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A Silent Voice UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2017 [8:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK fans of the emotional rollercoaster of anime movie called A Silent Voice will be pleased to hear the latest announcement from anime distributors Anime Limited.

The company confirm that they'll be in fact 4 editions of the release -

Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set
Standard Blu-ray
Standard DVD

Plus a special bundle from Anime Limited's web shop that includes 2 A3 posters (which will be sent in a poster tube so there won't be any folds).

All the editions will hit the shelves on Monday 30th October 2017. If you want to watch it now, you can buy or rent it from Amazon Video.

In Tuesday 14th November 2017 manga publishers Kodansha Comics will be releasing A Silent Voice as a complete Manga Box Set. So you can read all 1,344 pages of it across all 7 volumes from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Japan Matsuri in London September 2017

Date: Thursday 21st September 2017 [15:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture looking for something to do on Sunday 24th September 2017 will want to head to the Japan Matsuri. The festival is set to run from 10am until 8pm at Trafalgar Square.

The event has a central stage with performances all day long, plenty of Japanese food stalls selling hot street food to eat while you're there, plus lots of other stalls selling Japanese goodies. The event is free to attend, no booking is required. Just turn up and enjoy the celebration of Japanese Culture.

Source: Japan Matsuri

Genki Gear Launches Exclusive T-shirt for London Comic Con October 2017

Date: Wednesday 16th August 2017 [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

It's August, but the good folks at geeky t-shirt company Genki Gear are already getting excited about the MCM London Comic Con. So much so they've just unveiled an exclusive design with a horror theme.

The design is available to pre-order until the 20th October and can be collected directly from the Genki Gear stand at hte MCM London Comic Con or posted to your home address so you can wear it at the event.

The MCM London Comic Con is set to run on Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October 2017.

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

An Interview with Danny Choo

Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017 [15:27] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

One of the great things about writing for Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. At Hyper Japan we caught up with Danny Choo a professional otaku, entrepreneur, Japanese Cultural ambassador and inventor of the Smart Doll Fashion Doll.

Danny was born and raised in the UK and has been living in Tokyo since 1999. We managed to get an exclusive with interview him at his Smart Doll Booth and he revealed some interesting up products. Read on to find out more.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Red Turtle UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 [12:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Studio Canal have just sent us details the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of The Red Turtle. It's due out in the UK on Monday 25th September 2017.

The movie is produced by Studio Ghibli and directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit who was head hunted especially for the film with Isao Takahata acting as artistic director.

You can read our review of The Red Turtle and our interview with the director.

To be honest this movie is amazing. There's no dialogue, so you won't need to watch it subbed or dubbed. It's very intelligent, it's well animated, it doesn't talk down to you. Given the choice you can watch a few episodes of a long running shonen series or you can spend the time watching something that'll get you thinking.

There subtle things in this film, although there's no real dialogue apart from the occasional grunt, moan or the main character going "heeeeeeeeeeeeey", the attention to detail is stunning. They decided to record the sound of the characters breathing to make it feel more real. Repeat viewings will make you notice details you didn't spot first time around.

As always you can pre-order the DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Studio Canal

The Boy and The Beast UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 [11:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just heard from the good folks at StudioCanal that Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and The Beast will finally be heading to DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on Monday 4th September 2017. The movie follows the adventures of Kyuta an abandoned boy who stumbles into the mythical world of beasts where he meets Kumatetsu the brash warrior. Kumatetsu takes Kyuta under his wing (shouldn't that be paw?) and adventure ensues.

You may be familiar with director Mamoru Hosoda other works, which include Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children. We've seen this film and confirm if you like anything else by Hosoda you'll know exactly what to expect. You'll enjoy this!

As always you can pre-order the DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

It should be noted that Manga Entertainment UK have announced that they'll be releasing a premium Hosoda Collection of his other movies.

