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Play.com sold to Japanese group Rakuten

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2011 [16:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Popular UK on-line DVD retailer Play.com have been bought by Japanese group Rakuten. Play.com is the UK's biggest seller of DVDs online with estimated annual sales of about £500m. It has 14 million registered users and a staff of 500.

It was sold to Rakuten for £25m. Play.com have been successful due to a tax loop-hole that allows purchases under £18 to be VAT free when shipped from the Channel Islands to the UK mainland thanks to EU rules drafted almost 30 years ago. In November 2011, the government will reduce the amount for VAT free purchases to £15 and intend close this loop-hole totally by March 2012. The sales tax issues along with declining DVD sales is why Play.com was sold for £25m and not considerably more. The Guardian article states that DVD UK sales dipped 6% last year, while downloading and streaming rose 18%.

Play.com is popular with the UK anime fans and is often the first port of call along with Amazon.co.uk when buying DVDs and Blu-rays.

Rakuten are keen to increase their global presence, which is why they've purchases Play.com along with the French site PriceMinister and German site Tradoria.de.

Source: The Guardian

AmeCon 2012 UK registration opens Sunday 25th September 2011

Date: Saturday 10th September 2011 [7:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The UK Summer Convention season is coming to an end, but fear not as AmeCon will be opening their 2012 registration on Sunday 25th September 2011.

AmeCon 2012 is set to run 10th - 12th August 2012, at Keele University, Newcastle-under-lyme. Registration will be on-line using the standard first come first served basis.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon 2012

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Emma: Victorian Romance streams on-line for free

Date: Wednesday 10th August 2011 [16:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The excellent folks from Right Stuf/Nozomi are now streaming the anime Emma: A Victorian Romance on YouTube. They'll be showing one new episode of Emma per week for the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. They're showing the episodes subtitled. So if you fancy an anime series set in Victorian England, now's your chance to watch it for free.

You can get Series 1 and Series 2 from Amazon.com. You can also pre-order The Complete Series Limited Edition Bundle, which features Season 1 and Season 2, it's out on September 13th 2011.

Source: Right Stuf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional thanks goes to Deb Aoki for Tweeting at SDCC.

Read More... | Source: JManga.com

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Anime on Demand

AmeCon seek Events Officer

Date: Wednesday 2nd March 2011 [17:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The great folks at UK convention AmeCon have sent us details of a volunteer role that needs filling. They're looking for a new Events Officer.

Apart from being able to pay something back to anime fandom, this is a great opportunity to participate in a large UK convention, see it's inner workings and meet others who are passionate about anime, manga and all other things otaku love.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

Hyper Japan 2011 Details

Date: Monday 28th February 2011 [16:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from Hyper Japan have sent us the details for their 2011 event in London. It's set to run from Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July 2011 at Olympia Two.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis now on Kindle

Date: Wednesday 15th September 2010 [14:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime expert and industry insider Jonathan Clements has just posted details on his blog about Schoolgirl Milky Crisis being released on Kindle.

It's available to buy from Amazon.com in the US and Amazon.co.uk in the UK.

Source: Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Blog

New Purikura Wallpaper

Date: Wednesday 28th July 2010 [16:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've just put up some new wallpaper based on the Purikura post cards we gave out last year. As is tradition the artwork was created by the talented Wing Yun Man.

Source: Otaku News Wallpaper

Crunchyroll to stream Bleach an hour after Japanese Broadcast

Date: Wednesday 16th June 2010 [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good people of Crunchyroll have sent us details about their new Bleach Simulcasts. Starting today (Wednesday June 15th 2010), premium members will be able to watch Bleach one hour after it's been shown in Japan on TV TOKYO. Regular non-paying members of Crunchyroll will be able to watch it a week later.

Bleach will be available on Crunchyroll in following countries areas - United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Read More... | Source: Crunchyroll

News in manga format

Date: Friday 11th June 2010 [8:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Wired have an interesting article about news in manga format. The website newsmanga.com has current affairs explained in manga. The site employs more than 100 manga artists to cover breaking stories, updating 10 or 15 times a day. The site is in Japanese, but the Wired article has some translated and mirrored examples when you wave the mouse over the image.

