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Young People! Animate your own Manga Hero!

Date: Saturday 30th June 2007 [13:31] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

If you're a young, budding creative into all things manga, anime and even music, you might want to hit Cambridge next week. The BBC's Blast on Tour will be swinging by Cambridge with their mobile studio, the "Blast truck", and hosting many different activities to get young people aged 13-19 more hands on with the creative scene...

And there's activities on manga and animation included!

Read More... | Source: Blast in Cambridge

Tokyopop Re:Con// Art tutorials Blackwells Reading Sunday 24th June

Date: Tuesday 19th June 2007 [14:36] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Free this Sunday (24th June)? Then you might want to head to Blackwell's in Reading. The store will play host to a Tokyopop Re:Con event and then will be followed by tutorials by Sweatdrop Studios.

If like previous events the Re:con event will feature a cosplay competition and and quiz. So get sewing and revising!

If you can make it to the shop before hand then you're encouraged to buy your tickets in advance. Entry to the Re:Con is £1 and the tutorials cost £10.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Forum

Japanese Embassy in the UK to hold a manga contest and exhibition

Date: Thursday 24th May 2007 [14:43] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The Japanese Embassy in the UK will be holding an exhibition dedicated to celebrating Japanese inspired manga named MANGA JIMAN.

The exhibiton will run from 11-19 June including a seminar which will investigate "what is manga?"
The contest is for anyone UK resident aged 16 and over, entrants need to create between four and six A4 pages. They can choose their own theme but it must reference Japan in some way. The deadline for that is 14th September 2007. Prizes include a Toshiba laptop and flights to Japan!

Source: Japanese Embassy UK

More details on Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK launch event

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2007 [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our article on the Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details, we've received some more news from Manga Entertainment.We've been informed that Dave Wittenberg, the US voice of Kakashi will be making an appearancelaunch event on Monday 21st May 2007, at the Oxford Street, London, Branch of Virgin Megastore, where fans will be able to meet Dave and get their copy of Naruto Unleashed Series 2 Part 1 signed from 4.30pm onwards.

We've also go more details for Cosplayers and the prizes you can win.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment

Guitar Wolf Euro-tour

Date: Friday 11th May 2007 [16:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Japanese rock group Guitar Wolf will be going on tour in Europe, which will include several dates in the UK in Brighton, Nottingham and London.

Read More... | Source: Guitarwolf.net

Manga Workshop at Daiwa House

Date: Saturday 21st April 2007 [16:14] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Continuing on with it's Rising Stars of manga season Daiwa house is playing host to a manga workshop day on the 14th of May. The wokshops will be held by three previous rising stars of manga winners. Booking in advance is required.

Source: Daiwa House

Anime Encyclopedia signing in London

Date: Wednesday 18th April 2007 [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details regarding a book signing in London. Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy will be signing copies of the new updated version of the Anime Encyclopedia next week on Tuesday 24th April 2007 at Farringdons book store in the Barbican from 19:00-19:45. Then from 20:30, Helen will be giving a talk, on "Urban Mythmaking ­ Tokyo Style", followed by a screening of Karas: The Prophecy.

So if you want to get a signed copy of the Anime Encyclopedia and meet the authors then swing by.

Source: Barbican

Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2007 [14:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received some details about the UK launch of Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2, from Manga Entertainment UK. On Monday 21st May 2007, fans should go to either the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street, London, or Virgin Megastore in Arndale Centre in Manchester. Apparently there'll be tons of freebies and goodies for the first 100 people to arrive in costume! So get those costumes ready cosplayers! They'll also have a nice selection of goodies, give aways and prizes too. So get to the simultaneous launch from 6pm!

