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MinamiCon 12 Registrations Now Open

Date: Tuesday 12th July 2005 [13:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Anime Club President Dragon, has just informed us that registrations for the MinamiCon 12, the Southampton, UK based anime convention are now open. It's set for the 17th-19th March 2006. Registration costs £42 per person for the full weekend, and for an extra £10 you can also get a convention t-shirt.

Source: MinamiCon 12

J-Pop Go July Still Go!

Date: Monday 11th July 2005 [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our club bunny readers will be pleased to hear that despite recent tragic events in London, J-Pop Go July is indeed still Go and set for Wednesday 13th July. Tickets are still available at venue on the night.

The Otaku News Crew advise that you allow extra travel time to get the venue Fluid.

Regular contributor Voxie went to the last J-Pop go and has written a report of the event.

Read More... | Source: J-Pop Go

Oxford University Students To Peform In Tokyo

Date: Saturday 9th July 2005 [14:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

According to the Mainichi Daily News, students from Oxford University will be performing Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors in Tokyo this August.

The students are from Oxford University Dramatic Society, the oldest theatre group in the UK, which has produced stars like Hugh Grant, Judi Dench and John Gielgud. So with out doubt the quality of their performance is going to be high.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

J-Pop Go July!

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2005 [17:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The funky people over at J-Pop Go have just told that that their tickets are now available for their next event. It'll be on Wednesday 13th July at Fluid in London. This time around you can buy their magazine separately from the tickets, so even if you can't go you can read up about all the latest J-Pop events.

Our very own resident club bunny Voxie has written a report on the first J-Pop Go too. ^_^

Read More... | Source: J-Pop Go

A Summer of Anime for the UK

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2005 [12:53] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

This summer is a great time to see some big name anime at UK film festivals. There’s the Cambridge Film Festival which is showing among others; Howl’s Moving Castle, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Steamboy. The NFT will also be having a Japanese animation season, no details are on the site but it’s rumoured that they are scheduling a number of Ghibli films. Neo Magazine is also running a competition in it’s current issue to win tickets to Sky Blue.

Source: Otaku News

Only 49 Places Left at AyaCon

Date: Tuesday 21st June 2005 [19:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Popular UK Anime convention AyaCon are now down to their last 49 places. The convention always proves a hit and once it has sold out getting a ticket to the event is very hard, normally people have to wait for registered members to cancel.

AyaCon 5 is set to be the biggest UK anime convention to date with 1200 fans in attendance. Currently hosting an anime convention of this size is tricky and it's always nice to know that the people running the convention have experience and a proven track record at organising anime conventions. So book now to avoid disappointment.

What will be interesting to see is where will anime conventions go after this. Anime and manga is getting increasingly popular in the UK and more events are being held all the time. Surely more people will want to go to anime conventions run by anime fans like AmeCon, AyaCon and MinamiCon, however there are a only a limited number of venues that can cater for a fan run anime convention in the UK larger than 1200 people, anything bigger and all sorts of logistical factors kick in making organising an event a lot more complex. The Otaku News Crew wonder what will happen next, will these conventions continue with the same capacity, or will they be able to find even bigger venues to hold larger events? Whatever happens we certainly look forward to future fan run anime conventions.

Source: AyaCon

Manga Special At Artists & Illustrators Exhibition

Date: Sunday 12th June 2005 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Sonia Leong over at Sweatdrop Studios has just sent us some details about a special discount at The Artists & Illustrators Exhibition (21-24 July, Business Design Centre, London, UK). For more details read the full press release.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

J-pop Go Returns

Date: Monday 6th June 2005 [13:26] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Following on from its recent success J-pop Go is back at Fluid on the 13th July. Please click Read More for the latest press release.

Read More... | Source: J-pop Go

IMAF 2005

Date: Saturday 4th June 2005 [14:58] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Press Releases

Following on from last year’s competition, IMAF have announced a 2005 event and competition. The event part will this time will run for 5 days. The details have yet to be confirmed please click ‘ Read More’ for the press release.

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Blood At AyaCon

Date: Thursday 19th May 2005 [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The popular UK anime convention AyaCon have announced that their guests for this year will be visual kei band Blood. The last AyaCon had MegaTokyo artist Fred Gallagher who proved to be an excellent choice (a detailed report can be found here).

