28th February 2013 [14:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK Studio Ghibli Fans will be pleased to hear that Studio Canal will be releasing the classic Miyazaki movie Kiki's Delivery Service on Blu-ray on Monday 27th May 2013. Details are not yet up on the Studio Canal website. You can pre-order the title from Amazon.co.uk.

The title will also be released in Australia by Madman on Wednesday 22nd May 2013.

Source: Otaku Calendar

Otaku News Podcast Episode 7

Date: Sunday 10th February 2013 [11:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 7 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! The Otaku News Podcast gang is back to look at some recent news, cast their eyes over some new anime from the Winter 2013 seasons along with some anime based video games. In a new segement we discuss if simulcasting is helping or hurting the anime industry and Eden of the East goes into the Hall Of Fame.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 7

MP3 File:
17.2 MB
37 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Kids On The Slope Complete Collection UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: Sunday 10th February 2013 [10:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Anime fans in the UK will be pleased to hear that MVM Entertainment will be releasing Kids On The Slope Complete Collection on DVD and blu-ray on 24th June 2013. The show is currently available to watch on Crunchyroll. The series is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (who is best known for Cowboy Bebop and Macross Plus) with music by Yoko Kanno (who is best know for the music behind Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex).

You can pre-order the DVD and blu-ray from MVM's mail order website Anime-on-line. However due to security issues with the site last year, we suggest using a more secure retailer.

Source: Otaku Calendar

One Piece Uncut UK DVD Release Details

Date: Sunday 10th February 2013 [9:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Fans of pirate adventures will be pleased to hear that Manga Entertainment UK will be releasing One Piece! The first DVD release will be One Piece Collection 1 Episodes 1-26 Uncut, it's due out 27th May 2013. As it's the uncut edition they won't have any weird digital editing with Sanji's cigarettes replaced with lollipops.

You can pre-order the collections off Amazon.co.uk:
One Piece Collection 1 Episodes 1-26 Uncut - Release date 27th May 2013
One Piece Collection 2 Episodes 27-53 Uncut - Release date 1st July 2013
One Piece Collection 3 Episodes 54-78 Uncut - Release date 23rd September 2013
One Piece Collection 4 Episodes 79-103 Uncut - Release date 11th November 2013

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Play.com to end first party retail sales

Date: Thursday 10th January 2013 [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've just heard that popular on-line retailer Play.com will stop "first party retail sales" by the end of March 2013. They intend to focus on it's Marketplace business. Play.com were sold to the Rakuten Group in 2011 for 25m. With the price reflecting the close of the tax loophole that allowed them to sell their DVDs from the Channel Islands, without paying VAT.

This basically means they will not directly distribute goods, but instead act as a market place to allow third party companies to sell stuff.

Read More... | Source: Play.com

Otaku News Podcast Episode 6

Date: Thursday 27th December 2012 [18:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 6 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! This episode we talk about some upcoming licenses and new shows, Comikets bomb threat and a live action Dragon Ball trailer. Trigun Badlands Rumble is the focus of the reviews, which also include J Pop Go, a Final Fantasy Concert and GA Geijutsuka Art Design. We celebrate the end of the year with a quiz and induct Gurren Lagann to the Hall of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 6

MP3 File:
32.6 MB
1 hour 11 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Cowboy Bebop returns to the UK on DVD and Blu-ray Q3 2013

Date: Saturday 22nd December 2012 [13:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

New UK anime company on the block Anime Limited have just announced on Twitter (and other social media) that their first title will be Cowboy Bebop on DVD and Blu-ray. It'll be released sometime in Q3 of 2013. The TV show has been released in the UK a few times on DVD before but has been out of print for a while and UK copies of the DVD are hard to find.

It has never been released on blu-ray in the UK. A hi-def version of the series has the potential to look amazing as the series was cel animated with some CGI, if done properly the blu-ray release would be worth grabbing!

The series was voted number 2 on the top anime of all time list by 11,700 Newtype USA readers (Neon Genesis Evangelion the TV show was voted number 1).

Cowboy Bebop, like Evangelion is one of those landmark must have titles that all anime fans should see. Additionally, Bebop isn't just about the anime, it's also about the music, The Seatbelts (Yoko Kanno's band) do an amazing job on the Bebop soundtrack.

Source: Anime Limited Twitter Feed

Dragon Ball Z Complete Season 1 and Season 2 on Offer on Play.com

Date: Thursday 13th December 2012 [14:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us details about a great deal on Play.com selling Dragon Ball Z for 15.99 each. Both titles include free postage.

Dragon Ball Z Season 1 on Play.com

Dragon Ball Z Season 2 on Play.com

Our price aware readers will know that this is currently cheaper than Amazon.co.uk.

