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Del Rey to Publish Gundam SEED Destiny

Date: Friday December 16th 2005 [11:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Del Rey Manga will publish the manga adaptation of Gundam SEED Destiny starting in 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

VIZ and TokyoPop Team Up For German Manga Launch

Date: Thursday December 1st 2005 [11:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

VIZ Media B.V. announces team-up with TokyoPop Germany to publish hit manga for the German market.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

Seven Seas Entertainment Aquires Boogiepop

Date: Tuesday November 1st 2005 [3:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced it will move into the world of licensed Japanese material with the acquisition of Kouhei Kadono's Boogiepop series of novel and manga, the first volume is due out in 2006.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

NASA Approved Manga

Date: Saturday October 8th 2005 [9:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Those clever people at NASA have teamed up with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to produce manga that explains the NASA satellite mission to study the Earth's ionosphere. They're aiming this at "students between sixth ninth grade". The Otaku News Crew think this this a great way to teach kids about space and the science behind it.

The 24 page comic can be downloaded for free here.

Source: Slashdot

Manga Sales Decreasing in Japan

Date: Friday September 30th 2005 [22:12] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Manga sales decreasing in Japan due to rental shops and used sales.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Anime Novels Big Sellers in Japan

Date: Monday September 19th 2005 [20:25] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Anime-related novels turn out to be big sellers in American bookstore market.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

New Ameri-Manga From Tokyopop

Date: Wednesday September 14th 2005 [12:26] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Tokyopop announces November release of manga series from Rising Stars of Manga entrants.

Read More... | Source: Tokyopop

Manga-ka in Trouble With School

Date: Thursday September 8th 2005 [21:37] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Current Affairs

Anime News Network has reported that manga-ka Rieko Saibara, creator of the manga strip Mainichi Kasan and winner of the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize earlier this year, is in dispute with the school where her eldest son attends. The dispute is in regards to a panel of the manga published last November, which the school claims is too closely inspired by real events and people.

Mainichi Kasan, which translates as "Daily/Everyday Mom", depicts the daily life of a woman and her children. The panel in question shows five school children being referred to as "the Five Class Dummies". Following the panel's publication, Saibara was called in to her son's school (the name of the facility has not been given), where she was told that she was causing trouble for them and demanded that she refrain from depicting school scenes in her strip. Saibara argued that her work is fiction and that she has the freedom of expression. The school, however, said that she should take more consideration for the other children and their patrons and that her manga clearly depicts that school, even featuring their name. While there is no indication of any lawsuits having been filed by either party involved, the dispute currently remains unresolved.

Source: Anime News Network

Antarctic Press Release How To Break Into Comics Guide

Date: Sunday September 4th 2005 [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks over at Antarctic Press have sent us the details for their new guide to becoming a professional comic book creator. It covers all aspects from writing, drawing and submitting comic book work. We think it's worth a look into since it's only $2.99, and concise at 22 pages long.

Read More... | Source: Antarctic Press

Seven Seas Seeks Manga Artists

Date: Saturday August 27th 2005 [15:28] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment are now accepting submissions for manga artists, though sadly they can not accept unsolicited submissions from writers at this time. Seven Seas already have a number of excellent titles , and we heartily recommend you read some of their established work before submitting,the first volume of many of their books are available online and for download on the PSP.

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

New Manga Release Details

Date: Monday August 15th 2005 [7:42] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

Here is some interesting news for those manga readers who are possibly looking for some new manga titles.

A new manga series by You Higuri & Shinji Wada will be coming out in the September issue of Princess Gold and will contain the first installment of ‘CROWN’.

Masami Tsuda known for the popular Anime/Manga Karekano will have her one shot story ‘AKAI MI’ presented in the November issue of LaLaDX on sale October 8.

Ira Ishida the creator of Ikebukuro West Gate Park,has teamed up with a different manga artist for a new story, Akihabara @ DEEP. Drawings were made by Makoto Akane. Akihabara @ DEEP will premiere in the August 12th issue of Comic Bunch.

For Ai Yori Aoshi Fans the series has finally come to an end, in fact the popular Manga by Kou Fumizuki will end in Young Animal No 17 on sale August 26th. The Manga boasts two TV adaptations and has been running on Young Animal since 1995.

