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Italian Police Raid Firm Selling Pirate Anime

Date: Monday 3rd April 2006 [15:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

According the Mainichi Daily News, Italian police have raided firms in the first European case of pirated anime DVDs. As the author of the Pirate Anime FAQ, I've been aware of pirated anime DVDs ever since the format was released, however, it seems that the Italian authorities have started to clamp down on them, seizing around 400 titles, which included Naruto, New Getter Robo, Hinotori and Mazinger. The company raided originally sold leg anime, but started to sell Hong Kong bootlegs in 2002. Around 20,000 to 30,000 copies were sold each month for 25 euros each. The article states that the company and other companies being investigated are accountable for 90% of all pirated copies on the Italian market, as well as 60% of the legitimate market! It also shows that these companies make huge profits, (900,000 euros a year apparently), and that the companies in question are also being investigated for tax evasion.

This article is interesting since I've always had trouble getting solid figures for pirate anime merchandise, as a result it's been hard to gauge how much it's been hurting the anime industry. These figures present an insight to how much anime fans are being ripped off by pirate DVD companies and the retailers that sell them. Apparently this is the first time authorities have exposed a case of pirated Japanese anime Europe, I have a list of many other retailers and will be happy to pass them on the authorities if requested.

Maybe this is the first of many such raids, a sign of things to come to those other bad anime retailers out there, but I also hope that the authorities do not mistake legitimate import DVDs from other countries (often called grey imports) as pirate DVDs.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

VIZ Made Master Licensor for Bleach

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2006 [10:04] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media becomes the official Master Licensor for anime and manga series Bleach.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

Totoro Out in the UK from 27th March

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

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

Source: Otaku News Totoro DVD Review

Amazon UK 40% Off Manga

Date: Monday 20th March 2006 [7:11] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Retail

Here at Otakunews we're always keen to point fans in the way of a bargain. Amazon UK currently has 40% off a range of manga and graphic novels, titles include: .Hack, Dragon Ball, Yu Gi Oh and Akira.

Source: Amazon UK

Otaku News Launch T-Shirt Shop

Date: Sunday 19th March 2006 [15:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

When we go to conventions and other anime relelated events, we always tend to wear Otaku News T-shirts, they've generated a lot of interest with people asking where can they buy them, we always felt bad telling people that they can't. So after a lot of hunting around we've found a good on-line t-shirt seller to team up with to sell t-shirts for both guys and gals, along with other items.

We've set up two seperate shops, one for our US Readers, and another for our readers in the UK and Europe, so if you're interested select and shop and have a good, look. We've also produced some t-shirts with witty slogans on, which are ideal for anime conventions!

Otaku News US Shop

Otaku News UK / Europe Shop

Source: Otaku News Shop

Naruto Makes Top 30

Date: Tuesday 14th March 2006 [12:23] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Latest volume of Naruto cracks the Top 30 of USA Today's best seller list.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

Howl's Moving Castle Out This Week

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

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

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

Source: Otaku News Howl's Moving Castle Review

ADV UK DVD Releases for April 2006

Date: Monday 27th February 2006 [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us the details of their April 2006 DVD releases. The following titles are due to hit the highstreets:

- Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody (1 of 4)
- Elfen Lied - Vector Two (2 of 4)
- DNAngel: The Darkside Of Love (5 of 7)
- Parasite Dolls

We recommend Cromartie High School, for a taste for something totally different. If you like something a very bloody, then go for Elfen Lied.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

New Manga Collector's Club + Manga Events with Ottaker's

Date: Sunday 26th February 2006 [8:28] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Manga

After getting a heads up from Anime Artists UK on bookshop Ottaker's new Manga Collector's Club, I searched around and found that Ottaker's Coventry branch will also be holding a small manga evening on April 6th in association with Tokyo Pop.

