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VIZ Media to debut 13th volume of Evangelion manga same day/date as Japanese release

Date: Friday 8th June 2012 [12:10] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

US publisher VIZ Manga announces plans to simultaneously publish the 13th volume of the popular manga in English on November 2nd 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

Tales Of Graces f release details and MCM London Expo game demo details

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2012 [16:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The good folks from Namco Bandai have sent us details of the Tales of Graces f, which is due out in Europe (that includes the UK), the Middle East and Australia on Friday 31st August 2012.

If you can't wait until then to play it, you should head over to the London MCM Expo from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May 2012. Tales of Graces F will be demoed from 5pm to 5:30pm on the Saturday. Namco Bandai will also be demoing the highly anticipated game made in conjunction with Studio Ghibli and Level 5 - Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch from 6pm to 6:30pm. Fans looking for some kinect action should go to the Sunday 10:30 to 11am demo of Dragon Ball Z Kinect.

Read More... | Source: Namco Bandai

GEN Manga Issue 11 out now

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2012 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have just release their latest Issue GEN 11.

It features Six previously unpublished stories straight from the Tokyo underground. Android Angels, One is Enough, Stones of Power, Anomal, Alive and GB Geist. They've been running for a year now and are still going strong, which shows that there's a viable market in seinen manga, espically when it's not region locked or encumbered with DRM.

GEN will be giving away a short preview version of the GEN 11 for free this month. So any visitor to genmanga.com can download something for free, too.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

NEO Magazine Issue 98 details

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2012 [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at NEO have just sent us the details about their latest issue. NEO 98 is due out on Thursday 17th May 2012 from all good newsagents, Tesco and WH Smith. It features plenty of Dragon Ball Z, along with other articles on titles such as Ozma.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

Cherry Tree High Comedy Club Release Details

Date: Wednesday 25th April 2012 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The good folks from Nyu Media have sent us details of their latest gaming release Cherry Tree High Comedy Club (CTHCC).

The light-hearted anime-style adventure game features localization by Tezuka Productions. The game is due for launch on Friday 27th April 2012 directly from it's homepage.

It will then be released on Steam, GamersGate, GameTap and Impulse over the coming weeks.

Read More... | Source: Nyu Media

Genki Gear London Expo Official May 2012 Exclusive T-shirt

Date: Saturday 21st April 2012 [12:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With the London Comic Con MCM Expo just over a month away things are starting to rev up for it. T-shirt company Genki Gear have just unveiled their exclusive design for the May event, which is set to run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27h May 2012.

The t-shirt is available for pre-order from Genki Gear. You can collect at the Genki Gear stall at the Expo, or have it posted out to you after the event.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

NEO Magazine Issue 97 out now

Date: Thursday 19th April 2012 [17:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

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

GEN Manga Issue 10 out now

Date: Thursday 19th April 2012 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have just release their latest Issue GEN 10.

It features Six previously unpublished stories straight from the Tokyo underground. Wolf, Kamen, Sorako, Alive and GB Geist.

The on-line manga publisher distribute their monthly collection of doujinshi using a subscription model. You get to download and keep the PDF file for each issue too.

Source: GEN Manga

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

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

GEN Manga releases Kamen Volume 1

Date: Wednesday 14th March 2012 [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just been sent details from the good folk at GEN Manga about their latest release - Kamen Volume 1. The title will be available across the US through all good Diamond Comic Distributors and on Graphicly. You can also download the title from the GEN Manga Website.

Fans of comic books will be interested to hear that Marvel artist Harvey Tolibao did the cover for Kamen.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

JManga.com celebrates going global with a second sign-up promotion

Date: Friday 9th March 2012 [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good people from JManga.com have just gone international. To celebrate the on-line manga service have launched a sign up promotion for new members.

From the Thursday 8th March 2012 to Wednesday 14th March 2012 if you sign up for a paid subscription you'll receive 5 books worth of bonus points with a $25 monthly subscription and 2 books worth of points a $10 subscription.