Source: Anime News Network

Manga Kiseiju to become Hollywood Remake

Date: Friday August 12th 2005 [9:36] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

More movies based on Japanese Manga are taking Hollywood by storm. Hitoshi Iwaaki's popular manga Kiseiju is going to remade by Hollywood.

Takashi Shimizu, who made his Hollywood debut with the remake The Grudge, will be directing this project by New Line Cinema Productions. Shimizu will be a supervisor in the writing of the script and the film will be produced by his partner Takashige Ichise, as well as Don Murphy of Angry Films and Lisa Henson and Kristine Belson of Henson Pictures. The English title is Parasyte and it is said that production will begin once the sequel to The Grudge is finished.

Source: Akadot

Monster to become Hollywood Remake

Date: Friday August 12th 2005 [9:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Akadot, the popular manga of Naoki Urasawa 'MONSTER' will become a Hollywood Remake. The project that has been in the midst of production. Newline Cinema has hired Josh Olsen as the screenwriter, he is also known for the writing scripts for low budget movies including "A History of Violence," "Lethal Trigger," and "Killer Bugs". The contract contract allows for the possibility of sequels.

Source: Akadot

The New Anime Companion

Date: Monday August 8th 2005 [17:50] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

Anime fans wanting to know more about all the various cultural references that pop up in their favorite anime can now rejoice. Anime News Network has announced that Stone Bridge Press, publisher of books about Japan, is releasing The Anime Companion 2: More... What's Japanese in Japanese Animation?, the follow-up to the popular book written by Gilles Poitras, who also writes the new volume.

Like its predecessor, The Anime Companion 2 contains glossary-style entries to help readers decipher anime's distinctive content, images and cultural motifs. Everything from city landmarks to food to clothing to historical figures is covered in fascinating detail, using illustrations anime images, film citations and numerous references to the related art of manga. With entries in both kanji (Japanese characters) and English, the book also contains maps of old provinces and current prefectures (and the 23 wards of Tokyo), making it an absolute must-have for those wanting to learn about Japan, whether they're otaku or not.

Source: Anime News Network

Range Murata talks about the US Release of Robots Vol 1

Date: Friday August 5th 2005 [7:16] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

Everyone has heard about the genius designer of Art & Fashion Range Murata who left a mark on the design world of today. His portfolio of works include: media, anime character design, art books to fashion and industrial design.

Here is a summary of the Akadot Interview to Range Murata where he talks about the US release of his upcoming comic / art book Robots Vol 1 where he plans to conquer the manga world as well.

Read More... | Source: Akadot

Mechademia Calls Out For Submissions

Date: Tuesday August 2nd 2005 [17:21] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

New anime and manga-based academic journal Mechademia is looking for sbumissions for future issues.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

eigoManga Teams Up with Viz

Date: Tuesday August 2nd 2005 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks at eigoManga have sent us the details of their partnership with Viz Media. Apparently eigoManga will produce the English language versions of Basara and Flame of Recca. The press release is very thin on details and doesn't really explain what they mean by producing. It's uncertain if they'll be translating it directly or hiring a third party company or individual to do all the work and if they'll manage the logistics such as printing and so on.

Read More... | Source: eigoManga

Kodocha and Marmalade Boy Licences Expire?

Date: Thursday July 28th 2005 [13:49] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Manga

Manganews.net has spotted an interesting article on comics212.net highlighting the difficulties of manga licensing. Japanese publisher Shueisha recently bought out Viz. Marmalade boy and Kodocha were both licensed to Tokyopop from Shuesha in Japan.

Comics212.net point out both are missing from the Toykopop website, leading to the speculation that Shueisha doesn’t want what are now it’s rivals owning it’s licences. So far none of this has been officially confirmed. This comes at an unfortunate time for Tokyopop since FUNimation have recently started releasing the Kodocha anime. The article also highlights the continuing struggle over the Japanese rights to popular magical girl series Sailor Moon.

Source: Manganews.net

Tokyopop Makes Manga Deal With Henson and Neil Gaiman

Date: Monday July 25th 2005 [18:48] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Tokyopop announced it will be producing manga for two classic films from Jim Henson and Neil Gaiman's upcoming new film.

Read More... | Source: Tokyopop

International Manga and Anime Festival Launches and Calls For Entrants

Date: Monday July 25th 2005 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

This years IMAF has just launched. They're looking for international talent in the form of artists and animators to identify the best. Entrants have a chance to win some of the $75,000 prize fund which is divided between the categories. The best overall entry will win a generous $30,000!

