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Hyper Japan 2014 Report

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Studio Ghibli to close down (or is it?)

Date: Sunday August 3rd 2014 [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The internet has lit up with the news that Studio Ghibli is to close down. Being the internet it's also full of misinformation. According to sources, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said on the MBS Channel that they're restructuring Studio Ghibli. They are considering closing animation department. Many speculators in the industry are not surprised by this.

Kotaku have a good analysis of the story and it's details. As they correctly point out, an event like Studio Ghibli closing down would be all over Japanese News sources. Currently it is not.

Update: We've changed the source of this article to Kotaku, as they have a great analysis of what's going on.

Read More... | Source: Kotaku

An interview with Japan Camera Hunter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ambassadors of Cute

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Transformers x Evangelion - Optimus Prime with Eva Unit 01 Colours

Date: Monday June 9th 2014 [14:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of giant robots will be pleased to hear the news from the Big Bad Toy Store. Takara Tomy Toys the folks behind Transformers in Japan have teamed up with Gainax to produce an Evangelion Unit-01 coloured Optimus Prime. This forms part of the Transformers x Evangelion project.
Optimus' trailer comes with NERV branding too. Optimus himself sports the distinct purple and green colour scheme. While the Autobot Matrix of Leadership has been made to look like an S2 Engine.

Only 1,000 will be sold in Japan.

Fans of transformers merchandise will know that this is essentially a repaint of the MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure. Big Bad Toy Store are taking pre-orders at $314.99 (USD).

Read More... | Source: Takara Tomy

An interview with Blue Exorcist Movie Staff Takamitsu Inoue and Atsushi Takahashi

Date: Wednesday June 4th 2014 [16:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

A few weeks ago two of the production staff behind the Blue Exorcist Movie were visiting the May 2014 MCM London Comic Con. They were there to promote Manga Entertainment's UK release and catch up with fans. We were lucky enough to meet and interview Takamitsu Inoue the film's Producer and Atsushi Takahashi the director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Netflix licenses Harlock CG film for all territories

Date: Saturday May 24th 2014 [12:55] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Netflix announces streaming rights have been acquired for 2013 Captain Harlock CG feature film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Sailor Moon Now Streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus

Date: Monday May 19th 2014 [15:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

North American based readers who are fans of classic anime Sailor Moon will be pleased to hear that you can now watch it streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus. VIZ Media will premiere SAILOR MOON Episodes 1-4 (subbed) today on its free NeonAlley.com.

Those readers outside North America will note that the streams are geo-locked. So you'll have to find your own local legal rights holder to watch Sailor Moon.

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

ShootTokyo Kickstarter Photo Book Campaign

Date: Sunday May 18th 2014 [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Tokyo is an iconic city, and many amazing photos of have been taken there. Tokyo based photographer and blogger Dave Powell runs the website ShootTokyo. He captures moments in the city and does lots of street photography. He's well known in the photographic blog scene and his site regularly attracts thousands of visitors daily. A photo speaks a thousand words and his photos speak for themselves.

Read More... | Source: ShootTokyo Kickstarter Campaign

VIZ Media US licences entire Sailor Moon anime library

Date: Saturday May 17th 2014 [16:19] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media announce the licensing of the Sailor Moon animated library for streaming and home video release in North America.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition release details

Date: Wednesday May 7th 2014 [15:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime expert Jonathan Clements has just updated his website revealing that The Anime Encylopedia will have a third edition and is schedule for publication in December 2014.

The popular book written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy has been expanded with over 1,000 new entries, over 4,000 updates and corrections. This book is one of those amazing multiple purpose references. If you're an anime fan you should own a copy. If you're an academic it's essential. If you're running a website dedicated to news for fans of Japan (just like this one), you'll already have the first and second editions and regularly use them to fact check and research, so you'll be keen to get your hands on the third edition.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Remember that Amazon's pre-order price promise means you'll also pay the lowest price offered by Amazon, so if the price dips between now and when it's released, you'll only pay the lowest price.

