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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea DVD review

Date: Wednesday 12th August 2009 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've finally put up our DVD review of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

Ponyo hits Cinemas in the US on Friday August 14th 2009

Ponyo hits Cinemas in Australia on Thursday 27th August 2009.

Ponyo is due for UK release on late 2009 / early 2010.

This review is of the Japanese Region 2 DVD. You can purchase it from Amazon.co.jp, CDJapan and all good Japanese DVD importers.

Source: Otaku News

Spirited Away London Children's Screening

Date: Monday 6th April 2009 [17:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Barbican in London will be screening a Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed Spirited Away on Saturday 11th April 2009 at 10:30am. All adults must be accompanied by a child (this is not a typo), so it's a perfect Easter treat for the kids.

Source: Barbican

Miyazaki at the Venice Film Festival

Date: Monday 1st September 2008 [8:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

BBC News have published an interesting interview with Oscar winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki, focusing on the release of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and it's screening at the Venice Film Festival. Oddly they ask about rivialy between Pixar, even though it's well known in fandom that Pixar and Studio Ghibli have strong ties, with John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki sharing a great friendship that was even documented on the DVD Thank You, Mr Lasseter.

The article mentions Miyazaki's advancing years, and how he will be over 70 years old when he does his next film.

UK fans will be pleased to hear that the article also mentions Ponyo will get a UK release in April 2009, although it's not clear if this will be a cinematic release or DVD release. Based on our previous experience with Ghibli releases in the UK we're guessing it will have a limited theatrical run first, before a DVD release.

Source: BBC News

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

Tales from Earthsea UK screening details - dates and venues

Date: Monday 30th July 2007 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Anime fans in the UK will be pleased to hear that the offical UK Tales from Earthsea movie website now has details and dates for screenings. You can read our Tales from Earthsea review to see if it's your kind of Studio Ghibli movie. Screenings start from August 3rd.

Read More... | Source: Offical Tales From Earthsea UK Movie Website

Otaku News Special: Tales from Earthsea Review

Date: Tuesday 24th July 2007 [17:53] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Optimum are releasing the latest Ghibli Feature Tales from Earthsea in the UK on a limited number on cinema screens on August the 3rd this will be followed by a DVD release. We take a look at the dubbed version of Goro Miyazaki's debut film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Kiki's Delivery Service showing on Film 4 UK on Easter Saturday

Date: Wednesday 4th April 2007 [14:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The keen eyes over at Animeuknews.net have spotted that Film 4 will be showing the Studio Ghibli classic Kiki's Delivery service on Saturday 7th April 2007, at 1pm. It'll be dubbed in English. We highly recommend watching this film if you haven't seen it before, it's a great introduction into Studio Ghibli's works, and also a great family movie.

Source: Film 4

Miyazaki's New Movie

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2007 [22:06] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Hayao Miyazaki currently working on his latest movie!

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Channel 4 to screen Ghibli films this week in UK

Date: Sunday 18th February 2007 [18:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK anime fans will be pleased to know that the keen eyes over at UKAnime.com have discovered that Channel 4 will be showing some great Ghibli films in the mornings this week:

Kiki's Delivery Service - Monday 19th February - 9:55 am
The Cat Returns - Tuesday 20th February - 10:35 am
My Neighbour Totoro - Thursday February 22nd - 10:20 am
Laputa: Castle in The Sky - Friday February 23rd - 9:55 am

Due to the time slot we believe all the films will be dubbed. We highly recommend all the Studio Ghibli titles, especially Miyazaki's films, for more details of Studio Ghibli films check out Nausicaa.net.

Source: Channel 4

Spirited Away airing on BBC 2

Date: Friday 29th December 2006 [14:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Just a quick reminders to our viewers in the UK, BBC 2 will be airing Spirited Away, the first and only anime movie to win an Oscar. Make sure you catch Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece at 5:15pm on Saturday December 30th 2006. From what we can gather it's the dubbed version.

Source: BBC Two

Earthsea (Gedo Senki) for the UK

Date: Saturday 16th December 2006 [8:27] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Since the American Earthsea live action mini series aired here we've feared that a UK release of the Ghibli Tales of Earthsea might be some time off much like America where Disney need to wait until 2009 until they can release the film. Thankfuly, it seems that Optimum aren't caught up in the problem and are releasing the film sub only in the UK.

