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Genki Gear launch new T-shirt range at May 2009 London Expo

Date: Monday 18th May 2009 [16:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Everyone's getting ready for the London MCM Expo this weekend. T-shirt producers Genki Gear are no exception. They'll be launching their new range at the Expo.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide

Date: Monday 11th May 2009 [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

London has a some great places for otaku to visit. The trouble is finding them. Using our London Otaku News Correspondents we've assembled a list of good places for anime and manga fans to visit while in London.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Beez at the London MCM Expo May 2009

Date: Friday 8th May 2009 [14:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Beez have sent us details of their plans at the London MCM Expo on the 23rd to the 24th of May 2009. Highlights include plenty of discounted DVDs, as they'll be shifting to a 3 part release model. Along with some Gurren Lagann posters to give away.

Read More... | Source: Beez

Rockin' Android to release doujin games for the PC

Date: Thursday 26th March 2009 [16:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > PC

We've just been sent an exciting press release from Rockin' Android about their plans to release doujin videogames (sometimes referred to as 'indie games') on the PC.
In a nutshell they've licensed and translated a great selection of indie games for release in the US, Canada, South America and Western Europe territories.

Don't forget to check their website to see a selection videos and interesting articles about the games they're going to release.

Read More... | Source: Rockin' Android

Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: Sunday 8th March 2009 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime and merchandise naturally go hand in hand, with some titles just a thin excuse to create merchandise. Generally the more popular the series, wider and crazier the variety of merchandise available. With Neon Genesis Evangelion, regarded one of the most popular titles of all time, I thought it would be worth looking into the more unusual merchandise available from the franchise. When researching this article I expected to find some oddities, after all you can even get an Eva Unit-01 mountain bike. However I was really surprised by what's out there!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

London Lost Girls Signing - Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore

Date: Thursday 14th August 2008 [16:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We don't normally post articles of this nature, as it's got nothing to do with anime, manga, Japanese culture, but this will be of interest to some of our London readers.

Orbital Comics, will be hosting a book signing for Lost Girls the new work of Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore

Date: 13th September 2008
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Orbital Comics
Address: 148 Charing Cross Road, London. UK

Source: Orbital Comics

500 Essential Anime Movies by Helen McCarthy - out now

Date: Tuesday 5th August 2008 [18:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details regarding anime expert Helen McCarthy's new book 500 Essential Anime Movies. It's out now in the UK and will be released in the US in a few weeks. You can buy it Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

We've always recommend Helen's books for several reasons - they're well written and they're well researched that and they're enjoyable to read. ^_^

Helen goes to a lot of effort to check the facts and details when writing books and it does show. We also recommend Helen McCarthy's publications when researching anime and manga, especially for academic purposes, you can never go wrong citing her work.

Read More... | Source: Ilex Press

UK division of Bandai announces Blu-Ray titles

Date: Monday 7th July 2008 [20:02] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

European arm of Namco Bandai announces two titles for release in November 2008 on Blu-Ray format

Read More... | Source: Beez Entertainment

Heroes Graphic Artist Jason Badower London Signings

Date: Saturday 31st May 2008 [17:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of the graphic novel version of Heroes who can get to London next week will want to head to Orbital Manga, just in-between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, where they'll be having a signing with graphic artist Jason Badower.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover Edition art book

Date: Tuesday 29th April 2008 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've been sent details from UDON Entertainment about the new Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover artbook, which is now available for pre-order and features art from J.Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Penny Arcade's Gabe, lvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Omar Dogan and others.

Read More... | Source: UDON Entertainment

Uniqlo launch new manga t-shirt range

Date: Monday 14th April 2008 [16:43] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Retail

Japanese clothing firm Uniqlo have brought over several batches of their manga inspired t-shirt designs to the U.K. The women's range seems centred around Astro Boy whilst the men's is focused around celebrating fifty years of Shonen Mangazine and Shonen Sunday.
Shirts are 12.99 each or 2 for 20 for a limited time.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo

Demon Prince: Children of Gaia book signing at Orbital Manga London

Date: Monday 31st March 2008 [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've been sent details from London based manga shop Orbital Manga about a book signing and art competition they're running.