Read More... | Source: Ottakers

Howl and Totoro Get a UK DVD Release This March

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2006 [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

March marks an important month for UK Ghibli fans. Howl's Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki's latest film gets a very swift UK DVD release, we're really impressed at how quickly it took for Optimum to bring this title to market, especially since it was only released on DVD in Japan in November 2005, previously there has been a great gap between Ghibli DVD releases outside of Japan. Optimum will be releasing a two disc set packed with extras.

Many more anime fans will be excited to hear that My Neighbour Totoro finally gets an official UK DVD release, after many years of waiting. The film was a great success in Japan and as a result became Studio Ghibli's mascot and was incorporated into their logo. It's an excellent film and one of my all time favourite anime titles. It's a charming feature of children and adult alike, one of those real rare gems of a movie and a must have for any anime fan.

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

Studio Ghibli Opens Clothing Store

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

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

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

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

Source: Anime News Network

Sweatdrop Shop

Date: Sunday 12th February 2006 [14:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Those artistic people from Sweatdrop Studios have dropped us a line to tell us about their new on-line shopping system. They take Paypal too, which is useful for those who don't have or want credit cards. We recommend you grab a copy of Sugardrops if you haven't already, since it contains artwork from a selection of the Sweatdrop Crew. The press release they sent us also has a discount coupon. ^_-

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

The New Anime Encyclopedia

Date: Thursday 9th February 2006 [10:42] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Want to know more about your favorite anime series, or about ones you haven’t heard of yet? Anime News Network has announced that Stone Bridge Press will be releasing The Anime Encyclopedia 2 later this year. The new volume will contain new entries as well as updated information and added reviews to the already massive book. And given all the anime that has been released in the last five years, from Miyazaki’s latest film Howl’s Moving Castle to TV series such as Blood+ and Negima, it’s sure to be a lot.

Written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy and released in 2001, the first Anime Encyclopedia is a 545 page tome featuring information on every anime film, television series and OAV series ever released, including titles that have never been licensed and released in America. The information for each entry included the release date, original Japanese title, production studios and crew, story plot and a short review. Its been considered a must-have for any American otaku who has ever wanted to learn more about their favorite titles and about ones they’ve never heard of before. And with the new volume and its updated information on the way, they’ll be able to find out even more.

Source: Anime News Network

Anime Network at Top of Podcast Charts

Date: Monday 30th January 2006 [10:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime Network show "Digital Dojo" cracks the Top 20 on the podcast charts in North America.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

ADV Announces Valkyrie From Space

Date: Monday 16th January 2006 [10:07] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films announces release date information on sci-fi comedy UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Record Handheld Sales for Nintendo

Date: Friday 6th January 2006 [15:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Sales of the Nintendo Ds have reached 13 million worldwide, with Nintendo hailing it as the fastest selling games console ever in Japan. This has meant that stocks are low in Japan, much like the struggle to get the Pink variety pre Christmas in the UK.

Gamasutra.com is also reporting that eight out of ten games in the Japanese mutl-format charts is for the DS.

Source: Gamespot

New Anime Book Out in May

Date: Wednesday 4th January 2006 [10:44] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network has announced that a new book containing essays on anime will be due this May from publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Titled Cinema Anime, the book will contain nine essays with an overall theme of dismantling the distinction between high and low culture and offering compelling arguments for the value and importance of the study of anime and popular culture as a key link in the translation from the local to the global, according to Palgrave's website.

The nine essays featured in the new book will have such titles as "The Americanization of Anime and Manga: Negotiating Popular Culture"; "Excuse Me, Who Are You? Reality and Fantasy in the Anime of Kon Satoshi" (anime director Kon is the mastermind behind such films as Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress and the television series Paranoia Agent); and "The Robots from Takkun’s Head: Cyborg Adolescece in FLCL". A hardcover version of the book will be published at £25.00. No details for a softcover version have been announced.

Source: Anime News Network

2005: Words From the UK Anime Industry

Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2006 [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Paul over at Anime UK News.net has sent us the low down on a very interesting article they've just put on-line. Getting the views from the major players in the UK anime industry, the article recaps 2005 and gets various companies views on 2006. It's interesting to see all their separate takes on the achievements of the last 12 months.

