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ADV Films Announces December 28 Release For Samurai X: Reflection Director's Cut

Date: Friday December 3rd 2004 [15:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Shortly after sending us the details for their December 28th releases, ADV Films US sent an additional press release for Samurai X: Reflection Director's Cut. Samurai X is also known Rurouni Kenshin, a wondering samurai with a reverse blade sword. The Reflection DVD concludes the Rurouni Kenshin story.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

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

ADV Films Announces December 28 Releases

Date: Wednesday December 1st 2004 [18:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Following on straight their December 14 details ADV US have sent us the details for their December 28 Releases.

They've got Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum:04, Robotech Remastered: New Generation Collection 2, Volume 7 (which is the final volume of this series), Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Volume 2 under their Essential Anime Collection range and Volume 8 of Wedding Peach.

The Otaku News Crew recommend Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Volume 2 since it has 9 episodes of the shown on for $19.98, even if Sylvia looks amazingly like Ifurita from EL Hazard! Failing that, you can never really go wrong with some Evangelion.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

ADV Films Announces December 14 Release Dates

Date: Wednesday December 1st 2004 [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good people over at ADV US have just sent us the release details for December 14. They've got quite a few titles coming out that week with:

- Get Backers Volume 3
- Mezzo Volume 2
- The third and final volume of New Fist of the North Star
- Saint Seiya Volume 9
- Sister Princess Volume 2

Get Backers is probably the most popular title out of this bunch of releases. Although it does depend on what your tastes are with anime others might enjoy Fist of the North Star more.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

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

Educational Value of Manga In The UK

Date: Tuesday November 16th 2004 [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Times Education Supplement (a Times newspaper for teachers and people working in the education sector) are running a story about the educational value of manga, interestingly enough they make the same common misconceptions about manga - "Mangas depict wide-eyed heroes, often in varying states of undress". The Reading Agency, an organisation that promotes literacy, is encouraging schools to buy Manga comics, it seems they want to get as many children to get into reading by introducing them to manga. They've compiled a list of 150 recommended Manga titles, deemed suitable for teenagers and are sending them to all libraries and schools. The Otaku News crew imagine that this will help TokyoPop UK's already very healthy sales figures! ^_-

Source: TES

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

Ghibli Launches Clothing Brand

Date: Saturday November 13th 2004 [7:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Ryoko Toyama on the Nausicaa.net's Miyazaki Mailing List has posted a message regarding Studio Ghibli's next enterprise, a clothing brand called Tailor Studio Ghibli:

Ghibli announced a new brand, "Shitateya Studio Ghibli (Tailor Studio Ghibli)," for its new clothining line for middle-aged men. The line includes a trench coat which was inspired by Porco Rosso. Ghibli clothes will be sold at Isetan department store in Shinhyuku.

The brand's logo was designed Studio Ghibli Director Hayao Miyazaki and features a crawfish.

Asahi.com have a picture of the coat along with Studio Ghibli Producer (and all round nice guy) Toshio Suzuki.

Source: Miyazaki Mailing List

eigoManga Release Sakura Pakk

Date: Monday November 8th 2004 [17:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eigoManga have just sent us a press release for their latest pseudo manga for girls. It's a bit odd, because they've sent it to us almost a month late. Their pseudo manga is called Sakura Pakk and is out now.

Read More... | Source: eigoManga

ADV Films Announces December 7 Release Dates

Date: Friday November 5th 2004 [19:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The people over at ADV US have just sent us the release details for December 7. Peacemaker Volume 2, the 3rd and the final volume of Aquarian Age, plus live action TV show Mutant X volume 5 will all be hitting the shelves in time for the holidays.

Read More... | Source: ADV US

Advertising Industry Discover Anime

Date: Friday November 5th 2004 [18:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Recently it seems that anime and manga have become so cool that the American advertising industry have decided to use either real anime or adverts done in an anime style.

Anime News Network have made us aware that Nike are now airing adverts loosely based around Bruce Lee's Game of Death. The advert has NBA Star Lebron James facing Kung Fu Basket Ball challenges in a pagoda. The anime segments produced by Studio 4°C were originally intended only for Japan, but the advertising agency and Nike like them so much that they decided to air them in North America too.

Yesterday the Otaku News Crew also found details on Yahoo News about Asian themed restaurant chain Benihana who have just released an anime inspired commercial. After watching the Benihana commercial we thought it wasn't news worthy alone however it goes well in context with the Nike commercial.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

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

ADV US Announces Release of Cyberteam in Akihabara: Cyberteam Genesis

Date: Monday November 1st 2004 [11:01] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > DVD

The guys over at ADV Films USA have sent us the details for Cyberteam in Akihabara: Cyberteam Genesis. The series is available from November 16th, it follows a group of school girls and their cybernetic pets, and subsequent efforts to combat evil using magical powers.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Geneon To Release Star Ocean EX

Date: Friday October 29th 2004 [12:48] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > DVD

A press release from Geneon Animation USA has announced the immenent release of Star Ocean EX on DVD. The series, based on a game for the Sony Playstation, follows Claude Kenni, a crewmember on the spaceship Calnus, who is transported to an unfamiliar alien world and attempts to unlock the secret of a mysterious sattelite, will be available from January 4th.