More details can also be found on the Official Naruto Unleashed UK Website.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga events at the Bristol Comics Expo

Date: Wednesday 11th April 2007 [13:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our earlier story about the Bristol Comics Expo (on 12th and 13th of May 2007), we've got some more details regarding their coverage of manga stuff. They'll have:

- Tokyo Pop
- Sweatdrop Studios
- Selfmadehero
- Yishan Li
- Umisen-Yamasen
- Siku
- Boychild Books
- Ilya
- Misako Rocks

They've bundled everyone together into a Manga Ally too, as always it's good to see Sweatdrop attending these events.

Read More... | Source: Bristol Comics Expo

Sci-Fi-London 2007 anime all-nighter

Date: Thursday 5th April 2007 [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've got the details from the Sci-Fi-London regarding their anime all-nighter. The line up looks to be the best yet. The anime all nighter is set to run on Saturday 5th May from 11pm. The line up is as follows:

Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
Paprika
Le Chevalier D'Eon
Highlander: Search for vengence
Full Metal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa

We're excited to see the new follow up to Ghost In the Shell: Stand alone complex - Solid State Society, and it's worth going for that alone. However Paprika by Satoshi Kon (the director behind Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Paranoia Agent) is another must see title. We're really impressed that they'll be showing them both on the same screening. The other titles are worth watching too. We suggest you make it a weekend of anime, go along to the anime all nighter, and then go to the London Anime Club the following day.

We also advise you book soon to avoid disappointment they sold out within 10 days last year.

Friday 4th May 2007, will show the UK Premiere of Ghost In the Shell: Solid State Society.

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

Tokyopop at Daiwa House

Date: Saturday 31st March 2007 [13:16] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Culture

Tokyopop are holding a rising stars of manga exhibition at Daiwa House which runs until 17th of May. They are also holding a seminar on the 19th of April entitled "Bringing Manga to the UK" this requires advanced booking from the website.

Source: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Registrations for the LAC Japan 2007 Trip now open

Date: Wednesday 21st March 2007 [16:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our chum Dragon's sent us details about the London Anime Club's 2007 trip to Japan. Let's face it, if you are a huge anime fan what better way to go to Japan than with a group of like minded fans! ^_^

Details as follows:

Registrations for the LAC Japan 2007 Trip now open

Registration for the London Anime Club's annual trip to Japan is now open. This trip is timed to coincide with the first Japanese World Scince Fiction Convention. The trip is from Friday 24th of August until Friday the 7th of September and includes all flights, hotel, and transfers to/from the airport. There are side trips and special events planned for the more discerning Otaku. Further details about the WorldCon can be found at Nippon 2007.

Source: London Anime Club - Japan 2007

Bristol International Comic Expo Film Night 2007

Date: Wednesday 21st March 2007 [16:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent the details of the Bristol International Comic Expo Film Night on May 11th at 10pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Bristol. Anime fans will want to catch Highlander: Search For Vengeance along with the fan produced title with cult appeal AMV Hell: 3.

Read More... | Source: Bristol International Comic Expo

Alcon date changes

Date: Thursday 1st March 2007 [12:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've received details from the good folks at Alcon, the Leicester based convention has had to change it's dates from 14th-16th September to 7th-9th September due to a date clash with the Midlands MCM Expo in Telford.

Source: Alcon

AmeCon 2007 registration and guest details

Date: Thursday 1st March 2007 [2:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from Leicester UK convention AmeCon 2007 have sent us more details regarding registration and guests at the convention. Following our earlier story about the convention being open for registration it seems that a lot of people have now registered with more than 673 fans registering for the convention, this means that half of their capacity has been filled in 4 days! They have a total capacity of 1,300 which once filled will not be extended due to insurance and tax issues. We suggest you book now to avoid any disappointment.

Guests this year are voice actors Monica Rial and Chris Patton, who also attended last years AmeCon and proved to be popular guests.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

AmeCon 2007 open for registration

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

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

Source: AmeCon

FFXII London launch report

Date: Sunday 25th February 2007 [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Friday 23rd of February 2007 was the official launch day of Final Fantasy XII in the UK (and the rest of Europe). The PS2 game has generated a lot of buzz in fandom. To celebrate Square Enix had teamed up with HMV to hold a launch event at their flagship HMV store on Oxford Street, central London. The first people to buy the game at 9am were able to collect special wrists bands which would in turn let them queue to meet makers of Final Fantasy XII, Akitoshi Kawazu (executive producer) and Hiroshi Minagawa (director).