The Otaku News Crew consider 2005 a very important year for the UK anime industry since it's the year that anime really went in the public eye, with more stores willing to stock it, more news papers writing positive and factually correct articles. Even Howl's Moving Castle got good fair write coverage too, while manga continues to be more easy to obtain in the UK. Taking into account where the UK anime scene was 3 or 4 years ago things have really progressed.

Source: Anime UK News.net

MVC Calls in Administrators

Date: Wednesday 28th December 2005 [7:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Troubled UK CD / Video Shop MVC have gone into administration, meaning that many stores will be closing down. This is a bad day for UK anime fans as they had a very good stock of anime titles compared to other highstreet retailers and as a result MVC gift vouchers were always a welcome addition to any otaku's Christmas stocking, espically from relatives who thought that anime was only pokemon. At least MVC will be having a closing sale, with huge discounts on their existing stock. We advise our readers to get down to their local MVC while stocks last to get some anime titles and spend their gift vouchers while they still can!

Source: MVC

Play.com Anime Sale

Date: Monday 26th December 2005 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Our British based readers who have been given some money to spend for the holiday season might want to take a look at the Play.com Anime DVD sale. They've got plenty of anime titles to choose from!

Including Spirited Away or Grave Of The Fireflies for for £8.99 and the Cowboy Bebop Movie or Memories for £5.99. There are many good deals to be found, so go take a look!

Source: Play.com

ADV UK DVD Give Away!

Date: Saturday 17th December 2005 [7:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Otaku News have teamed up with the generous folks from ADV Films UK who are giving our readers the chance to win the complete series of Last Exile or the complete series of Divergence Eve on DVD.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Del Rey to Publish Gundam SEED Destiny

Date: Friday 16th December 2005 [11:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Del Rey Manga will publish the manga adaptation of Gundam SEED Destiny starting in 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Outlanders Coming to DVD

Date: Monday 12th December 2005 [10:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media announces DVD release of sci-fi comedy Outlanders.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

DVDs of Honneamise

Date: Thursday 8th December 2005 [11:13] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bandai announces new DVD label Honneamise, to distribute anime in North America.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

ADV UK DVD Releases for January 2006

Date: Friday 2nd December 2005 [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good people from ADV Films UK have sent out the details for their January DVD releases. They really do want to start the new year with a bang quite literally by releasing the latest incarnation of Full Metal Panic!, entitled Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU, this 12 episode spin off series focuses more on Sousuke's and Kaname's adventures at high school and is based around the FMP "light novels".

In January 2006 ADV Films UK will be releasing the following:

- Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Pandemonium! (1 of 4)
- Peacemaker: Gunning For Trouble (3 of 7)
- Chrono Crusade: Devil's Advocate (6 of 7)

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

VIZ and TokyoPop Team Up For German Manga Launch

Date: Thursday 1st December 2005 [11:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

VIZ Media B.V. announces team-up with TokyoPop Germany to publish hit manga for the German market.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

ADV UK DVD Releases for December 2005

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2005 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice folk from ADV Films UK have sent us the details of the December DVD releases.
They'll be releasing the following:

- Divergence Eve Volume 3 (Final)
- DNAngel Volume 3
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Edition 0:6
- Last Exile Volume 7 (Final)

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Mattel To Produce "Zatch Bell!" Toys

Date: Monday 14th November 2005 [9:57] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC announced that they have made a deal with toymaker Mattel to produce toys based on hit anime series "Zatch Bell!".

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

Tokyo Motor Show 2005

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2005 [19:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

UK TV Station Channel 4 have just posted some excellent coverage of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Weird and Wonderful section is worth looking at for futuristic concept cars, the Mitsuoka Orochi Nude just sounds interesting because of it's name! Amusment can also be found with the Mini coverage, with it's slogan "Go British", we're not exactly sure what it means! Sadly there seems to be no sign of cars that change into robots.