Read More... | Source: Geneon Animation

GoManga.com Goes Live

Date: Tuesday October 26th 2004 [18:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Recently we ran a press release about Seven Seas producing original manga. Now their site Gomanga.com is live. So far they've got details of four titles on their site - Amazing Agent Luna, Blade for Barter, Last Hope and No Man's Land.

Read More... | Source: GoManga.com

Nintendo Abandons Family Image for New Gameboy DS Adverts.

Date: Sunday October 24th 2004 [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Reuters are running a story about Nintendo's new American advertising campaign costing $40 million for it's largest product launch. The whole campaign is aimed at more "mature" audience with the tagline of "Touching is Good."

Print ads will appear in men's magazines Maxim and Blender, with a woman holding a DS saying "How to Score! ... Start listening to her needs, playa!".

TV ads are scheduled for ad slots in-between episodes of South Park too.

Source: Reuters

Newtype USA subscription offer - Get a Cosplay Cap and pay $7.50 per issue

Date: Friday October 22nd 2004 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Newtype USA have just sent us the details of a cool subscription offer. They'll be offering Cosplay Caps along with the 40% off subscription rate for 12 issues brining each issue down to $7.50

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

ADV USA November 23rd DVD Titles

Date: Thursday October 21st 2004 [22:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

ADV have announced that they will be releasing the sixth and final DVD for Azumanga Daioh, titled "Azumanga Daioh:Graduation!" It looks like one very amusing title has come to an end. Oh, they'll be releasing the Aura Battler Dunbine: Terror from Byston Wells! (that's Volume 10) on November 23rd as well.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Samurai History Papers - Quarterly Newsletter

Date: Saturday October 16th 2004 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

We've just got details in from Ridgeback Press, apparently they will be launching Samurai History Papers, a quarterly newsletter from Romulus Hillsborough (whose research on the history of the Meiji Restoration spans over twenty years). It focuses on the facts behind many samurai anime series, such as the Shinsengumi (central to Peacemaker Kurogane and Rurouni Kenshin).

Read More... | Source: Ridgeback Press

ADV Films Announces Petite Princess Yucie: Princess Academy

Date: Friday October 15th 2004 [16:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those good folks at ADV USA have sent us the details of their latest Gainax release Petite Princess Yucie, they're marketing as "From GAINAX The Producers of Nadia". Interestingly this is a joint project with Gainax and AIC.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

L'Arc~en~Ciel Otakon Concert DVD

Date: Tuesday October 12th 2004 [11:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Using CDJapan we've discovered that L'Arc~en~Ciel, one of the biggest rock bands in Japan are releasing a DVD of their live concert at Otakon. Titled L'Arc~en~Ciel - Live In USA - at 1st Mariner Arena July 31, 2004. The region 2 Japanese DVD is due out on December 8th 2004 and should retail for around 4300 yen (without tax). As yet no offical news of a US release.

Source: L'Arc~en~Ciel

Doraemon and Dragon Ball DVD Pirates Arrested In Japan

Date: Sunday October 10th 2004 [9:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

According to the Mainichi Daily News 5 people in Japan have been arrested for selling pirate anime DVDs using on-line auction sites. One family of pirates were attempting to sell 4,500 copies of Doraemon netting around 6.2 million yen. The pirate claimed he did it "...because my family business faced financial crisis".

Another pirate plotted with his wife and brother to sell pirated copies of Dragon Ball (it's not clear which Dragon Ball), netting about 20 million yen.

As the author of the Pirate Anime FAQ, it's interesting to see some solid figures about how profitable piracy can be, usually the information I get is hazy to say the least when it comes to the quantity of pirate goods sold. Recently I have found that the authorities in Japan have started to clamp down on piracy making a more visible effort to close operations like this.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Nintendo will Debut DS With 12 Games In Japan

Date: Thursday October 7th 2004 [16:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Reuters have posted an article about Nintendo's new handheld, the Gameboy DS. It's a good synopsis of Gameboy, and states that 12 software titles will debuts on it's Japanese release on Dec. 2.

Nintendo will be releasing the handheld in the USA first on November 21st, timing it just right for Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays. The retail price is set to a very completive $149.99, to help compete against Sony's handheld the PSP, which is due out at the end of the year in Japan and hopefully March 2005 in North America and Europe.

Source: Reuters

ADV USA November 2nd DVD Titles

Date: Wednesday October 6th 2004 [17:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

ADV US have sent us details of their releases for November 2nd. First up is Robotech Remastered: New Generation Collection 1, something for the more nostalgic anime fan. The 2-disc set retails for $29.98 and has never before seen footage with a fresh clean transfer from the original 16mm film stock for the 13 complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Spanish 5.1.

