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Another Look At The Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: Sunday May 12th 2013 [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

A while ago, we posted an article about the crazy world of Neon Genesis Evangelion Merchandise. It proved to be very popular with our readers. Checking now, we find that they still do make crazy merchandise. There's even a physical Evangelion store you can to in Harajuku in Tokyo-01 (in Eva speak).

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 8

Date: Saturday March 30th 2013 [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 8 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! Our intrepid podcasters return with some news on new licenses and online manga closures. We review Persona 4 The Animation, Thermae Romae and Heroman. Cromartie High School takes its place in the hall of fame and then it all goes a bit freeform with mentions of doujinshi and WiiU's new Street View app.

Rumour control - since recording, MVM have confirmed they are putting out Another here in the UK.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 8

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35 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7

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An interview with Production I.G.

Date: Saturday January 12th 2013 [15:28] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Anime

Returning for the second time in 2012, the fourth Hyper Japan festival in November welcomed thousands of visitors to Earls Court for a three day extravaganza of entertainment. The event flourishes every time with an array of Japanese cultural experiences, encompassing fashion, film, games, cuisine and of course anime and manga for people to see.

For anime fans, this Hyper Japan was host to an astounding public event - a panel chaired by Helen McCarthy in which Production I.G. President & CEO Ishikawa Mitsuhisa was joined by esteemed anime critic Hikawa Ryusuke. It was an exciting opportunity to gain unique insight into the Japanese animation industry from one of today's greatest studios and a major modern figure in Japanese cultural criticism.

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Amecon Interview with Brad Swaile

Date: Sunday January 6th 2013 [11:49] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Back at Amecon last August thanks to the convention committee we got to spend lunch with voice actor Brad Swaile. It's taken me a bit of time to get the interview written up as Brad made a lot of interesting points and I didn't want to miss anything.

Read More... | Source: Voiceacting.co.uk

Tentacular! An interview with Toshio Maeda

Date: Sunday December 9th 2012 [12:17] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Features

October 2012's London MCM expo was the most successful ever. It included a stall by influential and controversial manga artists Toshio Maeda. Creator of the the renowned Urotsukidoji and La Blue Girl. We caught with the manga artist and were lucky enough to interview him at the Expo.

NSFW Content Warning. This article contains content that is not safe for work. This article contains an interview with the creator of a certain tentacle based genre of manga.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

Date: Saturday November 10th 2012 [14:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 5 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! On this episode of the Otaku News podcast we discuss recent licenses and news, Colin talks forever about some of the new shows in the Autumn 2012 season, the feature topic is shows that defy your expectations, Azumanga Daioh gets the Hall of Fame treatment and we answer some questions.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

Date: Tuesday September 25th 2012 [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 4 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! The fourth podcast sees our otaku views on some recent news and Amecon 2012. Reviews of Planzet, Yurei Attack and Ninja Attack and the first third of Dragon Ball Z Season 2. Overman King Gainer also goes into the Hall Of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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You can get episode 1 here, episode 2 here and episode 3 here.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 3

Date: Tuesday July 31st 2012 [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 3 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! This episode our podcasters cover the recent otaku influenced news stories, give a brief round up of some of the new summer 2012 anime, put Dragon Half and Megas XLR into the Hall Of Fame and answer some listener questions.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 3

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can get episode 1 here and episode 2 here.

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 2

Date: Friday July 20th 2012 [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 2 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! Rebecca, Spike and Colin cast their eyes over some recent news, there are reviews of Steins;Gate, Haiyore Nyaruko-san and the Rampage/Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya. Also Hare & Guu gets inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 2

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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You can get episode 1 here.

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An interview with director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami of Fullmetal Alchemist - The Sacred Star of Milos

Date: Tuesday June 26th 2012 [16:08] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Anime

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi or Hagaren for short) is a series that has made a significant mark on anime fans across the world. With the conclusion of the manga and the anime adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood over the past year, it is with great excitement that we are once again given the chance to join the Elric brothers on their second cinematic adventure - Hagaren the Movie 2011 - The Sacred Star of Milos.

For fans of the series they will enjoy return to the world of their favourite characters. Mystery, intrigue and all converge in this epic that calls into question the bonds of blood and national loyalty. The film was made to slot into the timeline of the Brotherhood series narrative. This new adventure, however, has a very different look and feel to the Hagaren previously produced by Studio Bones (株式会社 ボンズ Kabushiki Kaisha Bonzu).