Source: Jonathan Clements Website - Schoolgirl Milky Crisis

Con Report: MCM Comic Con Ireland 2014

Date: Tuesday April 29th 2014 [17:09] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Fandom

Our report is nearly derailed by con flu but here's the rundown from MCM Comic Con 2014 in Dublin!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Date: Monday April 14th 2014 [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good people from Project 6060 have sent us news of their Kickstarter Campaign for Stories of Modern Manga (1952-2012). The title of the book is self explanatory, with each double page spread tackling a year in the history of manga.

They aim to make the book as accessible as possible, it sounds like a great coffee table book, something you can just pick up and dip into.

The campaign aims to to raise $18K (USD) to publish the book. At the time of writing they've currently raised $3,693. However it's still early days and we know it's the last few hours that really count for a Kickstarter campaign.

Read More... | Source: 1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Pirate Anime FAQ Updated

Date: Sunday April 6th 2014 [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

The Pirate Anime FAQ is regarded as essential reading. We've just done a minor update adding a section about Anime Conventions and similar events to it. Geeky events like this are a great place to buy stuff from, but we urge caution as some will have excellent policies in place to stop dealers from selling pirate goods. Other events we are aware of however will not have any policy or if they do not enforce it. Often their concern is if they've sold enough tables to make a good profit. This does not just apply to small events. Bigger events also have this problem too.

Source: Pirate Anime FAQ

First MCM Ireland Comic Con Details - April 2014

Date: Thursday April 3rd 2014 [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Irish Anime fans in Dublin are in for a treat on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014 as that's when the first ever MCM Ireland Comic Con is set to run at Dublin's RDS.

The event regularly attracts huge crowds around the UK and this April it's Dublin debut marks it's first time in Ireland. Anime fans will be well catered for with two top voice actors - Maile Flanagan, the voice of Naruto, and Bryce Papenbrook, who plays Eren Yeager in Attack On Titan. Plus lots of cosplay goodness including a masquerade.

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

Ranma 1/2 US High definition release details

Date: Tuesday March 18th 2014 [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans after a true classic will be very pleased to hear about the new high definition release of Ranma 1/2 on blu-ray and DVD. The good folks from Viz Media have sent us details about the up coming release. The title is due to hit the shelves on March 25th 2014.

Volume 1 will feature everyone's favourite cursed gender bending boy, in original Japanese broadcast order.

You can see footage of the original release vs. this current High Def release and Blu-ray set Debut.

Pre-order Blu-ray from Amazon.com
Pre-order DVD from Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

A look at the local Australian anime section

Date: Wednesday March 12th 2014 [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've highlighted before to our UK readers how they're connected to the Australian anime market. So today we'd thought we should share you with you an example of how established the market is down under.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Wind Rises Review

Date: Wednesday March 5th 2014 [3:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

While Hayao Miyazaki's latest offering The Wind Rises awaits it's special UK preview on Wednesday 23rd April 2014, it is currently being shown in the US and Australia. We were lucky enough to catch a screening in English recently.

Here's our review of the film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Mai Mai Miracle UK and US Release Kickstarter Update

Date: Saturday February 8th 2014 [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The big news in anime circles this week has been from Anime Limited and their Kickstarter campaign to bring Mai Mai Miracle to home video.

Within the first 18 hours the Kickstarter hit it's $30K (USD) funding goal. So now they're going for a stretch goal. If they hit the goal of $60K, they'll be able to fund a dub. At the time of writing (with 26 days left on the Kickstarter), they have reached just over $54K. You can keep up to date with news about the Kickstarter here or check out Anime Limited's own website.