Read More... | Source: Studio Canal

Hyper Japan Festival London 2017 Details

Date: Thursday 4th May 2017 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

If you're in London and looking for some Japanese Culture on from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017 you should head over to Hyper Japan to indulge yourself in the festival. It's got something for everyone, street food, cosplay, chiptunes and traditional Japanese crafts. The event will be at The Tobacco Dock,

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Manga Entertainment and Animatsu UK Q3 2017 Anime DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: Friday 28th April 2017 [16:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Manga Entertainment UK and their label Animatsu have just sent us their release schedule for Q3 2017. They pretty much got something for everyone there. You like shonen? They've got Naruto Shippuden Box 29 and Box 30. If you like the A Certain... franchise they've got A Certain Magical Index II
A Certain Scientific Railgun S coming out in on 21st August.

Personally we're very keen on One Punch Man which is due out on 3rd July (it might be because our editor can convincingly cosplay as Saitama). We're also keen on fan favourite Himouto! Umaru-chan which is due out on 10th July.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Genki Gear Launches Exclusive T-shirt for London Comic Con May 2017

Date: Thursday 13th April 2017 [16:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

It's mid-April, which means it's getting closer to May and the mega event that is MCM London Comic Con. As is tradition geeky t-shirt company Genki Gear will be releasing an exclusive official t-shirt for the event. The theme this time around is monster hoardes.

The design can be either collected at the Genki Gear stall at the London event or posted to you beforehand so you can declare your geeky pride comic con opens it doors.

Pre-orders are available now for £16.99 from the MCM Store at www.mcmexpostore.com or Genki Gear themselves. MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 26th May to Sunday 28th May 2017.

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

A Silent Voice UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: Sunday 19th March 2017 [12:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Anime Limited have just revealed that they've put up Amazon.co.uk pre-orders for A Silent Voice on DVD and Blu-ray. Anime Limited announced on Twitter that you now pre order A Silent Voice on standard edition DVD, standard edition blu-ray or Collectors Edition Combi (with DVD and blu-ray). The tentative release date has been set for 18th December 2017.

Anime Limited did state: "NOTE: Until all details are signed-off, we can’t comment on details for our A Silent Voice home video release. Details to follow ASAP".

As the release is so far away, it's really a tentative release date, so we expect it could change as details become clearer., the contents of the collectors edition have yet to be confirmed, we imagine Anime Limited are trying to get some sing off for some nice content. You can still catch the film in select cinemas by checking out asilentvoice.co.uk.

We've written not one, but two reviews of the film for you to compare and contrast.

You can also get the original 7 volume manga from Kodansha Comics via Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. The movie follows pretty much the same story, but as manga has more time to explore the characters you'll get extra background details about their lives and also a few more chapters into their story together.

Source: Anime Limited

Yokai Watch UK DVD Release Details

Date: Thursday 9th February 2017 [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their up coming release of Yokai Watch. They'll be releasing the spooky franchise on DVD on Monday 8th May in the UK.

The show focuses on a primary school student Keita who discovers and sets yokai Whisper free. As reward he gives Ketia a special Yokai Watch which allows him to see the other yokai around him. Adventures and a mutli-format franchise of toys, games and other merchandise ensues.

You can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk now.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Sony DVD and Blu-ray Sales Down

Date: Friday 3rd February 2017 [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We don't normally post about business news, but it's relevant to otaku. Sony have had to take a writedown on the value of it's movie business (PDF details here). One of the factors is faster than expected decline of DVD and blu-ray disc sales. People are switching to viewing titles via streaming services instead.

The Financial Times and BBC News have more details.

Source: The Financial Times

Genki Gear MCM Comic Con 2017 Tour T-Shirt

Date: Friday 3rd February 2017 [15:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Geeky t-shirt maker Genki Gear have got in touch with to tell us about their official MCM Comic Con 2017 Tour T-shirt. Genki Gear have a clever innovation this time around. The t-shirt is a parody board game you can play! So you two things for the price of one. We see what you did there Genki Gear.

