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An Interview with Shigeto Koyama - Anime Character Designer

Date: Friday 6th November 2015 [18:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The May and October MCM London Comic Cons are without doubt the biggest geek events in the UK. With over 130,000 people attending this October. It caters for all geeky tastes. Anime fans are also well looked after, each event regularly has an anime guest of honour. The October Comic con played host to Shigeto Koyama, renowned designer, he designed Baymax from Disney movie Big Hero 6. He was also involved in the character designs for fan favourite anime show Kill La Kill, as well as designing the weapons and lots of gear in the well loved game No More Heroes. We were lucky enough to catch up with him and ask some interesting questions.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Osamu Tezuka Story - A Life in Manga and Anime Book Details

Date: Monday 19th October 2015 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from publishers Stone Bridge Press have just sent us details for a new book out in July 2016. They'll be publishing The Osamu Tezuka Story A Life in Manga and Anime by Toshio Ban & Tezuka Productions. This is going to be a huge book weighing in at over 900 pages, it covers the entire life of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and man seen as the founding father of modern manga and anime.

This book is translated by Frederik L. Schodt. He's known for many things in including translating the original Ghost In the Shell manga into English (with Toren Smith). He's also written numerous award winning books books on manga. He knows his stuff!

You can pre-order the book from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Stone Bridge Press publish high quality books on Japanese culture, anime and manga. They're the publishers behind the The Anime Encyclopedia.

Read More... | Source: Stone Bridge Press

Monohon Ramen brings more pop-ups to London this October and November 2015

Date: Monday 12th October 2015 [15:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Do you like Ramen? Oh nom nom nom. Londoners who do are in for a treat as they can visit some of the up coming ramen pop ups being run by Monohon Ramen. The first appears at 7:15pm on Saturday 17th October 2015 in a traditional pie and mash cafe F. Cooke on Broadway Market.

They'll also be running two sittings at Rouge one at 5:30pm and the second at 7:00pm on Sunday 1st November 2015. Where they'll be serving a lesser known Japanese ramen dish Abura soba. During this event, they will give a demonstration of the dish and customers will get a chance to assemble their own bowl.

All the pop-ups require booking in advance and cost 10 a head, which includes the ramen, plus a side dish. All events are bring your own bottle.

Read More... | Source: Monohon Ramen

Shigeto Koyama to be anime guest of honour at London Comic Con October 2015

Date: Sunday 11th October 2015 [10:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We keep saying that the MCM Comic Con keep having interesting anime guests at their events. The October run of the MCM London Comic Con is no different. This time around Shigeto Koyama will be the anime guest of honour. He's been responsible for the design of Big Hero 6's robot Baymax, and been involved with Kill la Kill and Hideaki Anno's Rebuild of Evangelion movies. He's got a whole host of credits to his name for A-list anime titles including Gurren Lagann, Space Dandy and Ghost in the Shell SAC: Solid State Society.

The MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015. Anime fans will also be interested in the MCM Loves Anime side event.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Hatsune Miku - The Metamorphosis of Music and Technology - London - October 2015

Date: Sunday 11th October 2015 [8:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The virtual singing sensation Hatsune Miku is well known to fans of Japan. The Japan Foundation have arranged a collection of events to London on Saturday 24th October 2015. The events will be held at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. The events are free and some require booking. As always we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

They've got the following events:

2pm: Lecture by Hatsune Miku creator, Hiroyuki Itoh.
Booking: hatsune-miku-programme1.eventbrite.co.uk

4pm: Hatsune Miku Live Concert Screening
Booking: hatsune-miku-programme2.eventbrite.co.uk

1:30pm - 5:30pm Hatsune Miku Workshops for Everyone!
No booking required please feel free just to drop in any time between 1:30pm and 5:30pm.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation London

An Interview with WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu

Date: Saturday 10th October 2015 [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

MCM Group Events are always great for anime fans. At the end of September 2015 Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu of WIT Studio were anime guests at the MCM Scotland Comic Con in Glasgow. We were lucky enough to be able to interview them and discuss their latest project The Rolling Girls and what it's really like to work in the anime industry.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gundam Zeonic Toyota Auris

Date: Friday 2nd October 2015 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Gundam fans who have got it all will be interested in this latest cross over. Bandai Namco have teamed up with Toyota to produce a special Zeonic Toyota Auris. The car is available in forms the racy red MS-185H-CA02, which matches Char Aznable's own mech paint scheme, they also have a "PROCUCTION MODEL" that matches the classic Zaku green colour scheme.