The artists from the graphic novel Demon Prince: Children of Gaia will be at Orbital Manga on 26th April 2008, from 1pm to 3pm. Along with limited edition pre-release copies of the graphic novel you'll be able to pick up limited edition A1 size posters too.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD Box set arrives early in the UK

Date: Tuesday 25th March 2008 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Classic anime fans in the UK who can get to their local HMV are in for a treat. HMV have an exclusive deal on the Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD Box set. It's in stock in their stores, and on the HMV website too. Fans should note that the official release date for this DVD is 23rd June 2008, but the highstreet shop seem to have made some sort exclusive deal with the distributors. As far as we're aware, no other retailer has the DVD yet.

We are certain that this is not an error on their website, as we have visited our local HMV and seen copies on shelves to buy.

Many current anime fans will remember the French Japanese co-production with great nostalgia, and have been screaming for a DVD release for years, every so often a rumour would crop up, but never actually amount to anything, years of waiting many fans just assumed that the series would never get released in the UK, but finally it has. ^_^

Source: HMV

Easter UK Anime DVD Sale

Date: Friday 21st March 2008 [11:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Amazon UK are currently running a sale on anime DVDs.

Play.com are also have an Anime DVD sale, with many titles cheaper than Amazon (as Play already factor in postage).

Titles include:
- Cowboy Bebop
- Millennium Actress
- Read or Die
- Steamboy


With many titles going for under 5, it's worth looking around for a bargain or three.

Source: Amazon UK

Momiji Competition - (Vote for Wing)

Date: Wednesday 12th March 2008 [18:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The folks at Don't Panic are currently running a competition to design your own Momiji message doll. Manga style artists are popular with these designs and Joanna Zhou created her own Momiji set last year.

Anyone one can enter this competition, and our artist chum Wing Yun Man has entered too, so please show your support and vote for her.

Source: Don't Panic

LDMS now distrubting ADV titles in the UK.

Date: Tuesday 11th March 2008 [19:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received a press release from LDMS who will be now be distributing ADV DVD titles in the UK, after ADV closed their UK offices. The press release details the release schedule up until May 2008.

After ADV UK closing down it's good to see that their titles will be still be distributed, but it's sad to see that ADV UK had to shut shop, the UK staff there were more than just people doing their jobs, they were actual anime fans with a passion for what they were doing which does make a difference. ADV UK's presence at anime events will be sorely missed. They were more than just another company, they were actually part of the UK anime scene. It was a shame to see these people lose their jobs. We wish them the best of luck in finding a new careers.

It will be interesting to see if LDMS will be active in anime fan circles as ADV UK was.

Read More... | Source: LDMS

TerraTag opens London Store

Date: Sunday 9th March 2008 [13:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

It seems that opening anime and manga themed stores in London are all the rage at the moment with Tokyo Toys opening a retail store at the back of Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus, design firm Terratag have now opened a store in Brick Lane.

Read More... | Source: TerraTag

Gwen Stefani's Death Note Perfume

Date: Sunday 9th March 2008 [13:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

While this isn't exactly, new I'm sure not all our readers keep up to date with perfume releases. Pop star Gwen Stefani has released a fragrance called L, under her L.A.M.B. line (Love. Angel. Music. Baby). The amusing thing is the choice of font used for the L line of cosmetics, it's the same as the L that appears in Death Note, when L is on screen.

We're wondering if this is a just a random coincidence, or if it's something else, as Gwen Stefani has sung about Harajuku Girls before, so she (or her PR people), would have at least a basic understanding of Japanese pop culture.

Visit the L.A.M.B Fragrance website to see lots of L's. ^_^

Source: L.A.M.B. Fragrance

Anime speed dating event in Central London

Date: Tuesday 12th February 2008 [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our chum Emily has sent us the details for an event at Tokyo Toys store in Trocadero in central London.

It's a romantic maid cafe event, with speed dating for anime fans! You can be served by cosplayers dressed up as maids too, just like in Akihabara.

The event will be held on Saturday 16th February 2008, from 5pm to late. You don't have to take part in the speed dating to go along and participate in the maid cafe either.

