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Young Americans Revel In Japanese Pop Culture

Date: Sunday February 20th 2005 [11:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

A syndicated article that appears on Designerz.com covers anime fandom in general and explains that fandom is on the rise with young Americans. It also mentions Katsucon and states how some Japanese exports are edited to local tastes, such as the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which had footage refilmed with American Actors.

Source: Designerz.com

Global Anime And Manga Market Worth US$100 Billion

Date: Sunday February 20th 2005 [11:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

J-Marketing.net have just published a story reporting that globally the anime and manga market is worth a massive US$100 billion! Yes, you read that right one-hundred billion US dollars. The article also states that products based on characters from anime and manga always prove very popular.

Source: J-Marketing.net

Dateless Otaku?

Date: Sunday February 20th 2005 [10:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Following on from our previous story about Densha Otoko (Trainman) MSNBC News Newsweek have posted a story chasing up the idea of otaku being unable to get dates with girls. It makes an interesting read and takes the whole idea of being an otaku from a few different perspectives.

Source: MSNBC News Newsweek

PCR Distributing, Co - Yulia Nova Cosplay DVDs Vol. 1-3

Date: Saturday February 19th 2005 [8:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Russian Idol Yulia Nova and Japanese photographer Satoshi Kizu have teamed up to produce some Cosplay DVDs, which are well clearly aimed at the more mature audience. The Otaku News Crew wonder who buys these things and more importantly, why they don't bother buying Schoolgirl Milky Crisis instead! ^_-

Read More... | Source: PCR Distributing

An Interview With Frederik L. Schodt

Date: Thursday February 17th 2005 [18:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Animation Insider have published their interview with Frederik L. Schodt and experienced Japanese language interpreter, manga translator, and author, Schodt has written some very excellent books on manga, translated both volumes of the Ghost In The Shell manga as well as many other projects. Schodt is highly respected in the anime and manga community and has even worked the late Osamu Tezuka (who is often regarded as the founder of modern anime and manga). The interview has lots of great bits of information and we really recommend reading it.

Source: Animation Insider

Jonathan Clements Interview By AnimeOnDVD.com

Date: Sunday February 6th 2005 [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Incredibly nice guy Paul Jacques over at AnimeOnDVD.com went out to a pub with Jonathan Clements (writer, translator, anime expert etc...), so as well as drinking many beers (as the photo's show ^_-) Paul decided to interview Mr Clements about anime and it's good to see that as always Jonathan is refreshingly honest with his opinions.

The interview is devided into three parts:

Part 1 - in which they try to determine who buys anime, and why there were only 500 people at 1990s conventions when Overfiend sells in the tens of thousands. Jonathan also mentions a new show "Magical Princess Fluffy Tosspot", we belive this is like Schoolgirl Milky Crisis! ^_-

Part 2 - in which they discuss the values of television and ask whether the quality of anime is not strained.

Part 3 - in which they talk of critics and the mediaís strange habit of redefining "anime" to mean whatever they need it to mean on any given day.

Source: AnimeOnDVD.com

Japonisme - Cultural Crossings between Japan and the West

Date: Friday January 7th 2005 [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Phaidon Press have sent us details of a new book they are publishing - Japonisme: Cultural Crossings between Japan and the West, by Lionel Lambourne. It focuses on the history of Japanese of the West's extraordinary love affair with Japan. It's due out in May and sounds like an interesting read.

Read More... | Source: Phaidon Press

Miyazaki Web Celebrates 10 Years On-line!

Date: Sunday January 2nd 2005 [19:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The end of 2004 marked the end of another year, and it also marked another landmark for anime fandom, the most accurate and complete dedicated unofficial resource for Studio Ghibli fans - The Miyazaki Web celebrates it's 10th Birthday on December 31st 2004.