Read More... | Source: JManga.com

Distant Worlds: Celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy - London November 2012

Date: Tuesday 6th March 2012 [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Based fans of Final Fantasy will want to keep Friday 2nd November 2012 free as that's when the Distant Worlds: Celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy concert hits the Royal Albert Hall.

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra plus choir will be performing. Arnie Roth is the Conductor and Nobuo Uematsu will be in attendance too.

Tickets will start from £25 to £65, plus there's a special VIP meet and greet ticket for £125 which gets you lots of great things.

We know the event is in November, so why are we mentioning it now? Tickets go on Sale on Thursday 15th March 2012 9am London Time. As always with popular events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment, but with this we can't emphasise this enough.

Read More... | Source: Distant Worlds music from Final Fantasy

JManga.com Extends Access Worldwide

Date: Thursday 1st March 2012 [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Readers outside the US who have been longing to legally get their hands on some digital manga will be extremely pleased to hear that JManga.com have extended their access world wide.

The site allows you to get manga using a points based system. If you sign up by Sunday 4th March 2012, you'll get double the amount of points as a welcome. The subscription costs either $10 or $25 a month. They also have a free subscription.

Read More... | Source: JManga.com

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

Cakes with Faces - New T-Shirt for Hyper Japan

Date: Thursday 16th February 2012 [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring is all set to start on Friday 24th February and will run until Sunday 26th February 2012. One of the many things we like about the Japanese culture event is the all the different stalls and the wide variety of things they sell.

Every time you go you're always going to find something new and exciting. Graphic artist Amy Crabtree of Cakes With Faces will be there. You may have seen her stall at other events such as the London MCM Expo. At Hyper Japan she'll be launching an appropriately themed t-shirt called All the best stuff is from Japan. The colourful design is great to show off your otaku side.

The design is launched at Hyper Japan and you'll be able to pre-order at a special price and collect it at the event.

Read More... | Source: Cakes With Faces

France is the biggest manga market in Europe

Date: Thursday 2nd February 2012 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Facts and figures for the the manga industry always make an interesting read. CNN's Geekout Blog has a good article about the European Manga Industry.

Did you know that France accounts for 50% of VIZ Media Europe's manga sales? The article also highlights that combined Europe and the Middle East generates more manga sales than America -

"'In Europe, manga is most popular in France, then Italy and Spain,' said Hyoe Narita, president of VIZ Media Europe, which is headquartered in Paris. Annual manga sales in Japan are about $5 billion, he said, whereas American manga sales are $120 million and Europe and the Middle East combined make $250 million. This combined number given out is probably because VIZ Media Europe distributes to the Middle East as well. Japan is still the huge maker, but these numbers show that manga is moving well outside of Asia."

"The popularity does vary by country, but France is by far the leader in European otaku interest, as it brings in 50% of European manga sales. Narita said itís the same size or a bit bigger than the market in the United States."

Source: CNN's Geekout Blog

Shipping $36,000 worth of Japanese candy

Date: Saturday 14th January 2012 [18:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Every otaku loves Japanese snacks and confectionery, what makes it more interesting is finding out how much some people like it. The owners of Candy Japan have posted an interesting article about how they're selling $36,000 worth of Japanese candy over 6 months. The site has been up and running for a year and has a very simple business model. You subscribe to them for $24 a month and they send you two envelopes with sugary treats each month. Currently they have just under 300 subscribers.

This makes us wonder, is it a viable long term business? Can you get more candy for $24 a month from J-List's Candy section instead? Or is the random element of Candy Japan part of the fun?

Update: J-List have confirmed that they sell more candy than that, around $50,000 worth a month. So it goes to show there is good money in sweet Japanese things.

Source: Bemmu's Blog - I make stuff

GEN Manga Issue 8 out now

Date: Saturday 14th January 2012 [15:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest Issue GEN 8.

It features a new story Let's Eat Ramen by Nagumo, the author of the seriesRadio de Go!

