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Gundam Zeonic Toyota Auris

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

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

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

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

You can also watch various promotional videos on YouTube.

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

Read More... | Source: Toyota UK Blog

Anime Pioneer Osamu Tezuka Documentary on NHK World This Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

Australian based readers can catch it on Foxtel Channel 656

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

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

Read More... | Source: NHK World

The Japanese Gallery in London Launches New Anime Cel Website

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

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

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

An Interview with Space Dandy writer Kimiko Ueno

Date: Tuesday August 4th 2015 [2:31] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > TV

As fans of anime, we often wonder how some of our favourite shows get put together by the staff. While it's true that directors, actors and character designers shape the look of the show, it's anime writers who tell the characters what to say.

One writer who is getting more exposure these days is Kimiko Ueno. Having written for long running shows such as Shin Chan, she's currently writing episodes for Space Dandy, the hit show from Cowboy Bebop creator Shinichiro Watanabe (released by Anime Limited) While in the UK for MCM Manchester Comic Con 2015, Miss Ueno was kind enough to sit down and have a chat with us about Space Dandy, Shin Chan and what she looks forward to when travelling abroad.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Karen's Bridge on Location with Kinmoza

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Inside The Industry: Anime Talk - Report

Date: Tuesday July 14th 2015 [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's not often you get to see behind the scenes of the anime industry and find out what it's really like. This week the Japan Foundation in London hosted a talk called Inside The Industry: Anime.

The event brought together:
Hirokatsu Kihara who worked at Studio Ghibli before becoming a best selling author.

Michihiko Suwa who works as Chief Producer at the Animation Department of Yomiuri TV and credits include Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) anime.

Aya Suzuki a British/Japanese Layout artist, 2D Character/FX animator and occasional animation lecturer. Projects worked on include (but are not limited to) Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises at Studio Ghibli, plus Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children.

Stephen Cavalier acted as chair, bringing his two decades experience in the animation and games industries along with authoring a book on The World History of Animation

The event ran on Monday 13th July 2015. It was free to attend and it was so popular there was waiting list. The audience was a mix of anime/manga fans along with animation students and animation industry professionals.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

NHK World Launch Video On Demand Service

Date: Tuesday July 7th 2015 [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

International Japanese TV Station NHK World has just launched a new Video on Demand Service. The on-line streaming service is free to use and is perfect for those viewers who missed something on the station or are unable to receive the free to air satellite station.

The service shows content about Japan (and how awesome the country is) in English. Content is either shown with subtitles or dubbed into English. A lot of the shows have English speaking hosts too. They've got all sorts of content for every kind of fan of Japan. They've got Kawaii International for those interested in the latest cute fashion trends. Core Kyoto focuses on ancient capital, while Tokyo Eye 2020 helps you discover what's happing in Tokyo in time for the Olympics. For the anime, manga and gaming fan imagine-nation is a must.

Source: NHK World Video On Demand

Viewster Opens Los Angeles Office to Drive Revenue Initiatives

Date: Friday June 19th 2015 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

It's always interesting to keep up to date with industry news. The good folks from streaming service Viewster have sent us details of their new office. It seems that they'll be setting up in Los Angeles. This means they'll be expanding and perhaps getting some additional interesting licenses too.

Viewster also intend to start a premium service soon. This makes sense, as they currently have a free to view option that is add supported. Services like Crunchyroll have proven that some anime fans are willing to pay for an ad free offering.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Viz Media To Release Print Edition of One-Punch Man

Date: Saturday June 6th 2015 [16:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of smash hit manga One-Punch Man (pun intended), will be pleased to hear that Viz Media will be releasing a print copy of the title in September 2015. The title is already available digitally, but we know some of you like physical tangible manga too. We've got a review of Volume 1 here.

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

Animeigo planning Kickstarter campaign for classic Riding Bean OVA

Date: Wednesday June 3rd 2015 [11:05] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

U.S. label slips in news of summer campaign to restore and release classic 80's OVA from Gunsmith Cats creator Kenichi Sonoda

Read More... | Source: Animeigo (via Kickstarter)

Animeigo launches Kickstarter campaign for Otaku No Video blu ray

Date: Tuesday June 2nd 2015 [13:14] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

U.S. anime label starts new campaign for classic anime title after successful campaign of restored Bubblegum Crisis blu ray.