Read More... | Source: Tokyo Toys

ADV Films UK DVD stock clearance sale

Date: Monday 21st January 2008 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their sale, due to "streamlining" they'll be having a stock clearout. Prices start from 1 while stocks last. So grab those titles while you can.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Perfect Piece Tachikoma Review

Date: Monday 31st December 2007 [10:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

With the holiday season coming to a close, some of you may have some extra cash to spend, this article might tempt some of that money away from you.

Anime fandom like most kinds of fandom is always susceptible to merchandising, and lets face it there is a lot of plastic tat out there, if you can print onto it, engrave it, or mould it, it's had some sort of anime merchandising. However every now and again something good comes along, so we thought it would be nice to do a product review to gauge our readers reactions and see if it's the sort of thing Otaku News readers want.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Wired for manga

Date: Tuesday 6th November 2007 [19:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

This months (November 2007) issue of Wired Magazine has an excellent feature called Japan Ink about the manga industry, the impact dojinshi has on the copyright of manga and how an unspoken agreement benefits fans and companies alike, suggesting that the model can be spread out to other media industries like the music biz.

Wired have also made manga their cover feature for this month and have produced an article in manga format about the history of manga in America, although it's very biased towards Viz, being written by a former Viz senior editor, it practically ignores the fact fandom exists.

Source: Wired

Anime Insider Hits 50!

Date: Friday 26th October 2007 [9:32] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

Anime Insider, the anime and manga oriented spin-off of Wizard, has just reached its 50th issue! And they're going all out to celebrate. In addition to their regular monthly features (including articles about the new season of Black Lagoon and the upcoming Pumpkin Scissors), the commemorative issue sports a ranking of the 50 best anime ever (check to see where and if your favorite title made the list), and a cover featuring two of the beauties of Evangelion, pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu offering a special cake.

Anime Insider is also offering their biggest contest to date with this issue. For a huge grand prize of a pack of anime goodies worth over $1500, all you have to do is write a haiku. That's right, the Japanese-style poem of three lines and 17 syllables (5, 7, 5). The poem can be about the magazine, fandom, giant robots, or your favorite character. Winners will be chosen from each category, with one grand prize winner for the big one. Grab a copy of the magazine for rules and entry form. And also enjoy the magazine in general.

Source: Anime Insider

Ghost In the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor manga release details

Date: Monday 15th October 2007 [18:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

UK fans of Ghost in The Shell will be pleased to hear the details Titan Books have sent us about the release of Ghost In the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor. The manga is due out in the UK on 23rd November 2007. It bridges the gap between the Ghost in the Shell 1 and 2 manga (hence the 1.5 name). We've been waiting for this to come out as one book ever since we heard about it and highly recommend it to Ghost in the Shell fans.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

Sweatdrop launch self-help manga

Date: Tuesday 18th September 2007 [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Sweatdrop crew have always been inventive with the titles they've released and they've sent us details for some titles due in April 2008 and June 2008 (that's a while away isn't it? We don't normally get details for titles that are 6 months ahead anyway...).

They'll be releasing 4 books next year:

- Be creative by R. Bevan, J. Middleton & T. Wright
- Find true love by S. Dosani, L. Helmanis and P. Cross
- Beauty secrets for babes by L.Helmanis
- Sort out your money by J. Middleton

All the lovely artwork will be done by Sonia Leong, and we'll be curious to see how they do this.

Will they have an otaku take on things? Eg: Sort out your money - buy less DVDs and manga to save money. Beauty secrets for babes - wear cat ears. Be creative - draw more stuff. Find true love - ermmm, otaku aren't exactly good at that, erm, join a relatives house which happens to be populated by lots of hot babes and enjoy the hilarity that ensues.

We look forward to seeing what these guides will look like next year.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

Manga shares gain in Japan

Date: Thursday 13th September 2007 [8:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

As a slightly strange side effect of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his exit, shares in manga retailers in Japan have surged with speculation that manga fan Taro Aso is the leading candidate to replace Mr Abe.

According to BBC News, Mr Aso is a big promoter of manga abroad. They cite the rise of manga publisher Broccoli gaining 71% and Mandarake (a retail store in Japan which is a treasure trove for otaku), jumping 13%.