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Trigun Badlands UK Blu-ray Competition

Date: Monday 12th November 2012 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Trigun: Badlands Rumble Movie to give away on Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

UK Anime DVD and Blu-ray release details for November and December 2012

Date: Sunday 11th November 2012 [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Using our sister site Otaku Calendar we are able to present a list of up coming anime DVD and Blu-ray tiles for the rest of 2012.

Release dates as follows:

Monday 12th November 2012
Castle Of Cagliostro (Blu-ray)
My Neighbour Totoro (Blu-ray)
Towanoquon Complete Series Collection (DVD)
Trigun Movie: Bandlands Rumble (DVD)
Trigun Movie: Bandlands Rumble (Blu-ray)

Monday 19th November 2012
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OVA Collection (Blu-ray)
Sekirei Pure Engagement (Season 2) (DVD)

Monday 26th November 2012
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 11 (DVD)
Ninja Scroll (Blu-ray)

Monday 3rd December 2012
Clannad After Story Part 2 (DVD)
Phantom: Requiem Complete Series (DVD)
Tales Of Vesperia: The First Strike (DVD)
Tales Of Vesperia: The First Strike (Blu-ray)

Monday 10th December 2012
Hetalia Axis Powers Season 4 Collection (DVD)

Monday 17th December 2012
Freezing Complete Series Collection (DVD)

Monday 24th December 2012
Berserk - Film 1: Egg Of The King (DVD)
Berserk - Film 1: Egg Of The King (Blu-ray)
Gintama The Movie (DVD)
Persona 4 The Animation - Box 1 (Blu-ray)

Monday 31th December 2012
Shiki Part 2 (DVD)

Being Studio Ghibli fans we're most excited about the blu-ray releases of My Neighbour Totoro and Castle of Cagliostro. The blu-ray of Ninja Scroll has also been long awaited, you can read our review of it here.

Source: Otaku Calendar

Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 [14:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 5 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! On this episode of the Otaku News podcast we discuss recent licenses and news, Colin talks forever about some of the new shows in the Autumn 2012 season, the feature topic is shows that defy your expectations, Azumanga Daioh gets the Hall of Fame treatment and we answer some questions.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

MP3 File:
57.7 MB
1 hour 3 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Pirate Anime FAQ Updated - November 2012

Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012 [16:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've just updated The Pirate Anime FAQ with some more details. We've added details of bootleg bags, bootleg wallets / bill folds and finally included bootleg CD company Miya Records to the Audio CD section.

We've been running the Pirate Anime FAQ for over 12 years now, helping anime fans become aware of bootlegs. Many fans first discover that they've bought bootlegs by reading the FAQ.

As always we appreciate any feedback, so please feel free to get in touch.

We'd like to thank you for all your support over the last 12 years and look forward to the next 12 years! ^_^

Source: Otaku News

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Complete Series UK Blu-ray Competition

Date: Wednesday 24th October 2012 [17:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Complete Series to give away on Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

Date: Tuesday 25th September 2012 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 4 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! The fourth podcast sees our otaku views on some recent news and Amecon 2012. Reviews of Planzet, Yurei Attack and Ninja Attack and the first third of Dragon Ball Z Season 2. Overman King Gainer also goes into the Hall Of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

MP3 File:
42.8 MB
46 minutes 45 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can get episode 1 here, episode 2 here and episode 3 here.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Fullmetal Alchemist Movie 2: The Sacred Star of Milos UK DVD Competition

Date: Sunday 2nd September 2012 [11:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us two copies of Fullmetal Alchemist Movie 2: The Sacred Star of Milos to give away on Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt UK DVD Recall Details

Date: Friday 24th August 2012 [16:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about their Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt DVD Recall.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Blue Exorcist Part 1 DVD Competition

Date: Monday 20th August 2012 [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us two copies of Blue Exorcist Part 1 on DVD to give away to two lucky readers.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ninja Scroll Blu-ray UK Release Details

Date: Tuesday 14th August 2012 [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans who are awaiting the highly anticipated blu-ray release of Ninja Scroll will be pleased to hear that it's due out on Monday 26th November 2012. Manga Entertaiment UK will be releasing a special limited edition Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook, along with separate Blu-ray and DVD editions.

You can pre-order the steel book edition now on Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

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

Panty and Stocking With Garter Belt DVD Competition

Date: Wednesday 25th July 2012 [16:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us a copy of Panty and Stocking With Garter Belt Complete Series Collection on DVD to give away to one lucky reader.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Himizu UK DVD and blu-ray release details

Date: Thursday 12th July 2012 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Third Window Films have sent us the details of their new DVD and blu-ray release of the live action movie Himizu, which is due out in the UK on Monday 6th August 2012.

