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PvP: The Series

Date: Thursday November 30th 2006 [23:54] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Webcomics

PvP animated series is in the works for February launch!

Read More... | Source: PvP Website

Halloween desktop wallpaper

Date: Thursday October 26th 2006 [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

With Halloween kicking in, it's the season for ghouls and ghosts with anime fans in London celebrating at J-Pop Go. Andes Sudo, one of our talented Otaku News artists has also been busy, making some great wallpaper of Tima one of the Otaku News Mascots. So go on and check out our wallpaper section and download it today! ^_^

Source: Otaku News Wallpaper

YouTube take down nearly 30,000 Japanese Clips

Date: Friday October 20th 2006 [12:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

BBC News and many other news sources are currently reporting that 29,549 clips have been removed from YouTube after the Japanese media companies complained of copyright infringement. The popular video hosting site (recently bought by Google for $1.65bn USD) frequently had clips from Japanese TV shows along with some anime as well.

It is not clear from the article what content has been removed, if it's Japanese TV programmes, more extreme quiz shows, comedy sketches and skits such as Matrix Pong, users of YouTube will have to discover that for themselves. What will be interesting to find out is if YouTube will automatically take down any future content or if the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) will have to file more requests.

Source: BBC News

Defending Anime Fans

Date: Friday October 6th 2006 [3:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The trouble with being an anime fan is that people often get the wrong idea, and then start talking about stereotypical stuff about how crazy people are in Japan. Dragon who is the president of the London Anime Club and has also written a shopping guide to anime and electronics in Tokyo has posted a good defence to being called an otaku:

I got into an "arguement" with somebody at work over the term Otaku. They accused me of dressing up in costume and being obssively knowledgeable about the subject. "Fine," I said. "Just like the rest of the perverts who you see dressed up in strange costumes and hanging round in parks on Sundays, or that gather in huge crowds dressed in outlandish gear singing stupid songs and generally idolising over their obessions. Who spend huge amounts of money buying all the latest things. They have pictures on their bedroom walls. They follow the latest news and interviews very great glee. They seek out fellow fanatics and discuss the latest events. Such obsessives like you. Only in this country they are known as football fans."

So note down the otaku are just the same as football fan strategy and use it next time people call you weird for liking those strange Japanese cartoons! ^_-

Source: London Anime Club

ADV Launches Download Site

Date: Friday September 29th 2006 [12:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films has joined the anime downloading craze with the opening of their new digital download store, ADV Universe. Anime fans can now, after signing at the official website, browse and shop for episodes of their favorite ADV releases, including Gilgamesh, Godannar, and Comic Party to watch on their computer through Windows Media Player.

While the price for episode downloading has not been disclosed, signing up for service at ADV Universe is free! And as an added incentive, fans will receive the first episode of Guyver: The Bio-Booster Armor, soon to be released by ADV, for free after signing up. Itís just one more way at how much anime fandom is progressing in this high-tech, digital age.

Source: ADV Films

Toonami Jetstream a Big Success

Date: Wednesday August 23rd 2006 [10:37] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Toonami Jetstream reports millions of hits in just first four weeks!

Read More... | Source: Viz

Otaku News E-mail Woe

Date: Tuesday August 22nd 2006 [3:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Due to some unexplained difficulties with our webhost that were not easy to resolve, it appears that all e-mails sent to the webmaster [at] otakunews [dot] com e-mail address in the last two weeks have been lost. Luckily the other Otaku News e-mail accounts were unaffected, however if you did try to e-mail in the last two weeks, you may want to resend it! I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused, up until now we've only had minor issues with our web hosting company.

Source: Otaku News

Mainichi Daily News Release Manglish - Manga in English

Date: Monday July 3rd 2006 [8:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Mainichi Daily News have started to release Manga in English on their website. They've called it Manglish (manga in English), taking talents from their MangaTown site, and providing an English translation of the original text by rolling your mouse over the Japanese text.

The debut story is called Six Feet Girl, about a 16 year old girl who is 180cm tall (which actually makes her 5"9'). Apparently she gets depressed every time she starts a new school when the other students laugh at her height. The manga is by Gyugo (or Jugo) Hazuki. Looking at the site it's not clear how good the translation will be, especially if English speaking readers are used to a certain standard, it appears to by translated by a Japanese speaker into English. Currently MDN have posted two pages, and will add a new page each weekday.