The article states that Mr Aso served as foreign minister, and suggested that embracing Japanese pop culture was an important step in cultivating ties with other countries. If this is the case the Otaku News crew would like an invite to Japan to meet with Mr Aso to help promote manga and anime. ^_-

Sadly the BBC gets some facts wrong about anime and manga stating that they have "psychedelic colours and outlandish story lines", and emphasises the more explicit side of anime and manga. They also manage to mention Spirited Away and Quentin Tarantino in the same sentence, which I'm sure can lead to all sorts of associations for those who haven't actually seen the wonderful family film that is Spirited Away.

The article also states that Mr Aso created an International Manga Award to honour non-Japanese cartoonists.

Source: BBC News

Paprika and Tekkonkinkreet UK DVD release details

Date: Wednesday 12th September 2007 [17:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear that Satoshi Kon's latest masterpiece Paprika will be released on DVD on 24th September 2007, Tekkonkinkreet also hits the shelves too and we look forward to catching it.

To be honest, we can't recommend Paprika highly enough, it's the best English language anime release of 2007. This is one you must simply add to your collection, especially if you like Kon's other works (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paranoia Agent), then you'll really get a kick out of Paprika, Kon's on top form here (as always), and uses animation in his usual mind bending ways.

Read More... | Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Video Games Live Album

Date: Sunday 9th September 2007 [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The good folks from Video Games Live have sent some exciting news about an album - Video Games Live: Greatest Hits Volume One. Due to hit the shelves on October 15th 2007, it contains medleys from some of popular games including Zelda, Mario, Halo, Warcraft, Sonic and of course Final Fantasy.

Read More... | Source: Video Games Live

Touchy, Feely Ad

Date: Thursday 30th August 2007 [18:56] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

New game ad allows customers to feel up a cardboard cutout. Really.

Read More... | Source: Wizard Magazine

Amazon UK anime sale

Date: Saturday 25th August 2007 [6:39] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > DVD

I just got an e-mail from Amazon UK telling me that they are having a studio Ghibli DVD sale. After looking closer I've dug up a plethora of other anime DVDs on sale, because we're nice people we've listed a few titles you might have missed on sale.

Why Amazon leave all the hard work to us I don't know, aren't you glad we're here?

Read More... | Source: Amazon UK

HMV London UK Anime Sale Day this Monday 20th August 2007

Date: Wednesday 15th August 2007 [17:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks from ADV Films UK have sent us details about the HMV Anime sale day next week on Monday 20th August 2007, from 1pm until 6pm at the Oxford Street branch in London. ADV Films UK also mention there competition where two lucky anime fans can win lots of anime DVDs for the rest of the year. There will also be spot prizes and give-always throughout the day.

Along with live performances from Japanese bands Electric Eel Shook and Miso Soup. The British Kendo Association will be there too. Fun can also be had at the video game tournaments, with Atari, Sega and Ubisoft also showing off some new games.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Afro Samurai Limited Edition DVD out now in UK

Date: Thursday 9th August 2007 [17:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Our UK readers who caught Afro Samurai on Bravo, or perhaps even didn't catch it, but want to see it anyway, have a chance to get the Samuel L. Jackson anime title on DVD, known as the Afro Samurai Bravo Numbered Limited Edition DVD, it is an exclusive to Amazon.co.uk. The 18 rated DVD contains the following:

- Individually Numbered DVD Case
- Babes, Blades, Blood and Beauty trailers by GONZO
- RZA Soundtrack Promo
- RZA Music Production
- Spike US TV Promos
- Five Collectible Art Cards

The details don't say how many are being produced, only that they are individually numbered.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Dark Horse and CLAMP Team Up For New Title

Date: Friday 3rd August 2007 [20:17] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Dark Horse signs CLAMP to make new manga for 2009!

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Laughing Man Logo T-shirts

Date: Monday 11th June 2007 [14:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of Ghost in the Shell: SAC will be pleased to hear the news we've received from Terratag, who have just released t-shirts with the Laughing Man logo in 4 different colours.