The T-shirt / board game will set you back £16.99 and is available from the MCM Expo Store or directly from Genki Gear.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Seven Seas License Dragon Half Manga

Date: Friday 13th January 2017 [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

It seems that Christmas has come early for some manga fans as publisher Seven Seas Entertainment have just announced that they'll be releasing Dragon Half as a manga omnibus from December 2017.

Certain anime fans will be aware of the much loved crazy title that follows the adventures of half human half dragon Mink, who has fallen for male idol and dragon slayer Dick Saucer (yes, that is his name). The 1993 two episode OVA was mad cap to say the least for many it was an early introduction into how crazy anime can be. That and how you can reinterpret Beethoven's Symohony Number 7 and the joy of omelettes (you really need to watch the anime to appreciate this). Yum! Tamago! *ahem*

Even if you haven't seen the anime If you love Japanese RPGs, you'll want to get a hold of this title.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

Your Name UK DVD and Blu-ray Pre-order Details

Date: Wednesday 21st December 2016 [14:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Without doubt the surprise anime hit of the years has been Makoto Shinkai's Your Name. Anime Limited have just announced that the title is now available for pre-order from Amazon UK.

They've set the provisional release date for Monday 30th October 2017. They do however state that this date is likely to change and hopefully they'll be able to release it earlier.

You can pre-order one of 3 editions via Amazon.co.uk.
Your Name on DVD from Amazon.co.uk
Your Name on Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk
Your Name Collectors Edition on Blu-ray and DVD Combi-pack from Amazon.co.uk

Anime Limited have confirmed at this time they are uncertain if there will be an Ultimate Edition. All editions will contain the movie dubbed in English and in Japanese with subtitles. They've yet to clarify the contents of each edition as it's still early days yet.

You can read our review of Your Name and our interview with the film's director Makoto Shinkai.

Source: Anime Limited

Original Ghost in the Shell Manga Re-release Details

Date: Saturday 19th November 2016 [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

While everyone's talking about the up coming live action Ghost in the Shell Movie starting Scarlett Johansson, lots of people will want to read Masamune Shirow's original source material. The good folks at manga publisher Kodansha Comics have just announced the release dates for Deluxe editions of the original manga. These editions will be in In the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time. They also include brand new bonus content.

This is all 3 volumes, The original Ghost In the Shell manga (labelled as The Ghost in the Shell 1 Deluxe Edition), The Ghost in the Shell 2, plus Ghost in the Shell 1.5 which fills the gaps between volume 1 and 2.
All three will be hard cover editions.

They'll also be releasing a movie tie-in edition, the contents of which is a bit vague. Is it just the first volume with a different cover? Or extra content? We're not sure yet.

All 4 volumes are due out on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

You can pre-order them now from Amazon.

The Ghost in the Shell 1 Deluxe Edition - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Ghost in the Shell 2 Deluxe Edition (Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface) - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Deluxe Edition (Human-Error Processor) - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Ghost in the Shell 1 Movie Tie-In Edition - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

They're definitely worth getting if you haven't already got any Ghost in the Shell manga, especially the first volume as this is one of the most influential manga titles ever written.

Source: Kodansha Comics

Manga Entertainment UK MCM London Comic Con October 2016 Announcements

Date: Tuesday 1st November 2016 [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

It's the aftermath of MCM London Comic Con. On Saturday 29th October 2016 UK anime company Manga Entertainment UK announced the up coming releases.

Following on from their UK cinema release of Akira, they intend to get screenings for the original Ghost in the Shell Movie in January 2017 and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in February 2017.

In March 2017 they'll be re-releasing a some Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex titles, plus the original movie.

Manga's Animatsu label also announced some acquisitions. We're very excited about Kinmoza (as we keep mentioning), it's moe, it's pure fluff really.