Source: Wired

Multi-National Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition Formed

Date: Tuesday 8th June 2010 [16:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Multi-National Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition Formed

We've received some very interesting details from VIZ Media about the formation of a Multi-National Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition.It seems that the industry has grown tired of Scanlations - manga scanned into a digital format and distributed without the copyright holders consent. The coalition include the 36 members of Japan's Digital Comic Association, Square Enix, VIZ Media, TOKYOPOP and Yen Press.

Originally scanlations were manga translated by fans into their native language from Japanese. This can be seen as the manga equivalent of anime fansubs. Some scanlation sites branched out to scans of manga that was already official translated and licensed outside of Japan.

This has cost the manga publishing industry significant amounts of money, not just in lost book sales, but lost opportunities in the relatively new market of eBooks and mobile devices.

The coalition intend to target scanlation sites and aggregators of scanlation sites. They've drawn up a list of 30 sites to targeted for action. First they will ask the sites to cease distributing scanlations. If the sites fail to cease distributing further action will be taken depending on the jurisdiction of each site. Actions include legal injunctions against the sites, reporting the sites to governmental anti-piracy units of law enforcement, including the US Justice Department, local law enforcement agencies and the FBI.

Fans curious about piracy in the anime and manga industry should read the Pirate Anime FAQ.

This is not the first time the anime and manga industry has attempted to stop piracy in the industry, but this is the biggest and most coordinated international effort so far. With many companies in the industry forced to make cut backs, closing down offices, laying off staff, we wonder if this is the start of a new approach? Will more companies pursue legal options? Are fansubbers next?

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

Crunchyroll streams Haruhi

Date: Friday 9th April 2010 [19:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at Crunchyroll have sent us details of their latest streaming deal. They've started to show The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Fans looking for aliens, time travelers, and ESPers will be most pleased to hear that they intend to stream the second series later this year too. Crunchyroll's licence covers the Americas, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa.

Read More... | Source: Crunchyroll

Preview the first 7 minutes of Gundam Unicorn

Date: Tuesday 2nd March 2010 [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Beez have sent us details about the upcoming release of Gundam Unicorn on Friday 12th 2010 on Blu-ray disc. The release will be worldwide simultaneously in the 7 territorial areas of Japan, US, Canada, UK, France, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

You can view the first 7 minutes of the OAV on the Beez Website.

Read More... | Source: Beez

Bandai Entertainment launches new manga website

Date: Tuesday 16th February 2010 [21:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks at Bandai Entertainment have sent us details about their new manga website.

Read More... | Source: Bandai Entertainment Manga

NHK World TV in the UK

Date: Sunday 20th September 2009 [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK based readers who are keen to watch Japanese TV in English, will be pleased to hear that NHK World broadcasts on Satellite. Viewers should tune into Sky Channel 516 or Freesat Channel 209. The channel is included in all Sky Packages.

The channel includes Japanese News, TV shows about Japanese Culture, Business Shows, Tokyo Fashion and lots of other arts.

The full schedule can be found on the NHK World TV Website.

Read More... | Source: NHK World TV

Anime Network Launches Video-on-Demand in UK

Date: Thursday 6th August 2009 [12:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

We've got some exciting news from the folks behind The Anime Network. They've just launched a UK beta version of their site. So now anime fans in the UK can watch anime streamed to their PC. For less than a fiver a month you can watch a great selection of ADV titles.

They also offer a yearly subscription too.

Read More... | Source: The Anime Network

Helen McCarthy on RightStuf's Anime Today Podcast

Date: Tuesday 20th January 2009 [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans will want to check out RightStuf's latest podcast. It features an interview with anime expert Helen McCarthy who promotes her book 500 Essential Anime Movies. In the podcast she explains how she narrowed down her choices in the book to just 500 shows. Along with how anime production and writing about anime has changed over the years.

Source: RightStuf Anime Today Podcast

Naruto Shippuden on-line an hour after Japanese Broadcast

Date: Friday 2nd January 2009 [6:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just recived an exciting press release from Crunchyroll, who will be streaming Naruto Shippuden on-line an hour after Japanese broadcast. This sort of distribution model has been talked about for ages in the anime press, but until now it's never actually officially happened.

Read More... | Source: Crunchyroll

New EGL Miyuki Otaku News wallpaper

Date: Wednesday 29th October 2008 [19:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've got a nice treat for our readers. So please take a look at the new lovely Otaku News Wallpaper with our mascot Miyuki. We hope it brightens up your desktop.