This is a simple colour and transfer release, the cars actually have custom detailing including mech like fins on the rear, special front and rear bumpers, new mech-like wheel arches and air intakes too. It even includes red alloy wheels, along with Zeonic Toyota branded sport seats, gear stick. There's a ton of extras included too, such as the sat-nav using the Gundam voice actors Shuuichi Ikeda and Keiko Han.

The car retails around 2,900,000 to 3,700,000 JPY (which is about 15,900 to 20,300 GBP or 24,150 to 30,800 USD), depending on which options you get for it. You can read more details about this Auris on the Toyota Japan website.

You can also watch various promotional videos on YouTube.

As cars sold in Japan are right hand drive, we're wondering if any British Gundam fans would import this car?

Read More... | Source: Toyota UK Blog

Monohon Ramen Pop Ups in London this October 2015

Date: Thursday 24th September 2015 [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Ramen in on trend for foodies at the moment, which is why the good folks at Monohon are currently popping up over London. They've been running a couple of ramen pop ups in Hackney since August 2015, and are going for another London pop up on Thursday 1st October 2015. It'll be held at Japanese cafe Toconoco near Haggerston Overground.

They'll be open from 6.45pm with last orders 9.15pm. The event requires a ticket, which costs 10 per head, this includes the ramen and some edamame too. It's a bring your own bottle event. So if you fancy a drink you'll need to bring one.

Read More... | Source: Monohon Ramen

Japan Matsuri in London Saturday 19th September 2015

Date: Sunday 13th September 2015 [17:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese culture who can get to London on Saturday 19th September 2015, will want to head to Trafalgar Square for the Japan Matsuri. The event free to attend and is set to run from 10am to 8pm with events running pretty much constantly on the main stage, while there are many stalls to interest anyone who's a fan of Japan. They've got a wide selection of food stalls, stalls selling Japanese related merchandise, plus a range of travel agents if you're ever interested in going to Japan, along with a few Japanese cultural organisations and societies.

As always this event is also listed on our sister site the Otaku Calendar.

Source: Japan Matsuri 2015

WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu heading to MCM Scotland Comic Con

Date: Monday 7th September 2015 [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans in Glasgow are in for a treat, we've already mentioned Scotland Loves Anime 2015, however just before that the MCM Scotland Comic Con is set to run on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th September 2015. The anime guests this time around are are WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu. WIT Studio are best known for the megahit anime Attack on Titan.

Both are experienced in the anime industry, and have been involved in titles such as The Rolling Girls, Silver Spoon, Kids on the Slope, Sword Art Online, Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy.

They'll be presenting panels, meeting fans and signing autographs at the Comic Con.

This is not first time WIT Studio staff have appeared at an MCM Event, we caught up with WIT Studio at the October 2013 MCM London Comic Con. The next MCM London Comic Con set set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015.

Read More... | Source: MCM Scotland Comic Con

Shinya Tsukamoto: Filmmaker Talk in London

Date: Friday 4th September 2015 [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Fans of Japanese cinema in London will be keen to go to the Shinya Tsukamoto: Filmmaker Talk on Saturday 26th September 2015 at 2:30pm at the Impact Hub Westminster. The talk is hosted by the Japan Foundation London and is free to attend, but booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation London

When Marnie Was There London Screening Details

Date: Tuesday 1st September 2015 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK Ghibli fans will want to head to London in October to catch screenings of When Marnie Was There at the BFI London Film Festival.

The Film will be screened at the Haymarket Cineworld at 14:30 on Saturday 10th October 2015 and 18:15 on Wednesday 14th October 2015 at the BFI Southbank.

This is Studio Ghibli's final film.

The BFI London Film Festival 2015 also has other films of interest, including Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast. If you like Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children, you'll want to catch this feature.

Read More... | Source: BFI London Film Festival

Scotland Loves Anime 2015 Announced

Date: Saturday 29th August 2015 [12:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans in Scotland are in for a treat this October as popular anime film festival Scotland Loves Anime returns to Edinburgh and Glasgow for it's 6th consecutive year. They'll also have some screenings in Aberdeen too.

Scotland Loves Anime have just announced the event is set to run in Glasgow from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015 and Edinburgh from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October 2015. The line up as always is awesome. They've got all sorts of anime, plus the new live action Attack on Titan movies. Guest wise anime director Keiichi Hara who recently directed Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai, will be at Glasgow, along with renowned anime expert Jonathan Clements (saying he's an expert is a bit of an understament, as) he's written tons about anime in books and magazines, plus is the co-author of the The Anime Encyclopedia.