Source: Animeuknews

Ghibli Triple Bill in Bradford

Date: Monday 18th September 2006 [11:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television is hosting a three film Ghibli screening on the 28th of October as part of it's British animation festival. The following films will be shown My Neighbour Totoro , Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke.

If you're in the area and haven't seen any Ghibli films big screen we suggest you go!

Source: Bradford Aniamtion Festival 2006

Earthsea Scores Big in Japan

Date: Saturday 5th August 2006 [11:40] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Tales From Earthsea tops Pirates of the Caribbean at Japanese box office.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Film Four Free from Sunday - Free Ghibli Films Hooray!

Date: Wednesday 19th July 2006 [11:06] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Film Four will be free from Sunday switching from a premium to advert supported and thus free service. It will be available on cable (Telewest and NTL), Sky and freeview, it will also include a time delayed +1 channel.

Film Four has the rights to a wide range of World Cinema and cult films which include many Ghibli classics.

Read More... | Source: Film Four

BFI NFT London Anime Screenings

Date: Sunday 16th July 2006 [17:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The BFI have sent us some great news about an August Anime Season kicking off at the NFT in London. Following the success of last years anime season, they've decided to hold another one, which is always a great sign for London based fans. Highlights include director of Negadon: The Monster from Mars making an appearance on stage for a conversation session on Friday 18th August. They'll also be screening:

The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Negadon: The Monster from Mars + Yonna in the Solitary Fortress
Tetsujin 28: The Movie
Patlabor: The Movie
Mind Game
Area 88: Episodes 1-4
Karas: The Prophecy
Otakus in Love (Koi no Mon)

The following two Ghibli titles also get special extended runs:
Pom Poko
Spirited Away

They've got a great selection of titles and we highly recommend attending some of these screenings.

Read More... | Source: BFI

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

London Grave of the Fireflies Screening

Date: Tuesday 2nd May 2006 [18:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The nice folk from the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre in London have sent us details of a screening of Grave of the Fireflies they will be running on 10th June, at 3pm. The Ghibli feature will be in Japanese with English subtitles and we recommend you watch it on the big screen, although be warned, it is a powerful film that shows the harsh reality of war.

Read More... | Source: UCLU Anime Society

Totoro Out in the UK from 27th March

Date: Monday 20th March 2006 [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Next week is a date to for UK Anime fans to mark in their calendars, it's when My Neighbour Totoro gets it's UK DVD release. It's the first time the film has been released in the UK, it's had the odd cinema screening, but until now it has not been available to buy officially. We've already reviewed the UK edition for you, and suggest you get it when it hits the shelves on the 27th of March.

Source: Otaku News Totoro DVD Review

Howl's Moving Castle Out This Week

Date: Sunday 12th March 2006 [18:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

While our US readers where treated to the DVD release of Howl's Moving Castle last week, our UK and Australian readers might want to take a look at our review of Howl's Moving Castle. Optimum and Madman really have put a nice lot of extras on this release, and it's good to see that along with a sub and a dub version they've also supplied subtitles for the English Language track.

The gap between the Japanese and US/UK release of this title was less than 5 months instead of 2 years compared to the UK DVD release of Spirited Away, it really shows you how much more mainstream anime has now become! It's also impressive to note that the US/UK/AU DVD releases are in the same two weeks, a first for a Ghibli English language DVD release! UK fans might want to hunt around for cut price bargains online and also consider that Amazon UK have an exclusive cover.

Source: Otaku News Howl's Moving Castle Review

No Oscar For Howl's Moving Castle

Date: Monday 6th March 2006 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, beating Corpse Bride and Howl's Moving Castle. Reading around forums some anime fans are upset by this, but many more are realistic, Howl although beautifully animated is not as good storywise as Spirited Away, or many other previous Miyazaki works, many fans on the Miyazaki Mailing List have stated that they don't regard it to be the same league as other epics, like Nausicaa, Laputa: Castle In the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service or Porco Rosso. At least Studio Ghibli were beaten by a strong competitor, as this is Nick Park's forth Oscar.