The on-line manga publisher distribute their monthly collection of doujinshi using a subscription model. You get to download and keep the PDF file for each issue too.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Kazť UK to release all of Black Lagoon on Blu Ray

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

Kazť UK representative confirms via Twitter that the UK based division of Kazť 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 companyís UK and French sister divisions have also released similar statements.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

GEN Manga Issue 7 out now

Date: Tuesday 20th December 2011 [13:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of seinen manga will be pleased to hear that GEN Manga have just released GEN 7.

The on-line manga publisher distribute their monthly collection of doujinshi using a subscription model. You get to download and keep the PDF file for each issue too.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

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

Genki Gear 2011 Christmas Cards

Date: Wednesday 30th November 2011 [13:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Genki Gear the company best known for their t-shirt range have released a selection of Christmas Cards. A pack of five costs £3.50.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Digital Manga Inc Launch Anime Cel Art Shop

Date: Friday 25th November 2011 [14:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've received some rather interesting news from Digital Manga Inc. They've just opened a new site Anime Cel Art, which like the name implies is dedicated to selling anime cel art. They've currently got Naruto, Bleach and One Piece cels for sale.

Collectors should note, that these are not production cels used to make the anime as production now is digital. These are officially licensed reproductions. They are hand painted, and made exactly the same as production cels, but these images have never been used to make anime. As a result you get more for your money. You get a high quality image along with a background for a reasonable price.

Read More... | Source: Anime Cel Art

United Publications November 2011 Sale

Date: Friday 4th November 2011 [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Popular anime, manga and related merchandise retailer United Publications have sent us details of their explosive 5th of November clearance sale. There are many bargains to be had, with up to 80% off some Manga/Anime books, DVD and figures! We've asked and they've confirmed they're not going mad. It's to clear out their inventory to make room for new stock for the new year. They've got some hard to find items up on the listing too.

Also if you're looking for something exclusive, remember a while ago we interviewed Japanese figure sculptor Momiji? Well the good folks at United Publications are now selling his exclusive Ms Fan Stand figure.

Read More... | Source: United Publications

Breathe Deeply - a new graphic novel from One Peace Books

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2011 [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've received details of a new manga title just out. Breath Deeply is a controversial medical thriller with a dash of romance. It's written by the husband and wife team known as Doton Yamaaki. Published in English by One Peace Books the company suggest readers forget what they know about manga when approaching this title. It's out now from your favourite book sellers.

Buy from Amazon.com
Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Update: We've now have a reviewed Breathe Deeply.

Read More... | Source: One Peace Books

London Comic Con MCM Expo Details - Games and Dolls

Date: Friday 21st October 2011 [18:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In London this time next week (Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011) the London Comic Con MCM Expo will be well under way. As it builds up it seems like every other press release we get sent is about the Expo.

We've just received two press releases from them.

Square Enix will be showcasing the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 game, along with Hitman Absolution.

Screaming Matriarch will be showcasing a new limited edition Little Apple Doll.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

GEN Manga Issue 6 out now

Date: Wednesday 12th October 2011 [2:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of alternative manga will be pleased to hear that publisher GEN Manga Entertainment's latest release GEN 6 is out now priced $2.99 for the digital copy.

If you're heading to New York Comic Con you can visit the GEN Manga at booth 2030.

We interviewed GEN Manga recently and asked them about their take on the manga publishing industry.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

An Interview with GEN Manga

Date: Sunday 25th September 2011 [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eBooks and eBook readers have taken off, with Amazon's Kindle, the Nook and iPad all popular must have gadgets for reading. Currently there's a lot of attention on digital manga. Several companies have sprouted up offering legitimate manga to download and read. The two big boys are JManga and VizManga. They have been criticised for many reasons, including DRM, complex pricing models and region locking. JManga is run by a consortium of 39 manga publishers, so you can easily say they're the biggest digital manga distributor out there. A lot of people are complaining about these manga companies getting it wrong, but has anyone got it right?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Genki Gear London Expo Official October 2011 Exclusive T-shirt

Date: Friday 23rd September 2011 [14:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With the London Comic Con MCM Expo just over a month away things are starting to rev up for it. T-shirt company Genki Gear have just unveiled their exclusive design for the October event, which is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011.