The event was attended by at least 500 fans, all eager to get their games autographed. It was hosted by an MC and various questions were asked, the most important of which was regarding the PS3 technical demo, based around Final Fantasy VII, both guests mentioned that they were considering producing a full version of the game for the PS3, however it's still early days yet, so we can't really confirm anything solid.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

London Anime Club cancelled for March

Date: Tuesday 20th February 2007 [13:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've received details about the London Anime Club having to cancel their March meeting due to the venue being refurbished later than planned. The London Anime Club meet up on the first Sunday of each month (except January). The next LAC is scheduled to take place on Sunday 1st April.

Read More... | Source: London Anime Club

Final Fantasy XII UK launch details

Date: Friday 16th February 2007 [13:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

We've been sent a press release from Square-Enix about the official UK launch of Final Fantasy XII. It'll be at the Oxford Street Branch of HMV in London. The first lucky 100 people to buy a copy of the game at the event will also be given an exclusive moogle soft toy and a CD with five specially selected tracks by Hitoshi Sakimoto. The next 200 people to buy the game will also be given the CD which has been produced just for the launch event. Gifts can be secured by getting a wrist band from the store at 9am on February 23rd.

The best cosplayers will also be awarded goodies at the event. Plus there is a chance to win a trip to Japan for everyone at the event.

Read More... | Source: Square Enix

Anime at Animated Exeter

Date: Monday 12th February 2007 [18:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Anime fans in the UK who can get down to Exeter will want to go to Animated Exeter from 12th - 24th February 2007, which is spread across several venues including Exeter Phoenix and Exeter Picturehouse.

They'll be showing all sorts of animated fun, we suggest the following anime titles:The more experimental will enjoy Futureshock - Friday 23th February at 7:30pm - Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, which features a selection of short films and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence with new live electronic soundtrack.

Source: Animated Exeter

Alcon UK anime convention for September 2007

Date: Saturday 10th February 2007 [15:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent some details about a new UK anime convention Alcon at De Montfort University, Leicester City Campus. Scheduled for 14th-16th September 2007, it looks promising for a first time convention. Current sign up rates are valid until March 31st, so book now to get a lower sign up fee. We wish the Alcon crew the best of luck for their first anime convention!

Read More... | Source: Alcon

Tomo-Dachi 2007 details

Date: Wednesday 7th February 2007 [8:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Tomo-Dachi committee have sent us a press release about their next convention in Northern Ireland. It's set to run from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of August at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus in Londonderry. This years guest of honour is ADR director, scriptwriter and voice actor Mike McFarland, who's done ADR work on Fullmetal Alchemist, Trinity Blood and Dragon Ball, as well as a selection of voice acting roles. Too-Dachi is now open for pre-registrations, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

J-Pop Go February 2007, the lurve fest

Date: Tuesday 6th February 2007 [13:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent details of this months lurve fest, which is also known as J-Pop Go, the regular J-pop night held in central London. The event is sheduled for Saturday 10th February, at the regular venue of Cafe Manga on London's South Bank next to Westminster Bridge. J-Pop Go starts at 7pm with a screening from ADV Films UK of Jinki: Extend. Please note that this event is for over 18's only.

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

Barbican Japanimation Season

Date: Sunday 14th January 2007 [8:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London anime fans will want to get the Barbican over the next three months, as they've a great little season of films showing. Anime expert Helen McCarthy is involved, introducing each film and exploring certain aspects behind them. The Barbican will be screening:

- Perfect Blue - 19:00 on 30th January 2007
- My Neighbour Totoro - 20:00 on 20th February 2007
- Samurai 7 - 20:00 on 27th March 2007

Tickets are £8.50 full price, or £7.00 if you book on-line, with concessions £6.00. We highly recommend all these films.