Next up is New Fist of the North Star: The Forbidden Fist, in which Kenshiro gets up to his normal tricks and has to detail with demons that practice a mysterious killing techinque!!!

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Seven Seas To Produce Original Manga

Date: Monday October 4th 2004 [17:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

I've just got hold of the press release from Seven Seas, a new LA based publishers dedicated to producing manga for the international market.

Although it isn't exactly clear, it seems that the company won't be licensing and translating manga, but actually getting artists outside of Japan to produce work in a manga style. This has been successful before with artists such as Adam Warren (Dirty Pair and Starwars manga to name a few), and Fred "Piro" Gallagher of MegaTokyo fame, it will be interesting to see if a company can work with such a specialist policy, personally I'm curious as to which artist they'll be using and if any of them are already well known in anime/manga fandom.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas

Newtype USA, Volume 3, Issue 10 Out Now

Date: Thursday September 30th 2004 [17:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

ADV USA have just sent us the details for the latest issue of Newtype USA. The anime/manga mazagine which is easily the best English language magazine out there.

I suggest you check out the Paranoia Agent article (Satoshi Kon can do no wrong in my book), as well as the Xebec feature. What's odd is that the press release doesn't mention that there's also a feature on L'Arc~en~Ciel too!

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

The Rise Of Madman Entertainment

Date: Sunday September 26th 2004 [10:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The Age have just posted an interesting article about the accomplishments of Australian Anime DVD firm Madman Entertainment. It mentions their success with Neon Genesis Evangelion and how the founders won the Ernst & Young's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. UK fans will also note that MVM team up with Madman now and again to co-produce DVDs, saving costs and sharing resources.

Source: The Age

Viz To Begin Publishing Rurouni Kenshin Manga Monthly Beginning October

Date: Thursday September 23rd 2004 [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Sales of the Rurouni Kenshin manga have been doing so well that the US publisher Viz have decided to release the title monthly, previously it was published bi-monthly, but due to the successful sales figures and the demand from fans, Viz have decided to narrow the gap between releases.

This is great news for fans who can't wait for the next instalment of the popular series, but also bad news for my wallet! ^_-

Read More... | Source: Viz

Ghost In the Shell Standalone Complex DVD Troubles

Date: Thursday September 23rd 2004 [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Anime on DVD are reporting that the second volume Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has a labelling error. The DTS DVD and the regular DVD are mislabelled. For people who have purchased the special edition all you have to do is use the normal DD DVD if you want to listen to it in DTS. However people who have bought the regular edition will really have the DTS DVD. As a result the sound is in DTS and in standard stereo and not the 5.1 surround mix on the normal DVD.

Some retailers are already returning the stock to Bandai, who will hopefully be offering a replacement program.

Source: Anime on DVD

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

Tokyopop Announces Six New Titles For 2005

Date: Thursday September 16th 2004 [10:57] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Manga

For those of you who love your Manga, Tokyopop will be adding six new titles to its range in the coming months. For release in February:

Planet Blood, a story about a futuristic warrior who awakes on a medieval planet.

Gundam Seed Astray R, which is a companion novel to Gundam Seed Astray

Liling-Po, where a master theif recovers treasures for the Chinese Imperial Palace

And in March:

Dead End, a horror drama.

Qwan, a ancient China fantasy series

Sorcerer Hunters, which is being re-released in the "authentic" $9.95 package

Source: ICV2.com

ADV Films Announces an October 19 Release Date for Sister Princess: Oh, Brother!

Date: Monday September 13th 2004 [15:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've just got details in From ADV Films US about their release of Sister Princess, an anime series based on the popular dating sim.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films USA

Yo! Sushi Tycoon to Launch Capsule Hotels in UK

Date: Sunday September 12th 2004 [12:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Scotsman.com is running a story about Simon Woodroffe (the entrepreneur behind Yo! Sushi) latest plans to bring Japanese style Capsule Hotels to the UK.

Read More... | Source: Scotsman.com

Ghost In The Shell hits Cinema Screens, TV, DVD, comic shops and PS2

Date: Saturday September 11th 2004 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!

The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.

It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!

Read More... | Source: Go Fish Pictures

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

ADV Fillms Sets US Release Date For Chrono Crusade Volume One

Date: Saturday August 14th 2004 [19:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

ADV Films USA have just released the details for Chrono Crusade. It's due out in the US on September 21, 2004, so get saving if you want to buy it.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Industry News from Otakon '04

Date: Monday August 9th 2004 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good people at Anime Tourist have posted details of the Industry News from Otakon.

Source: Anime Tourist

Viz Impressed with Rurouni Kenshin Manga sales

Date: Tuesday February 24th 2004 [20:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Viz have just posted a press release detailing their sales of popular Kenshin Series.

This comes as no surprise to regular fans of the Anime and Manga.

Read More... | Source: Viz

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