They've also got Flying Witch, which is easy going and well animated, a kind of magical slice of life show about Makoto a witch in training. Plus A Certain Magical Index II along with A Certain Scientific Railgun 'S.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Full Metal Alchemist Ultimate Boxset UK Release Details

Date: Monday 31st October 2016 [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've survived the madness that was MCM London Comic Con October 2016. There's lots of anime news for us to go through and share with you. Lots of release details and so on. One thing that really caught our eye was Anime Limited's release of Full Metal Alchemist. They've bundled the original series in an ultimate box set. Now they've been drumming up interest in this release for a while and having actually seen in at the Anime Limited Booth we can confirm it really is the Ultimate Edition.

The real insane part of the set is "The Gate" made of resign it weighs in at 5kg (that's not a typo, it's five kilograms). The set in total weighs 8 Kg!

It'll ship mid November 2016. Anime Limited's shop has it for £209. That's a £90 saving. Anime Limited are also very clear that once this is out of print that's it.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited's Full Metal Alchemist Ultimate Boxset Site

Genki Gear Reveals Their October 2016 T-shirt Line-up

Date: Monday 24th October 2016 [15:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In case UK based readers haven't guessed yet, it's almost time for the October run of the MCM London Comic Con. The good folks from geeky t-shirt firm Genki Gear have sent us details of their October line-up for the event.

The MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Makoto Shinkai Your Name National UK Screenings Reminder

Date: Saturday 15th October 2016 [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

While Makoto Shinkai is in London promoting is latest smash hit move Your Name, it might be a good time to remind UK readers that they can catch it nationwide on a special one day screening on Thursday 24th November 2016. You can check the official Your Name Movie UK Website to find a screening near you. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

We don't say smash hit lightly either, it's grossed more than $100 million USD at the Japanese box office and is on track to be the 5th highest grossing movie in Japanese box office history.

If you're a fan of Makoto Shinkai, you might not be aware of the special artbook, A Sky Longing for Memories: The Art of Makoto Shinkai. It's a lavish full colour artbook which is packed with art from many of the movies he directred, with hundreds of background from 5 Centimeters per Second, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star, and a TV advertisement for the Mainichi Newspaper. It doesn't feature Your Name, as it was published before the film was released, it does however feature a section on software and techniques behind CoMix Wave’s animation, which. This English also features an interview with Makoto Shinkai and other key members of his studio. You can buy the book from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

If you're already a fan, you should already be aware of The Place Promised in Our Early Days / Voices of a Distant Star Twin Pack on Blu-ray and DVD. That's due out on Monday 21st November 2016. It's in full collectors packaging along with another artbook. You can pre-order this from Amazon.co.uk.

Source: Your Name the Movie UK Website

Manga Entertainment UK at the MCM London Comic Con October 2016

Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016 [16:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In case our UK readers haven't already guessed, it's almost time for the MCM London Comic Con. UK anime company Manga Entertainment have just sent us a press release detailing their antics at the event. As always they have a big presence at the Comic Con. They'll be running an Anime Karaoke, hosting a panel revealing their newest acquisitions and distribution plans. On the Friday at 3.30pm they'll be showing a mini showcase for In This Corner of the World which includes trailers for the film and a clip.

They'll also be supporting charity Polished Man. The press release mentions a way to get stickers from Manga Entertainment too, we're keen to grab some, we bet you might be too!

MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016 at Excel London.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Genki Gear Reveal Exclusive Design for MCM London Comic Con October 2016

Date: Tuesday 27th September 2016 [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's almost October, which means it's almost time for the October run of the MCM London Comic Con! As is tradition geeky t-shirt maker Genki Gear have revealed their exclusive T-shirt design for the event. This time around it features Barry the cosplaying horse.

The design is only available on pre-order from 20 September to 23 October 2016. The t-shirts can either either be collected directly from the Genki Gear stand at London Comic Con or posted to your home so it's ready to wear at the event.

MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 28th until Sunday 30th October 2016.

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

Sherlock: A Study in Pink Manga Release Date

Date: Monday 12th September 2016 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of BBC Series Sherlock will already know about the English language release of the manga adaptation we've covered before.

Currently Titan Comics have split the manga up into 6 comic books to sell the chapters separately. The full collected manga for Sherlock: A Study in Pink will be released on 31st January 2016 as a single book.