For fans interested to know the background to the design you might want to read the interview we did with the creator of the Laughing Man Logo, Paul Nicholson.

Source: Terratag

Invent your own ending to Guyver

Date: Sunday 3rd June 2007 [16:09] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

For anime fans with the animator in them, the online community site Bebo are inviting users to invent the ending to a volume of Guyver, the clip can be seen on thewir website.

Source: Bebo 'U DIRECT' Guyver Competition

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales UK Nintendo DS details

Date: Monday 21st May 2007 [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Just a quick reminder for our Final Fantasy loving readers in the UK. The nice folks at Square Enix have sent us details for the new Nintendo DS game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, it's due out in UK this Friday 25th May 2007.

Read More... | Source: Square Enix

More details on Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK launch event

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2007 [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our article on the Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details, we've received some more news from Manga Entertainment.We've been informed that Dave Wittenberg, the US voice of Kakashi will be making an appearancelaunch event on Monday 21st May 2007, at the Oxford Street, London, Branch of Virgin Megastore, where fans will be able to meet Dave and get their copy of Naruto Unleashed Series 2 Part 1 signed from 4.30pm onwards.

We've also go more details for Cosplayers and the prizes you can win.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment

Akira Club art book UK release details

Date: Tuesday 15th May 2007 [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

UK publisher Titan Books have sent us details about the UK release of the Akira Club artbook. It's one of those nice additions for fans of the movie and manga collection. It's due to hit the shelves on the 27th July 2007 and is priced at 24.99. Hunting around Play.com have it on pre-order for 14.99.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

Naruto Explosion

Date: Friday 27th April 2007 [10:19] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

No, the hero of the popular manga and anime series isn't going to die in a fiery death. But his fans may want to start saving their money over the summer. Starting this September and through December, VIZ Media plans to release not 1, but 3 new volumes of the Naruto manga a month. With a total of 12 volumes, 16 to 27, that means fans will have 3 years worth of new material in those 4 months, as opposed to simply 1 volume every 3 months as in 2006.

The reason for the boost is to catch the American releases up with their original Japanese counterpart before a new storyarc begins in Volume 28 of the Naruto manga. Set 2 years after the storyline ending in Volume 27, the storyline will focus on an older, wiser and taller Naruto and his new adventures. This move will enable American fans to enjoy the series with a bit of surprise without getting a hold of spoilers from the internet.

Source: ICv2

Anime Encyclopedia signing in London

Date: Wednesday 18th April 2007 [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details regarding a book signing in London. Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy will be signing copies of the new updated version of the Anime Encyclopedia next week on Tuesday 24th April 2007 at Farringdons book store in the Barbican from 19:00-19:45. Then from 20:30, Helen will be giving a talk, on "Urban Mythmaking Tokyo Style", followed by a screening of Karas: The Prophecy.

So if you want to get a signed copy of the Anime Encyclopedia and meet the authors then swing by.

Source: Barbican

Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2007 [14:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received some details about the UK launch of Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2, from Manga Entertainment UK. On Monday 21st May 2007, fans should go to either the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street, London, or Virgin Megastore in Arndale Centre in Manchester. Apparently there'll be tons of freebies and goodies for the first 100 people to arrive in costume! So get those costumes ready cosplayers! They'll also have a nice selection of goodies, give aways and prizes too. So get to the simultaneous launch from 6pm!

More details can also be found on the Official Naruto Unleashed UK Website.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Gunslinger Girl UK DVD boxset release details

Date: Tuesday 3rd April 2007 [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've been sent some details from Revelation Films about the UK DVD release of the Gunslinger Girl boxset. All three volumes will be released in a collectors boxset on 21st May 2007, Catalogue Number FUN72700. It retails for around 29.99, but if you hunt about Play.com are taking Preorders for 23.99.

Source: Revelation Films

Hokusai's Mount Fuji

Date: Monday 2nd April 2007 [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The nice people at Abrams have sent us details of a new book they're publishing Hokusai, the artist who created one of the most famous bits of Japanese artwork, often called Tsunami by Hokusai or The Under the wave off Kanagawa. The book is printed excellent quality paper. At 15.95 it's superb value for money especially considering it's all in colour. It's due out 30th April 2007. We only wish the book was bigger so that they could print the artwork larger, but I guess we've been spoiled by looking at anime artbooks all these years. The book has some great examples of Japanese culture in the period and come highly recommend by the Otaku News crew.