The site is really better known as a part of Nausicaa.net and has often been mistaken as the Official Studio Ghibli Website, because of it's professional finish and level of detail. Many have used it for research on Studio Ghibli and it's founder Oscar winning director Hayao Miyazaki. The Miyazaki web is more than a website it also has it's own mailing list, the Miyazaki Mailing List, which has grown steadily each year for the last 13 years, the majority of it's subscribers are American, but for a first time the UK is now the second most subscribed country, beating Japan to third place.

Here's wishing the Miyazaki Web a Happy Birthday, and good luck with the next 10 years!

Read More... | Source: Miyazaki Web

More Christmas Wallpaper From Otaku News

Date: Tuesday December 21st 2004 [19:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've had lots of positive feedback about our Christmas Desktop wallpaper, so in the true Christmas spirit, it's only right to give our readers what they want! ^_-

The image in question like all our wallpaper is an image made exclusively for Otaku News. This very festive girl has been drawn by the talented Wing Yun Man.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Christmas Wallpaper From Otaku News

Date: Sunday December 19th 2004 [17:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Firstly we must apologise for the lack of updates recently, the holiday season has got the better of the Otaku News Crew! To celebrate the festive season one of the Otaku News artists, Andes Sudo has been a busy bunny working on some Tima Christmas Desktop Wallpaper for you to download and enjoy.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Move Over, Mickey Mouse-san

Date: Sunday December 12th 2004 [17:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Associated Press have a good write up on the Success of anime in the US, it features John Ledford of ADV Films, who describes ADV as the "anti-Disney". Since it's syndicated, it appears on quite a few news sites. Well known store Wizzywig Collectibles gets mentioned too. We recommend that you check out The Sun Herald's copy of it, even if you don't live in the South of Mississippi. ^_-

Source: The Sun Herald

Anime Network Issuse A Call To Arms For All Anime Fans

Date: Tuesday December 7th 2004 [17:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Otaku News Crew have just received a newsletter from Anime Network the cable and satellite channel that broadcasts nothing but anime (yay).

They've issued a "call to arms for all Anime Fans" with the headline:
"Anime Fans of America: YOUR TIME IS NOW!"
The newsletter states that Anime Network's continued operation and expansion is in jeopardy and to help improve things the channel wants anime fans to either fax or e-mail the cable companies' decision makers directly via www.theanimenetwork.com. The Anime Network also advise you to get everyone you know to do the same. You can even phone Comcast directly on (215) 665-1700 and say that you'll switch for Anime Network.

The Otaku News crew are uncertain how necessary this is, if it's a marketing ploy from the very clever folks at Anime Network, or if they are indeed in trouble and need fan support.

Source: Anime Network

U.S. High Schools, Libraries and College Anime Clubs Offered Free Preview DVDs from ADV.

Date: Friday December 3rd 2004 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The folks at ADV US have just launched a new campaign ingeniously called Anime ADVocates. This sort of thing is a dream for a US otaku running an official anime club at their high school, library or college. Eligible applicants have the opportunity to get free anime preview DVDs, prizes and other goodies from ADV.

Read More... | Source: ADV - Anime ADVocates

TokyoPop's 5th Rising Stars of Manga Competition Kicks Off Today

Date: Wednesday December 1st 2004 [19:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

TokyoPop have just launched their popular manga competition where artists are invited to submit 15 to 20 pages of manga inspired comics for a chance to be in the next Rising Stars anthology, to be published in Summer 2005.

Along with the usual lovely cash prices TokyoPop have added an extra and welcomed twist with the people's choice category where the top 20 finalists will have their entire entries posted on the TokyoPop website and judged by the fans. The Otaku News crew think this is a good idea, the interactive element adds that extra bit of fun to the competition by getting fans to participate (especially the ones that can't draw to save their lives like myself) and also provides TokyoPop with additional market research resolving tricky tie breaker situations with which submission will generate the most fan interest (and hopefully revenue too).

Read More... | Source: TokyoPop

The Laughing Man - Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex's Hacker Logo

Date: Monday November 29th 2004 [11:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

The hit series Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex, features a logo for hacker and cyberterrorist "The Laughing Man", in the show he is only identified by his logo which forms a distinct part of the Standalone Complex imagery. I discovered that Paul Nicholson of Terratag designed the logo for Production I.G.