Source: Barbican

London based anime convention for summer 2008?

Date: Thursday 11th January 2007 [17:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've received an e-mail from an "anonymous tip". As such we can't say how true this is, it could be a hoax, it could be a genuine anonymous tip, or on the other hand someone could be trying to do a spot of astroturfing for their anime convention, we don't really know.

It's about an anime convention called Kanacon. The e-mail mentions the MCM Expo and JapanEX, so which may imply that they are running it, on the other hand they may not be. It then states that London "has yet to have a full blown Anime & Manga convention", which is wrong, as London has had Shin nen kai before.

The release concludes suggesting that it might be intended to get some hype going. Is this hoax, or real? Who knows, I guess we'll have to find out in 2008, one thing for sure, running an UK anime convention anywhere is tricky and a logistical nightmare, with venue bookings to worry about, insurance, events, support from fandom and millions of other factors, choosing London to run a convention is a bold move because of cost implications. So lets wait and see. We've already spoken to representatives from two major anime companies who have not heard about this convention, we're wondering who in the industry has been contacted.

We hope the people who tried to launch the disastrous KyuuCON are not involved.

Read More... | Source: Strange "Anonymous Tip"

Japanese Artists display work at London gallery

Date: Saturday 6th January 2007 [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our art connoisseur readers near London will want to check out Sea Change Group Show at the Mark Jason Gallery from 1st to 23rd February 2007. The group show features work by a group of emerging print makers. Japanese artists include Chie Kutsuwada, Akiko Takizawa and Katsu Yuasa.

The Mark Jason Gallery can be found near Edgeware Road Tube Station on Bell Street.

Read More... | Source: Mark Jason Gallery

J-Pop Ho-Ho-Ho 2006!

Date: Sunday 26th November 2006 [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from J-Pop Go have sent us the details of their latest event. It's scheduled for Saturday 2nd December at their usual venue of Cafe Manga near Westminster Bridge in London. The regular selection of talented DJs will be there, along with a prize draw from MVM, ADV and Tanoshimi.

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

The First American Anime Awards

Date: Thursday 16th November 2006 [12:04] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

The first ever American Awards will be held at the New York Comic Con in February.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

IMAF is now running

Date: Friday 10th November 2006 [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

For our London readers you might want to visit IMAF, the International Manga and Anime Festival, which opened today at County Hall near the London Eye in Westminster. It's set to run from Friday 10th - Tuesday 14th November 2006.

Opening times vary each day, so be sure to check to avoid dissapointment before going. The event schedule can be found in a 132KB MS Word document (web usability experts scream as it should be in HTML for everyone to read). It includes panels and workshops by author Paul Gravett, artists Sweatdrop Studios, international comic book
creator Ilya and expert on traditonal culture Akemi.

The winners have been announced and the overall award winner is the talented Paul Duffield who also won the Tokyopop UK Rising Stars of Manga Competiton in 2005. Anime expert, author, writer, and Ghibli fan Helen McCarthy also won a much deserved "Outstanding Contribution to Anime and Manga" award. Congratulations to all the winners!

We suggest you get to County Hall to enjoy all the lovely artwork while it's on display.

Source: IMAF

Opus Underground Presents Rebelo expo:06

Date: Friday 10th November 2006 [13:48] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Art

Newcastle upon Tyne's Opus Gallery will have an exhibition of urban, street and graffiti artists including Japanese artists Takashi Murakami and Chiho Aoshima from the 16th of November.

Read More... | Source: Opus Gallery

Cosplay at IMAF

Date: Thursday 2nd November 2006 [17:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our chum Emily has sent us details of the Cosplay Event at this years IMAF at County Hall, Westminster, London 10-14th November 2006. Cos-mania, will have a stage competition on the Saturday afternoon and a cosplay panel on Sunday, they'll also have a photographer and full cloakroom and changing facilities for those cosplayers who don't want to wear their creations on the tube (or who will be wearing more than one costume on the day).