Source: Channel 4

Atari Europe's Bandai Christmas Line Up

Date: Sunday 30th October 2005 [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Fans of anime games should be pleased to hear about Atari and Bandai's Christmas game line up. They've got the following for PS2:

- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- One Piece: Grand Battle
- Digimon World 4

Along with Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 for Nintendo DS and Ghost in the Shell®: Stand Alone Complex for PSP.

Read More... | Source: Atari

November is Bootleg Calendar Month

Date: Saturday 29th October 2005 [11:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

For many anime fans November is that month before Christmas where you get your giftlist ready and figure out what you're going to give to your fellow otaku. As the author of the Pirate Anime FAQ, I'd like to remind our readers that November is bootleg anime calendar month. What's this? A new national holiday! No, not really, but it's a good way of spotting the swarm of bootleg calendars that come out each year - In order to compete with legitimate calendars they start with dates two months before each year. In other words, it'll be November 2005 - December 2006. They are often advertised as this too. It's a sneaky way of beating out competition from official calendars too, since people are more likely to buy calendars with two extra months on, making the need for calendars that start in 2006, more redundant.

So if you see an anime calendar that starts in November instead of January on eBay, or from some certain retailers, then be careful, it's more likely to be bootleg one.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

VIZ Launches Shonen Jump Video Line

Date: Thursday 20th October 2005 [22:58] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ announces plan to launch new video line featuring Shonen Jump titles.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

PSP Ghost In the Shell:SAC Game Details

Date: Thursday 20th October 2005 [15:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

UK fans of the Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex Series should be pleased to hear that a game based on the anime will be released on PSP this Friday. Atari have sent us the details. The game sounds really good, not only do you get to play as the main cast members, each with different abilities, but you also get to command Tachikoma, that is surely worth the price of the game alone! You even get to train and customize them (*hums Tachikoma themetune* ^_-).

Read More... | Source: Atari

Anime Novels Big Sellers in Japan

Date: Monday 19th September 2005 [20:25] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Anime-related novels turn out to be big sellers in American bookstore market.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Antarctic Press Release How To Break Into Comics Guide

Date: Sunday 4th September 2005 [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks over at Antarctic Press have sent us the details for their new guide to becoming a professional comic book creator. It covers all aspects from writing, drawing and submitting comic book work. We think it's worth a look into since it's only $2.99, and concise at 22 pages long.

Read More... | Source: Antarctic Press

iTunes Japan Music Cards For Japanese Music

Date: Friday 2nd September 2005 [20:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at JList.com dropped us a line to tell us that they're selling iTunes Japan Music Cards, these are vouchers that you can use to redeem music on Apple's iTunes system. Using these vouchers you can buy plenty of music that is only available on the Japanese version of iTunes, which is very handy if you like certain songs, but don't want to import a whole album.

Source: JList.com

Nausicaa and The Cat Returns UK DVD Release Details

Date: Tuesday 30th August 2005 [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at Optimum Releasing have sent us the details for the UK DVD release of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and The Cat Returns, both of which are due out on 26th September just in time to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ground breaking Studio Ghibli and just after the 23rd September release of their brilliant cinema release of Howl's Moving Castle.

Both DVDs have their fair share of extras include storyboards, original Japanese Theatrical trailers, Studio Ghibli trailer reel, the Cat Returns DVD has a making of featurette, while Nausicaa has a birth of Studio Ghibli Featurette. Since both titles are Studio Ghibli titles, they're a must see, but if you're strapped for cash and can only get hold of one, go for Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, since it's truly epic Sci-Fi. Both movies have profiles on fansite Nausicaa.net

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

Appleseed UK DVD Details

Date: Wednesday 17th August 2005 [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people from Optimum Releasing have sent us the press release for the UK release of Appleseed the movie, the recent CGI version of Masamune Shirow's popular manga title. The DVD version will be available in a limited edition steel tin as well as conventional DVD from 19th September and also on UMD for the Sony PSP from 31st October.