The book is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Read More... | Source: Amazon.co.uk

G-Con UK 2016 - Gundam Covention Details

Date: Thursday 11th August 2016 [15:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our friends over at anime cel shop Cel-Ga have just dropped us a line to make us aware of an upcoming convention. G-Con UK 2016 is a Gundam convention set to run at York Racecourse on Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th September 2016.

Tickets are £12 for each day, or £18 for both days, with under 5's free.

They've got a Gundam Cafe, cosplay contest along with lots of other Gunpla stuff. This is the first Gundam Convention in the UK. It'll be interesting to see if the UK Gundam Fan Scene can support such an event.

As always we've added the details on the Otaku Calendar.

Source: G-Con UK 2016

Manga Entertainment UK Q4 2016 Release Schedule

Date: Friday 22nd July 2016 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their Q4 release schedule.

They'll be releasing:

Wish Upon The Pleiades - Monday 17th October 2016

When Supernatural Battles Become Common Place - Monday 31st October 2016.

Perfect Insider - Monday 14th November 2016

Digimon Adventure Tri Movie 1 - Monday 19th December 2016.

The titles will be avaiable for pre-order from Wednesday 27th July 2016.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Hyper Japan Festival 2016 Event Reminder

Date: Tuesday 12th July 2016 [15:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Just a quick reminder for UK based readers looking for something to do this weekend in London. Why not head over to Hyper Japan? It's the UK's largest celebration of Japanese pop culture. There's plenty to do for fans of Japan, from food, cosplay, anime, gaming, fashion and music.

Then event is set to run from Friday 15th July to Sunday 17th July 2016 at Olympia London.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Nintendo and Uniqlo Team Up for T-shirt Design Competition

Date: Sunday 3rd July 2016 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Nintendo with an artistic streak will be interested to hear about Uniqlo's UTGP'17 T-shirt design competition. The grand prize is £7,000 and will be judged by Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto (along with a special team of judges). The design competition is open world wide. The theme is simply Nintendo. So if you've got an idea for a Nintendo themed t-shirt you've been itching to get made, now is the time to get submitting!

The winning t-shirts will be sold through Uniqlo in Spring 2017.

The competition is due to close on Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo

When Marnie Was There UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: Saturday 18th June 2016 [14:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Studio Ghibli's final movie When Marnie Was There has just hit UK cinema screens. Pre-orders for the home video release of the film have just appeared on Amazon.co.uk.

It's due for release on Monday 3rd October 2016. There are currently 3 editions available for pre-order. You can get it on DVD, blu-ray and DVD double play edition or Blu-ray Special Edition. It's not yet clear what the special edition has over the double play edition, we assume based on previous Studio Canal releases it'll be the same as the double play edition, but perhaps with some postcards or some kind of extra like that.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

An Interview with Anime Director Michael Arias

Date: Monday 6th June 2016 [15:59] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

Lots of anime fans aspire to join the anime industry. Very few from the west make it. Even fewer people go on to direct well known titles like Tekkonkinkreet, or produced the Animatrix. Michael Arias was a guest at the MCM London Comic Con this May 2016. We were lucky enough to catch him for an exclusive interview, while he was here to promote Harmony, his latest feature film, it's due for a home video release in the UK sometime in Q4 2016 thanks to Anime Limited.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork Auction Sale Results

Date: Wednesday 1st June 2016 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've already mentioned the Sotheby's auction that contained artwork from Osamu Tezuka and Akira Toriyama. What we haven't covered is how much each item went for.

The prices listed below are the hammer price with the buyer's premium.

The Tezuka artwork went mostly within the estimated prices.

Lot 231 was estimated to sell for 8,000 to 10,000 EUR. It went for 8,750.

Lot 232 was estimated to sell for 3,000 to 4,000 EUR. It went for 3,625.

Lot 233 was estimated to sell for 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 1,750.