Scotland Loves Anime 2015: Edinburgh Line-Up
Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October 2015

Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
Empire Of Corpses
Expelled From Paradise
The Case Of Alice & Hana
Dragonball Z: Resurrection F
Attack On Titan Live Action Film 1
The Last: Naruto The Movie
Boruto: Naruto The Movie
Love Live! The Movie
Madoka Magica Film 3: Rebellion
Attack On Titan Part 1
Attack On Titan Part 2 Jiyuu No Tsubasa
Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie (2015)

Scotland Loves Anime 2015: Glasgow Line-Up
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015

Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
Empire Of Corpses
The Case Of Alice & Hana
Dragonball Z: Resurrection F
Attack On Titan Live Action Film 1
Attack On Titan Live Action Film 2
Boruto: Naruto The Movie

Read More... | Source: Scotland Loves Anime

Anime Pioneer Osamu Tezuka Documentary on NHK World This Weekend

Date: Thursday 27th August 2015 [11:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans keen to know about the origins of their hobby will be very interested to tune into NHK World this weekend to catch Artist in Motion: Anime Pioneer Osamu Tezuka. The documentary looks at the famed manga and anime creator who often considered the founding father of modern anime. It focuses on the triumphs and tribulations of an artist driven to new forms of expression.

It will be broadcast on NHK World on
Saturday 29th August
23:10
Sunday 30th August
5:10, 10:10 and 17:10
All times are in UTC (as NHK world is a global channel).

NHK World is free to access, and is broadcast on most satellite providers. It broadcasts it's content in English, either dubbed into English, or in Japanese with English subtitles. Details on how to watch it can be found here.

UK based readers can find NHK World on:
Sky Channel 507
Freesat Channel 209
Virgin Media (with certain packages) Channel 625

Australian based readers can catch it on Foxtel Channel 656

American readers can get it with different cable or satellite providers.

You can also watch a live stream on the NHK World Website or download their live streaming app for your tablet or smartphone.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

Hatsune Miku at the Photographers' Gallery in London

Date: Saturday 22nd August 2015 [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of everyone's favourite Vocaloid will want to head down to The Photographers' Gallery in Central London. Their media wall is currently showing Hatsune Miku as part of the d(^_^)b Exhibit, which runs up until Tuesday 15th September 2015.

Fans will also want to attend the Vocaloids and Alternative Universes talk which is set to run at the gallery at 6pm on Tuesday 8th September 2015. It's set to explore the theme of "How are new forums are being created online through fan and user generated music and images?" It should be an interesting discussion, but we wonder why no-one who is a Japanese Culture expert is on the panel? The talk costs 8 to attend or 5 for TPG members and concessions. It certainly does look interesting and worth attending.

Read More... | Source: The Photographers' Gallery

JAPAN NOW - Pop & Modern Art

Date: Friday 21st August 2015 [4:00] | Posted By: Dragon
Category: > Culture

Mayumi International displays over 100 artworks by 50 artists...

Read More... | Source: Mayumi International

Kamishibai Paper Theatre Workshop in Ashburton, Devon

Date: Thursday 20th August 2015 [16:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

While we normally focus on UK events in London, our readers in Ashburton in Devon are in for a cultural delight this weekend. Graphic novel and comics shop Gnash will be running a Kamishibai workshop in their shop on Sunday 23rd August 2015.

Kamishibai traditional form of paper theatre, where the performer would tell stories, and show accompanying pictures. The story teller would change each picture during the story as the narrative goes along. Most performers uses this as a method of selling sweets. They'd ride along from neighbourhood to neighbourhood telling the stories to local children.

Gnash will be running 2 sessions one at 11:30 am and one at 2:30pm. Priced at 8.50 per attendee.

Read More... | Source: Gnash

The Japanese Gallery in London Launches New Anime Cel Website

Date: Thursday 20th August 2015 [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from the Japanese Gallery in London have sent us details of a new website they've just launched. Cel-ga.com showcases anime cels that the gallery has for sale. You can buy them on-line and get them shipped to you. Alternatively, you can always walk into their London shop and buy it in the real world.

