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Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas announced

Date: Friday 4th May 2012 [3:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The successful London based Japanese culture event Hyper Japan have just announced the date for their next event. Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas is set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th November 2012 at Earls Court in London. So save the date!

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Anime at the BFI June 2012

Date: Wednesday 2nd May 2012 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans will be very pleased to hear about the return of anime at the BFI. The biennial event returns on Friday 8th until Sunday 10th June 2012.

They've got a great line up of films. Currently the tickets are open for Priority booking (BFI members only), tickets will go on sale for the public on Tuesday 8th May 2012.

Fans of Full Metal Alchemist will want to book tickets for the Full Metal Alchemist 2 - The Sacred Star of Milos on Friday 8th June 2012 at 20:00 where director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

The BFI will be showing:

Friday 8th June 2012:

Preview: From Up on Poppy Hill - 18:00 NFT1
UK Premiere Preview + Q&A: Full Metal Alchemist 2 - The Sacred Star of Milos - 20:00 NFT1

Saturday 9th June 2012:

Oblivion Island - 16:00 NFT2
Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below - 18:30 NFT1
Gintama - The Movie - 21:00 NFT1

Sunday 10th June 2012:

A Letter to Momo - 16:00 NFT1
The Princess and the Pilot - 18:30 NFT1
Akira - 20:40 NFT1

All screenings are expected to be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Source: BFI

Throne of Blood and Cymbeline at London's Barbican

Date: Monday 30th April 2012 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based fans of classic Japanese cinema will want to head over the to Barbican on 2pm Saturday 2nd of June 2012 to catch a special screening of Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. This will include a screen talk by director Yukio Ninagawa.

Yukio Ninagawa also directed Cymbeline, which will be performed the Ninagawa Company and will run at the Barbican Theatre from at 7:15pm on Tuesday 29th May to Saturday 2nd June 2012.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

Manga Alley Art Competition at the London MCM Expo in May 2012

Date: Wednesday 25th April 2012 [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The London MCM Expo is on the horizon for Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2012. If you're going and are artistic you will be pleased to hear that Letraset will be running a manga alley art competition. The theme for May's competition is Splish-Splash. The competition is divided into 2 categories, over 16 and under 16.

They'll be a great line up of over £120 worth of prizes for the winners, with plenty of goodies for runners up too.

Read More... | Source: Letraset

ICN Gallery Part 1 What is Ukiyo-e? Event report

Date: Saturday 21st April 2012 [13:46] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Art

The ICN gallery London opened this month with the first in a series of exhibitions exploring the iconic historic Japanese artist movement, Ukiyo-e. The works explore the tradition and an influential legacy that has shaped the face of modern Japanese artistry.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Genki Gear London Expo Official May 2012 Exclusive T-shirt

Date: Saturday 21st April 2012 [12:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With the London Comic Con MCM Expo just over a month away things are starting to rev up for it. T-shirt company Genki Gear have just unveiled their exclusive design for the May event, which is set to run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27h May 2012.

The t-shirt is available for pre-order from Genki Gear. You can collect at the Genki Gear stall at the Expo, or have it posted out to you after the event.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

NEO Magazine Issue 97 out now

Date: Thursday 19th April 2012 [17:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's out now both on the high street and digital outlets.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

K-ON Week at J-pop go

Date: Wednesday 18th April 2012 [16:33] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Starting Monday 23rd April our friends at J-pop go will be running a K-On Week, focusing on the girls of Ho-Kago Tea Time. The event will also feature the chance to win the K-On box set. We urge all fans of cute and J music to check it out!
Press Release after the jump

Read More... | Source: J-pop go!

L'Arc-en-Ciel World Tour - London Report

Date: Friday 13th April 2012 [17:55] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Events

There are few bands that make the list of "must see in my lifetime". The Japanese band L'Arc-en-Ciel have been top of this chart for as long as I have been a fan of their music. Having never had the chance to see them in the UK before, I was thrilled to see London on the line up of performance locations for the band's 20th Anniversary Tour.