Read More... | Source: Third Window Films

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Complete Series Collection Blu-ray now available for pre-order in the UK

Date: Wednesday 4th July 2012 [16:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have announced on Twitter that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is now available to pre-order on Play.com. The complete Blu-ray collection is listed at a pre-order price of 29.99. This set contains the the whole series of the highly anticipated magical girl show. It's due for release on Monday 29th October 2012. Note that the Play.com listing does not show the final box art.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Dragon Ball Z-Complete Season One DVD and Welcome to the Space Show Blu-ray competition

Date: Tuesday 26th June 2012 [15:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us a copy of a copy of Dragon Ball Z-Complete Season One on DVD and Welcome to the Space Show on Blu-Ray to give away to one lucky reader.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Kaz UK to release Tiger & Bunny on Blu Ray/DVD in United Kingdom/Ireland

Date: Friday 25th May 2012 [4:41] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > TV

Kaz UK to release Sunrise Superhero show Tiger and Bunny on DVD and Blu Ray in October 2012.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex-Solid State Society Blu-ray competition

Date: Thursday 17th May 2012 [16:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us a copy of a copy of Ghost In The Shell on Blu-Ray (Double Play edition) to give away to one lucky reader.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manga UK DVD License Details for April 2012

Date: Monday 2nd April 2012 [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us the details from their big licensing announcements at the Birmingham MCM Expo.

The big title in the line up is without doubt the highly anticipated Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Cosplay favourites Panty And Stocking With Garter Belt is dude for 2012 too. Along with Squid Girl which you may have caught on Crunchy Roll.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga UK announces Dragonball Z on DVD and hints at other titles

Date: Wednesday 28th March 2012 [12:52] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

UK based distributor Manga UK announces Dragonball Z on DVD and hints at other titles waiting in the wings.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

NEO Magazine Issue 96 out now

Date: Saturday 24th March 2012 [17:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's out now both on the high street and digital outlets.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: Saturday 10th March 2012 [13:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Manga UK have sent us details an eagerly expected title Mardock Scramble: The First Compression. The 18 Rated title is use out on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 16th April 2012.

We've reviewed a cinema screening of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

NEO Magazine Issue 95

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2012 [15:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's due to hit the shelves on Thursday 23rd February 2012 (available from WH Smith, Tesco and all good newsagents). It features their round up of the greatest anime movies of all time, with their own top 10 list, along with reader contributions.

Plus previews of anime, along with all the usual features and articles you'd expect. K-Pop fans will want to read the article on Korea's Japanese pop invasion with an analysis of the Oricon charts. We're interested in reading the report on the continuing aid efforts in Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

Interview with Manga UK representative Jerome Mazandarani

Date: Monday 16th January 2012 [23:58] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Audio interview with Manga UK representative Jerome Mazandarani where we talk about Manga UK's upcoming releases, their plans for blu-ray anime releases, streaming rights (yes, I ask a K-On! question) and more.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manga UK 2012 licence announcements

Date: Friday 13th January 2012 [6:44] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Manga UK representative gives new titles announcement, including Clannad and Angel Beats, in interivew.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Interview with Kaz UK representative Andrew Partridge

Date: Tuesday 10th January 2012 [22:57] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Audio interview with Kaz UK representative Andrew Partridge where we talk about Kaz UK's origins, their plans for blu ray anime releases, Anime On Demand and more.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Kaz UK to release all of Black Lagoon on Blu Ray

Date: Saturday 7th January 2012 [13:08] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

Kaz UK representative confirms via Twitter that the UK based division of Kaz will release Black Lagoon on Blu ray in May of 2012.

Read More... | Source: Twitter via Uk-Anime.Net

Bandai US and UK shuts down DVD/BD/Manga production

Date: Thursday 5th January 2012 [13:34] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Retail

The US anime releasing division of Bandai has announced that from February they will cease publication of both new anime titles and manga titles. The companys UK and French sister divisions have also released similar statements.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Cowboy Bebop Remix and Arrietty due for January 2012 release

Date: Monday 19th December 2011 [13:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Christmas is coming, but already many UK anime companies are looking ahead to January. There are two key releases UK anime fans should be waiting for.

First up is Cowboy Bebop Remix due for release on Monday January 2nd 2012. The lovely folks from Beez have re-released Cowboy Bebop Remix under their Anime Legends range. The Remix edition has Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound, along with remastered video. The 6 DVD set contains all 26 episodes from the series.

If you haven't seen Cowboy Bebop yet, then you should. This is one of those truly rare must see titles. Plenty of anime fans agree as it was rated number 2 on the Newtype USA Top 25 Anime Titles of All Time. Number 1 was Neon Genesis Evangelion. You can pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk for 16.99.

2011's big Studio Ghibli cinema release Arrietty is due out on Monday 9th January 2012. On DVD, Blu-ray, and a Collectors Edition Combi Pack, which contains both the DVD and Blu-ray and costs 2 more than the regular blu-ray only edition.