The artwork is drawn by the talented Wing Yun Man and features Miyuki dressed in Elegant Gothic Lolita clothes enjoying a picnic.

The artwork was first seen at AmeCon 2008 on postcards distributed in all the conpacks.

Source: Otaku News Wallpaper

The Pirate Anime FAQ Returns

Date: Sunday 3rd August 2008 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

8 years ago, I wrote an FAQ about piracy in anime, and how to avoid buying pirate goods. It started off as a simple guide as part of a site called Anime Digital, but evolved and improved over the years. It's generally regarded as the most comprehensive guide to pirate goods in anime fandom. A mini version has been printed at many anime conventions and distributed among convention staff to quickly spot pirate goods. The anime industry also use it to make anime fans aware of bootleg goods.

For the last 8 years the Pirate Anime FAQ was hosted on the London Anime Club's web server. Unfortunately it's been unavailable since April because of server problems so we have decided to host the guide on Otaku News instead. We'd like to thank the London Anime Club for hosting the Pirate Anime FAQ for the last 8 years.

The Pirate Anime FAQ has been translated into French and German, thanks to the kind help of anime fans. I'll put the French and German translations up soon. However I've made a few small changes to the FAQ to make sure it will fit with the formatting of Otaku News. As a result the translations will need to be updated too.

The old content from Anime Digital is not lost and we're currently deciding if we should integrate the articles into Otaku News, or archive them as a separate site.

So please update your bookmarks, the new URL for the Pirate Anime FAQ is http://www.otakunews.com/piratefaq.php.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

Wired on the Japanese Web

Date: Wednesday 21st May 2008 [8:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Wired have published an interesting set of articles about the internet in Japan, including one on Hiroyuki Nishimura, founder of 2chan and his new video site. The Japanese ASCII Art article sets out to explain common Japanese ASCII art, while closer to home they've also got a feature on US Fans of the Japanese Web.

Source: Wired

Otaku News Christmas Wallpaper

Date: Friday 7th December 2007 [17:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

It's the holiday season again, and to celebrate we've got some great Christmas Otaku News wallpaper for you, done by Wing Yun Man.

Seasons Greetings to all our readers. ^___^

Source: Otaku News Wallpaper

New matsuri Otaku News wallpaper

Date: Monday 20th August 2007 [17:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We like treating our readers every now and again, so please enjoy our newest addition to the Otaku News wallpaper page featuring our mascot Miyuki.

This fantastic artwork is made by the talented Wing Yun-Man, it features Otaku News mascot Miyuki enjoying a matsuri, a traditional Japanese festival. Miyuki is wearing a yukata - a kimono commonly worn in the summer at festivals.

The artwork was first seen at AmeCon 2007 on postcards distributed in all the conpacks.

Source: Otaku News Wallpaper Page

Win a Beck Inspired Gibson!

Date: Thursday 12th July 2007 [22:38] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Fans can sign up for a chance to win a Gibson Les Paul guitar by anime series, Beck!

Read More... | Source: FUNimation Entertainment

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

New Transformers Trailer

Date: Thursday 24th May 2007 [17:39] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

New trailer features better at the robots and plenty of action!

Read More... | Source: Official Transformers Movie Site

Helen McCarthy interview on Resonance 104.4 fm

Date: Wednesday 9th May 2007 [17:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Our readers who like podcasts or can tune into Resonance 104.4 fm, a radio art station in London will want to listen in Thursday evening at 10.30 PM BST (9th May 2007), to catch an interview with anime expert Helen McCarthy. She'll be talking on Alex Fitch's show "I'm ready for my close-up", where they'll be covering anime in general, Helen's current anime season at the Barbican and hopefully the Anime Encyclopedia too. The podcast will be put on-line on Friday 10th May.

Source: Resonance 104.4 fm

AmeCon 2007 open for registration

Date: Monday 26th February 2007 [10:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans will be pleased to know that Leicester based UK anime convention AmeCon 2007 is now open for registration. So book now to avoid disappointment. The convention is scheduled for 10th-12th August 2007 and is the third convention held by the AmeCon crew.