The Otaku News Crew advise that our talented readers get to work, you've got until the 30th September 2005 to get your entries in!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Newtype USA to Launch Evangelion Serial Manga

Date: Tuesday July 19th 2005 [22:38] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Newtype USA will be releasing game-based Evangelion manga, Angelic Hearts, as serial starting in August issue.

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

Tokyopop and CosmoGIRL! to Produce Serial Manga

Date: Thursday July 14th 2005 [18:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Tokyopop has announced that it will be teaming up with CosmoGIRL!, the fastest-selling teen magazine on newsstands, to produce a monthly manga serial in the magazine’s pages. This August will see the debut of "The Adventures of CG!", a shojo-style manga written and drawn by Svetlana Chmakova, the creator of Tokyopop’s upcoming release Dramacon.

Read More... | Source: Tokyopop

EigoManga Forms Partnership with Devil's Due Publishing

Date: Thursday July 14th 2005 [6:24] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

EigoManga have just sent us a press release of their latest announcement.

Read More... | Source: EigoManga

ICE Kunion Brings Manhwa to the US

Date: Tuesday July 12th 2005 [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just got a press release from ICE Kunion, a joint enterprise between Korean publishing companies Sigongsa, Seoul Cultural and others. They mention their October line up, which includes Angel Diary, Chocolat, The 11th Cat and Bring It On, which have sold a combined total of almost a million copies in Korea alone.

The Otaku News crew note that this press release is interesting, since Korean comic books are normally incorrectly marketed as manga to people who automatically assume it is from Japan. ICE Kunion are marketing their titles are Korean and are taking pride in it claiming that "Korean Manhwa has taken over Japanese Manga to be the hottest books in the market".

Read More... | Source: ICE Kunion

National Unified Otaku Proficiency Exam

Date: Monday July 11th 2005 [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Who is the biggest otaku? Is your friend Steve a bigger otaku than you? If so why? Well publisher Biblos are going to solve this question finally by holding the first Japanese national unified otaku proficient exam in their August 5th Edition of Elfix Magazine.

They claim they want to nurture an "otaku elite to carry the otaku culture through the 21st century".

The Mainichi Daily News explain that the magazine will even grade their otaku awareness level if readers write their answers down on a postcard and send it to the Elfix staff. The best results will be printed in the October 5th edition of the magazine.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Japan University Forms New Manga Department

Date: Tuesday July 5th 2005 [17:54] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Going to school to learn about art just got a whole lot cooler. At least in Japan it has. Anime News Network has announced that the first ever Manga Department will begin next spring in 2006 at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. The school's already existing manga art courses will be merged together to form the new department. 200 students will have the option to take classes that not only include how to produce manga, but also animation courses as well. No details have yet been provided on exactly what classes will be available.

Source: Anime News Network

VIZ Media Makes Licensing Deals for "Naruto"

Date: Friday July 1st 2005 [21:29] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC has announced on its website that it has made licensing deals with Bandai America and Hot Topic, Inc. for one of its most popular titles, "Naruto", the action-comedy about a young ninja, infused with the spirit of a powerful fox-demon, who strives to be the greatest ninja of all and learns life lessons along the way. This comes following the announcement of the "Naruto" anime, currently one of the highest rated shows in Japan, debuting on Cartoon Network this fall. VIZ Media currently publishes the "Naruto" manga in the monthly anthology "Shonen Jump", as well as in graphic novel format.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

Geeky Girl Otaku

Date: Sunday June 19th 2005 [16:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Here at Otaku News, not only do we cover anime news, manga news and news for fans of Japan, but we also like to run stories on otaku! We have to, otherwise we would have to search for another name! ^_-

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running a story about Female Otaku in Japan and fandom from their perspective. It certainly makes an interesting read. You'll also learn that Ikebukuro is the otaku girls paradise, while Akihabara is the guys (but everyone probably already knows about Akihabara, the electronic district in Tokyo).

Source: Mainichi Daily News

TokyoPop to Launch New Children's Line

Date: Tuesday May 24th 2005 [18:41] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

TokyoPop has announced that they will launch a new branch of their successful Cine-Manga line. This July, they will release the first of the new Jr. Cine-Manga books that will, they predict, revolutionize the children’s book market by bringing beloved characters and storylines from the screen to an original exciting visual format.