Read More... | Source: Cel-ga.com

Doraemon Arrives on UK TV

Date: Sunday 16th August 2015 [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans will be keen to hear that the Japanese cultural icon Doraemon will arrive on UK TV from Monday 17th August 2015. The blue cat from the future will make his UK debut on kids TV station Boomerang at 7:30 am. With new episodes airing after that daily. Boomerang is available on Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision and other TV services in the UK and Ireland.

In Japan Doraemon is huge, the manga started in 1969 and went on to sell over 100 million copies. He's had anime shows, feature films and (as you'd expect) plenty of merchandise. He quintessentially an example of Japanese children's manga. A true classic you should see.

The version being aired will be the 2005 version of the show.

Doraemon has recently been making inroads in the US since it's been showing on Disney XD.

Source: Wired UK

Karen's Bridge on Location with Kinmoza

Date: Monday 3rd August 2015 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's no secret that our editor has a soft spot for moe anime show Kinmoza. We even took a trip to see Alice's house a while ago, revealing the location used to the world.

There are other locations used on the show that fans might be interested in visiting. Caron Cooper of Fosse Farm B&B has just told us about a local bridge featured on the show.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Embassy of Japan in the UK Announce Manga Jiman Competition 2015

Date: Thursday 30th July 2015 [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Readers with an artistic streak will be pleased to hear that the Embassy of Japan in the UK has announced the Manga Jiman Competition 2015.

There are 2 categories Manga Jiman for people aged 14 and over (there is no upper age limit), and Yonkoma Manga for 11 to 13 year olds.

Each year has a theme, this years theme is bright young things.

The competition is only open to UK residents, if you are artistic we strongly advise you to enter as the first prize is a return flight for 2 people to Japan.

You can see previous entries here.
Last year's winner was Cogs by Lorenzo Fruzza.

Read More... | Source: Embassy of Japan in the UK

Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands on BBC Two

Date: Saturday 6th June 2015 [16:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK based readers will be pleased to hear that BBC Two will be showing a nature documentary Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands. The programme starts at 21:00 on Monday 8th June 2015. Each episode will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast. Every episode will focus on a different Japanese island, starting with Honshu, then The Southwest Islands and concluding with the icy Hokkaido They'll have lots of interesting things, including monkeys, tanuki and deer.

Source: BBC Two

An Interview with Hidetaka Tenjin Mechanical Illustrator and Mecha Designer

Date: Monday 1st June 2015 [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

As children we've often spent our time drawing giant robots and fighter jets. Many of our readers would still do this for fun now and again. But what if you want to do it professionally? We were lucky enough to meet one such man - Mecha Designer Hidetaka Tenjin. He's does technical illustrations and designs cool mechanical things. He's done technical illustration for Macross Zero, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier: The False Diva and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye.

He's got a few art books to his name too. Plus he also does lots of box art for model kits.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Hidetaka Tenjin at the May 2015 MCM London Comic Con where he was invited by streaming service Viewster to be the anime guest of honour.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan July 2015 Details

Date: Wednesday 27th May 2015 [14:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture will be interested in Hyper Japan. The regular Japanese Culture event is set to return to London, this time at The O2.

The event is set to run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12 July 2015. As always it's listed on the Otaku Calendar.

There'll be lots to see and do there, highlights include as always all the food, plus anime music singer Eir Aoi, best known for her work on Sword Art Online and Kill La Kill. Anime is also well represented with anime director Kobun Shizuno. They'll be lots of gaming goodness too, plus things like Japanese clothes, and music.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Harajuku Girls at London's Finborough Theatre

Date: Saturday 28th February 2015 [12:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Japanese Pop Culture inspired theatre will be interested in the new play Harajuku Girls which is currently running at the Finborough Theatre in London.

The play focuses on 3 young women who drift into the seedy underworld of Kabukicho. In a place were everything can be bought and sold they have to decide how far their willing to go

The performance is running from Tuesday 24th February 2015 to Saturday 21st March 2015.

Read More... | Source: Finborough Theatre

Love Hotel Documentary on BBC 4 - Monday 16th February 2015

Date: Sunday 15th February 2015 [12:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK readers looking for something a bit different will be interested to hear about BBC 4's Storyville Documentary on Love Hotels. This documentary explores daily life inside a Japanese 'love hotel' and the people that frequent . The feature will be broadcast at 10pm on Monday 16th February 2015. It'll also be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

BBC 4 can be viewed on:
Freeview Channel 9
Freeview HD 106
Freesat Channel 107
Sky Channel 116
Virgin Channel 107
Virgin HD 164

Read More... | Source: BBC 4

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme UK 2015

Date: Thursday 29th January 2015 [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK based fans of Japanese cinema are in for treat for the next couple of months when The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2015 hits the UK. Scheduled to run at the ICA in London from 30th January to 5th February 2015 then 5th February - 26th March 2015 nationwide.