The band played in London on Wednesday April 11th 2012.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Japan Underground vs. NEO Magazine May 2012

Date: Friday 13th April 2012 [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The London MCM Expo is more than a month away, things have started to rev up for the event already. On Saturday 26th of May 2012 the folks from Japan Underground and Neo Magazine have teamed up to host a night of Japanese and Korean music. The event will be held at Bloomsbury Lanes, a 5 minute walk from London's Euston Station. They'll be supplying a selection of party-rocking tunes from Japan's alternative scenes.

The event is over 18's only and entry is £5 on the door. Valid photographic ID will be required.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Sci-Fi-London May 2012 Anime All Nighter

Date: Friday 13th April 2012 [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

London based anime fans looking for a night of films will be pleased to hear about Sci-fi London's Anime All-Nighter. The famed late night screenings return with 5 films, a goody bag and a few surprises.

The screenings are due to start on Saturday 5th May 2012 at 11:30pm at the Apollo Piccadilly Circus cinema.

They'll be showing -

Bleach 3 : Fade To Black
(Dir: Noriyuki Abe, 2008)

Freedom (the complete series)
(Dir: Shuhei Morita, 2008)

Mardock Scramble 1st Compression
(Dir: Susumu Kudo, 2010)

Mardock Scramble 2nd Combustion
(Dir: Susumu Kudo, 2011)

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
(Dir: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 2000)

We highly recommend Mardock Scramble 1st Compression and if the second is like the first that alone makes the screenings worth going to.

Source: Sci-Fi-London

Terracotta Far East Film Festival - London 2012

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2012 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

For those cinema buffs in London looking for some Far Eastern cinema should head over to the Prince Charles Cinema in Chinatown to cat the Terracotta Film Festival from Thursday 12th April 2012 until Sunday 15th April 2012.

Ghibli fans will be interested in From up on Poppy Hill the studio's latest offering which will be shown on Friday 13th April 2012. It is from Goro Miyazaki, who also directed Tales From Earthsea.

The Terror Cotta Horror night triple bill does look like great fun!

Read More... | Source: Terracotta Far East Film Festival

NEO Magazine Issue 96 out now

Date: Saturday 24th March 2012 [17:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's out now both on the high street and digital outlets.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

What is Ukiyo-e? London ICN Gallery exhibition

Date: Saturday 24th March 2012 [15:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers looking for some art and culture will want to head over to the ICN Gallery 96-98 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH to see Part 1 of What is Ukiyo-e? The exhibition covers the popular and well known wood block prints, including Hokusai's famous Great wave Off Kanagawa.

The exhibition is set to run from Thursday 5th April to Saturday 28th April 2012 (please note the gallery is closed Sundays).

Read More... | Source: ICN Gallery

Bunkasai - Japanese Festival London Sunday 11th March 2012 Reminder

Date: Saturday 10th March 2012 [15:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

A quick reminder for those in London tomorrow (Sunday 11th March 2012), please don't forget about the Charity Event - Bunkasai Japanese Festival. We've got all the details here. The event is to raise money for Aid For Japan.

Source: Bunkasai

Tokyo Rockers ASIDBLOW Break Out of Japan to Make UK Debut

Date: Thursday 8th March 2012 [17:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of new Japanese guitar acts will want to head over to London on Saturday 24th March 2012 to catch ASIDBLOW at Japan Underground Club night. The popular club event is set to run at a newly established rock venue The Pipeline 94 Middlesex Street, E1 7DA (in Liverpool Street). The event is set to start at 7pm.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Distant Worlds: Celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy - London November 2012

Date: Tuesday 6th March 2012 [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Based fans of Final Fantasy will want to keep Friday 2nd November 2012 free as that's when the Distant Worlds: Celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy concert hits the Royal Albert Hall.

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra plus choir will be performing. Arnie Roth is the Conductor and Nobuo Uematsu will be in attendance too.

Tickets will start from £25 to £65, plus there's a special VIP meet and greet ticket for £125 which gets you lots of great things.

We know the event is in November, so why are we mentioning it now? Tickets go on Sale on Thursday 15th March 2012 9am London Time. As always with popular events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment, but with this we can't emphasise this enough.