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 1

Date: Saturday June 16th 2012 [5:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

We're pleased to announce Episode 1 of the Otaku News Podcast. Hopefully this will be the first of many. It features the talents of Azure, Little Wooden Boy and Spike.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 1

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41 minutes 28 seconds

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

L'Arc-en-Ciel World Tour - London Report

Date: Friday April 13th 2012 [17:55] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Events

There are few bands that make the list of "must see in my lifetime". The Japanese band L'Arc-en-Ciel have been top of this chart for as long as I have been a fan of their music. Having never had the chance to see them in the UK before, I was thrilled to see London on the line up of performance locations for the band's 20th Anniversary Tour.

The band played in London on Wednesday April 11th 2012.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Vic Mignogna

Date: Wednesday January 18th 2012 [14:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Features

We got a chance to chat to well known voice actor Vic Mignogna at the last MCM London Expo. We discuss a range of topics from getting into voice acting, dubbing anime songs, voice acting inspirations, and of course Full Metal Alchemist.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News / Voiceacting.co.uk

An Interview with Helen McCarthy

Date: Sunday November 27th 2011 [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Nostalgia

We're going all nostalgic here at Otaku News and have decided to dig up some old articles from our archive that are not published on-line, either because they were originally for print or from websites that are now off-line.

Just because they're old doesn't mean they're not relevant to today's otaku.

Before Otaku News, we used to run Anime Digital, a website hosted by the London Anime Club. In October 1999, we were lucky enough to interview Helen McCarthy, who is an anime expert, author, speaker and so much more. Although the interview is over 10 years old, it's interesting to see how many things are still the same in the industry and fandom. We've reprinted this article with Helen's permission. Readers familiar with Helen's work will note that she did write an award winning book about Tezuka in the end!

Update: Helen has also blogged about this article.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Letraset Screentone Review

Date: Sunday October 30th 2011 [5:08] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Art

All my life I've been drawing, and I've appreciated the manga style for most of my life. But I've always been adamant to delve into the world of screentone. I've never really figured out why this is, however perhaps I'll find out today. I've been handed two kinds to look at, a Letraset Screentone MT23 pack, and a pack of Letraset Safmat Self-Adhesive Printing Film. I've only worked with digital screentone before, so this is a bold adventure for me!

Read More... | Source: Letraset

An Interview with GEN Manga

Date: Sunday September 25th 2011 [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eBooks and eBook readers have taken off, with Amazon's Kindle, the Nook and iPad all popular must have gadgets for reading. Currently there's a lot of attention on digital manga. Several companies have sprouted up offering legitimate manga to download and read. The two big boys are JManga and VizManga. They have been criticised for many reasons, including DRM, complex pricing models and region locking. JManga is run by a consortium of 39 manga publishers, so you can easily say they're the biggest digital manga distributor out there. A lot of people are complaining about these manga companies getting it wrong, but has anyone got it right?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otakon Roundtable Podcast Part 1

Date: Sunday August 28th 2011 [19:11] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Features

Otaku News and Eeeper's Choice Podcast present part 1 of our Otakon Roundtable talk with our staff member Eeeper plus Elliot Page from UK-Anime.net and Gerry from Anientity.co.uk

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Interview with manga translator William Flanagan

Date: Thursday August 25th 2011 [10:05] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Features

Otaku News is happy to present our interview with manga translator William Flanagan in conjunction with the Fumi Yoshinaga month at the Moveable Manga Feast.

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Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

Date: Wednesday August 3rd 2011 [18:25] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

The story centres on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to meet a boy again, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Voice Actors Ben Diskin and Brian Beacock

Date: Monday July 25th 2011 [16:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Every now and again at Otaku News, we like to interview voice actors, the very people who provide the voices for anime. At the May 2011 MCM London Expo we were lucky to catch up with Ben Diskin and Brian Beacock.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Murakami makes his mark at the Gagosian

Date: Thursday July 14th 2011 [15:42] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Art

This article features coverage of the Takashi Murakami Exhibition at London's Gagosian Gallery.

Due to the nature of some of the artwork on display in this article, we issue a NSFW content rating.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Arrietty London Screenings - Review

Date: Sunday July 10th 2011 [13:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

On Wednesday 6th July 2011 we went to the London Barbican sell out screenings of the latest Ghibli movie to make it over to the UK.