Source: Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter

Plastic Blue a LGBT Yuri tale continues the return of GEN Manga monthly

Date: Tuesday February 4th 2014 [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Indie Manga publishers GEN Manga have sent us details of their newest releases. Plus an all new season of their manga collection has just launched. All their titles are available to download from their website and are DRM free.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Otaku News Podcast Omake 1

Date: Monday January 20th 2014 [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Spike and Colin try a different kind of podcast in the first Omake Podcast. We didn't want to record a proper show without Rebecca (who is relocating for work) so we decided to just talk for a while about a few different topics. Colin bores the pants off Spike talking about the newly announced Persona games, we look at the first episode of Seitokai Yakuindomo* and then theres a long discussion about mech shows. As this is the first time we've done this, we would like some feedback. Maybe you preffered this to the normal structured podcast. Let us know at podcast@otakunews.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Otakunewscast

MP3 File:
43.3 MB
47 minutes 01 second

[Direct Download] [Torrent]

Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

GEN Manga returns with Let's Eat Ramen 3

Date: Monday January 6th 2014 [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest release. They're back with volume 3 of Let's Eat Ramen. Their GEN Manga monthly indie manga has also returned.

We caught up with GEN Manga a few years ago to hear their thoughts on seinen and indie manga.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Looking back over 2013 with Otaku News

Date: Tuesday December 31st 2013 [11:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

We don't normally do retrospective articles like this, but we thought it would be interesting to look back over the year that was 2013. February 2014 will mark 10 years of Otaku News. The last 12 months we've managed to cover a lot of interesting things and it'll be fun to go over all the events we were able to bring you in 2013.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Christmas 2013 at Fosse Farm the Home of Alice from Kinmoza

Date: Thursday December 19th 2013 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Without doubt one of our most popular articles this year was our on location coverage of Fosse Farm - Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza. Key scenes in the anime set in England used Fosse Farmhouse as Alice's house.

Caron Cooper who owns and runs the B&B has just got in touch with us to let us know about a special Christmas offer for Otaku news readers -

Double or twin bedrooms in The Stables Cottage (Alice and Shino's Hanafuda house) 99.00 per room per night B&B.

Available from 20/12/2013 - 26/12/2013 inclusive.

Plus a few spaces remaining for our delicious 4 course Christmas Day lunch at 48.00 per person.

Please email caron@fossefarmhouse.com for further details/booking.

Of course if you can't make it to Fosse Farm over Christmas, they do take bookings around the year too!

Source: Fosse Farm

New trailer for upcoming Kiki's Delivery Service live action movie

Date: Friday December 13th 2013 [11:42] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

I've just heard off the social grapevine that a new trailer is out for the live action version of Kiki's Delivery Service.

Youtube reactions have been so-so. I think the colour palette looks nice, and Kiki's actress looks lively, but it doesn't seem to the original Ghibli soundtrack.

It opens in Japan 1st March 2014.

Watch it here

Source: YouTube

Otaku News Podcast Episode 12

Date: Tuesday November 5th 2013 [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

The Podcast crew is back for a bumper episode covering recent news, licenses and cake. Being reviewed we have Gatchaman Crowds, Beyond The Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata) and the so far rather awesome Kill la Kill. Rebecca has just returned from a trip to Japan, so we get to hear her take on Toyko. The podcast wraps up with a new feature called Stream Run where Colin tries to talk about all the new shows he's been watching on Crunchyroll as fast as he can.

MP3 File:
77.9 MB
1 Hour 25 minutes 02 seconds

[Direct Download] [Torrent]

Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An interview with WIT Studio the company behind the Attack on Titan Anime

Date: Saturday November 2nd 2013 [14:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

One of the biggest anime titles of the year has been without doubt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin). The title is due for a UK DVD release soon by Manga Entertainment UK. To prepare everyone for the advancing giants WIT Studio the producers of Attack on Titan were guests at the October 2013 MCM London Comic Con.

We caught up with 3 of the main staff behind the company at the MCM London Comic Con - producer George Wada, Katsuhiko Kitada (character designer on Hal, animation director for Attack On Titan) and Ryotaro Makihara director of feature length anime HAL.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 11

Date: Thursday October 31st 2013 [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

It's live podcast time! Here is most of our live episode from Ayacon 2013. Sadly technical problems cut off the beginning of the show but to make up for it we made a video version including the slides that the audience saw during the show. We cover our usual topics such as news and licenses. The feature is spread throughout the show and are our Top 3 "What the!?" shows. We review that swimming Free as well as C3-Bu and take some questions from the audience (who were rather awesome).