Read More... | Source: Distant Worlds music from Final Fantasy

From Japan to Hull: manga, anime and cosplay to feature at Platform Expos 2012

Date: Saturday 18th February 2012 [15:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based readers who can get to the University of Hull on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2012 will want to head over to Platform 2012 East Yorkshire's huge gaming and entertainment expo.

They've got an an interesting line up of experts from the gaming industry plus a few familiar faces from anime and manga fandom too.

They'll be some retro gaming fun, a masquerade on the cosplay stage and plenty of panels from expert speakers.

Award winning cosplayer Natasha Lee Tyler (Missy Tetra) will be there to answer all those cosplay questions at talks and panels. Professional comic artist Sonia Leong will be there to explain all about manga.

They'll be a lot to see and do at this event, so it's certainly worth going!

Read More... | Source: Platform 2012

Cakes with Faces - New T-Shirt for Hyper Japan

Date: Thursday 16th February 2012 [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring is all set to start on Friday 24th February and will run until Sunday 26th February 2012. One of the many things we like about the Japanese culture event is the all the different stalls and the wide variety of things they sell.

Every time you go you're always going to find something new and exciting. Graphic artist Amy Crabtree of Cakes With Faces will be there. You may have seen her stall at other events such as the London MCM Expo. At Hyper Japan she'll be launching an appropriately themed t-shirt called All the best stuff is from Japan. The colourful design is great to show off your otaku side.

The design is launched at Hyper Japan and you'll be able to pre-order at a special price and collect it at the event.

Read More... | Source: Cakes With Faces

Bunkasai - Japanese Festival London Sunday 11th March 2012

Date: Monday 6th February 2012 [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers looking for some Japanese culture should head over to the Bunkasai - Japanese Festival on Sunday 11th March 2012. The event is set to run from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Park Crescent Conference Centre. The event is to support the charity Aid for Japan, which aids survivors of the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. The Bunkasai will run on the first year anniversary

Cultural highlights at the Bunkasai include the Tea Ceremony, Engeki play, Traditional Japanese dance, martial arts demonstration, Taiko drumming, and cosplay.

Advance tickets are now on sale.

Read More... | Source: Bunkasai

Hyper Japan 2012 - Cosplay Judges Announced and Cosplay Reminder

Date: Saturday 4th February 2012 [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Cosplayers heading to Hyper Japan 2012 in London will be pleased to hear the latest news they've sent us. The event is only a few weeks away it starts on Friday 24th February 2012 and will run until Sunday 26th February 2012.

The event has announced the cosplay judges for Saturday. Double World Cosplay Summit champions Mauricio and Mônica Somenzari will join professional prop makers John Bekkensten and Adelaïde Filippe from Bekkhans Studio.

Cosplayers should also note that there's just a week left to enter the WCS and ECG competitions.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Video Games in Japan: Past, Present and Future at The Japan Foundation in London

Date: Saturday 4th February 2012 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

London fans of video games will be very interested in two events hosted by the Japan Foundation titled Video Games in Japan: Past, Present and Future.

Event 1 - The Past: Game Over? focuses on how to preserve video game culture and why it's important to do so. Is set to run on Tuesday 22nd February 2012.

Event 2 - The Present and Future: Progress to the Next Level? Covers where the Japanese Video Game Industry is heading and is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd February 2012.

Both events start at 6:30pm at the Japan Foundation in London at Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH .

Both events are free to attend, but booking via e-mail is required. E-mail event@jpf.org.uk with your name, details and those of any guests. As with all popular events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

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

Japanese Queen Tribute act at London's Japan Underground

Date: Saturday 21st January 2012 [8:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers in London wondering thinking - Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught reading this website should head over to The Pipeline in Liverpool Street London on Saturday 4th and Tuesday 7th February 2012 to catch one of Japan's hottest new Queen tribute acts. The band are called Queer (yes, that's actually their name) and will be playing a warm up set as part of Japan Underground, keeping in theme for the night the even will have DJ sets of famous rock hits covered by Japanese artists, plus an 80s themed dress code. The fun and games begin at 7pm and is set to run until midnight.