Arrietty is due for a wider cinema release in the UK on 29th July 2011.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gen Manga - new English manga magazine launches in US

Date: Friday June 24th 2011 [21:44] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

A new magazine, Gen Manga, for seinen and doujinshi works, launches with free first online issue with a monthly schedule to follow.

Read More... | Source: Gen Manga

After school tea time with Beckii Cruel

Date: Wednesday June 8th 2011 [16:35] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Culture

As an avid follower of Japanese popular culture and a regular anime viewer, I am more than familiar with the style of dance routines that have become inseparable from so many titles and credits sequences. From classics such as Urusei Yatsura and more recently popularised by Kyoto Animation's iconic series Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, shows have taken to inserting dances at any available opportunity to arrest a fan following with catchy tunes and infectious dance moves. The indigenous para para dance style steps are synonymous with series such as Super Gals! where character Kotobuki Ran regularly regales audiences through her hyper rhythmic routines.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Figure Sculptor Momiji

Date: Sunday February 27th 2011 [14:00] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Production

Last year, the second annual MCM London Expo returned to bring together a myriad of media and popular culture exhibitors and merchants. It is an exciting occasion for anime fans who attend to meet, mingle and fight their way through the melee of merchandisers and organisers.

Expo is an event that I attend on the front line behind the dealers' tables as an assistant for sales. I am predominantly positioned ready and waiting to serve customers who are on the hunt for anime, manga and figures from the store United Publications. It is an intense and demanding event and catering for the volume of visitors is often a challenge that affords little time to explore the wonders of the wider event. This time, however, I had to make the exception for a remarkable appearance amongst October's exhibitors.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Using eBook Readers for Manga

Date: Sunday October 24th 2010 [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eReaders have started to move from that realm of expensive gadget, to a more affordable and practical solution to lugging books around. The benefit of such a tiny device able to hold thousands of books versus having to actually carry many books around is clear. They're great for printed text, but what about manga? Are eReaders suitable for reading manga on?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Reni Mimura NYAF interview

Date: Friday October 15th 2010 [16:51] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Reni Mimura, a cosplayer and singer living in New York, was performing at this years New York Anime Festival. Despite her busy schedule, she found the time to sit down and chat with us for a brief time about her reasons for taking her work to New York, what she thinks of her fans and which she prefers: cosplay or singing!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Interview with Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori the creators of the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series

Date: Sunday June 13th 2010 [13:46] | Posted By: Dallas Marshall
Category: > Gaming

On the memorial day weekend at Fanimecon, a bay area anime convention in San Jose California, I had the privilege of sitting down with both Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori of ARC System Works. The studio that brought you the Guilty Gear series and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and the soon to be released BlazBlue:Continuum Shift.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tokyo Bento Shopping Guide

Date: Sunday May 2nd 2010 [14:59] | Posted By: Helephant
Category: > Retail

Bento, beautiful and healthy lunchboxes, is an otaku passion that keeps niggling at the edges of mainstream consciousness. The New York Times ran an article on it recently, some of the most amazing photos made the Flickr blog last week and there has been an explosion of books (US, UK) about the topic.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Comiket 77

Date: Wednesday December 30th 2009 [7:30] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Events

A man sits in the corner of the busy square caressing his gun then pointing it at a bunch of schoolgirls who shriek in excitement and begin flashing the cameras, while another man beside him dressed elaborately in leather swishes his cape to an amused crowd of photographers. Welcome to Comiket!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Dragonball Evolution Review

Date: Wednesday April 8th 2009 [14:35] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Anime > Film

Here's a review of the the live action film based on Akira Toriyama's manga Dragonball. The story follows Son Goku as he tries to finad the seven Dragonballs in order to defeat the evil Piccolo.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: Sunday March 8th 2009 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime and merchandise naturally go hand in hand, with some titles just a thin excuse to create merchandise. Generally the more popular the series, wider and crazier the variety of merchandise available. With Neon Genesis Evangelion, regarded one of the most popular titles of all time, I thought it would be worth looking into the more unusual merchandise available from the franchise. When researching this article I expected to find some oddities, after all you can even get an Eva Unit-01 mountain bike. However I was really surprised by what's out there!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

How to be a Cosplayer

Date: Tuesday December 16th 2008 [15:48] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Fandom

A large runway divides the room. People sit patiently waiting for the stars to strut their stuff. The lights flicker on and the crew members speak with words of comfort to the jittery stars taking centre stage. This is a long way from Paris Fashion Week and the get-ups are far from Milano. As soon as you see a replica Lara Croft swagger down the platform with screaming cheers, your gut instinct is to head for the nearest exit. The outfits that follow only get more absurd; with capes trailing behind and swords that make an audience roar with excitement.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An interview with Kari Wahlgren