Source: BBC News

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

Studio Ghibli Opens Clothing Store

Date: Thursday 16th February 2006 [10:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Following on from our earlier story Anime News Network has reported that Studio Ghibli, the popular animation studio which have released a number of films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, has opened its flagship store of Shitateya Studio Ghibli.

The store opened on February 11, at Omotesando Hills, the new shopping complex designed by architect Ando Tadao, in Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The shop is located on the 2nd floor of the main building.

Shitateya Studio Ghibli is the studio's men's clothing business that is began in 2004. It was started in collaboration with fashion designer Masaki Matsushima and clothing companies Primegate Enterprise Ltd and Hayashida Co., Ltd. A few Shitateya Studio Ghibli shops have been opened so far, and no word has been given so far as to plans for future shops.

Source: Anime News Network

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

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 Set For March 2006 DVD Release

Date: Monday 5th December 2005 [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK on-line retailer's Play.com and Amazon.co.uk have started to take pre-orders for Howl's Moving Castle, they both listing the release date as 13th March 2006. Otaku News had heard rumours about Optimum wanting to release Howl earlier, however in order to qualify for an Academy Award, they had to delay the release. What's interesting to note that the boxshots from Amazon and Play are different, which leads us to believe that both sites have produced mock-ups as they are missing vital details on the packaging such as the BBFC rating logo.

A quick check on Amazon.com reveals that they're taking pre-orders for two different versions of Howl's Moving Castle, which are priced the same, we suspect that Amazon will remove one edition nearer the launch date.

If Optimum and Buena Vista can release Howl's Moving Castle in March, they should be highly commended, since the Japanese DVD has just been released this November and Ghibli titles have been traditonally very slow to get US and UK DVD releases.

Source: Play.com

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

Miyazaki Features at The London Children's Film Festival

Date: Monday 17th October 2005 [18:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Otaku News have just discovered that the London Children's Film Festival will feature at least two excellent Miyazaki productions. My Neighbour Totoro, which is a simply magical feature that all children should watch will be screened on Sunday 13th November 2.15pm. Totoro was so popular, it because Studio Ghibli's logo, and is one of the most loved icons of Japan.

The Crimson Pig (better known as Porco Rosso in anime circles), is a film showing Miyazaki's love of aircraft and pigs. Much has been said about this excellent film. Younger children will enjoy it's light hearted comedy elements, while older children and adults will notice more in depth side of the story about a man sick of war and the rise of fascism. Porco Rosso will be screened on Saturday 12th November at 1:30pm, Sunday 13th at 2pm and Wednesday 16th at 4pm. For more in depth details on each film check out Nausicaa.net

Source: London Children's Film Festival

Earthsea the Next Miyazaki Film?

Date: Saturday 24th September 2005 [12:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic A Wizard of Earthsea might possibly be the next film project Hayao Miyazaki is working on. Earthsea was adapted by the Sci Fi channel last year for a live action mini-series, that Le Guin publicly stated her dislike of because of the liberties it took with the story and concepts.

Ghibli has yet to make an official announcement, and it is perfectly possible this is all wild speculation since Miyazaki has admitted in the past he’s a fan of the book.

Source: Anime News Service

Howl's Moving Castle Review

Date: Monday 19th September 2005 [6:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Howl’s Moving Castle is due to be released in the UK on the 23rd of September, and to celebrate we have an early review. Please note that since the film is being compared to the book in places there are small spoilers throughout for both versions, though we’ve tried to keep them to a minimum.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

Sight and Sound Magazine - Castles In The Sky

Date: Tuesday 13th September 2005 [15:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

With the up coming UK release of Howl's Moving Castle on the 23rd of September, BFI's Sight and Sound Magazine have posted an feature by Andrew Osmond, on the movie. Unlike some standard press fodder Andrew knows his stuff, he is a fan of Miyazaki's works and is active in UK anime fandom. It's nice to see that the BFI are using good sources and publishing articles on Miyazaki and his works.

Source: BFI - Sight & Sound

Time Out UK Magazine Give Away Howl Tickets

Date: Monday 5th September 2005 [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Courtesy of Optimum Releasing, Time Out Magazine have 200 Howl's Moving Castle tickets for a special preview screening to give away! To enter read the instructions on their website and send a Stamped Address Envelope to them by the 13th of September.