The press release also mentions a cinema release from 19th of August, we suggest that our readers who can get to the UGC Shaftesbury Avenue and UGC Glasgow check the film out while they can.

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

The New Anime Companion

Date: Monday 8th August 2005 [17:50] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

Anime fans wanting to know more about all the various cultural references that pop up in their favorite anime can now rejoice. Anime News Network has announced that Stone Bridge Press, publisher of books about Japan, is releasing The Anime Companion 2: More... What's Japanese in Japanese Animation?, the follow-up to the popular book written by Gilles Poitras, who also writes the new volume.

Like its predecessor, The Anime Companion 2 contains glossary-style entries to help readers decipher anime's distinctive content, images and cultural motifs. Everything from city landmarks to food to clothing to historical figures is covered in fascinating detail, using illustrations anime images, film citations and numerous references to the related art of manga. With entries in both kanji (Japanese characters) and English, the book also contains maps of old provinces and current prefectures (and the 23 wards of Tokyo), making it an absolute must-have for those wanting to learn about Japan, whether they're otaku or not.

Source: Anime News Network

Barefoot Gen UK DVD Release Details

Date: Friday 29th July 2005 [18:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at Optimum Releasing have sent us the press release for Barefoot Gen, which gets a UK DVD release on Monday 1st August. We delayed the publication of this press release so we could write a Barefoot Gen DVD Review for you to enjoy. Please note that since the details were sent out the BBFC gave Barefoot Gen a 12 rating.

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

ADV UK DVD Releases for September 2005

Date: Wednesday 27th July 2005 [11:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

ADV Films UK has sent us their press release concerning their September UK releases. This includes a special edition of Spriggan, which will include a soundtrack CD and new commentaries. September also sees the start of the UK release of Peacemaker. The September releases are as follows:

- Spriggan Special Edition
- Peacemaker Volume 1
- Mezzo Volume 2
- Aquarian Age Volume 2
- Chrono Crusade Volume 4
- Gad Guard Volume 5
- Get Backers Volume 5

The Otaku News Crew recommend Peacemaker if you like samurai anime (with pigs in) and Chrono Crusade since we're finding it enjoyable.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

UK PSP Anime Movies

Date: Tuesday 19th July 2005 [17:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

UK gamers looking forward to the September release of the Sony PSP can also expect a blitz of UMD Movies for the handheld games console, anime titles that are going to be available so far include:

- Akira
- Ghost In The Shell
- Ghost In The Shell: On The Trail Of The Laughing Man
- Ghost In The Shell: Trouble At Home & Abroad
- La Blue Girl Returns
- Transformers The Movie

All of the above should be out on (or by) 5th September 2005 and will be priced around £10 - £15 depending on the title and the retailer.

Optimum Releasing will also be releasing Appleseed on DVD and UMD on 19th September.

It should be noted that PSP UMD Movies are region locked, so a UK PSP will only play Region 2 European and Japanese UMDs and not Region 1 US UMDs. Like DVDs UMDs can support multiple audio tracks and subtitles, so a single disc can ideally come with both the subbed and dubbed version of title.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gollancz Manga Launch Details

Date: Thursday 14th July 2005 [15:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Gollancz Manga have sent us the details for their UK Manga releases. Starting August they'll be releasing manga on the first Monday of every month. Gollancz entered into an exclusive arrangement with VIZ to publish their titles in the UK. The titles available will include Yu-Gi-Oh!, Fushigi Yugi, Dragon Ball and Case Closed.

Many UK manga fans would have already got these titles from certain retailers offering the American import versions, but since these are the official UK versions it means that they'll be more easily available. Libraries for example will be able to order manga if they so wish through their distributors. The Otaku News Crew are excited to hear about this and look forward to seeing even more manga in the UK.

Read More... | Source: Gollancz Manga

ICE Kunion Brings Manhwa to the US

Date: Tuesday 12th July 2005 [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just got a press release from ICE Kunion, a joint enterprise between Korean publishing companies Sigongsa, Seoul Cultural and others. They mention their October line up, which includes Angel Diary, Chocolat, The 11th Cat and Bring It On, which have sold a combined total of almost a million copies in Korea alone.