Tickets can be bought for £5 in advance, or for £7 at the door for each show.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Hironobu Sakaguchi at the MCM Midlands Comic Con February 2012

Date: Wednesday 18th January 2012 [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based gamers will want to head over to the MCM Midlands Comic Con in Telford on Saturday 18th February 2012 to see World famous videogame developer, director and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi. Best known as the creator of Final Fantasy Series he will be attending the comic con to talk about his career along with his latest project Nintendo's The Last Story for Wii which is due for launch on Friday 24th February 2012.

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

Japan: Kingdom of Characters UK Exhibition

Date: Wednesday 4th January 2012 [17:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime and manga fans will want to make a trip over to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. From Saturday 4th February 2012 until Sunday 24th June 2012, the venue will be hosting Japan: Kindom of Characters, a new manga exhibition that takes you inside the world of Japanese characters and asks you to consider what they represent.

It follows on from a tour of highly successful showings in cities such as Manila, Sydney and Madrid. Human-size 3D models of characters such as Ultraman and Pikachu welcome you into this colourful and substantial show. Over eighty graphics, photographs and films trace the history of cartoon characters by decade from the 1950’s to the 2000’s and provide insight into their fascinating backgrounds.

The event is organised in co-operation with the Japan Foundation. Admission is free. The event is daily and open from 10am to 9pm.

The Sainsbury Centre is the sole UK venue for this exhibition.

Read More... | Source: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Maids with Music at WOTA London - January 2012

Date: Sunday 1st January 2012 [12:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Maid Cafes and Anime/gaming/vocaloid/Japanese music and clubbing will want to keep Sunday 22nd January 2012 free when WOTA London returns. From 13.30 to 18.00 the event will be a Maids & Butlers Cafe run by Maid Planet, then at 18.00 until 22.00 it will be an Anison and A-Pop Dance Party. The venue this time around is B1F Royal George, 133 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EA, near Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

You can buy tickets on-line for a discount, either paying £4 for a Maid pass or £6 for a day pass. Alternatively you can turn up and pay £6 for a Maid Pass, £3 for a WOTA Pass or £8 for a day pass.

The event is for over 18's only.

Read More... | Source: WOTA London

Hyper Japan - Cosplay Christmas Competition

Date: Wednesday 21st December 2011 [16:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Cosplayers looking for some fun and games this Christmas will want to enter London's Hyper Japan's Christmas Cosplay Competition. To enter all you have to do is upload a photo of you cosplaying to the Hyper Japan Cosplay HQ Facebook page between 9th December 2011 an 15th January 2012. The 3 photos with the most likes on Facebook will make it through to the Hyper Japan Cosplay Team. The team will judge the photos and select a winner.

The winner gets a load of goodies from Tofu Cute, worth £50 along with 2 tickets to Hyper Japan Spring 2012 (for all 3 days). The 2 runners up will also get tickets for all 3 days at Hyper Japan Spring 2012.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Harajuku Night in London Sunday 4th December 2011

Date: Tuesday 29th November 2011 [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese themed clubbing can start of the Christmas season at the Harajuku! Winter Ball on Sunday 4th December 2011. The popular event returns to Proud in Camden. This time around they'll be 9 rooms, projectors and plasma screens for a fun Japanese themed night. The fun is set to start at 7pm and will run until late.

You can book your tickets here. Cosplayers, Lolitas and other fans of Japanese fashion will be pleased to hear that if you go in themed dress your tickets are cheaper!

Read More... | Source: Criminal Records

Cosplay Competitions at Hyper Japan 2012 in London

Date: Friday 18th November 2011 [13:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's not even the end of 2011 yet, but it still doesn't hurt to plan ahead, Hyper Japan 2012 is set to run on 24-26th February 2012 at Brompton Hall in Earl's Court.