Lot 234 was estimated to sell for 2,500 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 2,750.1

Akira Toriyama's drawing was Lot 235 with an estimated sale price of 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It sold for 15,000. That's 5 times the original estimated price.

Source: Sotheby's

Manga Entertainment UK at the MCM London Comic Con May 2016

Date: Wednesday 18th May 2016 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from UK Anime company Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details for their places at the MCM London Comic Con, which is set to run from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2016 at the Excel Centre in London.

As always Manga UK and their other label Animatsu will be hosting a panel with announcements at 3pm on the Saturday. They'll be making unmissable news and announcements regarding their upcoming releases. We suspect they'll be making some exciting licensing announcements. They'll also be hosting a Q&A session on the Friday, so you'll be able to ask people in the anime industry those questions you'll be dying to know.

They've also got Anime Karaoke with over 150 anime theme songs!

Along with some special offers and rare branded merchandise, they'll also be holding a Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Raffle which all proceeds will be donated to the Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund by Global Giving.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Ray Gigant (PS Vita) Review

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2016 [15:46] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

Today we're posting a guest review by Ashley McNeil who is an actual scientist and blogs about comics, games and other awesome nerdy subjects at http://www.sciencepunk.co.uk.

Ash is reviewing Ray Gigant from Experience Inc.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Sotheby's to Auction Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork

Date: Thursday 5th May 2016 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Manga fans with cash to splash will want to head over to famous auctioneers Sotheby's for their bandes dessinées auction (drawn strips). The collection of sequential art is mainly European and American artists. However manga fans are in for a treat with manga master Osamu Tezuka artwork for sale with prices ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 EUR. They've also got an original Akira Toriyama drawing too, which is estimated to sell from 2,000 to 3,000 EUR.

The auction will take place on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 2pm in Paris. You can bid on-line, but note that first-time bidders must pre-register 24 hours in advance of the sale in order to be approved by Sotheby's.

Thanks to Deb Aoki for the tip off on this story.

Read More... | Source: Sotheby's

United Publications May Madness Sale

Date: Monday 2nd May 2016 [10:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at United Publications have just sent us details of their latest special sale.

Their May madness sale has up to 60% off on selected books, DVD and figures, so it's the perfect chance for you to fill in the gaps in your collection. The sale will end on Tuesday 31st May 2016, while stocks last.

Source: United Publications

Ozarin: Anime Japan 2016 - An Adventure in Odaiba!

Date: Friday 22nd April 2016 [16:11] | Posted By: Bryoz
Category: > Features

I was lucky enough to attend Anime Japan, a massive entertainment focused event in Odaiba, to check out some of the latest and upcoming Japanese animation!

Read More... | Source: Ozarin

Hyper Japan July 2016 Details

Date: Tuesday 12th April 2016 [16:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from Hyper Japan have just sent us details of their July 2016 event. It's set to run at the Olympia in London, from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016. As always there's so much to do for fans of Japan! It is after all a Japanese Culture event! There'll be cosplay with the COSTest competition, arts and crafts workshops including one where you can create your own Kokeshi dolls. There will also be plenty of Japanese food to enjoy and other fun goodies.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Kadokawa Buy Majority Stake in Yen Press

Date: Tuesday 12th April 2016 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Manga publishing imprint Yen Press have just announced that they have entered into an agreement with mega-content publisher Kadokawa. The Yen Press imprint will be span off to form a new company Yen Pres LLC. Kadokawa will own 51% of the new company while the original parent company of Yen Press, Hachette Book Group will own the remaining 49%.

This is interesting news. There are many reasons why a Japanese media giant like Kadokawa would want their own English language manga publisher. Industry watchers are already speculating about what Yen Press will do next.

The news was first announced on Anime News Network.

Read More... | Source: Yen Press

Official MCM London Comic Com Genki Gear May 2016 T-shirt Design Revealed

Date: Monday 11th April 2016 [15:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The May run of the MCM London Comic Con is on the horizon! It's set to run on Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2016. As is tradition geeky T-shirt company Genki Gear have launched the Official Exclusive t-shirt for the event. The theme this time around is Inter-Dimensional Time-Travelling Science Action Squad, or IDTTSAS for short. That's one heck of a sentai team.