Read More... | Source: Animeigo (via Kickstarter)

An Interview with Hidetaka Tenjin Mechanical Illustrator and Mecha Designer

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

How The Cookie Crumbles - Hotei Tomoyasu's Latest Single

Date: Friday May 29th 2015 [16:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Are you a fan of the Hotei Tomoyasu? If so you'll be pleased to hear that the artist behind Battle Without Honor or Humanity (the iconic music in Kill Bill) has got a new single out featuring Iggy Pop (you know that guy Yelgrun from Star Trek DS9 and also those purple insurance ads). The single is out on Monday 15th June 2015.

Read More... | Source: Hotei Tomoyasu

Win a Trip to Tokyo with Viewster

Date: Wednesday May 27th 2015 [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming Service Viewster are currently running a competition for users to win a trip to Tokyo. They're offering the chance for the ultimate fan (and one of their friends) an all expenses paid trip to Tokyo. For a chance to win you have to show them you're the ultimate fan of Japan. The competition closes on Sunday 31st May 2015, so get thinking and get posting on social media!

Source: Viewster

Luke Nguyen Visits Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza

Date: Wednesday May 27th 2015 [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

We've covered the UK location used for cute anime show Kinmoza before. Those who want to get a glimpse into the real world Fosse Farm B&B will enjoy watching Episode 2 of Luke Nguyen's United Kingdom. The Aussie TV star and top chef visits Wiltshire and does some baking at Fosse Farm with owner Caron.

The DVD of the show will be released in Australia on Wednesday 10th June 2015.

Source: SBS

Using an Anime Image Tool to Upscale Traditional Japanese Prints

Date: Thursday May 21st 2015 [11:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

John Resig is not normally a name you'd expect to see on Otaku News. He's a JavaScript Guru and the creator of the hugely popular jQuery JavaScript library. While he's not being awesome with JavaScript he is also busy working on a Database of Japanese Prints.

In a recent blog post he explains how he's been tinkering with a tool called Waifu2x to enlarge low res images of wood block prints. Waifu2x was originally designed to enlarge anime and fan art, but as John explains it can be used with Japanese Prints (with some trade offs).

Source: John Resig's Blog

Viewster Launches New Video Streaming Mobile App

Date: Monday May 18th 2015 [9:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at Streaming Website Viewster have sent us details of their new mobile app for iOS and Android. They've got a great selection of anime so you can now watch it on the move.

You might want to watch The Heroic Legend of Arslan or The Rolling Girls, both shows we've mentioned here before.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Convention Season - A Quick Reminder About Pirate Goods

Date: Saturday May 16th 2015 [10:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With convention season kicking off it's time for us to issue our regular reminder to everyone to keep an eye out for pirate goods. Do you know if the event you are going to has a pirate goods policy? Do you know how to spot and avoid pirate goods? We find that pirate goods are still present at some events. If you haven't already, please read the Pirate Anime FAQ and learn how to avoid dodgy merchandise.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

The Secret World of Comiket on NHK World

Date: Friday April 17th 2015 [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Fans of anime and manga will want to tune into NHK World this weekend (what do you mean you don't constantly watch it like a good otaku should?). As they'll be showing a documentary on The Secret World of Comiket. If you're curious to know more about the convention and what goes on it should be worth watching.

"This program offers an inside look at the seemingly familiar yet hidden world of Comiket. How does Comiket continue to attract more than half a million people every year?"

The show will be broadcast several times this weekend (all times in UTC).
Friday 17th April 2015:
Saturday 18th April 2015:
5:10, 10:10, 17:10

NHK World is available in the UK on the following
Sky Channel 507
Freestat Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

It's also widely available around the world, so could be available in your region.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

Hello Kinmoza Simulcast and License Details

Date: Tuesday April 7th 2015 [15:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Second Season of Kinmoza is now airing. No sooner than the first episode of season 2 was simulcast on Crunchyroll, US anime firm Sentai Filmworks announced that they have the US rights to the second season.

The second season is called Hello!! Kinmoza, and appears to more of the same moe anime as the first season. The show follows the gentle everyday adventures of Alice a British schoolgirl living in Japan with her best friend Shino. They go to school and talk about how blonde Alice's hair is. The show is based of a 4 panel manga.

We must admit that the Otaku News Team have a soft spot for the show. While it's light and fluffy content wise, the animation studio did it's research in the UK and found a location suitable for Alice's house. Otaku News had the world exclusive revealing the British location for Kinmoza as B&B Fosse Farm.

Kinmoza Season 1 is available to buy from Amazon.com on DVD and Blu-ray.