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Wild Japan: Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film

Date: Friday 27th October 2006 [12:42] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

The BFI is hosting a season called wild Japan which runs from the 3rd to 30th of November. With films such as Female Convict Scorpion, Yakuza Graveyard and Funeral Parade of Roses the season is definatly adults only!

Source: BFI

J-Pop Go Halloween Special Fright Night

Date: Sunday 8th October 2006 [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The vampires from J-Pop Go have sent us the details for their next event, set for Saturday 28th October with a Halloween theme - Kowaiathon night. J-Pop Go will be held at thier regular venue of Cafe Manga, near the Westminster Bridge end of County Hall in London. Tickets will be £5 with discount for cosplayers at their discretion. We suggest Ring and Grudge based costumes for a frightning night!

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

20th Leeds Film Festival

Date: Sunday 8th October 2006 [14:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Anime fans who can get to Leeds in November are in for a treat. They'll be holding the 20th Leeds International Film Festival. Highlights include the UK Premiere of Paprika by Satoshi Kon (responsible for Paranoia Agent, which they'll be screening the complete series in the Festival). Other features include the rather strange selection from Kawasaki Minoru - Executive Koala, Calamari Wrestler and The World Sinks Except Japan.

All tickets cost £6.00 or £4.50 for conessions, they also do tickets for the whole festival. It's well worth going for the Satoshi Kon features alone!

Source: 20th Leeds Film Festival

D'espairs Ray to play at Islington

Date: Tuesday 26th September 2006 [14:17] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Japanese music fans in the UK will be keen to hear that visual kei band D'espairs Ray will be playing at the Carling Academy Islington on Saturday 11th of November, tickets cost £20.

Source: Carling Academy Islington

Interview with Monica Rial and Chris Patton

Date: Thursday 21st September 2006 [4:18] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Thanks to those lovely people at Amecon as well as the voice actors themselves donating their time, I was able to interview voice actors Chris Patton and Monica Rial.

Chris Patton has played roles such as Sousuke Sagara in Full Metal Panic and Sasame in Pretear; Monica has played many characters including Towa in DNAngel and Hyatt in Excel saga she also writes ADR scripts for anime such as DNAngel and Madlax.

Read More... | Source: Voice Acting Alliance/Otaku News

Ghibli Triple Bill in Bradford

Date: Monday 18th September 2006 [11:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television is hosting a three film Ghibli screening on the 28th of October as part of it's British animation festival. The following films will be shown My Neighbour Totoro , Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke.

If you're in the area and haven't seen any Ghibli films big screen we suggest you go!

Source: Bradford Aniamtion Festival 2006

Game On London

Date: Monday 18th September 2006 [7:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Keen gamers out there will want to get to London's Science Museum as they'll be running a computer games exhibition called Game On. It's set to run from 21st October 2006 until 25th February 2007 and will feature games from the 1960's to the current day. It seems they’ll have a good mixture of console and arcade games on display and up for play, with over 100 playable games available. Interestingly enough, this exhibition will also feature the design processes involved with game production. Nintendo fans will also be pleased to hear that drawings by Shigeru Miyamoto will be only display. So for fans and wannabe games developers, it's well worth a look!

Tickets cost £8.50 for adults, with children and concessions costing £6.50. Family discounts also apply. Advanced bookings are highly recommend to avoid disappointment.

Source: Science Museum

Tomo-dachi 2007

Date: Friday 15th September 2006 [3:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've been sent some details from the Tomo-dachi Crew about their next convention, set for Friday, August 31st - Sunday to September 2nd, 2007 at the UU Magee Campus in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Bookings before March 31st are £25 and £30 after. As of yet, they've not released a guest list, however if the last Tomo-dachi is anything to go for they'll have some good industry guests.