The new design is priced at £16.99 and available to pre-order from Monday 11th April to Sunday 22nd May 2016. You can either pick up the shirt at the Genki Gear stall at the MCM London Comic Con, or have it posted to your home, so you can wear it to the comic con.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Ocha & Co - Matcha By Mail Order

Date: Saturday 9th April 2016 [14:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

While taking a day off from being an otaku I was browsing the stalls at the London Coffee Festival looking for ways to feed my never ending caffeine addiction. You never really switch off from being an otaku, as I stumbled upon a Japanese tea company Ocha & Co who are promoting themselves to coffee connoisseurs.

Many of our readers are fans of Japanese matcha powder and loose leaf Japanese tea, so naturally I was curious. The staff at Ocha & Co explained that they source directly from one tea producer in Shizuoka. The organic certified tea is then shipped quickly to them and then on again directly to the customer. They're keen to get the tea directly from the plantation to your cup in the shortest possible time. You can also buy their matcha and teas direct from Japan using Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Source: Ocha & Co

Anime Limited to release Your Lie in April in the UK

Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016 [15:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Yesterday the good folks from Anime Limited announced that they'll be releasing Your Lie in April in the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD. They aim to release it in the third quarter of 2016. Appropriately they waited until April to announce the licence.

You can catch the show on Crunchy Roll and Netflix UK.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Viewster To End Omakase Subscription Box Service

Date: Monday 21st March 2016 [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've covered on-line streaming service Viewster and their Omakase Subscription merchandise box service before.

Last week Viewster announced that the Hatsune Miku Box will be the last. Viewster will continue to offer streaming anime, and it seems that this decision has not impacted their streaming service. Any subscribers to the service will get 2 months hi-definiton streaming, then the service will not renew the regular credit card charge. Viewster will still be offering anime streaming services, but will no longer be offering a premium merchandise box.

Read More... | Source: Omakase

Genki Gear Welcome to MCM Bar and Grill 2016 T-shirt Details

Date: Wednesday 9th March 2016 [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks from geeky T-shirt company Genki Gear have just sent us details of their new MCM Comic Con 2016 Tour T-shirt. The theme this time around is MCM Bar. The t-shirt features such delightful dishes as Robotic Ramen, Sushi Terror from the Deep! Alien Abduction Burger among others.

The shirt is exclusively available from the MCM Expo Store, the Genki Gear website and Genki Gear's stall at the MCM Comic Cons. It's priced at £16.99 in both fitted and unisex style tees.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Sherlock Manga US and UK Release Details

Date: Friday 19th February 2016 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of a certain Baker Street Detective will be very pleased to hear that comic publisher Titan have announced that they'll be publishing the Sherlock Manga in the UK and US. Comic Book Resources revealed that Titan Comics announced at ComicsPro retailer summit that Sherlock: A Study in Pink will debut in June 2016.

The officially licensed Sherlock manga was published by Kadokawa Comics in Japan in 2012 in Young Ace magazine. It was published as a tankobon (standalone book) in Japanese in 2013. The manga closely follows the original BBC Sherlock episode featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

As of yet, it's not clear if Titan will be publishing the manga in it's original Japanese right to left format or if they'll flip it.

Source: Comic Book Resources

Genki Gear Announce New Print to Order Range

Date: Monday 15th February 2016 [15:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at geeky t-shirt company Genki Gear have sent us details about their latest range of t-shirts. They're doing a special limited run of this range to order. The t-shirt range this time around include tea, coffee and of course Wombat loves Narwahl.

Personally, I'm a coffee snob, so you can image which t-shirt I'll be ordering.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Omakase Announces Limited Edition Hatsune Miku Subscription Box

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2016 [15:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've just got news from the good folks at Viewster about their latest Omakase goody box. The concept is simple, every two months they release a new themed box with merchandise from that series / theme. Along with a box of stuff, you also get access to Viewster's high definition ad-free streaming service. They'll ship to the United States, Canada and the UK.