Date: Sunday September 7th 2008 [11:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Thanks to go the great folk at AmeCon 2008, we were able to interview their main guest, voice actress Kari Wahlgren. You may have heard her in the American dub of FLCL as Haruko, or Robin in Witch Hunter Robin or Scarlett in Steamboy to name a few of her roles. As well as many video games you've probably played.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News / Voiceacting.co.uk

An interview with Makoto Shinkai

Date: Sunday June 22nd 2008 [18:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Otaku News went to a BFI screening of Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second and was lucky enough to get an exclusive chance to have a private chat with Mr Shinkai, the writer and anime director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Perfect Piece Tachikoma Review

Date: Monday December 31st 2007 [10:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

With the holiday season coming to a close, some of you may have some extra cash to spend, this article might tempt some of that money away from you.

Anime fandom like most kinds of fandom is always susceptible to merchandising, and lets face it there is a lot of plastic tat out there, if you can print onto it, engrave it, or mould it, it's had some sort of anime merchandising. However every now and again something good comes along, so we thought it would be nice to do a product review to gauge our readers reactions and see if it's the sort of thing Otaku News readers want.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Review: Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone

Date: Thursday October 11th 2007 [15:57] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > Film

Schoolboy Shinji Ikari is summoned by his estranged father to the vast city of Tokyo-3, however the tearful reunion he was hoping for does not materialise as his father has a far more nefarious reason for wanting his son by his side again. Led down into the underground labyrinth of NERV headquarters, he learns that he is one of only a few children that can pilot one of the enormous Evangelion robots against a terrifying enemy. For as Shinji was being transported to Tokyo-3, it was under attack from the terrifying Angels, creatures of an unknown origin bent on penetrating the city and laying waste to anything they find. Throwing caution to the wind to save an injured girl, Shinji boards one of the massive robots and is launched to his destiny. However there are greater forces at work behind the scenes, and is the true enemy the angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of the people involved?

Read More... | Source: Cinema Sunshine, Ikebukuro

Otaku News Special: Tales from Earthsea Review

Date: Tuesday July 24th 2007 [17:53] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Optimum are releasing the latest Ghibli Feature Tales from Earthsea in the UK on a limited number on cinema screens on August the 3rd this will be followed by a DVD release. We take a look at the dubbed version of Goro Miyazaki's debut film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special: Spectrobes Review

Date: Tuesday June 12th 2007 [14:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

With the new Pokemon close to arriving in the UK we take a slightly late look at Disney's attempt at the catch-em-em all RPG Spectrobes on Nintendo DS.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special: Manga Studio Review

Date: Wednesday November 8th 2006 [6:32] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Art

We're aware that many of our readers will at some point try to create their own "manga" and now so are several software publishers who are eager to fill the the gap in the market for Manga creation software. In this review I look at Manga Studio 3.0 Debut and create my own page to see just how useful it actually is.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Interview with Monica Rial and Chris Patton

Date: Thursday September 21st 2006 [4:18] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Thanks to those lovely people at Amecon as well as the voice actors themselves donating their time, I was able to interview voice actors Chris Patton and Monica Rial.

Chris Patton has played roles such as Sousuke Sagara in Full Metal Panic and Sasame in Pretear; Monica has played many characters including Towa in DNAngel and Hyatt in Excel saga she also writes ADR scripts for anime such as DNAngel and Madlax.

Read More... | Source: Voice Acting Alliance/Otaku News

Otaku News Special Christmas Gaming Reviews

Date: Sunday December 18th 2005 [6:15] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

It’s nearly Christmas and no doubt some of you are still undecided what to get, so as a special Christmas bonus we’ve got two PS2 game reviews.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Howl's Moving Castle Review

Date: Monday September 19th 2005 [6:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Howl’s Moving Castle is due to be released in the UK on the 23rd of September, and to celebrate we have an early review. Please note that since the film is being compared to the book in places there are small spoilers throughout for both versions, though we’ve tried to keep them to a minimum.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Review: Shadow Hearts 2 - Covenant on PS2

Date: Thursday March 10th 2005 [18:12] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

We’ve got something a little bit special here at Otaku News, a review of the PS2 RPG Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant. The question is; is the game worth your hard earned cash (pounds, dollars, zenii or otherwise)? Read on to find out.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

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