Billingual Manga for Japanese people wishing to learn English isn't that uncommon and is frequently sought after by English speaking collectors outside of Japan. However this marks an interesting start - a Japanese publisher releasing free daily manga direct from Japan, some industry analysts predicted this a few years ago and it's good to see that MDN are now publishing manga in English, hopefully more Japanese firms will start soon too.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

ADV Cleans Up Hacker Mess

Date: Tuesday May 16th 2006 [11:31] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films fixes up an attack by Turkish hackers.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

VIZ and Cartoon Network Go Broadband

Date: Thursday April 27th 2006 [11:01] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ and Cartoon Network to launch new broadband site, Toonami Jetstream, to feature recent television hits and new shows not yet available.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Anime Forest.com Closing Down

Date: Tuesday April 18th 2006 [11:31] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bad news for American anime fans. Anime News Network has reported that Anime Forest.com, the popular on-line rental site, will be shutting down after three years of service. An e-mail was sent out to customers of the site informing them of the closing, though reasons as to why were not given. Per-rental services ceased on April 7th, while subscription services will end on April 30. Anime Forest thanks their customers for their support in the e-mail. They will be missed.

Source: Anime News Network

Lucky Eureka SeveN

Date: Friday April 7th 2006 [15:15] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bandai Entertainment announces major plans for TV and online release of Eureka SeveN in America.

Read More... | Source: Bandai Entertainment

Otaku News Launch T-Shirt Shop

Date: Sunday March 19th 2006 [15:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

When we go to conventions and other anime relelated events, we always tend to wear Otaku News T-shirts, they've generated a lot of interest with people asking where can they buy them, we always felt bad telling people that they can't. So after a lot of hunting around we've found a good on-line t-shirt seller to team up with to sell t-shirts for both guys and gals, along with other items.

We've set up two seperate shops, one for our US Readers, and another for our readers in the UK and Europe, so if you're interested select and shop and have a good, look. We've also produced some t-shirts with witty slogans on, which are ideal for anime conventions!

Otaku News US Shop

Otaku News UK / Europe Shop

Source: Otaku News Shop

Adult Swim Fix

Date: Monday February 20th 2006 [10:33] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Adult Swim to start featuring classic and new shows on website, seven days a week.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Otaku News Launch PSP Edition

Date: Tuesday January 17th 2006 [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've been listening to what our readers want, and we know that many anime fans are also keen PSP owners. Which is why we've made a PSP version of Otaku News, designed especially for Sony's box of tricks. It has less content than the full versions of this site, but is designed for quick loading times and navigation, which is ideal when you're out and about with wireless access. To access it all you have to do is visit http://www.otakunews.com/psp/ (go on, bookmark it on your PSP you know you want to). The main article content and DVD reviews are identical to the other editions of Otaku News.

Source: Otaku News - PSP Edition

IGN Seek Otaku Writers

Date: Tuesday January 3rd 2006 [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Unfortunately for us hugely popular gaming site IGN aren't seeking the Otaku News Crew, but they are seeking freelancers who love anime and manga! So if you live in the US, are over 18 and fancy being a freelance writer, why not drop them a line, they'll even pay you! If on the other hand you want to work for free and support grassroots anime fandom then why not contact us! We can't pay you, but we can always give you a sense of satisfaction that is better than money, (honest) and since we're also a lot slacker about deadlines too! ^_-

Source: IGN

Howl's Moving Castle Set For March 2006 DVD Release

Date: Monday December 5th 2005 [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK on-line retailer's Play.com and Amazon.co.uk have started to take pre-orders for Howl's Moving Castle, they both listing the release date as 13th March 2006. Otaku News had heard rumours about Optimum wanting to release Howl earlier, however in order to qualify for an Academy Award, they had to delay the release. What's interesting to note that the boxshots from Amazon and Play are different, which leads us to believe that both sites have produced mock-ups as they are missing vital details on the packaging such as the BBFC rating logo.

A quick check on Amazon.com reveals that they're taking pre-orders for two different versions of Howl's Moving Castle, which are priced the same, we suspect that Amazon will remove one edition nearer the launch date.

If Optimum and Buena Vista can release Howl's Moving Castle in March, they should be highly commended, since the Japanese DVD has just been released this November and Ghibli titles have been traditonally very slow to get US and UK DVD releases.

Source: Play.com

Photo Blogging For Otaku

Date: Monday October 17th 2005 [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Blogging is all the rage at the moment, with everyone and their dog putting up content about this that and everything. Many blogs are just angst fests. However hunting around can be interesting and rewarding with many different takes on anime fandom and Japanese Culture in general. Photo Blog site Flickr offers a wealth of photos for otaku, featuring Gundam, some nice Catbus, the cast of Naruto and Evangelion! One enterprising otaku even has his own Calcifer to keep his car warm. There are tons of cool images for you too look at on Flickr, so why not add your own! ^_^

Source: Flickr

Kakurenbo Official Site Online

Date: Tuesday September 27th 2005 [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Central Park Media have just sent us details about their Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek website. In addition to information about the CG animation's awards, creators, and English and Japanese voice actors (including Junko Takeuchi - the voice of Naruto), there's a special video recorded at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

The DVD is due for release on October 11.