Join us as Otaku News interview Paul about creating an icon in anime!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Frightmoore University Posts It's 100th Page

Date: Sunday November 28th 2004 [9:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Webcomics

It's been a busy week for me which is why I haven't posted as much news as I would like on Otaku News this week. So today is catch up day! One of the advantages of running your own news website means that you can plug your other side projects now and again (no Spike that doesn't mean you can start posting about all the yaoi you draw).

OK, first up on Monday November 22nd, Frightmoore University an up-and-coming webcomic I'm the webmaster for, has just made the milestone of posting it's 100th page! Gigi has drawn a little celebratory image of the main characters having a little party. Frightmoore has been running since 2001, and in April 2004 when an updated version of the site was launched on it's own domain name were we able to gauge an idea of how many hundreds of thousands of unique users actually visited Frightmoore! If you have read any of it yet, go on and take a look.

While we're on the subject of plugging stuff don't forget to check out The Journey of Light an independent animation project that is currently underway written by our very own Azure.

Source: Frightmoore University

Hello Kitty Statuette Sold For $100,000

Date: Thursday November 25th 2004 [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The BBC are reporting that a Hello Kitty statuette made of platinum and studded with diamonds has been sold for 10.5 million Yen (that's about $102,450 USD)! The 4cm (2 inch) figure was made to celebrate Hello Kitty's 30th Birthday and has been on sale since August.

The Osaka branch of department store Mitsukoshi says that a local customer has purchased it. Otaku News have no idea who the buyer is, but we believe that they must be a pretty serious Hello Kitty fan! ^_-

Source: BBC News

Miyazaki Influences in Different Mediums

Date: Friday November 19th 2004 [17:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Nausicaa.net are reporting on the current Miyazaki Influences in Different Mediums. They have nice screen shots and images, including details of a Miyazaki Look-alike and a Totoro doll in French Animation series Code Lyoko, Cartoon Network's Powerpuff Girls' cameo from Totoro and even Miyazaki influences in the preliminary sketches of the long awaited PC game Half Life 2.

Source: Nausicaa.net

More Anime In the Press

Date: Thursday November 18th 2004 [18:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

It seems to be the in thing to report about anime fandom at the moment. Otaku News has featured various reports by publications in the past and now the Cincinnati Enquirer has published their write up on anime fandom.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

Strong Yaoi Sales on Amazon.com

Date: Sunday November 14th 2004 [8:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

ICv2 are reporting an interesting trend with Amazon.com's manga best seller list. Apparently Yaoi is three of the top five, four of the top ten and six of the top fifteen manga titles. ICv2 point out that these sales are only on Amazon.com as the American Bookscan list doesn't not match with these sales figures, with only Del Rey's Tsubasa Volume 3 appearing at the top of both lists.

ICv2 speculate that people purchasing Yaoi prefer the privacy and relative anonymity that on-line reatilers offer and that the two main Yaoi publishers Digital Manga and CPM Manga don't have the marketing clout or number of titles compared to other publishers with titles at the top of the graphic novel lists.

Source: ICv2

Watching Anime, Reading Manga a Book By Fred Patten

Date: Wednesday November 3rd 2004 [17:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Although it's old news, I'm sure many of our readers are not yet aware that Stone Bridge Press have published a new book by anime and manga guru Fred Pattern, - Watching Anime, Reading Manga. The book has 63 articles covering all aspects of anime from fandom and the industry, it also has articles on the first ads in America to current day mainstream hits like the anime sequence in Kill Bill and anime inspired live action films like The Matrix. If you want to know more be sure to check OnlyPubjab.com's write up.

Source: Stone Bridge Press

Hello Kitty Celebrates Her 30th Birthday

Date: Monday November 1st 2004 [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Sanrio fans don't need reminding, but some other more causal otaku would need know that today, November 1st is Hello Kitty's 30th Birthday! Kitty and her twin sister Mimmy White were born on 1974 November 1st to her happy parents George and Mary White. The jolly Kitty lives with her parents and sister just outside of London.