Source: Otaku News

Play.com sold to Japanese group Rakuten

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2011 [16:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Popular UK on-line DVD retailer Play.com have been bought by Japanese group Rakuten. Play.com is the UK's biggest seller of DVDs online with estimated annual sales of about 500m. It has 14 million registered users and a staff of 500.

It was sold to Rakuten for 25m. Play.com have been successful due to a tax loop-hole that allows purchases under 18 to be VAT free when shipped from the Channel Islands to the UK mainland thanks to EU rules drafted almost 30 years ago. In November 2011, the government will reduce the amount for VAT free purchases to 15 and intend close this loop-hole totally by March 2012. The sales tax issues along with declining DVD sales is why Play.com was sold for 25m and not considerably more. The Guardian article states that DVD UK sales dipped 6% last year, while downloading and streaming rose 18%.

Play.com is popular with the UK anime fans and is often the first port of call along with Amazon.co.uk when buying DVDs and Blu-rays.

Rakuten are keen to increase their global presence, which is why they've purchases Play.com along with the French site PriceMinister and German site Tradoria.de.

Source: The Guardian

Robotech: The Complete Series on DVD UK Release Details

Date: Monday 19th September 2011 [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Nostalgic mecha fans in the UK will be pleased to hear that the Robotech the complete series is set for release on DVD on Monday 14th November 2011.

The 18 disc boxset features all 85 episodes of the series, plus over 10 hours of bonus material including a brand new documentary on creator Carl Macek.

For many the show was an introduction into anime and mecha shows. Lots of anime fans look back to Robotech as the series that helped them discover anime. Robotech itself is interesting, as it started life as three separate shows that were edited together for the American market.

The DVD's RRP is 69.99, we've found it for a pre-order price of 51.70 on Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hoshi o Ou Kodomo Japanese blu ray to have English subtitles

Date: Thursday 11th August 2011 [20:11] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

Upcoming Japanese blu ray release of Makoto Shinkai's latest film to include English subtitles.

Read More... | Source: Asian Blu Ray Guide

Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

Date: Wednesday 3rd August 2011 [18:25] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

The story centres on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to meet a boy again, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manga Entertainment UK August 2011 DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: Friday 29th July 2011 [17:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Just a quick reminder for those of you looking for treats this August. The Manga Entertainment UK August 2011 DVD and Blu-ray release schedule looks good as always. They've got a lot of anticipated titles.

Releases as follows -

Monday 1st August 2011

Shikabane Hime: Corpse Princess Part 2 (read our review of part 1)
Pre-order on DVD

Monday 15th August 2011

Black Butler - Series 1 Part 1 (read our review)
Pre-order on DVD

Sekirei - The Complete Series
Pre-order on DVD

Monday 29th August 2011

K-ON! Volume 1
Pre-order on DVD

High School of the Dead
Pre-order on DVD
Pre-order on Blu-ray

Normally, when we're presented with a list of titles, we like to pick out a few favourites. The trouble is there are a fair few fan favourites in this months release line up. K-ON is popular with those who like moe, while we know a High School of the Dead is renowned for it's zombies and fan service. Also don't forget Black Butler. It really depends on what kind of anime you like.

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Why every UK anime fan should say thanks to Australian otaku

Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2011 [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We're going all nostalgic here at Otaku News and have decided to dig up some old articles from our archive that are not published on-line, either because they were originally for print or from websites that are now off-line.

Just because they're old doesn't mean they're not relevant to today's otaku.

We start with an article originally published in the AmeCon 2007 Conbook about why UK anime fans owe a debt of gratitude to their Australian counterparts. Please note that it was written for a UK anime audience in mind, Australian readers might find it interesting to know how important they are to the UK industry and how the UK industry helps Madman out.

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Siren Visual licences three anime series for DVD/streaming

Date: Tuesday 21st June 2011 [17:51] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Australian media company Siren Visual has licensed three series for streaming and DVD releases for this year.

Dennou Coil, Usagi Drop and Angel Beats will all get a DVD release either in September or further down the line.

Read More... | Source: Siren Visual

Manga Entertainment UK at the London MCM Expo - May 2011

Date: Tuesday 24th May 2011 [18:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Everyone's getting ready for the London MCM Expo this weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2011) at the ExCel Centre in London.

The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their plans at the London Expo. They've got two stands, a treasure hunt, plenty of bargain priced DVDs and Blu-rays.

Voice actors Ben Diskin (voice of Sai in Naruto Shippuden and Syzal in Bleach) and Brian Beacock (voice of Walter Yumasaki in Durarara!!) will both be at a panel and QA at the London MCM Expo too.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Redline (2010)

Date: Thursday 19th May 2011 [0:12] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

Red Line is about the biggest racing game of the universe and it's only held once every 5 years. And naturally everyone wants to take part. Follow the racing skills of men and women alike.

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