The next box which is due out in March will feature Vocaloid Hatsune Miku and include exclusive Piapro Character Items. The box will retail for $29 USD (plus shipping and handling, which does vary where it's sent).

Previous themes have included Naruto and Kill La Kill.

Read More... | Source: Omakase

MCM Event List for 2016

Date: Saturday 30th January 2016 [14:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

As 2016 has just started it's time to plan ahead for those geek events. We've got a list of the MCM Comic Cons for 2016.

The MCM Event Calendar kicks off on 13th February with the MCM Midlands Comic Con. There's plenty more to follow throughout the year. The events always have something good to offer for anime fans too and often feature a guest or two from the anime and manga industry. The schedule is as follows:

13 February: MCM Midlands Comic Con
12-13 March: MCM Liverpool Comic Con
19-20 March: MCM Birmingham Comic Con
27-29 May: MCM London Comic Con
25-26 June: MCM Belfast Comic Con
2-3 July: MCM Ireland Comic Con (Dublin)
30-31 July: MCM Manchester Comic Con
23-24 September: MCM Scotland Comic Con (Glasgow)
28-30 October: MCM London Comic Con
19-20 November: MCM Birmingham Comic Con

The folks at MCM have also sent us details of two new events in Germany and Brussels. MCM Hannover Comic Con coming to Hannover Messe on 4-5 June 2016 and MCM Belgium Comic Con taking place at Brussels Expo on 11-12 June.

Also don't forget Comic Con Copenhagen 24-25 September 2016 and Comic Con Stockholm on 4-6 November 2016,

As always we've also updated the Otaku Calendar with details of these events.

Read More... | Source: MCM Comic Con

Naruto Storm 4 and EDF Deals at Rice Digital

Date: Monday 18th January 2016 [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The nice people over at Rice Digital have sent details of a 10% discount they're offering on Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and Earth Defense Force 4.1 – The Shadow of New Despair.

Use the discount code STORM10 for Naruto and EDF10 for Earth Defense Force. The offer ends Monday 25th January 2016.

The company offer free UK shipping and will also ship worldwide. Personally, we're interested in the Steins;Gate stuff they've got on sale.

Read More... | Source: Rice Digital

Libra of the Vampire Princess: Visual Novel English Release Kickstarter Details

Date: Monday 18th January 2016 [15:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Do you like visual novels? Do you want one translated into English? Well the good folks from MiKandi Japan have sent us details of their latest Kickstarter to bring and English language adaptation of visual novel game Libra of the Vampire Princess. They've already hit their Kickstarter goal, but are keen to add some stretch goals too. It looks very moe. We're told a few or our readers like this sort of thing.

At the time of writing they have just over a day left to meet this goals. So go take a look if you're interested.

Read More... | Source: Libra of the Vampire Princess: Visual Novel English Release Kickstarter

Omakase featuring Naruto Shippuden

Date: Saturday 19th December 2015 [5:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming company Viewster have sent us details of their latest Omakase goodie box. This time around the box is filled with Naruto Shippuden goodies, and also includes a $40 coupon to US Anime convention AX 2016.

For those curious we reviewed the first Omakase Box, which featured Kill la Kill goodies.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses My Girlfriend is a T-Rex

Date: Friday 4th December 2015 [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just heard from the good folks at Seven Seas Entertainment about a new manga they've licensed. It's called My Girlfriend is a T-Rex. No, it's not a typo. It's an actual manga. According to the press release:

"My Girlfriend is a T-Rex-like Monster Musume but with a very prehistoric twist!". So that explains the influence and the target audience.

If you like your anime girls carnivorous and cold blooded then this title is clearly for you. You might have to wait a while to get your hands on it as Seven Seas have states that it will be released on 1st November 2016.

We're thinking this is a must to add to your manga / graphic novel collection.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

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