This is the exclusive t-shirt for the London Comic Con MCM Expo. The theme this time around is Ninja vs Kittens! The t-shirt is available for pre-order only, with a closing date of Thursday 20th October 2011. The design will retail for £16.99 for both men's and women's style.

With the classic debate of ninjas vs pirates, we know where we stand (we also reserve the right to change our mind depending on what we're reading or watching when asked, if you ask us when we're indulging in One Piece you'll get a different answer than if we're watching Naruto). However Ninja vs Kittens that's a whole different ball game. What kind of ninja is this? What kind of kittens? Are they related to Maru? These are all important questions that we need answering!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

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

American Comic Companies battle for readers

Date: Monday 22nd August 2011 [4:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

BBC News are running an interesting story about Marvel and DC's current strategy of expansion into Asia.

"With sales in decline at home, US comic-book giants Marvel and its old rival DC Comics have been looking towards foreign markets to grow their businesses."

CB Cebulski at Marvel declares that "Sales are down and we've been losing market share to things like video games, social media, to film, to piracy."

The article highlights the difficulties DC and Marvel will have with manga and it's culture strong established in the Asian market. It also mentions that sales of manga are falling in Japan as well. The Japanese government are trying to fix this.
"The Japanese government has recently announced a new plan to aggressively further promote its pop culture and content, including manga, to international markets"

We've already seen this at events like the JETRO talk at Hyper Japan.

The article concludes with Marvel's current strategy of hiring local talent in Asia to draw comics and that they are given more creative control. It ends with an table of percentages of market share of Japanese manga versus American comics in Asia.

Source: BBC News

GEN Manga Issue 4 out now, plus download free indie manga

Date: Monday 15th August 2011 [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

GEN Manga the company bringing us indie manga from the Tokyo underground have sent us reminder that issue 4 is out today.

They've also released issue 2 for free. They're even extending their subscribers discount. What makes GEN Manga interesting is that each issue is published on PDF, so you can download it and read it on any device that'll handle PDF documents. There's no nasty DRM to worry about, or installing extra naggy software, just one file per issue.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

JETRO Japanese Multimedia Seminar @ HYPER JAPAN 2011

Date: Monday 8th August 2011 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from Hyper Japan have sent us details of the JETRO Japanese Multimedia Seminar held at this years Hyper Japan on Friday 22nd July 2011.

JETRO is the Japan External Trade Organization, who would like to help people build a business with Japanese multimedia content.

We've been sent a link to videos of the seminar on YouTube.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

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

Gosh Comics in London is moving in August 2011

Date: Tuesday 26th July 2011 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

London based manga fans will be well aware of Gosh!, the great comic shop near the British Museum. It's been in it's current location for 25 years. On Saturday 6th August 2011, it will be moving to bigger premises at No. 1 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR. So remember to update your maps if you plan some retail therapy in London soon.

Source: Gosh!

Japanese Manga Portal Website JManga.com To Launch August 17th 2011 in North America

Date: Friday 22nd July 2011 [14:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

San Diego Comic Con is well under way. This is the event that lots of companies have been waiting for to announce their news.

The Digital Comic Association have just announced a promising new digital manga service JManga. It's set for launch on August 17th 2011.

We've been sent the press release, and others are tweeting live from SDCC.

JManga.com will launch as website first in August, then for mobile devices later.

Sam Yoshiba (Kodansha) "JManga.com will have well-known titles & also the not-so-well-known titles that aren't always available scanlated."

We've been told that the titles will be limited to North America, but they should roll it out to other countries in coming months.

Additional thanks goes to Deb Aoki for Tweeting at SDCC.

Read More... | Source: JManga.com

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.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

Letraset Art Competition at the London MCM Expo - May 2011

Date: Tuesday 24th May 2011 [18:25] | 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.

This includes the good folk at Letraset who make the popular markers that many artists love. They've sent us details of the art competition they'll be running at the Expo. The theme for this year is Running Late for a Very Important Date. The winners will get a lot lovely Letraset goodies.