Source: Time Out

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

NFT Screenings - Japanese Animation: Manga to Miyazaki

Date: Thursday 28th July 2005 [17:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

It's always nice when you mention events before the press release is sent out, as we did with the Japanese Animation: Manga to Miyazaki season at the National Film Theatre.

The films selected are all a real treat, and anime who can get to London are spoilt for choice this August, Satoshi Kon's work is great and almost everyone would have heard about Hayao Miyazaki's superb films.

The Otaku News Crew will be attending a few of the screenings too, so if you see us (and know what we look like ^_-) don't be afraid to come up to us and say hello!

Read More... | Source: National Film Theatre

Spirited Away Makes BFI Must See List

Date: Wednesday 20th July 2005 [7:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

According to BBC News, the British Film Institute have complied a list of films that every child should have watched by the age of 14.

The list was put together with help from the public and is intended to spark debate about what children should watch.

Unsurprisingly, The Wizard of Oz, ET and Toy Story are listed, but it also seems that BFI (or perhaps the public in general) know what they're talking about by suggesting Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's tale of a girl drawn into a world of magic after her parents pig out on forbidden food.

The BFI selected 50 films and eventually whittled them down to 10.

Source: BBC News

Spirited Away Open Air Screening in London

Date: Monday 18th July 2005 [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

FilmFour have teamed up with Somerset House "to create a night at the movies like no other". They mention the "cutting edge technology and the splendour of the 18th century courtyard" and rightly so.

On Thursday 18th August, 6:30pm they'll be screening Studio Ghibli's superb Spirited Away, the only Japanese anime film to have won an Oscar. Tickets cost £12.50, with all phone and web bookings carrying an £1.75 charge per booking (not per ticket). As of yet it's not clear if the screening will be subbed or dubbed, but we will chase it up and post more details as soon as we find out.

If you haven't seen Spirited Away on a cinema screen yet, the Otaku News Crew highly recommend it.

Source: Somerset House

Kung Fu Hustle and Cat Returns at the BFI

Date: Tuesday 31st May 2005 [4:44] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

The British Film Institute will be showing Kung Fu Hustle and The Cat Returns. Kung Fu Hustle is showing on the 7th of June, whilst Cat Returns is showing on the 25th and 26th of June.

Source: BFI

New interview with Cindy and Don Hewitt at Naussicaa.net

Date: Tuesday 31st May 2005 [4:30] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Naussicaa.net have posted a new interview with Cindy and Don Hewitt discussing their part in the studio Ghibli dubs. It’s an interesting read and explains decissions the couple have made such as adding extra lines to the end of Spirited Away. It also contains news of previously unreleased films such as Pompoko. The article is insightful and infuriating in equal measure.

Source: Nausicaa.net

Interaction to Preview Howl's Moving Castle

Date: Thursday 12th May 2005 [18:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just received some very exciting news about Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, which will be previewing Howl's Moving Castle. It's the long awaited latest movie from Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, who is also responsible for Spirited Away (the first anime film to have won an Oscar).

They'll also be showing anime musical Interstella 5555, with music from Daft Punk, it's directed by Leiji Matsumoto & Kazuhisa Takenôchi, and has the distinctive Matsumoto character designs, even if they are blue aliens instead of humans! The convention are even screening Appleseed, a CGI movie based on the popular manga by Masamune Shirow (who is best known for Ghost In The Shell).

It appears that the event coordinator David 'Dragon' Cotterill has been a busy man, not only has he helped to secure the film screenings, but he has also managed to get leading anime experts like Jonathan Clements (co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia and the Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama since 1953), to step onboard to run panels and discussions.

The Otaku News Crew are pleased to report that this makes the convention worth while for anime fans, since the film line up is interesting, and being the first to see Howl's Moving Castle in the UK makes it worth the visit alone! It's also refreshing to see that they've got established and experienced anime experts who actually know what they are talking about, more recently we've noticed that there are quite self declared experts appearing at smaller events who have only really got into anime because it's "cool", in reality such people jumping on the bandwagon know little and often turn events into disasters. We've seen Jonathan at previous events and found him to be entertaining and informative.

Read More... | Source: Interaction

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

Everyone Wants The Totoro House

Date: Tuesday 12th April 2005 [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

According to the Daily Yomiuri On-Line the Totoro House at the Aichi World Expo 2005 has many local Japanese governments staking their claim to the property.