This seems like an interesting choice for guests, since Blood do not have a direct connection to Anime fandom, unlike MegaTokyo which is read by many anime fans. The Otaku News Crew wonder if more Visual Kei, J-Pop and J-Rock fans will register for the convention, who have no real interested in anime, with just over 300 places left at the time of writing this article AyaCon is selling out fast normally the last 200 or so places tend to go very quickly. We also wonder if the popular J-Pop/Rock party at AmeCon last year had any influence on the committee members.

It's good to see that UK anime conventions are experimenting with the type of guests they have and also take the standard anime convention in a new direction. This is the fifth AyaCon, and based on our previous experiences there the convention is normally very well run and certainlly well worth attending.

Read More... | Source: AyaCon

Interaction to Preview Howl's Moving Castle

Date: Thursday 12th May 2005 [18:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just received some very exciting news about Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, which will be previewing Howl's Moving Castle. It's the long awaited latest movie from Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, who is also responsible for Spirited Away (the first anime film to have won an Oscar).

They'll also be showing anime musical Interstella 5555, with music from Daft Punk, it's directed by Leiji Matsumoto & Kazuhisa Takenôchi, and has the distinctive Matsumoto character designs, even if they are blue aliens instead of humans! The convention are even screening Appleseed, a CGI movie based on the popular manga by Masamune Shirow (who is best known for Ghost In The Shell).

It appears that the event coordinator David 'Dragon' Cotterill has been a busy man, not only has he helped to secure the film screenings, but he has also managed to get leading anime experts like Jonathan Clements (co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia and the Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama since 1953), to step onboard to run panels and discussions.

The Otaku News Crew are pleased to report that this makes the convention worth while for anime fans, since the film line up is interesting, and being the first to see Howl's Moving Castle in the UK makes it worth the visit alone! It's also refreshing to see that they've got established and experienced anime experts who actually know what they are talking about, more recently we've noticed that there are quite self declared experts appearing at smaller events who have only really got into anime because it's "cool", in reality such people jumping on the bandwagon know little and often turn events into disasters. We've seen Jonathan at previous events and found him to be entertaining and informative.

Read More... | Source: Interaction

ADV Films Launches New Titles Exclusively At London Expo

Date: Thursday 12th May 2005 [17:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

With the London Expo this weekend, the anime village is beginning to sound more exciting the more we hear about it. Sweatdrop will be there, and ADV Films UK have just revealed that they will screening some of their titles in exclusive first showings! This includes Gravion, DNAngel and Mezzo.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Manga Art Competition At London Expo

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2005 [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Sonia Leong from UK manga style art group Sweatdrop Studios has just sent us the details of a Manga Art Competition which will be held at the London Expo this weekend. The competition is sponsored by Letraset who will be giving the winners some highly desirable colour professional Letraset Tria Marker collections, worth over £70 each.

So if you can draw and will be at the London Expo then why not give it a shot? ^_^

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop

Typhoon 4 - International East Asian Playreading Festival

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2005 [17:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

We know Otaku News readers are a very cultured group, which is why we've just been sent details about the Yellow Earth Theatre, who will be performing Typhoon 4 - International East Asian Playreading Festival. Billed from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st May 2005 at the Soho Theatre in London, it looks like an entertaining showcase for fans of the Far East.

Read More... | Source: Soho Theatre

J-Pop Go Report - A Successful Night!

Date: Thursday 5th May 2005 [7:13] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Culture

J-Pop Go, possibly the first night of its kind in London town – a club night dedicated to pleasing its crowd with Japanese pop and rock sounds! And that it was, with popular classics from the likes of J-rockstars L’Arc En Ciel, to some of the latest from J-pop groups HALCALI and Puffy.

The night was held at the Japanese-themed social spot Fluid, and the best of its kind I’ve seen so far! Coloured in striking red shades, two floors/bars, with artwork, katakana and anime clips playing across the walls, it proved a perfect venue for the night! The catering was in check, there was Asahi beer and sushi on the menus, as well as some interesting cocktails, including a ‘wasabi martini’! You could only get away with it in a bar like this one!