Read More... | Source: TokyoPop

Arthouse Manga?

Date: Saturday May 7th 2005 [16:40] | Posted By: Ash
Category: > Manga

One subsection of the Manga industry that is often ignored is that of ‘real-life’ manga, which in Japan is enjoyed by a wide range of people who are not necessarily what you would call otaku. In France a writer called Frédéric Boilet has made strong strides in trying to correct this fact as well as create a whole new manga subgenre.

Read More... | Source: Ponent Mon

Garnier Release Manga Hair Styling Product In UK

Date: Tuesday April 26th 2005 [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Anime and manga fans in the UK have always dreamed of their favourite hobby becoming more mainstream, without doubt over the last year or so this has happened. What key indicators are we using for this? Sales figures in highstreet retailers? Availability of manga in bookshops? No, we're using hair products. Anime and manga characters have always been noted for having very distinct hairstyles and beauty products company Garnier have just released Fructis Style Manga Head styling putty in the UK. It seems that either their marketing department are cool and hip or Garnier have found a niche market of otaku who want to emulate their favourite characters.

Read More... | Source: Garnier Beauty Bar

IMAF Announce Winners

Date: Tuesday April 19th 2005 [13:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The International Manga and Anime Festival have just announced the winners of their first international competition. The London based event started last year as a trial run and has proved very successful indeed. The entrants work was displayed in London County Hall in December. This was a very high profile event, located near the famous London Eye, with a $75,000 prize fund which even ran adverts in national newspapers. We covered the story originally here.

The Otaku News Crew would like to congratulate all the winners in this competition, especially talented artist Wing Yun Man, who is well known in UK anime fandom as part of the Sweatdrop Team, she is also a member of the Otaku News Crew and finds time post the occasional story and draw lovely artwork for us!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Trick-Or-Thieves April Fool's!

Date: Saturday April 2nd 2005 [5:26] | Posted By: Wing
Category: > Manga

In regards to the previous article about 'Trick-Or Thieves', it turns out the original announcement on the author's deviantART account is actually an April Fool's joke!
M. Alice LeGrow stated that she would never write a story like this, although she is working on multiple projects for Tokyopop. Unfortunately, 'Trick-Or-Thieves' is not one of them.

Source: deviantART

Yet More New Original Manga From Tokyopop (April Fool)

Date: Friday April 1st 2005 [15:21] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Manga

Bizenghast writer & author M. Alice LeGrow has announced a second book deal with Tokyopop. The new series ‘Trick or Thieves’ follows three girls who steal candy from large candy factories to give to children, Legrow describes it as ‘like Robin Hood, but with a cute candy theme.’ The series is due to launch around Halloween next year, whilst Bizenghast is set to launch August this year.

Read More... | Source: Deviantart.com

Newtype USA April 2005 Issue

Date: Wednesday March 30th 2005 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Those nice folks from Newtype USA have sent us the details of their April Issue, which has features on Fearless Females (including the cute and shocking Elfen Lied and Gunslinger Girl), along an with interview from Seiji Mizushima the director of Fullmetal Alchemist. The free DVD includes the first episodes of Maburaho and Gravion Zwei.

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk Comics Are Headed For The Eisner’s And To The Internet

Date: Tuesday March 15th 2005 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

eigoManga have sent us a rather strange press release. Their titles Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk are curently competing for a nomination for an the 2005 Eisner Award. Basically it means they've submitted a form to apply for what is know as the "Oscars" of comics. Still they've put up some of their stuff to look at for free!

Read More... | Source: eigoManga

New Seven Seas Series

Date: Thursday March 3rd 2005 [14:11] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment have announced yet another new series ‘ Unearthly’ this time to be penned by Ted Naifeh, art by Elmer Damaso. The first wave of seven seas titles should be hitting stores now and looks to be just the start of Seven Seas ambitious plans.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

ADV Films Announces March 15 Release of The Five Star Stories

Date: Sunday February 27th 2005 [18:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those folks over at ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD release of The Five Star Stories.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Newtype USA March 2005 Issue

Date: Saturday February 26th 2005 [11:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

The folks at Newtype USA have sent us the details about the March 2005 Issue of their magazine.