Read More... | Source: Tomo-dachi

Japanese Animation and the World of Koji Yamaura. Free Event

Date: Friday 1st September 2006 [16:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

London based anime fans will want to head over to the Japan Foundation for their free event Bringing Pictures to Life - Japanese Animation and the World of Koji Yamamura. It's set to run on October 16th at 6:30pm, although it's free, booking is essential (if you do book don't forget to mention you found this through Otaku News). Anime expert Helen McCarthy will also be giving a talk about Japanese animation.

It's good to see that the Japan Foundation will be doing this, and hopefully they'll be having other events like this in the future.

The Japan Foundation is near Russell Square Tube station, a short walk from The British Museum and Gosh comics, which is known to stock a nice selection of manga.

Read More... | Source: Japan Foundation

Pirates vs Ninjas at J-Pop Go

Date: Thursday 31st August 2006 [17:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those nice partying folk at J-Pop Go will be having the final ultimate showdown (of ultimate destiny) to decide who really does rule, ninjas or pirates. The popular London J-Pop event is set to run on Saturday September 23rd at their regular venue of Cafe Manga.

Who will win on pirates versus ninja night? Otaku News will be betting on the ninjas to win, being favourites by far as they have real ultimate power! Although we wouldn't put it past the underdog pirates of having some chance of beating the sneaky ninjas, however ninjas would only lose to trick the pirates into a false sense of security before flipping out and killing all the scurvy sea dogs! ^_-

Source: J-Pop Go

Rare Games Collection Stolen

Date: Sunday 20th August 2006 [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We've been passed a press release from DDR:uk, a group of hardcore Dance Dance Revolution fanatics, on the 18th of August their equipment was stolen (with the exception of their custom build DDR machine, as it too big to easily move), their £25,000 collection includes a wide variety of rare and sought after games, most of which are no longer in production, along with specialist hardware and games controllers.

Since the items in question are rather unique, we would like to ask community minded otaku to be aware of the items stolen and keep a look out for them on places like popular auction sites, specialist games dealers and other places second hand goods are traded. The DDR:uk crew are offering a reward for any information.

The DDR:uk crew also help run events at anime conventions such as the games room, which was a huge success at AmeCon 2006, with the DDR machine being a huge attraction, along with the more unusual classic games. DDR:uk also put a plea out for hardware and games donation to help replace what was stolen.

On a side note the AmeCon manga library (which is made up of generous donations from Tokyopop and Tanoshimi and is stored with the DDR:uk hardware), was also vanadilised by the same criminals, with boxes of manga thrown out onto the street into the rain, and is now spoiled as a result.

We've deliberatly posted this to all editions of Otaku News, as although the items in question were stolen in the UK, many of the items stolen are rare they're desirable internationally, so all our readers should be made aware.

Read More... | Source: DDR:uk

Kill Bill: The Anime?

Date: Friday 28th July 2006 [11:35] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Tarantino announces two possible Kill Bill anime projects.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Future of Anime and Manga Looking Bright in the US

Date: Monday 24th July 2006 [4:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running an article about the success of anime and manga in the US. Reporting from Anime Expo, the article focuses on how anime and manga is becoming more mainstream and also more popular with girls. This trend has been seen in the US for a number of years now, with female convention attendance growing strongly each year. Interestingly this trend is also being mirrored in other fan events across the world too, four or five years ago UK anime fandom used to be the sole domain of rather geeky males, now the UK anime scene also has growing female attendance, along with more mainstream acceptance.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

IMAF 2006 Launches

Date: Thursday 20th July 2006 [15:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The good folks from IMAF have got in touch with us to tell everyone about their third International Manga and Anime Festival, which will run on Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th November 2006, at the usual venue of County Hall, Westminster, London.