Read More... | Source: J-Pop Go

Anime Costumes Required For WorldCon

Date: Monday 2nd May 2005 [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We've had news from Miki Dennis who is currently organising an international costume display at Worldcon 2005. Currently she is looking for top quality anime costumes, only one or two will be selected, with no money, or prizes involved, but plenty of prestige. She promises transport and secure safe display for the costumes. If you want to take part, e-mail one full length photo per costume to Miki Dennis. The winners costumes will be seen by thousands of people, so cosplayers get submitting! ^_^

Source: Miki Dennis

J-Pop Go - Wednesday 4th May

Date: Tuesday 19th April 2005 [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The people over at J-Pop Go have just sent us an update. The event is scheduled to take place at Fluid in Charterhouse Street, London from 7:00pm to 12:00am on Wednesday 4th May. Tickets are priced at £8 each and are now available online.

Source: J-Pop Go

IMAF Announce Winners

Date: Tuesday 19th April 2005 [13:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The International Manga and Anime Festival have just announced the winners of their first international competition. The London based event started last year as a trial run and has proved very successful indeed. The entrants work was displayed in London County Hall in December. This was a very high profile event, located near the famous London Eye, with a $75,000 prize fund which even ran adverts in national newspapers. We covered the story originally here.

The Otaku News Crew would like to congratulate all the winners in this competition, especially talented artist Wing Yun Man, who is well known in UK anime fandom as part of the Sweatdrop Team, she is also a member of the Otaku News Crew and finds time post the occasional story and draw lovely artwork for us!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Sky Blue At Raindance East

Date: Sunday 17th April 2005 [16:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Sky Blue aka Wonderful days is showing as part of the Raindance: East film festival, and will be screened on Friday 22nd April at the UGC West India Quay and Wednesday 27th April at Genesis Mile End. Also showing which may interest fans of Asian film is 'Red trousers' which stars Mortal Kombat’s Robin Shou, and ‘THREE...EXTREMES’ (24th April) which features films by Takashi Miike,Fruit Chan & Park Chan-Wook. Films can be booked independently or a pass can be bought for £25

Source: Raindance:East

Tokyo Godfathers Charity London Screening

Date: Saturday 16th April 2005 [12:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley, London UK, have teamed up with Hope and Homes for Children, to screen Tokyo Godfathers. Considering the movie is about three homeless people finding an abandonded baby, it could not be a more appropirate choice for the charity! This Sataoshi Kon film is a superb comedy, with great animation and one you must see at least once on the big screen.

They'll be screening the Japanese version of the film with English subtitles on Sunday April 24th, at 11am. Tickets will be £7 and £5 for concessions. The film is rated 12. If you can get to East Finchley to see it then give the box office a ring on 020 8444 6789 and mention you heard about the screening on Otaku News too! ^_-

Source: Hope and Homes for Children

Connichi 2005 The Big Anime Convention In Germany

Date: Thursday 14th April 2005 [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The folks running Connichi an anime convention being held in Kassel, Germany have sent us their press release for their 2005 convention which will run from Friday the 16th to Sunday the 18th of September.

Last year they had over 7,500 visitors. They plan to have competitions, cosplay, trading card games, an eating contest (yum), a dealers room and even a Go Tournament too! Otaku News have also discovered that like many other European conventions the video programme will have English subbtitles, with one video room in German only. This convention is well worth visiting, so you can even stick around for a week before or afterwards and check out out some of the local tourist sites. The convention will be held in the luxurious Kongress Palais, which quite frankely looks like one of the best venues to host an anime event!

Read More... | Source: Connichi 2005

Everyone Wants The Totoro House

Date: Tuesday 12th April 2005 [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

According to the Daily Yomiuri On-Line the Totoro House at the Aichi World Expo 2005 has many local Japanese governments staking their claim to the property.

Many local authorities are keen to get Satsuki's and Mei's 1950's style house from the anime classic Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) moved to their prefecture, not only will it prove a big hit with locals, but it will surely make a major tourist attraction too. The house is already one of the most popular features at the Expo and has been covered on Otaku News before. The Youmiuri article has more details such as "The wooden house was built using joints, not nails, and the glass used in the windows is not new, as the panes were all salvaged from old buildings."