Readers (include those in the UK) can watch Kinmoza season 1 and 2 on Crunchyroll.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

Coluboccoro Kickstarter Details

Date: Tuesday March 31st 2015 [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Crowd soucing is all the rage now, so it makes sense that more and more anime could be supported by backers paying up front. Kenji Itoso the director behind Santa Company will launch a new Kickstarter to fund his latest production Coluboccoro. The Kickstater will go live on Wednesday 1st April 2015.

Read More... | Source: Coluboccoro Kickstarter

An Interview with Mizuho Nishikubo director of Giovanni's Island

Date: Saturday January 10th 2015 [18:06] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Recently, we got a chance to interview Mr. Mizuho Nishikubo, director of Giovanni's Island, and ask him about the film and some of his other works.

The film is going to be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Anime Limited.

You can enter our competition to win a copy of the film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Giant Ghibli Clock - Nittele Big Clock

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Fascinating Tokusatsu Museum on NHK World

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

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

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

You can watch NHK in many regions around the world.

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

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

Source: NHK World

Cowboy Bebop launches on Hulu

Date: Tuesday December 16th 2014 [18:44] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Fan favourite series comes to US Hulu streaming platform with English dubbed version coming in 2015

Read More... | Source: Hulu

Trouble for DMP's Tezuka Kickstarter projects?

Date: Sunday December 7th 2014 [23:30] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Current Affairs

Digital Manga Publishing have been trying to realign their plans to publish all of Osamu Tezuka's works on Kickstarter but things are not going well for them. Otaku News looks at the latest problem and the campaigns in general.

Read More... | Source: Eeeper's Choice

An Interview With Anime Director Shinichiro Watanabe

Date: Sunday November 2nd 2014 [12:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The MCM London Comic Con is always a treat for top notch anime guests. The October 2014 weekend was no exception. Renowned anime director Shinichiro Watanabe returned to London as a guest of the event to promote the up and coming home video release of Space Dandy as well as the newly launched show Terror In Resonance.

He attended the Anime Limited stand on Saturday and Sunday of the show as well as appearing on stage to answer questions for fans.

We've been lucky enough to interview Shinichiro Watanabe in May 2013 at his previous appearance at the MCM London Comic Con. It's was then he first revealed Space Dandy.

We caught up with the Mr Watanabe to talk about music from a cold country, Terror In Resonance and a bit of Space Dandy. As we knew a lot of people would be asking about Space Dandy, we were keen to focus more on Terror In Resonance, as it had just finished it's run.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

VIZ Manga digital editions available for purchase in UK/ROI?

Date: Wednesday October 29th 2014 [0:04] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Incoming reports that VIZ Manga digital editions now available to purchase in AUS/NZ/ROI/UK NOTE: No official word from VIZ

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

European streaming site Viewster announces new UK/ROI shows

Date: Tuesday October 28th 2014 [21:53] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

European based legal streaming site announces Cross Ange and immediate streaming of new Gundam Reconguista in G for UK/ROI in addition to existing anime streaming on the site.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

An Interview With Manga Artist Junko Mizuno

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

TRSI reaches agreement with Sunrise to release Gundam franchise titles

Date: Saturday October 11th 2014 [18:16] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

Rightstuf partners with Sunrise to release earlier Gundam releases in N. America.

Read More... | Source: Fandom Post

Yen Press NYCC licence roundup

Date: Saturday October 11th 2014 [10:07] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Yen Press announce their 2014/2015 licences at New York Comic Con.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Australian release details

Date: Thursday October 2nd 2014 [17:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We don't normally post Australian anime news (but we do want to change that and post more). Australian Fan of Studio Ghibli are in for a treat the December. Anime company Madman Entertainment will be releasing The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. It's a behind the scenes documentary at Studio Ghibli, you can see the masters of animation at work and get some inside details of Miyazaki making his last feature film The Wind Rises. It's due out in Australia on Wednesday 10th December 2014 and is set to retail for $29.95 (AUD).

If you've enjoyed any kind of DVD extra on behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli, you'll want to see this insightful film focusing on the creative process behind the scenes.

The film will also be showing as part of Madman's The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase theatrical event

Source: Madman Entertainment

Under The Dog Kickstarter sets new record for animated project

Date: Tuesday September 9th 2014 [9:30] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Kickstarter anime project Under The Dog receives highest ever funding for an animated project on the crowd funding website.

Read More... | Source: Under The Dog Kickstarter Campaign

Under The Dog Anime Project Achieves Its Funding Goal

Date: Sunday September 7th 2014 [13:25] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Kickstarter project from anime director Masahiro Ando, Under The Dog, successfully achieves its Kickstarter funding. Project will be a first episode in a planned series.

Read More... | Source: Under The Dog Kickstater Campaign

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