Source: AmeCon

Geneon Spot audio podcast

Date: Saturday 24th February 2007 [18:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just got an e-mail from the pioneering folks at Genoen who'd like to let us know that they've posted up the latest Geneon Spot audio podcast, featuring an interview with Taliesin Jaffe (the ADR director of R.O.D -The TV-, Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, etc.), who talks about script adaptation work and the realities of being an anime voice actor.

Source: Geneon Spot audio podcast

New Transformers Trailer Online

Date: Friday 22nd December 2006 [11:16] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Websites

New full length trailer for the new Transformers film available online!

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

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

PvP: The Series

Date: Thursday 30th November 2006 [23:54] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Webcomics

PvP animated series is in the works for February launch!

Read More... | Source: PvP Website

Learn Japanese on-line with Urban Japanese

Date: Tuesday 28th November 2006 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

We've been sent a press release from Japanese video game and toy concept development company Gamewax, who have developed a interesting concept in learning Japanese remotely. They claim to be the UK's first fully interactive recordable on-line Japanese language school, Urban Japanese. Distance learning is nothing new, as universities and other education institutions have been tinkering with the concepts for years now, but this is certainly the first private company in the UK we're aware of that offer Japanese lessons.

Read More... | Source: Urban Japanese

Halloween desktop wallpaper

Date: Thursday 26th October 2006 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

With Halloween kicking in, it's the season for ghouls and ghosts with anime fans in London celebrating at J-Pop Go. Andes Sudo, one of our talented Otaku News artists has also been busy, making some great wallpaper of Tima one of the Otaku News Mascots. So go on and check out our wallpaper section and download it today! ^_^

Source: Otaku News Wallpaper

YouTube take down nearly 30,000 Japanese Clips

Date: Friday 20th October 2006 [12:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

BBC News and many other news sources are currently reporting that 29,549 clips have been removed from YouTube after the Japanese media companies complained of copyright infringement. The popular video hosting site (recently bought by Google for $1.65bn USD) frequently had clips from Japanese TV shows along with some anime as well.

It is not clear from the article what content has been removed, if it's Japanese TV programmes, more extreme quiz shows, comedy sketches and skits such as Matrix Pong, users of YouTube will have to discover that for themselves. What will be interesting to find out is if YouTube will automatically take down any future content or if the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) will have to file more requests.

Source: BBC News

Defending Anime Fans

Date: Friday 6th October 2006 [3:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The trouble with being an anime fan is that people often get the wrong idea, and then start talking about stereotypical stuff about how crazy people are in Japan. Dragon who is the president of the London Anime Club and has also written a shopping guide to anime and electronics in Tokyo has posted a good defence to being called an otaku:

I got into an "arguement" with somebody at work over the term Otaku. They accused me of dressing up in costume and being obssively knowledgeable about the subject. "Fine," I said. "Just like the rest of the perverts who you see dressed up in strange costumes and hanging round in parks on Sundays, or that gather in huge crowds dressed in outlandish gear singing stupid songs and generally idolising over their obessions. Who spend huge amounts of money buying all the latest things. They have pictures on their bedroom walls. They follow the latest news and interviews very great glee. They seek out fellow fanatics and discuss the latest events. Such obsessives like you. Only in this country they are known as football fans."

So note down the otaku are just the same as football fan strategy and use it next time people call you weird for liking those strange Japanese cartoons! ^_-

Source: London Anime Club

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. Itís just one more way at how much anime fandom is progressing in this high-tech, digital age.

Source: ADV Films

Toonami Jetstream a Big Success

Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2006 [10:37] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Toonami Jetstream reports millions of hits in just first four weeks!

Read More... | Source: Viz

Otaku News E-mail Woe

Date: Tuesday 22nd August 2006 [3:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Due to some unexplained difficulties with our webhost that were not easy to resolve, it appears that all e-mails sent to the webmaster [at] otakunews [dot] com e-mail address in the last two weeks have been lost. Luckily the other Otaku News e-mail accounts were unaffected, however if you did try to e-mail in the last two weeks, you may want to resend it! I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused, up until now we've only had minor issues with our web hosting company.

Source: Otaku News

Bandai UK and Eire Online Shop: Now Testing

Date: Tuesday 25th July 2006 [11:24] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Websites

Looks like Bandai have acknowledged the online fanscene and are having a go at running an online shop.