The Otaku News Crew are currently considering collecting signatures so they'll let us live in it! ^_^

Source: Daily Yomiuri On-Line

Sweatdrop At London Expo

Date: Thursday 24th March 2005 [12:14] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Press Releases

UK manga style art group Sweatdrop Studios has announced that they will be attending the London MCM Expo and will be running the artists alley section of the 'anime village'. The MCM Expo is running on the 14 & 15th May.

Read More... | Source: London Expo

Visit Satsuki's and Mei's House

Date: Monday 21st March 2005 [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent details from renowned anime author Helen McCarthy and journalist Ake Sasaki about the World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan, it looks like a dreamland for otaku!

For anime fans the highlight has to be Satsuki's and Mei's House, a replica of the house featured in Studio Ghibli's landmark My Neighbour Totoro. Just like the Ghibli Museum, entry to the house is limited to a set number of special ticket holders each day. Expo attendees must enter a lottery in advance to win the privilege of entering the house. As a result some lucky winners have taken to auctioning their tickets on-line, currently the free tickets are going for around $100 USD.

Read More... | Source: World Expo 2005 In Aichi, Japan

Comic Expo UK -Tokyopop Rising Stars Competition Opens To The UK

Date: Monday 21st March 2005 [13:17] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Comic Expo is a new UK comic convention in Bristol 14th - 15th MAY 2005. Which seems to be making an effort to include manga fans within the convention. The biggest news is that Tokyopop UK will be launching its new 'Rising Stars of Manga' competition which for the first time will be open to UK artists. The convention also lists a "Tokyopop cine-manga night" but there are no details so it's hard to understand what this means.
Tokyopop Cine-manga are comics made out of animation screenshots (which with Tokyopop aren't all based on anime e.g. Disney), so it's unclear if it's some sort of presentation, anime screening or broader animation screening.

Also of interest is a talk by Paul Gravett which is billed as 'PAUL GRAVETT gets Re-Animeted. Celebrating 60 years of the genre.'

Read More... | Source: Comic Expo

London Symphony Orchestra with Ayako Uehara

Date: Wednesday 16th March 2005 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The more cultured London based otaku will want to get to Barbican Hall, on Wednesday 23rd March, for a 7:30pm performance by the London Symphony Orchestra of Respighi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky which features Ayako Uehara on piano.

I'm sure many of our readers would have heard of young Japanese pianist Ayako Uehara who became the first woman to win the 1st prize at the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in 2002. Last year she had great success at her London debut recital at Wigmore Hall. In this concert programme with the LSO, conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, she plays Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, the wonderfully romantic First Piano Concerto.

Programme:
Tchaikovsky: Piano concerto No 1
Respighi: The Fountains of Rome
Stravinsky: The Firebird - Suite (1919)

Box office: 020 7638 8891

Source: London Symphony Orchestra

Kyoto Jazz Massive In Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday 16th March 2005 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Trendy jazz otaku in Edinburgh will want to get to The Cellar Bar, 1a Chambers Street on Friday 18 March to see Kyoto Jazz Massive -

Kyoto Jazz Massive are two brothers, Shuya Okino and Yoshiro Okino, famous for being DJs, producers, club-runners, label/record-shop owners (Especial) and worldwide re-mixers. They have been among Bossa Electronic Jazz pioneers in Japan since the late 1980s. Older brother Shuya used to be the artistic director of Mondo Grosso and is also part of the Cosmic Village Project. Their work with artists such as Sleepwalker (Masato Nakamura, Hajime Yoshizawa, Tomokazu Sugimoto, Nobuaki Fujii) and legendary American saxophonist Pharoah Sanders is currently exciting audiences across the world.

11pm - 3am, The Cellar Bar, 1a Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HU
www.getintotrouble.com
Nice!

Source: Trouble @ The Cellar Bar

A Last Minute Anime Convention for London!

Date: Sunday 6th March 2005 [22:07] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

I say last minute, because anime conventions are usually given advance notice months in advance. However with the RHUL Anime & Manga convention, it's being held in little over two weeks from now! Held by the society at Royal Holloway University, the event is open to the public. And despite the late notice, it seems they've got everything set up, including anime showings, gaming, a cosplay competition, a raffle, and on-site games including 'Hunt the Mews Mews!' and 'Find the Chibi'..! Representatives of ADV, TokyoPop and Manga Entertainment will also be there. And did we mention the on-the-door entrance fee is just a mere £1.50?? What more reason do you need?

