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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.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

New manga shop opens in London

Date: Tuesday 20th February 2007 [13:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Hidden away just around the corner from Leicester Square and short walk from Covent Garden, on Upper Saint Martin's Lane is Orbital Manga, a new little manga shop from the same people behind Orbital Comics on Charing Cross Road. Although Orbital Manga is small, it's worth looking around and is a refreshing change from comic shops that stock some manga. They've got a good range of manga and the usual selection of merchandise and trinkets.

Read More... | Source: Upper Saint Martin's Lane

Music Zone go into administration massive sales follow

Date: Monday 12th February 2007 [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

UK music and DVD retailer Music Zone have gone into administration, the store bought out failed retailer MVC just over a year ago, but it seems that Music Zone has met the same fate. They went into administration on 3 January 2007, but only as recently closed their doors to trading. Interestingly this week select stores have opened up to sell off existing stock, with items on sale for up to 80% off! Keen eyed bargain hunters can get volumes of Monkey and The Water Margin for less than £5, and some anime titles have also had their prices slashed too. So it's worth a visit to your local store before it disappears.

Source: Music Zone

Tanoshimi let fans vote for manga

Date: Wednesday 31st January 2007 [9:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Random House UK imprint Tanoshimi have sent us some details about a nice fan oriented campaign. From February 7th Fans and vote on their website and select which title they want Tanoshimi to publish next, the people behind Tanoshimi have confirmed that it is likely they will only publish the winning title.

Fans can vote for the following:

Genshiken
Kagetora
Othello
Wallflower

All voters will go into a draw for a chance to win a Nintendo DS Lite.

Read More... | Source: Tanoshimi

MaMoo, Letraset and NEO magazine T-shirt design competition

Date: Wednesday 31st January 2007 [5:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Folks from the UK T-shirt company MaMoo have sent us some details about a competition they’re running with Letraset and NEO magazine. The competition gives you the chance to submit your design for a t-shirt and the winners design will be sold on the MaMoo site, along with a nice set of Letraset markers. So creative people get to work if you want your t-shirt design on MaMoo.

Read More... | Source: MaMoo

Final Fantasy XII cosplay contest

Date: Wednesday 24th January 2007 [9:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

We've just been sent a very interesting press release from Square Enix, who are running a cosplay competition to celebrate the release of Final Fantasy XII in Europe and other PAL regions. Three lucky winners will each get a two night trip to London to show off their costumes on stage at the official launch event and they'll also get a Final Fantasy goodie bag.

This is a great chance for cosplayers to demonstrate their creative skills making Final Fantasy XII costumes and also meet some interesting people in the games industry.

Read More... | Source: Square Enix

Tanoshimi UK February 2007 releases

Date: Wednesday 24th January 2007 [5:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just been sent a press release from Random House imprint Tanoshimi detailing their releases in the UK for this February 2007. They'll be releasing the following titles:

Free Collars Kingdom Volume 1
Airgear Volume 3
School Rumble Volume 3 and 4
Guru Guru Pon Chan Volume 7

All are due to hit the shelves on 1st February 2007.

Free Collars Kingdom is a new title to Tanoshimi that should interest the furry fan readers with lots of catboy antics.

Read More... | Source: Tanoshimi

Manga Shakespeare

Date: Tuesday 16th January 2007 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've been sent an interesting press release from SelfMadeHero about their Manga Shakespeare series. The bard's classic tales have been reinterpreted into a manga style. With Romeo and Juliet the action has relocated to Shibuya in Tokyo, with yakuza talking the place of the more traditional families in the original. Hamlet is still set in Denmark, but in the future cyber world of 2017. SelfMadeHero inform us that the series keeps true to the text of Shakespeare, but is specially abridged for use in the manga. Sweatdrop Studio's very own Sonia Leong illustrated Romeo and Juliet, while Emma Vicieli illustrated Hamlet.

Both Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet are due for release on 1st March 2007, priced at £6.99. The Tempest and Richard III are due to be published in Autumn 2007. Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are planned, but no release date is mentioned.

Our readers still in education might want to show this to their English and drama teachers, while our other readers might just enjoy reading a new interpretation of Shakespeare's works.

This is not the first time Hamlet has been made into a manga in English, our good friend Amethyst Angel has done a fan version using characters from Slayers, entitled Hamlet: The Manga.