They've sent us the details of two cosplay competitions they'll be hosting during the weekend. The World Cosplay Summit and the European Cosplay Gathering.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 Screening in London

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2011 [16:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Hatsune Miku fans in the UK will want to visit London's Apollo Cinema Piccadilly for an exclusive screening of the vocaloid's exclusive premiere event. They'll be showing Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 39's Live in Sapporo, which features a holographic light show of the virtual diva.

The Sapporo performance was recorded in August 2011. It's set for a London screening on 28th November at 6.30pm and 29th November at 8.30pm.

The same venue will also be screening L'Arc-en-Ciel in December 2011.

Read More... | Source: Apollo Cinemas

L'Arc-en-Ciel 20th L'Anniversary Live Details and World Tour

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2011 [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of the hugely popular band L'Arc-en-Ciel will probably already know all the details of their 2012 world tour.

To warm up they'll be screening a special performance (recorded live from May 28th and 29th 2011) around the world.

London based readers will want head over the Apollo Piccadilly to catch the screenings on the following dates:
5th December 2011 - 6:30pm
Tuesday 6th December 2011 - 8:30pm

Details of screenings at other countries can be found on this official site.

Full details of the world tour is are still to be announced, but we have been sent details of the following locations and dates -

Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Asia World-Expo Arena - March 3rd, 2012 (Saturday)
Bangkok, Thailand - Impact Arena - March 7th, 2012 (Wednesday)
Shanghai, China - Mercedes-Benz Areana - March 10th 2012 (Saturday)
Taipei, Taiwan - TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall - March 17th 2012 (Saturday)
New York, USA - The Theater at Madison Square Garden - March 23rd, 2012 (Friday)
London, UK - indigO2 - April 11th, 2012 (Wednesday)
Paris, France - Le Zenith de Paris - April 14th 2012 (Saturday)

As always with popular events, we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: L'Arc~en~Ciel

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Report

Date: Wednesday 2nd November 2011 [15:50] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Events

On Tuesday the 25 October, I was lucky enough to be part of an incredible celebration - The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony performance in London.

The atmospheric soundtrack featured throughout the game series is as essential to their appeal as the enduring elfin hero, Link. For many players, it is one of the core elements of the experience, bringing the world of the game and the characters to life. The unforgettable soundtrack raises the senses to another level of intensity as you play the adventure. The music is iconic and is an element of the franchise's incredible 25 year legacy that remains strong in the hearts and minds of players throughout the world. The atmosphere emanating from the audience was intense and heartfelt. Each and every gamer in the auditorium was taken into a world of reminiscence as their music returned them to the time of their own adventures.

Read More... | Source: Zelda Symphony

NEO Magazine launches Cosplay Idol competition at London Comic Con

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2011 [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

NEO Magazine will be launching a Cosplay Idol Competition this weekend at the London Comic Con from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011. The winner gets a great load of swag including a laptop, pride of place in the NEO Cosplay Calendar, a dedicated feature in the magazine, plus a NEO goody bag. There are prizes for runners up too. So get sewing!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

London Comic Con MCM Expo Details - Games and Dolls

Date: Friday 21st October 2011 [18:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In London this time next week (Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011) the London Comic Con MCM Expo will be well under way. As it builds up it seems like every other press release we get sent is about the Expo.

We've just received two press releases from them.

Square Enix will be showcasing the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 game, along with Hitman Absolution.

Screaming Matriarch will be showcasing a new limited edition Little Apple Doll.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Zipangu Fest reveals full programme: nuclear reactions, retro, animation and horror

Date: Sunday 16th October 2011 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our earlier coverage of the Zipangu Film Fest, we've just been sent the details of the full programme. The festival kicks off in London at the ICA from Friday 18th to Thursday 24th November 2011.

They've got lots of interesting things to watch. If you fancy some alternative animation then Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits will appeal.

Shirome has been described as somewhere between the Blair Witch Project and the X-Factor!