Anime fans can enjoy a screening of A Letter to Momo.

Plus the ICA Screening of Short Peace, will be accompanied with an intro and post-show Q&A with Japanese anime expert Helen McCarthy (she's written lots of books on anime, and given lots of talks on the subject too to say the least).

Live action film Wood Job also features a Q&A with the director Shinobu Yaguchi in London at 6:30pm on January 2015 and 6:15pm 3rd February 2015. The director will also be appearing at the Bristol, Derby and Sheffield.

If you're in the UK, hopefully you can get to one the following locations -

Belfast
Birmingham
Bristol
Cumbria
Derby
Dundee
Edinburgh
London
Newcastle upon Tyne
Nottingham
Sheffield

As always with cinema screenings like this we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

The Giant Ghibli Clock - Nittele Big Clock

Date: Thursday 1st January 2015 [15:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

For a Ghibli fan heading to Japan, Mitaka is a the natural place to go for a pilgrimage to the Ghibli Museum. However the modern Tokyo district of Shiodome should not be overlooked for something something interesting and entertaining: the Nittele Big Clock (Nippon TV Really Big Clock).

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Fascinating Tokusatsu Museum on NHK World

Date: Friday 19th December 2014 [15:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Fans of all things Tokusatsu will want to tune into NHK World on Saturday 20th December 2014. They'll be broadcasting a special show about the Fascinating Tokusatsu Museum. It's set to feature Hideaki Anno the famed anime director behind Neon Genesis Evangelion.

It'll be broadcast the following times - 4:10, 10:10, 16:10 and 22:10 (all UTC). The NHK World schedule page will allow you to figure out how this converts to your local time.

You can watch NHK in many regions around the world.

UK viewers can catch it on Sky Channel 507, Freesat Channel 209 and Virgin Medial 625. NHK

World generally broadcast in either English or in Japanese with English subtitles depending on the programme and context. They'll also have some great Viewers Choice content during the end of December.

Source: NHK World

Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: Wednesday 19th November 2014 [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

As we've mentioned before the second Kenshin movie - Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno will be hitting UK cinemas on Friday 28th November 2014.

Warner Bros. UK have just added the trailer to YouTube.

We can also confirm that the following cinemas will be screening the film:
Cineworld Enfield, Crawley, Sheffield, West India Quay, Glasgow RS, Cardiff, Stevenage, Bolton and Vue Piccadilly

So if you fancy some samurai action head to your nearest cinema screening the Kyoto adventures of Kenshin.

Source: Warner Bros. UK

The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness UK DVD Release Details

Date: Monday 10th November 2014 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK Studio Ghibli fans looking for something interesting to buy on DVD will be pleased to hear about the UK DVD release of The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness. The documentary goes behind the scenes of Studio Ghibli focusing on Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata at work at the studio as they prepare for their latest films The Wind Rises (Miyazaki) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Takahata).

The DVD is released on Monday 1st December 2014. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.co.uk.

The movie is also showing at London's ICA until Thursday 20th November 2014.

Ghibli Fans looking for something else to get this Christmas would probably want to consider the soon to be released Hayao Miyazaki Box Set Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Studio Canal

NEO Magazine Is 10 Years Old

Date: Friday 7th November 2014 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Ten years ago a new UK anime and manga magazine appeared on the scene. Ten years later that magazine is still going strong. Neo Magazine are celebrating this with the launch of issue 130 which is on sale now. They've got a lot of prizes to give away this month too.

10 years ago we posted about NEO Magazine's launch, and more recently their 100th issue.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

Hayao Miyazaki Box Set Blu-ray UK Release Details

Date: Tuesday 4th November 2014 [15:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based fans of Oscar winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki will be very pleased to hear about Studio Canal's latest boxset. The Hayao Miyazaki Box Set is due out Monday 8th December 2014, just in time Christmas. The blu-ray collection features 11 of his films from Castle of Cagliostro to The Wind Rises.

The limited edition set comes with an exclusive bonus disc, a booklet plus a box featuring a self portrait of the epic director in his classic pig style. Each disc is also presented in a special art sleeve.