If you're like me and can't draw you can go and look at all the lovely artwork submitted. On the other hand if you are artistically talented you can enter for a chance to win part of the $85,000 overall prize fund! Entrants take note, the deadline is 30th September, 2006, no later than 5:30pm. This is a real chance to show how skilled you are and can lead to even things. So get scribbling!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Game Play Exhibition

Date: Thursday 20th July 2006 [8:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

We sometimes worry when art and video games mix, but it seems at least this time there's an interesting result.The Gameplay exhibition is spread over two London galleries HTTP and QARTS.

It features among other things a giant Atari Joystick that you can actually use to play a number of games, as well as a furry virtual pet (that poops blue turds) and the social screen saver game Endless forest in which you play as deer interacting with other users.

Read More... | Source: Rhizome.org

BFI NFT London Anime Screenings

Date: Sunday 16th July 2006 [17:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The BFI have sent us some great news about an August Anime Season kicking off at the NFT in London. Following the success of last years anime season, they've decided to hold another one, which is always a great sign for London based fans. Highlights include director of Negadon: The Monster from Mars making an appearance on stage for a conversation session on Friday 18th August. They'll also be screening:

The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Negadon: The Monster from Mars + Yonna in the Solitary Fortress
Tetsujin 28: The Movie
Patlabor: The Movie
Mind Game
Area 88: Episodes 1-4
Karas: The Prophecy
Otakus in Love (Koi no Mon)

The following two Ghibli titles also get special extended runs:
Pom Poko
Spirited Away

They've got a great selection of titles and we highly recommend attending some of these screenings.

Read More... | Source: BFI

FuyuCon UK Convention Set For October 2007

Date: Wednesday 21st June 2006 [7:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good people from the East Midlands Anime Group have arranged a convention for Friday 19th October to Sunday 21st October 2007. FuyuCon has capacity for 500 members and will be based at the Britannia Hotel Nottingham. Full weekend membership costs £40.

Anime expert Helen McCarthy will be the guest for FuyuCon, it will be her first UK anime convention appearance in a while. Helen regularly attends US conventions such as A-Kon.

FuyuCon is a welcome addition to the UK anime convention calendar. Since the capacity is 500, we suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Read More... | Source: FuyuCon

The Place Promised In Our Early Days Screenings

Date: Wednesday 21st June 2006 [7:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Following on from our report of the Barbican screening anime, ADV Films UK have sent us a press release detailing on of the screenings Makoto Shinkai's features. Along with the Barbican the NFT will be screening The Place Promised In Our Early Days from the 18th to the 20th of August.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

London Barbican Anime Screenings

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2006 [15:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Following on from our news about Children's anime screenings, it seems that the London Barbican have gone Japanese cinema crazy! Not only will they be showing some great bits of anime, they'll also holding a Toru Takemitsu season featuring films the composer has scored.

Selected shows will be introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy, I've been to past events at other venues, and often they get so called anime experts to introduce shows, or give talks, and it's clear they don't know what they're talking about, Helen however is a real anime expert, having written numerous high quality books on the subject and many magazine articles.

Anime wise they'll be showing:

Saturday, 8 July at 1.45pm: Akira
If you haven't seen this film on a big screen yet, then get over to London and see the anime classic.

Saturday, 8 July 4.15pm: Tokyo Godfathers
Satoshi Kon's superb film about three homeless people's adventures at Christmas. This charming feature is an all time favourite of the Otaku News crew.

Sunday 9 July, 1.45pm: Paranoia Agent: Episodes 1 To 4
Satoshi Kon's TV series, which proves to be very thought provoking, as a special bonus the series will be introduced by Helen McCarthy. We've got a review of Paranoia Agent here.

Sunday 9th July, 3.45pm: Makoto Shinkai Triple Bill
Shinkai became famous for producing anime from home using his computer! They'll be showing the cute She and Her Cat, along with Voices of a Distant Star (influenced by shows like Gunbuster), with a special UK Premiere of The Place Promised In Our Early Days. The triple bill will also be introduced by Helen McCarthy and is worth attending to hear what insight she has throw on director and his work.

In all cases we suggest you book now to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

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