There's plenty more to enjoy, including some horror, retro films.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Voice Actors at the London Comic Con - October 2011

Date: Friday 14th October 2011 [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

As the London MCM Expo gets nearer we always get sent more details about the event. It's set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011. This time the good folks there are reminding us about the top voice acting talent that'll be attending. Vic Mignogna, Gideon Emery, Adam Howden and Philip Shahbaz are all confirmed guests at the event. They'll be there to host panels, meet fans and sign autographs, so get your DVD and game boxes for them to sign!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Beckii Cruel releases her first mainstream dance track

Date: Tuesday 11th October 2011 [2:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of pop idol Beckii Cruel will be pleased to hear that on Monday 24th October she'll be launching her first mainstream Dance Track - You Can't Kiss me 2011 featuring the Clones.

You Can't Kiss Me 2011 (YCKM) is available worldwide on iTunes from 24 Oct 2011.

Beckii is appearing at MCM Expo. Excel. London Docklands 29-30 October 2011 and is available in London 27 and 28 October 2011. Beckii will be attending DokiDoki Manchester on 13 November and is available in Manchester on Saturday 12 November 2011.

Otaku News interviewed Beckii Cruel at the May 2011 London MCM Expo.

Read More... | Source: Beckii Cruel

Namco Bandai to Demo Soulcalibur V, Dark Souls and Much More at London Comic Con

Date: Monday 10th October 2011 [14:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Regular readers will know about the London MCM Expo, which is scheduled for Friday 28th to Sunday 20th October 2011. The good folks behind it have sent us details of the games that'll be demoed at the Expo. Namco Bandai will be be demoing Soulcalibur V, Dark Souls along with some Naruto Shippuden and Dragon Ball Z based beat-em-up fun. Many other gaming companies will be there too including 2K Games, Capcom, Nintendo, PQube, Rising Star, Tecmo Koei, THQ, Ubisoft and WB Games

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Ryo Arai & ITARO - Essence of Edo-Tokyo Gallery display in London October to November 2011

Date: Thursday 6th October 2011 [16:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Japanese art and culture enthusiasts in London will want to pay a visit to the ICN Gallery to catch the Ryo Arai & ITARO - Essence of Edo-Tokyo exhibit. It's set to run from Thursday 27th October to Monday 19th November 2011.

Ryo Arai is a hariko artist (that's traditional Japanese paper mache) and ITARO is a netsuke and wood engraving artist.

The gallery can be found on 96-98 Leonard Street; London EC2A 4RH

Read More... | Source: ICN Gallery

London MCM Expo - Letraset Manga School October 2011

Date: Wednesday 5th October 2011 [18:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers will know that Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011 is when the London MCM Expo hits town. Letraset the creative company best known for their popular marker pens will be hosting a manga school at the Expo. They'll be running 15 classes throughout the weekend.

The classes are aimed at different abilities from beginners to advanced artists. The classes will be run by talented artists Morag Lewis, Nana Li and Irina Richards.

The class cost £2 to £3 per person and last up to 1 hour. For some classes you will have to supply additional materials.

Letraset will also be running a spooky competition under the theme of Ghouls, gobins and mad scientists oh my! where the winner gets over £120 worth of Letraset products, plus there are runners up prizes.

Letraset will also be promoting a new marker in their line up - the FlexMarker.

Read More... | Source: Letraset

Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival London November 2011 Details

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2011 [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese cinema and culture will want to head over to the ICA in from Friday 18th to Thursday 24th November 2011 for the start of Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival. We've been sent details of the film line up.

For it's London premiere and the festival's opening night they'll be showing KanZeOn, which looks at religious traditions in locations far from Tokyo. This screening on 6:30pm on Friday 18th November 2011 will be followed by a launch party with musicians from Japan.

Fans of avant-garde and experimental music will want to catch We Don't Care About Music Anyway... which documents the Japanese music scene on 5pm on Sunday 20th November 2011.

As always with popular screenings we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Chiptune Invasion at London's Japan Underground

Date: Tuesday 4th October 2011 [15:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers who enjoy a good night out will want to keep Saturday 15th October 2011 free where the good folks at Japan Underground will be hosting a Chiptune Invasion from 3 of Tokyo's best.

This rare performance will feature 3 bands - Tokyo Pinsalocks, HONDALADY and GalapagosS.