Read More... | Source: SelfMadeHero

Manga Force a new UK DVD magazine

Date: Thursday 28th December 2006 [14:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've just discovered some interesting TV adverts in the UK for a new magazine publication called Manga Force. The magazine will be published fortnightly, with an anime DVD and the magazine will focus on that title. Manga Force is a joint effort between Manga Entertainment UK and Hachette Partworks. As usual for a publication from Manga Entertainment they insist on calling anime "manga", which has often led to confusion when people discover Japanese animation. The magazine states it's the perfect partner to your DVD collection, and will give you everything you need to build your manga knowledge (check our FAQ for recommend books which will really help you do that), each issue will have synopses, filmographies, writer bibliographies and behind the scenes footage. Issues will cover the following Manga Entertainment titles:

Evangelion (It's not clear which Evangelion movies will be released with the issue)
Blood The Last Vampire
Akira
Ghost in the Shell
Macross Plus

The first issue is priced at £2.99 with all subsequent issues priced at £8.99, which is reasonable considering that the average Manga Entertainment title sells for £12.99 without a magazine.

Their website has some introductory subscription deals, although we're curious to see what they could fill a full 50 issues with. No start date is published on-line.

Read More... | Source: Manga Force

Watch Coyote Ragtime Show on-line

Date: Wednesday 13th December 2006 [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The kind folks from ADV Films US have sent us details about the Coyote Ragtime Show. US readers can watch the full first episode officially here, while UK readers can watch it here. It's released in the US on January 16th 2007, while ADV Films UK inform us that they're planning a 16th April 2007 release.

Source: ADV Films

Nintendo proud of their Wii

Date: Tuesday 28th November 2006 [9:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Nintendo have announced that is has sold more than 600,000 Wii consoles in North America just 8 days after it's launch on November 19th. Sony have sold 400,000 PlayStation 3 consoles in North America, but are having trouble meeting demand due to component issues with the Blu-ray Drive. Nintendo intend to ship 4 million units in North America, while Sony intend to ship 1 million units.

The Wii is due for release in Europe (including the UK) on 8th December, while our Australian readers can expect a 7th December launch, conveniently in time for Christmas.

Source: BBC News

PS3 Disasters Already

Date: Saturday 18th November 2006 [9:44] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

A dislocated jaw and gunshot customers already reported at releases for the new PS3.

Read More... | Source: G4TV.com

Panty Explosion the game

Date: Friday 10th November 2006 [13:54] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Every so often we get stories which I'm sure will generate some interesting key word stats next time Joe checks them, this is one. Panty Explosion is a good ol' fashioned RPG available in book and PDF form here's what the website says:

"Panty Explosion is a psychic schoolgirl adventure game. Each player takes the role of a normal Japanese student. One of you, perhaps more then one of you, is a psychic with devastating and terrifying powers."

I'm currently wondering if a rat flail +5 could beat a a psychic schoolgirl...

Read More... | Source: Atarashi Games

Farewell Ranma

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2006 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The nice people from Viz Media have sent us a press release detailing the conclusion of the long running fan favourite manga Ranma 1/2. Volume 36 of the manga ends the series with a letter to North American fans from Rumiko Takahashi, the author of Ranma 1/2 and another huge favourite Inu Yasha. The final volume is due out in North American on November 14th. So now's your chance to say goodbye to everyone's favourite gender changing comedy martial arts manga!

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

London Graphic Centre Manga Day

Date: Friday 3rd November 2006 [18:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

We've received some very last minute details from Letraset about an event they'll be running on Saturday 4th November at London Graphics a huge art supply retailer. We've been told that their Covent Garden store in London will be hosting a manga day with activities and workshops 11.00am to 6pm. The following will be there:

- Letraset
- London Graphics
- TokyoPop
- Tokyo Toys
- Sweatdrop Studios
- Blusheep

Apparently it's also being supported by Neo Magazine and Manga Entertainment.

So if you can get to London in time and are feeling artistic it's well worth a look.

Source: London Graphic Centre

Seven Seas Goes Yuri

Date: Friday 27th October 2006 [8:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment will be launching a new publishing imprint for its library of manga titles. Called Strawberry, this new imprint will focus on yuri, or girl-on-girl, flavored romantic titles. The first titles of the new line are expected to be released sometime in 2007.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Naruto Wins Quill Award

Date: Sunday 15th October 2006 [13:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks from VIZ Media have sent us details about Naruto winning the 2006 Quill Award for best graphic novel, apparently this is the first time a manga title has one the category. The Quill awards are unlike normal awards as they are more consumer orientated, so in other words it looks at sales figures rather than panellists decisions.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

ADV Launches Download Site

Date: Friday 29th September 2006 [12:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films has joined the anime downloading craze with the opening of their new digital download store, ADV Universe. Anime fans can now, after signing at the official website, browse and shop for episodes of their favorite ADV releases, including Gilgamesh, Godannar, and Comic Party to watch on their computer through Windows Media Player.

While the price for episode downloading has not been disclosed, signing up for service at ADV Universe is free! And as an added incentive, fans will receive the first episode of Guyver: The Bio-Booster Armor, soon to be released by ADV, for free after signing up. It’s just one more way at how much anime fandom is progressing in this high-tech, digital age.

Source: ADV Films

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