There are rarely any events like this in the London area, so I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't 'do' conventions becuase they're too far!

Read More... | Source: RHUL Anime & Manga Convention Website

J-Pop Go Update!

Date: Sunday 27th February 2005 [8:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The folks at J-PopGo! have updated their site and given an updated date Wednesday May 4th for the event.

Read More... | Source: J-Pop Go!

Competition: Bondi Nami

Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2005 [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Here at Otaku News we love working with people to provide you with free stuff. We've teamed up with the people organising the London Australian Film Festival to give our London readers a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see the first Japanese Road Movie in Australia - Bondi Nami.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Competition: Sci-Fi-London Anime On Tour

Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2005 [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

For our lucky UK readers we've got a pair of tickets for each leg of the Sci-Fi-London Anime On Tour event around the country. They'll be showing an anime all nighter, which includes Parasite Dolls and RahXephon. Read the rest of this article for full details.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Bondi Nami Hits London's Barbican Screen

Date: Monday 21st February 2005 [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've just got details in about the London Australian Film Festival screening of Bondi Nami, what's that you cry? Otaku News is supposed to be "News For Fans Of Japan", not "News For Fans of Down Under", well the more clever otaku readers (which is about 99% of our readers) will know that this film is being marketed as "The first Japanese Road Movie in Australia". So if you're in London or can get there, get down to the Barbican Cinema Centre for 9pm Saturday 5th March.

Read More... | Source: The London Australian Film Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival 2005

Date: Tuesday 15th February 2005 [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The Mainichi Daily News have some truly fantastic pictures from the 56th Sapporo Snow Festival. Which ran from February 7th to 13th.

The winner this year is the Canadian team who made a carving called Holding Back the Wilderness, featuring a Mountie holding back a bear.

The Otaku News Crew are already looking at how to make these in order to make a carvings of Elfie, Tima and Miyuki at next years event.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Sci-Fi-London Anime On Tour

Date: Monday 14th February 2005 [18:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from the successful Sci-Fi-London Festival at the beginning of this month, the UK's only international sci-fi and fantasy film festival will be on tour throughout February and March.

Lucky otaku in Edinburgh, Liverpool, York and Exeter will get a chance to see the anime all nighter which includes Parasite Dolls and the RahXephon Movie.

Read More... | Source: Sci-Fi-London

London MCM Expo Celebrates Anime - Manga & Cosplay

Date: Sunday 13th February 2005 [17:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The folks over at the London Expo Event have sent us details of their anime and manga lineup. Not only will they have Cosplay events on both days, but they've also arranged sponsorship from MVM and Neo Magazine.

Guest wise, the Expo has Teryleryl Rothery who plays Dr. Janet Frasier in Stargate SG-1 and has been a voice actress in Dragon Ball playing Agent Mai in the 1995 dub and Raven in the first Dragon Ball Movie. She's also played A-ko Magami in Project A-Ko and Kodachi Kuno in various Ranma ½ features.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Shogun: The Life of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu

Date: Thursday 10th February 2005 [11:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Since our readership pride themselves on being cultured, I'm sure you'd be interested to know about a major Japanese Exhibition held at The Royal Armouries. Their summer 2005 exhibition will be Shogun: The Life of Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu. British otaku better head over to Leeds sometime this year!

Read More... | Source: The Royal Armouries

IMAF To Announce Winners Soon?

Date: Thursday 3rd February 2005 [13:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The folks at IMAF have updated their forums indicating that they intend to announce the winners on the 21st of February. They blame overseas mail for the delay. Good luck to all the artists who have entered!

Source: IMAF

Extra Steamboy Showing In London

Date: Monday 24th January 2005 [2:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London tickets sales for Steamboy at the Curzon Cinema on February 5th have sold out already! So the organisers have arranged for an extra screening on Thursday 3rd February at 11pm. Steamboy is being screened as part of the Sci-Fi-London Festival. The Otaku News crew hope that more screenings of the film will be scheduled for London soon, lots of people really want to see Steamboy and since the film is set in London it deserves a bigger screening in it's home city.