The set is available for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk. It retails at 180.

Read More... | Source: Studio Canal

An Interview With Manga Artist Junko Mizuno

Date: Thursday 16th October 2014 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Renowned manga artist Junko Mizuno is jetting over to the UK. She'll be here to attend Comica Festival and Lakes International Comic Art Festival. She'll also be visiting London to give an exclusive talk. Art gallery Atomica will be exhibiting and selling her original works in London.

Just before jetting off from the United States to the UK we were lucky enough to catch up with her for an exclusive interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Junko Mizuno at the London Comica Festival 2014

Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014 [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

London based manga fans will be very excited to hear about a talk hosted manga artist Junko Mizuno. She'll be in London giving an exclusive talk for Comica Festival at popular bookshop Foyles at Charing Cross Road on Wednesday 22nd October 2014. Arrive at 6.30pm for 7.00-8.30pm. Tickets cost 8. As always we suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There will also be the first ever selling exhibition of her originals, prints and other items in London. Which will run at Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP from October 20th to 28th as part of Comica Festival. With thanks to GB Sasakawa Foundation, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, and Lakes International Comic Art Festival from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014.

Read More... | Source: Comica Festival

Japan Matsuri in London Saturday 27th September 2014

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014 [5:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In London on Saturday? Looking for something Japanese Culture related to do? Well don't forget about the Japan Matsuri in London. The Traditional Japanese festival returns to Trafalgar Square. It's set to run on Saturday 27th September 2014 from 11am until 9pm. As expected, they'll be lots of food stalls, along with stalls selling all sorts of Japanese related goodies plus shows on the main stage. There is no entry fee, it's open to all.

Regular readers would have first heard about this years event on the Otaku Calendar as it's the best way to organise your otaku lifestyle! ^_^

Source: Japan Matsuri

Gekiga: Alternative Manga Exhibition in London

Date: Tuesday 16th September 2014 [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

London based readers looking to discover a different side of manga will be very interested to hear about the Gekiga: Alternative Manga From Japan. This will run at Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street (which is near the British Museum). It's set to run from Tuesday 23rd September to Saturday 29th November 2014.

It's not every day you get a chance to see manga like this on exhibition, so go and visit it while it's on!

The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a talk on Gekiga in London on Thursday 25th September 2014 (we've had this on the Otaku Calendar for a while).

Thanks to the good folks at The Japanese Gallery for telling us about the exhibition.

Read More... | Source: Cartoon Museum

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 Details

Date: Wednesday 3rd September 2014 [15:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK fans of Japanese culture will be pleased to hear about Hyper Japan's next event. The Christmas Market is set to run from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014 at National Hall, Kensington Olympia in London. We visited their last event in July and had lots of fun. So it's worth setting a date in your calendar or even your Otaku Calendar, as it's a great place to get some Christmas shopping done in advance.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Haruki Murakami Book Signing Report

Date: Sunday 31st August 2014 [11:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Yesterday cult best selling author Haruki Murakami was in London for a book signing. Being fans of his work the Otaku News Team decided to go along and see if we could get a signed copy of his book. It turns out, we're not hardcore Murakami fans.

Waterstones were running the book signing and advised fans that they would be giving out wrist bands for the event at 8:30am. The first 200 people would be able to buy a copy of the book and get it signed by the man himself. The next 200 would get a pre-signed copy. We got to the Piccadilly branch of Waterstones at 7:30am, already the queue had hit the 400 people capacity. The security guard for the event was politely turning people away. It was inevitable if you cap the number of people at an event, that there will be some people disappointed.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Haruki Murakami London Book Signings - August 2014

Date: Friday 29th August 2014 [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of cult writer Haruki Murakami will want to head to Waterstone's Piccadilly Circus Branch on Saturday 30th August 2014 at 11:00am where the author will be signing his latest book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Sensibly due to the authors huge popularity Waterstone's are advising people to turn up early to avoid disappointment. They will be operating a wristband scheme. Customers will receive their wristband for this event when they purchase Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage on Saturday 30th August at 8.30am, or when they bring a valid Waterstones receipt/Waterstones.com despatch note with their copy on the day of the signing. They'll be limiting the wristbands to the first 200 people, and they are non transferable. Those who are not lucky enough to meet Haruki Murakami on the day, will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy a rare pre-signed edition. These will be limited to 200 copies only, one per person.