Hello Kitty is hugely popular all over the world and ADV have published a very good article about it, interviewing some of the ADV crew behind the latest DVD release. They also interview the voice of Hello Kitty - Monica Rial, who we interviewed in August.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Cosplay Photographic Exhibit in LA

Date: Wednesday October 20th 2004 [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

LA otaku are in for a treat from October 28 to November 26 The Perfect Exposure Gallery will be hosting an exhibit on cosplayers or "Photographic portraits of costumed anime fans" to be more exact. Shot at anime conventions around the US and Canada in 2003 and 2004, it sounds a bit like A Fans View only off-line!

Read More... | Source: The Perfect Exposure Gallery

ADV Titles Prove Popular With AnimeOnDVD.com Readers

Date: Monday October 18th 2004 [18:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Those happy people at ADV USA have just sent us a press release detailing their recent success with AnimeOnDVD.com readers. Each month AnimeOnDVD readers vote for what they believe to be the best DVD release of that month. Over the past six months ADV have scooped 4 of the monthly awards.

As soon as the press release was sent, it was already out of date, ADV had won the September award for Chrono Crusade Vol. #1!

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

ADV Cosplay Caps

Date: Wednesday October 6th 2004 [17:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

We've just got news from ADV about some really cool headgear! Their toy deparment it seems have had some great fun producing "Cosplay Caps" based on the animal characters from their popular titles. These hats are a bit similar to the ones worn by the Digi-Charat gang. They've got Menchi and a Puchuu from Excel Saga, Saizo the pig from Peacemaker and Kaleido Star's baby seal Jonathan.

These hats are made exclusively for ADV Toys and aren't Japanese import items, they're made from a fleece type fabric. At the moment we haven't got a set release date for them, but we do know that they'll retail for $14.99

Read More... | Source: ADV Toys

Yuri Revolution Tokyo

Date: Tuesday October 5th 2004 [19:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good girls at Yuricon have just sent us their press releasing detailing the Yuri Revolution event in Tokyo

"We'll be touring the anime and manga centers of Tokyo, visiting Tokyo Tower, museums and other Tokyo attractions.We'll top it all off with an all-yuri event in the home of yuri manga, the Nichoume in Shinjuku, where we can embarrass ourselves by trying to speak Japanese with well-known yuri mangaka." This is just for starters.

To attend all you have to do is get to Tokyo on April 12-17, 2005, remember you have to sort out your own flights and accommodation though.

Read More... | Source: Yuricon

Sweatdrop Launch Free Webcomics

Date: Monday September 20th 2004 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Webcomics

Talented up and coming British manga artists Sweatdrop Studios have just launched a webcomics section. They've posted comics by Dock, Laura Watton, Emma Vieceli, Selina Dean, Fred and Sonia Leong.

Even if you're not in the UK, it's always nice to check out some of their lovely artwork.

Source: Sweatdrop

Anime News Network and Protoculture Addicts Join Forces

Date: Sunday September 19th 2004 [9:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

At Nan Desu Kan the Anime News Network announced that they are joining forces with independent anime magazine Protoculture Addicts to produce Anime News Network's Protoculture Addicts. This will be the 82nd issue of Protoculture Addicts (out in January 2005).

This is good news for Anime fans in North America (and the rest of the English speaking world too), since Protoculture Addicts has always been an excellent intelligent source of information for fans, combined with ANNs resources it means even better magazine. I look forward to reading this!

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

An Interview With Monica Rial

Date: Wednesday September 8th 2004 [15:39] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Monica Rial is an energetic American voice actress who unusually works with two studios: ADV and FUNimation. This means that she gets the opportunity to play a diverse range of characters across the anime spectrum. Fan favourites include the demure death defying Hyatt in Excel saga as well as the world famous, perky and cute Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty Mystical Theatre.