Source: Sci-Fi-London

Anime All Nighter In London

Date: Wednesday 19th January 2005 [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Lucky otaku who can get to London in the first weekend of February are in for a real treat. The Sci-Fi-London event will be running an anime all nighter with support from Redbull and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (make mine Chocolate Fudge Brownie) and with free Tea and Coffee everyone's sure to stay awake from the midnight starting time until 9:30 am the next day!
They'll be screening:

- Lady Death
- Parasite Dolls
- Sky Blue (a Korean animation also known as Wonderful Days)
- RahXephon The Movie.

We suggest that hardcore otaku go to the London Anime Club afterwards for a total weekend of anime!

Read More... | Source: Sci-Fi-London

Sweatdrop At The Artists & Illustrators Exhibition 2005

Date: Sunday 9th January 2005 [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've just got news from the nice people at UK manga style art studio Sweatdrop that they'll be representing the UK manga community at the Artists & Illustrators Exhibition 2005 event and also provide workshops, and four 90 minute long presentations covering aspects of Manga-styled art and it's creation.

The event is scheduled for July 21st - 24th at London's Business Design Centre, last years event attracted over 14,000 visitors!

The Sweatdrop crew can be seen regulary at UK anime events, such at the London Anime Club and other UK anime conventions like AyaCon and AmeCon. Recently Sweatdrop also ran a stall at the London Comic Festival, with great success. Regular readers of Otaku News, will also remeber some of our lovely Christmas Desktop Wallpaper created by Sweatdrop artist Wing Yun Man.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop

London MCM Expo 2005 Is Interested In Anime/Manga Presence!

Date: Wednesday 15th December 2004 [19:30] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

Following up a post made on the boards at www.anime.org.uk, it seems the organisers are very interested in adding some anime and manga presence to the event, held in mid-May next year.

According to the post, plans are already on the go, with anime/manga distributors MVM due to attend. There are also other plans for cosplay and prizes to be up for grabs.

The post also reads that if you (as in anime/manga fans) have any further ideas in mind, you should email them directly at info@londonexpo.com and it is much appreciated.

The event will be held from 14-15th May 2005, at Royal Victoria, London E16. Advance tickets are now available to buy.

London MCM Expo Website: http://www.londonexpo.com

Source: Anime.org.uk

AyaCon Five: Launch Announcement

Date: Tuesday 14th December 2004 [18:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

I've just received the details for AyaCon 5, the next edition of the successful UK anime and manga convention which always proves popular. AyaCon 5 will be held from 19-21 August 2005. Their venue will be the Warwick Arts Centre (University of Warwick near Coventry).

The convention will have use of the entire Arts Centre and extra faclities including a bar, restaurant and additional conference rooms, along with the full nightclub facilities in the nearby Students' Union for two parties on the Friday and Saturday evenings.

Read More... | Source: AyaCon

Manga Tour of Japan 2005

Date: Monday 13th December 2004 [18:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those alert people over at BritAnime have discovered a manga package holiday from 29 March to April 2005 for our British readers.

The price seems good considering the flights and everything, although personally I prefer to go around Japan without a tour guide, discovering things by yourself is a lot of fun! However it is nice to have the option for the less adventurous, or for those who enjoy the convenience of having everything ready for them, especially since many anime fans have a limited Japanese vocabulary, including words such as baka (idiot), which doesn't really go down well when you're trying to book a hotel room!

The 8 day trip includes a visit to the Tokyo International Animation Fair, the fantastic Ghibli Museum, a visit to Akihabara (for all your electronic needs) and also the wonderful Meiji shrine, with huge Tori gates by it's entrance.

Source: JapanJourneys.co.uk

December 2004 London Anime Club Update.

Date: Wednesday 8th December 2004 [18:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Following on from our previous article, where we guessed that the Christmas London Anime Club attendance would be higher than their last largest recorded attendance in April, when over 206 anime fans visited for the club's 10th anniversary.

This months LAC attendance was high, but not high enough to beat their previous record with around 165 anime fans showing up. As always Christmas treats were available with free entry to the London Anime Club for December, along with a raffle where people won items ranging from an Xbox to Newtype USA and Neo Magazine. Interestingly, there were lots of new faces at this months LAC. There are always new people showing up, but for some reason this month seemed to have a larger amount of new attendees than normal.