The shop features your usual host of DVDs, manga and toys under the Bandai/Beez licence. The popular titles include My-Hime, classic Gundam, SCRYed, Witch Hunter Robin, Wolf's Rain and Cowboy Bebop. There's pretty much a category for everything under the Bandai licence, including Tamagotchi and of course, the immortal Power Rangers brand.

Our source says the website is on trial for now, and if it goes well, Bandai will surely be adding more. Check out the trial website and tell your friends!

Source: AnimeBoredom

Mainichi Daily News Release Manglish - Manga in English

Date: Monday 3rd July 2006 [8:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Mainichi Daily News have started to release Manga in English on their website. They've called it Manglish (manga in English), taking talents from their MangaTown site, and providing an English translation of the original text by rolling your mouse over the Japanese text.

The debut story is called Six Feet Girl, about a 16 year old girl who is 180cm tall (which actually makes her 5"9'). Apparently she gets depressed every time she starts a new school when the other students laugh at her height. The manga is by Gyugo (or Jugo) Hazuki. Looking at the site it's not clear how good the translation will be, especially if English speaking readers are used to a certain standard, it appears to by translated by a Japanese speaker into English. Currently MDN have posted two pages, and will add a new page each weekday.

Billingual Manga for Japanese people wishing to learn English isn't that uncommon and is frequently sought after by English speaking collectors outside of Japan. However this marks an interesting start - a Japanese publisher releasing free daily manga direct from Japan, some industry analysts predicted this a few years ago and it's good to see that MDN are now publishing manga in English, hopefully more Japanese firms will start soon too.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

ADV Cleans Up Hacker Mess

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2006 [11:31] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films fixes up an attack by Turkish hackers.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

VIZ and Cartoon Network Go Broadband

Date: Thursday 27th April 2006 [11:01] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ and Cartoon Network to launch new broadband site, Toonami Jetstream, to feature recent television hits and new shows not yet available.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Lucky Eureka SeveN

Date: Friday 7th April 2006 [15:15] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bandai Entertainment announces major plans for TV and online release of Eureka SeveN in America.

Read More... | Source: Bandai Entertainment

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

Otaku News Launch PSP Edition

Date: Tuesday 17th January 2006 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've been listening to what our readers want, and we know that many anime fans are also keen PSP owners. Which is why we've made a PSP version of Otaku News, designed especially for Sony's box of tricks. It has less content than the full versions of this site, but is designed for quick loading times and navigation, which is ideal when you're out and about with wireless access. To access it all you have to do is visit http://www.otakunews.com/psp/ (go on, bookmark it on your PSP you know you want to). The main article content and DVD reviews are identical to the other editions of Otaku News.

Source: Otaku News - PSP Edition

Howl's Moving Castle Set For March 2006 DVD Release

Date: Monday 5th December 2005 [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK on-line retailer's Play.com and Amazon.co.uk have started to take pre-orders for Howl's Moving Castle, they both listing the release date as 13th March 2006. Otaku News had heard rumours about Optimum wanting to release Howl earlier, however in order to qualify for an Academy Award, they had to delay the release. What's interesting to note that the boxshots from Amazon and Play are different, which leads us to believe that both sites have produced mock-ups as they are missing vital details on the packaging such as the BBFC rating logo.

A quick check on Amazon.com reveals that they're taking pre-orders for two different versions of Howl's Moving Castle, which are priced the same, we suspect that Amazon will remove one edition nearer the launch date.

If Optimum and Buena Vista can release Howl's Moving Castle in March, they should be highly commended, since the Japanese DVD has just been released this November and Ghibli titles have been traditonally very slow to get US and UK DVD releases.

Source: Play.com

Photo Blogging For Otaku

Date: Monday 17th October 2005 [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Blogging is all the rage at the moment, with everyone and their dog putting up content about this that and everything. Many blogs are just angst fests. However hunting around can be interesting and rewarding with many different takes on anime fandom and Japanese Culture in general. Photo Blog site Flickr offers a wealth of photos for otaku, featuring Gundam, some nice Catbus, the cast of Naruto and Evangelion! One enterprising otaku even has his own Calcifer to keep his car warm. There are tons of cool images for you too look at on Flickr, so why not add your own! ^_^

Source: Flickr

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