I was able to interview Monica at the UK convention Amecon (a big thanks to you all for letting us interview her ^_^) where she was invited as a special guest. This is the first time that a British convention has invited a US voice actor over, and it was interesting to note the con goer's reactions. Monica was a clear hit with the fans and I was impressed at the time she took to talk to people, whether they wanted advice or to make comments or get certain limited edition items signed. The actual interview went on for over an hour and a half. Join me as we explore the wacky world of Monica Rial!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News / VAA

Fandom at the Canadian National Expo

Date: Monday September 6th 2004 [14:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The Toronto Star are running an interesting article about the Canadian National Expo, the biggest event of its kind in Canada with more than 26,000 attendees. Anime fans (particularly Cosplayers) get their fair share of coverage.

Source: Toronto Star

Otaku Boost Japanese Economy!

Date: Friday September 3rd 2004 [19:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Canadian website Globe Technology.com are running an interesting article about Otaku boosting the Japanese economy, apart from cosplaying they "... have also done something else: created a big-money market that analysts are calling the 'mania' economy".

Apparently according to the Nomura Research Institute, Japanese otaku fork out $2.35-billion (USD) a year on manga, anime, computer games and merchandise.

Source: GlobeTechnology.com

Mamoru Oshii to Answer Fan's Questions On-line

Date: Friday September 3rd 2004 [13:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just had details in from the folks at Dreamworks.
Mamoru Oshii the director of Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence will be answering questions posted to the offical Ghost In the Shell 2 Site's forum. Sign up and Join this thread - http://www.ghost2.com/board/showthread.php?t=62.

Fans will already know that Oshii was behind the original Ghost in the Shell Movie, and the first two Mobile Police Patlabor Movies.

Read More... | Source: Go Fish Pictures

Anime Digital Interview Jonathan Brands from ADV USA

Date: Tuesday August 31st 2004 [10:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

While at AmeCon I was lucky enough to score an exclusive interview with Jonathan Brands from ADV USA. It started by Jon going -

"Hey Joe! You've got a website right?"
The rest went up on Anime Digital.

Source: Anime Digital Interview With Jonathan Brands

Learn Japanese by Reading Manga

Date: Saturday August 28th 2004 [10:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Washington Otaku will be pleased to know that the Japanese Language Center will be running a course that focuses on learning Japanese by reading manga!

Read More... | Source: Japanese Language Center

Japanese research shows 7% of Otaku are anime fans, while 35% into manga.

Date: Thursday August 26th 2004 [10:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

According to the results of a study released by Nomura Research Institute in Japan on the 24th, there are 2,850,000 people considered "otaku" in Japan, with a combined market power of around $2.6 billion. 35% are into Manga, 28% for Games and Idols, 7% for Anime, and 2% into PC construction.

Source: Anime.org.uk

Anime News Network readers unhappy with Newtype DVD change

Date: Tuesday August 24th 2004 [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The Anime News Network have just published an article regarding a recent reader poll. The poll asked readers for their opinion on Newtype USA's decision to remove the free DVD from non subscription issues of the magazine.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Ghost In The Shell 2 Clips To Be Shown At Otakon

Date: Wednesday July 28th 2004 [17:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've just heard from the folks at Dreamworks that they'll be showing exclusive teaser trailers at Otakon 2004. As always this massive anime convention is fun, and Dreamworks have supplied another reason to get over to Baltimore!

Read More... | Source: Dreamworks

Dark Horse Comics Seeks Kanji Writers

Date: Monday May 24th 2004 [22:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Manga Publishers Dark Horse Comics have posted a request for people who can write kanji to help them out at Comic-Con in San Diego this year. The successful candidate will get paid $150 and given a four-day exhibitor badge. They will however have to pay for their own travel and accommodation.

Read More... | Source: Dark Horse Boards

Fred and Sarah got hitched!

Date: Monday February 16th 2004 [22:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Today, Fred Gallagher and Sarah Wooden, better known as Piro and Seraphim of MegaTokyo have announced that they got married on New Years Eve!

Read More... | Source: MegaTokyo

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