Many local authorities are keen to get Satsuki's and Mei's 1950's style house from the anime classic Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) moved to their prefecture, not only will it prove a big hit with locals, but it will surely make a major tourist attraction too. The house is already one of the most popular features at the Expo and has been covered on Otaku News before. The Youmiuri article has more details such as "The wooden house was built using joints, not nails, and the glass used in the windows is not new, as the panes were all salvaged from old buildings."

The Otaku News Crew are currently considering collecting signatures so they'll let us live in it! ^_^

Source: Daily Yomiuri On-Line

Visit Satsuki's and Mei's House

Date: Monday 21st March 2005 [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent details from renowned anime author Helen McCarthy and journalist Ake Sasaki about the World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan, it looks like a dreamland for otaku!

For anime fans the highlight has to be Satsuki's and Mei's House, a replica of the house featured in Studio Ghibli's landmark My Neighbour Totoro. Just like the Ghibli Museum, entry to the house is limited to a set number of special ticket holders each day. Expo attendees must enter a lottery in advance to win the privilege of entering the house. As a result some lucky winners have taken to auctioning their tickets on-line, currently the free tickets are going for around $100 USD.

Read More... | Source: World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan

Cat Returns To Hit The UK In June

Date: Monday 14th March 2005 [17:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Otaku News have been sent details from Optimum Releasing for the UK release of The Cat Returns. The Ghibli film will have a theatrical run in June. The exact release date and details are still to be confirmed. They will also be releasing Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece Howl's Moving Castle in UK cinemas later this year with several more Ghibli titles on DVD.

Otaku News will keep you updated with further information when we have it!

Source: Optimum Releasing

Real Action Kiki?!

Date: Friday 4th February 2005 [12:24] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Variety is reporting that Disney is aiming to make a live action version of ‘Kiki’s delivery service’ to be directed by Jeff Stockwell. It’s unclear if the film will be a remake of the classic Miyazaki animation, or will be more closely related to the books by Eiko Kadano that they were based on.

It’s a move which makes financial sense for Disney, both Harry Potter and anime are popular at the moment. They obviously hope to cash in on both trends. What remains to be seen is if Disney can live up to the name.

Source: Aint it Cool News

More Ghibli Theatrical Releases

Date: Thursday 3rd February 2005 [14:04] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

Optimum Releasing has released further information on the UK theatrical releases of the Ghibli films " The Cat Returns" and "Howl’s moving Castle". The Cat Returns will be released in May as both dub and sub. Six other films will then be released culminating with the latest Ghibli film Howl’s Moving Castle in autumn. These films were designed to be big screen, so we recommended you take the chance to catch a few if you can!

Source: Neo Magazine

Margaret Talbot On Hayao Miyazaki

Date: Sunday 16th January 2005 [9:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The New Yorker have just put up an interesting Q and A article where Margaret Talbot speaks about meeting Hayao Miyazaki, the famed founder and main director at Studio Ghibli responsible for some of the most popular and loved anime including Totoro and Spirited Away. The article highlights Miyazaki's reputation as a workaholic -

"Yasuo Ohtsuka, an animator who has worked with him on several projects, said that he always figured that Miyazaki thought he would die if he stopped working."

It also goes on to talk about the Ghibli Museum and other details about Miyazaki.

Source: The New Yorker

Miyazaki Web Celebrates 10 Years On-line!

Date: Sunday 2nd January 2005 [19:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The end of 2004 marked the end of another year, and it also marked another landmark for anime fandom, the most accurate and complete dedicated unofficial resource for Studio Ghibli fans - The Miyazaki Web celebrates it's 10th Birthday on December 31st 2004.

The site is really better known as a part of Nausicaa.net and has often been mistaken as the Official Studio Ghibli Website, because of it's professional finish and level of detail. Many have used it for research on Studio Ghibli and it's founder Oscar winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The Miyazaki web is more than a website it also has it's own mailing list, the Miyazaki Mailing List, which has grown steadily each year for the last 13 years, the majority of it's subscribers are American, but for a first time the UK is now the second most subscribed country, beating Japan to third place.

Here's wishing the Miyazaki Web a Happy Birthday, and good luck with the next 10 years!

Read More... | Source: Miyazaki Web

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

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