I don't believe its stated in the show itself but Spike and myself are playing a drinking game. Any time someone mentions Persona or Bakemonogatari we have to drink. That explains some of the random pauses and laughter.

If you like the video format and want more of it, let us know at podcast@otakunews.com or tweet us @otakunewscast. Also, look out for episode 12 which is coming soon and features highlights of Rebecca's recent trip to Japan!

Source: Otaku News Podcast Episode 11

Animeigo launch Kickstarter project for Bubblegum Crisis blu ray set

Date: Saturday October 26th 2013 [21:05] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Veteran U.S. anime label announces crowd funded blu ray edition of classic anime cyber punk OVA series.

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

Crunchyroll and Kodansha Comics announce digital manga store

Date: Saturday October 26th 2013 [20:48] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Crunchyroll and Kodansha Comics plan digital manga platform with simulcast publishing of chapters in same day release with Japanese versions.

Read More... | Source: Crunchyroll

Kickstarter project EGOIST: Bright clothes for bright people featuring artist Lisa Alisa

Date: Friday October 18th 2013 [12:25] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Art

Independent artist Lisa Alisa is collaborating with innovative clothing brand EGOIST for a Kickstarter project featuring her incredible designs on exceptional apparel.

Read More... | Source: Kickstarter

Introduction to Weekly Shonen Jump (Int'l Edition)

Date: Thursday October 10th 2013 [21:30] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Phillip looks at the Android version of VIZ' popular Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. But it isn't all plain sailing.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Wolf Girl - The Princess Mononoke fan film

Date: Saturday September 14th 2013 [11:05] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Fandom

Any filmmaker will tell you that producing a movie is- hard work. The time, effort and sometimes budget issues can get in the way of making a vision a reality. That challenge is only intensified when it's a fan-based film, reaping no financial rewards at the end and with only the love of the story to keep them going. But that's exactly what filmmakers, Nate Drake and Georgie Donovan are doing, currently in the works is Wolf Girl, a movie about a modern teenage girl struggling to save the forest she calls home from humans, who are cutting down the trees for their own needs. She then joins forces with wolves in a bid to defend her home.

Read More... | Source: Wolf Girl Movie

London Shopping Guide Updated

Date: Monday September 2nd 2013 [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've just updated our London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide. Japanese department store Mitsukoshi has now closed, so it's been removed from our listing. We've heard rumours that they might open elsewhere in one form or another. All is not lost though as the bookshop in Mitsukoshi's basement JP Books now has it's own dedicated shop on Denman Street, just North of Piccadilly Circus.

We've also had to remove the much loved retro gaming shop Gaming Focus, along with the Muji on Oxford Street. There are still other Muji shops around London.

Also, we like to remind people when shopping for anime goods anywhere to watch out for pirate goods. We suggest you stay informed and read The Pirate Anime FAQ. There are still plenty of places out there that do stock pirate goods.

Source: Otaku News - London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide

Hyper Japan on NHK World's Imagine-nation

Date: Monday August 26th 2013 [8:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of the next episode of Imagine-nation. The special episode focuses on Hyper Japan 2013 in London.

It includes NHK World's Cosplay Portrait Studio, plus the European Cosplay Gathering at the main stage and Vocaloid boom in the UK.

We've covered Hyper Japan 2013 previously.

It's due to air from Tuesday 27th August to Wednesday 28th August 2013, depending on your timezone.
UK based viewers can catch the show on the following times -
Tuesday 27th August - 16:30 and 20:30
Wednesday 28th August - 0:30/4:30/8:30/12:30

You can check the schedule here.

UK viewers can watch NHK World on :
Sky Channel 507
Freesat - Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

Source: NHK World

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