Source: Waterstones

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat

Date: Thursday 28th August 2014 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Every so often in the news you hear something that takes you by surprise. This week The LA Times found out that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

While researching Sanrio's super star character for a museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in LA Christine R. Yano an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (and currently a visiting professor at Harvard, as well as a Hello Kitty expert) discovered that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

Read More... | Source: LA Times

Hyper Japan 2014 Report

Date: Thursday 7th August 2014 [15:04] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Features

So Japanese Culture event Hyper Japan was the 25th -27th July 2014 this year, a few of us went & this is a run down of the goings on at this awesome event!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Daiwa Scholarship - Spend 19 Months in Japan

Date: Monday 28th July 2014 [15:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

UK readers will be very interested in a scholarship offered by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation.

"The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary."

So if you're a British Citizen about to graduate, or have graduated and are aged between 21 and 35 years of age as of 1 September 2015 you should investigate further!

Source: The Daiwa Scholarship

Hyper Japan Event Reminder - July 2014

Date: Thursday 24th July 2014 [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japan looking for something to do this weekend will want to head over to Earl's Court for Hyper Japan. The Japanese Culture event is set to run in London from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014. As we've mentioned before, there's lots to see and do this weekend.

Source: Hyper Japan

New Directors From Japan - third windows Films Kickstarter Campaign

Date: Monday 21st July 2014 [15:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks from UK based Eastern movie distributor Third Window Films have got in touch with us to tell us about their Kickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign. They plan to fund a Dual Format 3-disc Limited Edition release of New Directors from Japan. Basically this release will cover up and coming talent from Japan, with a unique and entertaining edge.

Update At the time of writing the goal has been met, and the campaign has been closed. We want stretch goals!

Read More... | Source: Third Window Films

Manga Jiman 2014 Competition Details

Date: Saturday 12th July 2014 [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

UK based artists should get drawing as the Embassy of Japan in the UK have just announced details of the 2014 Manga Jiman competition. The manga competition is now in it's 8th year. The theme this time around is "ichi-go ichi-e", which can be translated as "once-in-a-lifetime meeting" or "a chance encounter".

We've covered previous Manga Jiman competitions before. The top prize this year is 2 return tickets to Japan, second prize is a laptop, and third a rather nifty digital camera.

They've also got an interesting category for 11 to 13 year olds, Yonkoma Manga covering 4 panels.

Read More... | Source: The Embassy of Japan in the UK

An interview with Japan Camera Hunter

Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014 [14:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Normally on Otaku News, when we talk about otaku we mean fans of anime and manga. There are plenty of other areas worth exploring. Today, we'll introduce you to someone who loves cameras.

With the world going increasingly more digital, the photography scene around the world is seeing a resurgence of film and there is a demand among amateur and professional photographers alike for good film cameras. Film photographers enjoy the tangible nature of the photos and the fact that film slows the whole process down. Developing the picture is something to look forward to, it doesn't give instant gratification like a digital camera.

Certain cameras are now regarded as classics of their era. Japan is the natural place to go if you want a nice film camera because the country is ubiquitous for photography and cameras with so many camera brands being Japanese. While in other countries things are going on-line, physical camera shops both for new and second hand goods are a thriving business.

Bellamy Hunt lives in Tokyo. He runs a website called Japan Camera Hunter. He's passionate about photography and film. If you want a decent camera sourced from Japan, he's your man.

Our editor Joe caught up with him over a coffee in Shinjuku.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ambassadors of Cute

Date: Sunday 6th July 2014 [4:43] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Culture

What are these strange cute mascots, who are they, and what do they do?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan Event Details - July 2014

Date: Thursday 3rd July 2014 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture including anime, manga, food, J-Pop, cosplay and more traditional things will want to head to London on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014 for Hyper Japan.

The annual J-culture event returns promising to be it's biggest Hyper Japan yet.

It'll have all sorts of fun things to see and do. Including a game and anime park, fringe market, a section of pure kawaii, plus much more!

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg in London July 2014

Date: Sunday 15th June 2014 [13:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from The Japan Foundation in London have got in touch to tell us about an up coming event that'll be of interest to manga fans. They'll be hosting Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg on Tuesday 1st July 2014 from 6:30pm at their London Office.

Seiichi Hayashi is know for his highly regarded alternative manga. If you think manga is all shonen and want to expand your horizons. There is so much to manga and different forms of sequential art.

The talk is free to attend but booking is essential. To book e-mail event@jpf.org.uk

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation, London

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