Read More... | Source: Abrams Books

Oh My Goddess! Manga hits the UK

Date: Thursday 15th March 2007 [14:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've got news from Titan Books that they'll be releasing the hugely popular Oh My Goddess! manga in the UK. On April 27th 2007 Volume 1 and 2 should be released. We think it's great that Titan Books are doing this, we just hope they pick up the rights to What's Michael? too.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

MegaTokyo Volume 4 UK release details

Date: Wednesday 14th March 2007 [17:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've been sent a press release from the folks at Titan Books, detailing the release of MegaTokyo Volume 4 in the UK. Why should we care when volume 5 is almost out in the US and most bookshops stock it volume 4 already? Well this is actually great news as some places like libraries and their book suppliers will only deal with books that have an official UK release. Now that MegaTokyo has an official UK release you should be able to pester your local librarian to get a copy in. ^_- This also applies to the other Titan books we've put press releases up for as they've already had US releases, but would be hard to stock in some places.

MegaTokyo Volume 4 is due to hit the bookshelves on 27th April 2007.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

Anime Encyclopedia UK release details

Date: Wednesday 14th March 2007 [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've been sent a press release from the folks at Titan Books. They'll be releasing a new updated edition of the Anime Encyclopedia for the UK on 27th April 2007. This edition has a black cover, along with over 40% new material. The Anime Encyclopedia is a must for otaku, as it's a accurate and well researched guide to the subject unlike a few other books which are nowhere near as good. Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy know their stuff and we highly recomend this guide. Hunting around on Amazon.co.uk will produce a bargain price below the suggested retail price. You'll save money by reading about the type of anime you'd want to avoid, but the only trouble is you'd want to watch more of the titles you've discovered by reading it.

Read More... | Source: Titan Book

Eden: It's An Endless World - UK release details

Date: Wednesday 14th March 2007 [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've been sent a press release from the good folks at Titan Books. They've aquired the rights for the Dark Horse version of Eden. It's due to hit the bookshelves on 27th April 2007.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

We all want a Perfect Piece Tachikoma

Date: Friday 9th March 2007 [17:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex fans will be pleased to hear about the new toy from MegaHouse, it's a 1/20 scale Tachikoma model, with lots of articulation and even an opening pod that can fit the included Makoto figure inside! Known as the Perfect Piece Tachikoma the set is about 13cm tall, comes with a book, a wrench and other fun accessories. As expected the main eye can move around even it's oil intake tray opens for you to put in a can of oil to keep everyone's favourite jumping spider like robot well fed. Complete with both gatling gun and grenade launcher front gun, it's a real must have for the hardcore fan.

Read More... | Source: MegaHouse

The Manga Bible release details

Date: Monday 26th February 2007 [9:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've received a details from publishing house Hodder and Stoughton regarding the Manga Bible. We're not talking about some sort of ultimate must have guide to manga, but the New Testament produced in a manga style. Using the TNIV (Today's New International Version) as the basis, London based artist Siku, who is best know for his work on 2000AD.

Read More... | Source: The Manga Bible

FFXII London launch report

Date: Sunday 25th February 2007 [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Friday 23rd of February 2007 was the official launch day of Final Fantasy XII in the UK (and the rest of Europe). The PS2 game has generated a lot of buzz in fandom. To celebrate Square Enix had teamed up with HMV to hold a launch event at their flagship HMV store on Oxford Street, central London. The first people to buy the game at 9am were able to collect special wrists bands which would in turn let them queue to meet makers of Final Fantasy XII, Akitoshi Kawazu (executive producer) and Hiroshi Minagawa (director).

The event was attended by at least 500 fans, all eager to get their games autographed. It was hosted by an MC and various questions were asked, the most important of which was regarding the PS3 technical demo, based around Final Fantasy VII, both guests mentioned that they were considering producing a full version of the game for the PS3, however it's still early days yet, so we can't really confirm anything solid.

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