Source: Central Park Media

Otaku News Wallpaper

Date: Sunday September 4th 2005 [19:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Here at Otaku News we like to give something back to our readers as a way of saying thank you for reading this site. That's why we've commissioned the talented WingYun-Man and Rik Nicol to come up with some nice desktop wallpaper for you to download. The design in question is the new Shinsengumi Miyuki wallpaper, which features Otaku News mascot Miyuki as a member of the Shinsengumi. The wallpaper is based on the successful postcard campaign from AyaCon 2005.

Source: Otaku News Wallpaper Page

iTunes Japan Music Cards For Japanese Music

Date: Friday September 2nd 2005 [20:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at JList.com dropped us a line to tell us that they're selling iTunes Japan Music Cards, these are vouchers that you can use to redeem music on Apple's iTunes system. Using these vouchers you can buy plenty of music that is only available on the Japanese version of iTunes, which is very handy if you like certain songs, but don't want to import a whole album.

Source: JList.com

Otaku News Adds RSS Feed

Date: Friday July 22nd 2005 [18:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Here at Otaku News we like to listen to what you, our readers say. Without your feedback we would not know what stories you want us to cover and what features you like using on this site. Our most popular feature request to date has been for an RSS Feed, so the Otaku News Crew have finally made feeds for each edition of Otaku News. For more details check out the RSS Feed Details page.

We always want more feedback about our coverage and the features we can offer, so please feel free to contact us if you want to see more things on this site! Don't be afraid to e-mail us with news stories either!

Source: Otaku News

AOL Radio Launches Japanese Pop Station

Date: Friday July 22nd 2005 [18:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

The people over at AOL have just sent details of their new Japanese Pop Station. It seems that AOL Radio listeners enjoyed the Video Game Scores station so much that AOL have added a Japanese Pop station due to popular demand!

Read More... | Source: AOL

Unseen Japan Photo Competition

Date: Monday June 27th 2005 [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

The Mainichi Daily News have just announced the winners of their Unseen Japan photograph competition. Readers were asked to "Submit a photo that visualizes a rarely seen side of Japan", the result is a selection of photos that give a great insight into a Japan that you would not normally see in anime. ^_-

The winning photo - A waiting taxi reflects the brilliant neon lights of Shinsaibashi, Osaka, looks a lot like a shot from the film Lost in Translation. You can the see the rest of the winning photos on-line, the Mainichi Daily News have also posted every other entrant too.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Otaku News Adds DVD Reviews

Date: Sunday May 8th 2005 [18:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Here at Otaku News we listen to you, our readers comments and will always try to improve the site based on what we hear. The most common request we've had so far is for a review section. So the Otaku News Crew started to work away, writing reviews and also writing the code for you to navigate the reviews. At the moment we've put up some DVD reviews for you to read, over time we intend to add a lot more. Currently all editions of Otaku News will show all DVDs, regardless of their region. Eventually once we have a substantial number of reviews the UK and US Editions will only display reviews from their region.

We've also adopted a policy of being honest, so far one review already has a rating of 2 out of 10! We hope you find this addition to the site helpful and enjoying reading our opinions, of course if you don't like it and think you can do better, then by all means tell us, we are always looking for talented contributors to write news articles, reviews and anything else of interest to otaku!

Source: Otaku News DVD Review Section

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

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Clements Launches New Website

Date: Saturday October 16th 2004 [13:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Jonathan Clements, writer, translator, co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia, The Erotic Anime Movie Guide, The Dorama Encyclopedia and I Love My Tamagotchi (under the name of Bronwen Komatsubara), has just e-mailed with some details regarding his new website -

"Don't know if this counts as news or not, but if it does, there is much anime goodness to be found at my website, including the English version of my Afterword to the deluxe edition of Akira, the unpublished Afterword to the Anime Encyclopedia, and several anime columns from Newtype and the Sci Fi channel."

Considering how much Jonathan Clements has done in the anime industry, I think it does count as news, so go on and have a look at his website. I'm off to find Schoolgirl Milky Crisis.

Source: Jonathan Clements

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

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

Otaku News Launches!

Date: Wednesday August 18th 2004 [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

18th August 2004. Otaku News, a new site dedicated to anime, manga and other cool Japanese things launched today. Yes, that's this site! We intend to bring you news for fans of Japan. From Anime to Zen, with a good dose of informative articles and laughs along the way.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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