Source: Otaku News

December 2004 Biggest London Anime Club yet?

Date: Saturday 4th December 2004 [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The London Anime Club is the largest anime club in the UK, in some ways it's a bit like a mini anime convention, but with fewer a cosplayers. Located in the City of London the LAC's central location means anime fans from around the country make a monthly trip every first Sunday of the month to watch anime and talk to like minded fans.

To date the London Anime Club's largest recorded attendance was 206 people for their 10th anniversary in April 2004. The Otaku News Crew are guessing that tomorrows LAC will be the biggest one yet, since more people are getting into anime and manga all the time and Christmas LACs tend to have high attendances. Fans often like to meet up around Christmas time too, especially since the London Anime Club does not run in January, as the first Sunday of the year is in the Holiday season. The Otaku News Crew will report back with the attendance figures as soon as we get them! Before we do, some of us (as always) will be at the London Anime Club, if you're there too, find us and say hello! We want to know what our readers think! ^_-

Source: Otaku News

Steamboy At Sci-Fi-London

Date: Saturday 4th December 2004 [13:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The keen eyed people at Anime-Europe have noticed that Sci-Fi-London will be screening Katsuhiro Otomo's latest anime film Steamboy. The festival will run in February 2005 and has screened anime with great success in previous years.

The folks over at Anime UK News have also discovered that the latest issue (December 2004) of Impact Magazine has a Steamboy Cover, along with features on Steamboy and Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence.

Every otaku should already know Katsuhiro Otomo wrote the classic manga Akira and directed the huge smash hit anime version. Steamboy is a steampunk movie set in London just before the First World Expo in 1851.

Apart from being very high quality anime, it is noted for having authentic looking locations around London, with British bobbies on the beat and other landmarks, which makes a change from seeing Tokyo landmarks all the time in anime! ^_-

Source: Sci-Fi-London

Auchinawa Glasgow Convention for Otaku

Date: Monday 29th November 2004 [8:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

One of our contributors Voxie from MAME has just discovered plans in Scotland for Auchinawa which "strives not to be an "Anime Convention" but an "Otaku Convention". Our Mission is to create a Convention/Expo in Scotland, the first of its kind, which caters for your needs and wants as fans."

They plan to screen anime, have DDR machines and will also be catering for J-Music fanatics and furries.

It's not set to run until the summer of 2006 so many of the details aren't finalised yet. However it's always good to plan ahead and conventions in the UK often get booked out quickly, so go take a look and get saving to get to Glasgow, if you're not near there already.

Source: Auchinawa

Manga Animates New Millennium

Date: Sunday 14th November 2004 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Japan Times Online has a very interesting article about anime and manga, it starts talking about Astroboy and then goes on to Garo, an underground manga magazine with "dark, satirical narratives and weird, surrealistic imagery".

The article then continues to talk about Psionic Distortion a multi-media exhibition which runs at the SuperDeluxe event space in Roppongi, Tokyo, which from Nov. 10-30 a 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya Line.

Source: The Japan Times Online

J-Pop Go In London

Date: Sunday 7th November 2004 [14:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Otaku News have learned about an event scheduled soon in London. J-Pop Go promises to be an evening celebrating a broad range of popular Japanese music, from J-Pop to J-Rock and everything in-between! The event is planned for a central London venue and they'll post up more information regarding tickets, pricing, playlists etc in due course. If you have suggestions, ideas or queries then you can always contact them too. If you're interested in attending then you add yourself to their mailing list for future updates.

We've seen posters, flyers and spoken to the even organisers and they've got lots of cool ideas about this event, so if you're into the Japanese music scene then go take a look.

Source: J-Pop Go

International Manga and Anime Festival Launches

Date: Wednesday 27th October 2004 [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just got a press release from a group called IMAF, who will be holding an international competition to find the best manga and anime talent in the world, entrants stand a chance to win big bucks with a total prize fund of $75,000!

The entrants work will be shown at London County Hall from 16th - 19th December. Judges include Koike Kazuo who is best known for writing Lone Wolf and Cub and Crying Freeman.

Read More... | Source: IMAF

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