The Otaku News crew note that this press release is interesting, since Korean comic books are normally incorrectly marketed as manga to people who automatically assume it is from Japan. ICE Kunion are marketing their titles are Korean and are taking pride in it claiming that "Korean Manhwa has taken over Japanese Manga to be the hottest books in the market".

Read More... | Source: ICE Kunion

How to Draw Book From UK Artist

Date: Sunday 3rd July 2005 [13:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Art

Sweatdrop's Hayden Scott-Baren has announced a new how to draw book entitled 'Digital Manga Techniques', the UK edition will be out August 1st and the US edition October 1st –the only difference is the cover illustration. The title also features art from several other Sweatdrop artists.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

VIZ Media Makes Licensing Deals for "Naruto"

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [21:29] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC has announced on its website that it has made licensing deals with Bandai America and Hot Topic, Inc. for one of its most popular titles, "Naruto", the action-comedy about a young ninja, infused with the spirit of a powerful fox-demon, who strives to be the greatest ninja of all and learns life lessons along the way. This comes following the announcement of the "Naruto" anime, currently one of the highest rated shows in Japan, debuting on Cartoon Network this fall. VIZ Media currently publishes the "Naruto" manga in the monthly anthology "Shonen Jump", as well as in graphic novel format.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

Looking For a Japanese Girlfriend? Then Get The T-shirt!

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [19:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

At any anime convention apart from cosplayers, you'll notice another popular fashion with otaku, t-shirts. The most common seem to be standard series specific t-shirts with large prints of characters on them, over the last couple of years at anime conventions the more fashionable anime fans has been wearing t-shirts a bit different.

One had kanji and hiragana characters and took me a second to figure out what it said "Looking for a Japanese Girlfriend", I wondered if the guy wearing it actually knew what it meant, since I've seen many Japanese people wearing Engrish t-shirts, it makes sense that gaijin would also make similar mistakes! But apparently he did know what it said, and I've even heard cases were the t-shirts in question work. ^_^

I first noticed these t-shirts a few years ago, when I saw them at a UK anime convention, since them I've seen them at US and even Japanese anime conventions too. Where ever there is fandom, these t-shirts appear. We've been able to track down the makers of these t-shirts - Japan and US based J-List. Not wanting to miss out on a chance to get more information about this current trend the Otaku News Crew too the opportunity to interview J-List's founder Peter Payne to discover what other t-shirts they sold and why!

Read More... | Source: J-List

Planet Tokyo Talks Anime Business Blues

Date: Friday 1st July 2005 [18:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Planet Tokyo have posted an interesting article called Talking Anime Business Blues, it covers the current concern about the boom on anime in the USA, and the double edge sword that is fansubbing, which both creates a hype for a series and also takes away DVD sales since fans would already have it on fansub (this is a long running debate in anime fandom and most fans operate on the policy that if they have the fansub and like it, they'll buy the DVD, otherwise they'll delete it).

Source: Planet Tokyo

ADV UK DVD Releases for August 2005

Date: Sunday 19th June 2005 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks over at ADV UK have sent us the release details for their August titles. The following should be hitting the shelves:

- D.N.Angel 1
- Divergence Eve 1
- New Fist of the North Star 3
- Gravion 2
- Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition 4
- Last Exile 5

Hopefully we'll have reviews of the above titles soon. In the meantime, the Otaku News crew recommend Volume 4 of the Eva Platinum Series (because it is Eva after all) and also DN Angel 1.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Change in Plans for "Patlabor" Release

Date: Friday 10th June 2005 [18:43] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media just announced on their website that will be slightly altering its plans for the upcoming release of the final DVD volume of "Patlabor: The Mobile Police-The TV Series". The DVD collection for volumes 9-11, set for release on August 9, will be reduced in price from $49.95 SRP (suggested retail price) to $29.95 SRP.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

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