They've got some Madlax artwork on the cover that has been exclusively drawn for the Newtype USA, they've also got more coverage of Fullmetal Alchemist and Samurai Champloo, along with Maburaho and Scrapped Princess. The cover DVD has both dub and sub versions of Cromartie High School and Divergence Eve.

Newtype USA Vol. 4, Issue 3 will be available March 1, 2005.

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

ADV Films Announces Release of Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody

Date: Saturday February 26th 2005 [11:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

It's press release catch-up time here at Otaku News due to the evil flu that's been lurking around most of the Otaku News Crew have been infected, the others have had to wear Bio-hazard suits! ^_-

Anyway, those nice folk over at ADV Films US have sent us the details of the insane anime Cromartie High School, which is due out on March 15th. Do you fancy the idea of going to a high school full of delinquents? Well Kamiyama somehow has been enrolled there!

ADV also have a nice limited collector's edition with the first volume of the manga bundled in and a custom series artbox to hold all 4 volumes.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Metrocon Seek Human Chess Pieces

Date: Sunday February 20th 2005 [12:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Florida anime convention Metrocon are currently seeking Cosplayer volunteers to participate in their Anime Human Chess Match. So if meet all their terms and conditions and can cosplay as one of the characters listed on their site why not give it a shot? It's also interesting to note that they've got ninja and pirate pawns.

The Otaku News Crew are pondering which anime characters are going to be which pieces, we suspect that Gendo Ikari will be a king for one side, while Rosette Christopher will be a bishop!

Source: Metrocon

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

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

Best Of eigoManga In 2004

Date: Sunday January 16th 2005 [10:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks over at eigoManga have sent us a press release detailing their achievements this year. A full HTML version with graphics can be found here, alternatively to just read the text, read the rest of this article.

Read More... | Source: eigoManga

Van Von Hunter Date Set....Evil Beware

Date: Saturday January 8th 2005 [17:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Webcomics

The release date of Van Von Hunter book one has finally been confirmed by publisher Tokyopop, to be 10th of May 2005. The comic is based upon the web comic of the same name but will feature a brand new story.

Van Von Hunter is a parody of the fantasy adventure story, starring Van Von Hunter...hunter of Evil Stuff. A Van Von Hunter story was featured in the first 'Rising Stars of Manga' volume also by Tokyopop.

Source: Tokyopop

Viz Announces The Debut Of Shonen Jump Advanced

Date: Monday December 20th 2004 [16:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Viz have just announced the launch of Shonen Jump Advanced, it's not a game for the GameBoy Advanced, but infact a new range that "will that will present the latest cutting-edge manga stories offering titles with progressive storylines and characters to older teens and young adults". At first glance this sounds a bit like Pulp - Viz's manga anthology taglined as "Manga for Grownups" which stopped in August 2002, or perhaps Pulp Junior since it's aimed at a slightly younger audience. However like the Shonen Jump manga line these titles will be sold individually, and should not be confused with the Shonen Jump Magazine.

So keep your eyes peeled in April 2005 when title like Hunter X Hunter, I's and Eyeshield 21 start hitting the shelves.

Read More... | Source: Viz

Newtype USA Vol. 3, Issue 12 Out Now

Date: Saturday December 4th 2004 [12:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Newtype USA Vol. 3, Issue 12 Out Now

The folks from Newtype USA have just sent us details for their December issue, which is out now. It has a cover feature on Ah! My Goddess, with details on the OVAs, the movie and the TV series which is currently being produced in Japan.

Other features include details on shows like Chrono Crusade, Samurai 7, Wolf's Rain and Gankutsuou.

The Otaku News Crew recommend that you take a look at the two page feature on Howl's Moving Castle, which has some nice shots of the Ghibli artwork and we also suggest you read their Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, since that way you'll know what to buy us for Christmas! ^_-

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

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

Yamato Announces Late Spring Releases

Date: Wednesday December 1st 2004 [18:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

ICv2 have the details for the late spring 2005 releases from Yamato USA. They'll be releasing a Mizuho in Space Suit Resin Statue from Please Teacher. For Capcom fans there's Morrigan & Lilith Collectible Miniature from DarkStalkers.

Love Hina fans can expect Naru, Mutsumi, Motoko, and Shinobu PVC statues from the Love Hina Again OVA. They'll also be be releasing figures from Guilty Gear, Read Or Die (aka ROD) TV, Iron Leaguer, and Cyber Formula.

Source: ICv2

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