The fun is set to start at 7pm at Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU.

Remember the club night is designed around gamers and fans of Japanese pop culture, so it's a perfect otaku night out! The event as always is worth going to as as previous events have received recommendations in Time Out London, The Independent, Absolute Radio and many more.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring Dates Confirmed

Date: Monday 26th September 2011 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture will want to keep Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2012 free for Hyper Japan 2012 Spring. The successful J-Culture event returns for it's third run. Ever growing they'll be at a bigger venue - Earls Court - Brompton Hall.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Genki Gear London Expo Official October 2011 Exclusive T-shirt

Date: Friday 23rd September 2011 [14:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With the London Comic Con MCM Expo just over a month away things are starting to rev up for it. T-shirt company Genki Gear have just unveiled their exclusive design for the October event, which is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011.

This is the exclusive t-shirt for the London Comic Con MCM Expo. The theme this time around is Ninja vs Kittens! The t-shirt is available for pre-order only, with a closing date of Thursday 20th October 2011. The design will retail for £16.99 for both men's and women's style.

With the classic debate of ninjas vs pirates, we know where we stand (we also reserve the right to change our mind depending on what we're reading or watching when asked, if you ask us when we're indulging in One Piece you'll get a different answer than if we're watching Naruto). However Ninja vs Kittens that's a whole different ball game. What kind of ninja is this? What kind of kittens? Are they related to Maru? These are all important questions that we need answering!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Sci-Fi-London Anime All Nighter October 2011 Details

Date: Wednesday 21st September 2011 [17:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans who like staying up past their bedtimes will be interested in the famed Anime All Nighter at Sci-Fi-London. It's set to run from 11:30pm on Saturday 8th October 2011 and ends about 8am on the Sunday. The venue for this year is the Odeon Cinema Camden.

They'll be showing -

Trigun Badlands Rumble
Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
Welcome To The Space Show
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Tekken Blood Vengeance

There's a 350 seat capacity, so remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Source: Sci-Fi-London

Manga Workshops at Westminster Reference Library - Autumn 2011 dates

Date: Monday 19th September 2011 [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers in London who are looking to learn more about drawing manga will want to head over to Westminster Reference Library for the Autumn 2011 run of their Manga Workshops.

They've got 3 sessions

Comic brainstorming session - Thursday 22nd September 2011
Landscapes and comic layouts - Thursday 6th October 2011
Character creation and Letraset colouring - Thursday 13th October 2011

The sessions are free, but places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. To book e-mail rblack1@westminster.gov.uk or phone 020 7641 5250.

Read More... | Source: Westminster Reference Library

Original Ghost in the Shell showing tonight in Brighton

Date: Friday 16th September 2011 [8:14] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

Duke of York's Picture House in Brighton to show original Ghost in the Shell film on 16th of September.

Read More... | Source: The Grindhouse Project

Influential Japanese Group Set to Rock London's Raindance Film Festival 2011

Date: Thursday 15th September 2011 [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese music and movies will want to go to the Raindance Film Festival 2011 to catch Control Tower (Kanseitou). The film is inspired by music of the Japanese band Galileo Galilei. It's European premier at the festival on Thursday 6th October 2011.

Read More... | Source: Raindance Film Festival 2011

J-Pop Star Beckii Cruel to Perform New Single at London Comic Con

Date: Thursday 15th September 2011 [14:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of J-Pop Idol Beckii Cruel will want to head to the MCM Expo London Comic Con on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2011 to see her perform her new single You Can't Kiss me.

Beckii will be performing on both Saturday and Sunday at the Expo. We were lucky to catch up with her at the last Expo in May.

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

Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below London Screening Details

Date: Saturday 10th September 2011 [19:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

If you can get to London, you'll want to head over to the BFI London Film Festival to catch Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below on Tuesday 18th October 2011 at 18:15, or Saturday 22nd October 2011 at 12:45.

We've seen it and you can read a review here.

As always with popular film screenings, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Thanks goes to the good folks at AnimeUKNews.net for the tip off.

Source: 55th BFI London Film Festival

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