Source: Letraset Blog

Genki Gear launch new t-shirt designs at London MCM Expo May 2011

Date: Monday 16th May 2011 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The May London MCM Expo is almost here it starts on Friday 27th May and will run until Sunday 29th May 2011. As tradition demands T-shirt company Genki Gear will be releasing a new range for the season.

They've got 5 new designs in ready for the Expo.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Stradivarius violin to be auctioned to raise money for Japan quake

Date: Monday 2nd May 2011 [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC News have an interesting story about am exceptionally well-preserved Stradivarius violin being auctioned to raise money for the Japan quake. The violin is known as The Lady Blunt.

BBC News says - "The 1721 violin is being sold by the Nippon Music Foundation, with the entire proceeds going to their Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund."

Apparently The Lady Blunt has set a record price every time it was sold last century.

Tarisio will auction the violin online on 20th June 2011.

"Tarisio described the foundation's decision to sell 'what is considered the finest violin of their collection" as "a gesture of profound generosity'."

The violin fetched $10 million USD when it was last sold in 2008.

Source: BBC News

Anime on Demand to simulcast [C] - Control - The Money and Soul of Possibility

Date: Tuesday 19th April 2011 [15:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at legitimate anime streaming service Anime On Demand have sent us details about there latest stream to hit the UK. [C] - Control - The Money and Soul of Possibility. The show will start streaming Thursday 21st April 2011 at 17:45 BST (British Summer Time), just one week after it's Japanese debut. Each week a new episode will be added to the site in the future.

Read More... | Source: Anime on Demand

Eden Of The East: King Of Eden Blu-ray and DVD release details

Date: Saturday 9th April 2011 [18:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Fans of Eden of the East the excellent anime series from Kenji Kamiyama and Production I.G. will be pleased to hear that the first movie Eden Of The East: The King of Eden is out soon. The highly anticipated release follows on from the series.

It's due out on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday April 26th 2011 in the USA from Funimation. While the Blu-ray and DVD is scheduled Monday 6th June 2011 in the UK from Manga Entertainment UK.

As always you can pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon and take advantage of their pre-order price guarantee.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.com in the USA.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com in the USA.

Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk in the UK.

Source: Funimation

Wagamama sold to private equity firm

Date: Saturday 26th March 2011 [13:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Japanese style noodle bar chain Wagamama has been bought by private equity firm Duke Street from Lion Capital for £215 million.

London's City AM reports that Lion capital have owned the chain since 2005 and more than doubled it's UK presence. The sale was planned since August last year. Lion were hoping to get £250 million for the sale.

Impressively the London branches of Wagamama have been known to turn over 12 sittings a day.

Source: City AM

Genki Gear London Expo Official May 2011 Exclusive T-shirts

Date: Monday 7th March 2011 [17:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Although it's just over 2 months away, things have started to rev up for the May Edition of the London MCM Expo, which is set to run on 27th to 29th May 2011 at the ExCel London.

The creative t-shirt people Genki Gear have just unveiled the official exclusive designs for the May MCM Expo. This time instead of one design there are two differet designs available both in Unisex and Women's fitted tee styles and both available as limited editions on Pre-order only. The theme this time around is super heroes and zombies! The Pre-order is on the Genki Gear Site only until the 31st April 2011.

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An Interview with Figure Sculptor Momiji

Date: Sunday 27th February 2011 [14:00] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Production

Last year, the second annual MCM London Expo returned to bring together a myriad of media and popular culture exhibitors and merchants. It is an exciting occasion for anime fans who attend to meet, mingle and fight their way through the melee of merchandisers and organisers.

Expo is an event that I attend on the front line behind the dealers' tables as an assistant for sales. I am predominantly positioned ready and waiting to serve customers who are on the hunt for anime, manga and figures from the store United Publications. It is an intense and demanding event and catering for the volume of visitors is often a challenge that affords little time to explore the wonders of the wider event. This time, however, I had to make the exception for a remarkable appearance amongst October's exhibitors.

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