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An Interview with Katsura Sunshine

Date: Sunday November 12th 2017 [9:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Japan is a place with many traditions and art forms. It even has its own traditional form of comedy rakugo. The performer sits down on stage and tells an amusing story using only two props a fan and hand towel. Katsura Sunshine is one such performer, a Canadian who discovered the art form while in Japan. You may have caught his show Dive into Ukiyo-e on NHK World.

We caught up with Sunshine over a coffee in London on a warm day in May to discover more about rakugo and his performances.

He's just recently completed a set of shows at the Leicester Square Theatre. He'll be performing at Hyper Japan in November 2017, and then have an off Broadway show at the Soho Playhouse in New York for a year.

This article interview is one of those relaxing long reads, we could have split it into many parts, but felt it's best to keep it as one whole article, so you too can imagine you're having coffee with Sunshine. Apart from those interested in Japanese culture, we think this article will also be interesting to people following stage performances, improv or stand-up comedy.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Silent Manga​ Audition Round 9

Date: Friday October 6th 2017 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Are you an aspiring manga artist? Do you want to get the attention of the manga industry? Well the Silent Manga Audition are running another manga competition. The clever twist is that you're not allowed to use dialogue, hence Silent Manga, this is clever as it makes it more international.

There are 3 themes for this round Fairness​​ /​​ Respect​​ / Teamwork. The​​ themes​​ are​​ chosen​​ to​​ encourage​ ​ creation​​ of​​ works​ ​ that​​ will​​ help​​ promote​ ​ the​ ​ spirit of​ ​ 2020​ ​ Tokyo​​ Olympics​​. The​​ deadline​ ​ is​​ 31st​​ of​ ​ March​ 2018. The top prize is 500,00 JPY (about $4,438 USD, €3,782 EUR, £3,396 GBP at the time of writing).

Read More... | Source: SMAC! - Silent Manga​ Audition

An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa

Date: Friday September 29th 2017 [16:51] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

Cult anime director Masaaki Yuasa was in the UK recently, being eager to quiz him about his two upcoming films Night is Short, Walk On Girl which hits cinemas on 4th October 2017 (visit the official website to find a screening near you) and Lu Over the Wall on 6th December 2017.

Rather than just send anyone to interview this great director, we wanted to send someone we knew who is one of Masaaki Yuasa biggest fans. So we sent Katy.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Danny Choo

Date: Wednesday July 26th 2017 [15:27] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

One of the great things about writing for Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. At Hyper Japan we caught up with Danny Choo a professional otaku, entrepreneur, Japanese Cultural ambassador and inventor of the Smart Doll Fashion Doll.

Danny was born and raised in the UK and has been living in Tokyo since 1999. We managed to get an exclusive with interview him at his Smart Doll Booth and he revealed some interesting up products. Read on to find out more.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An interview with Tim Clark the Curator of Hokusai: beyond the Great wave at the British Museum

Date: Tuesday May 23rd 2017 [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The British Museum will be hosting a Hokusai Exhibition from Thursday 25th May until Sunday 13th August 2017.

Dedicated to the Japanese master the exhibition entitled Hokusai: beyond the Great wave will feature two magnificent painted ceiling panels of wave subjects loaned by Hokusaikan, Obuse, done in 1845 for a festival cart, along with many other fabulous bits of artwork.

Naturally being fans of Japan we know you're eager to find out more about this. So we go in touch with Tim Clark the exhibition's curator.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Michal Dudok de Wit Director of The Red Turtle

Date: Monday May 22nd 2017 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

In a change of production the much loved Studio Ghibli decided to look overseas for a director to create their latest film - The Red Turtle. They teamed up with Oscar winning director Michal Dudok de Wit who wrote and directed the animated feature. We caught up with him for an exclusive interview to talk about the film, which hits UK cinema screens from Friday 26th May 2017.

This interview is spoiler free.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Red Turtle Review

Date: Monday May 22nd 2017 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

In an interesting move from Studio Ghibli, rather than look just in Japan for the talent to direct a new animated movie the fabled studio looked around the world to find someone suitable. They found Michal Dudok de Wit. The movie they made together was The Red Turtle.

We caught up with the director for an exclusive interview.

The film is set for release at UK cinemas from Friday 26th May 2017.

We know you're wondering Is the movie any good? Well read our review and find out!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Introducing The Manga Concierge

Date: Saturday February 11th 2017 [13:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Recently we interviewed Anne Ferrero of toco toco TV, she's just got in touch with us to tells us about a new show that's just started on YouTube The Manga Concierge. The show is in Japanese, with English and French subtitles.

Based in Shibuya, Torai Eisu is a "Manga Concierge", who guides people to the manga they "always wanted to read". In this program, we meet with him every month to hear his title selection, each time on a different theme. In this first episode, the manga concierge introduces three manga about 'game'.

Source: The Manga Concierge

Talking to toco toco tv

Date: Wednesday January 25th 2017 [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

We've interviewed a lot of interesting people in the anime industry over the years and were delighted when we discovered the mini-documentary show toco toco tv. The series available on YouTube has a simple and effective format they talk to various Japanese creators and introduce places they like in Japan while telling the viewer about their work.

The show is aired on the French TV channel Nolife since 2011 and YouTube (with English and French subtitles) since 2015.

Being intrigued about the show we wanted to know more, so decided to interview Anne Ferrero the show's director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Kiki's Delivery Service Theatrical Adaptation an Interview at the Southwark Playhouse

Date: Wednesday December 14th 2016 [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The holiday season is always a good time to relax and catch a performance at the theatre. There's always something for everyone in London. This year the Southwark Playhouse have looked to Japan for some inspiration and produced stage play of Kiki's Delivery Service.

The title is best known as the much loved Studio Ghibli feature film, which is based on the book by Eiko Kadono. Being fans of Japan we were certainly intrigued. We caught up with the Southwark Play House's Artistic Director and CEO Chris Smyrnios for an exclusive interview to find out more about the play.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Takarabune Art Show by Junko Mizuno December 2016

Date: Thursday December 8th 2016 [15:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers in LA who are fans of renowned creepy-kawaii manga artist Junko Mizuno will want to head over to Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 17th, 2016 for the opening reception of her new exhibition. Junko Mizuno's second Japan-themed art show will run from December 17th, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Admission to the opening reception is free, booking is required. As always with popular events, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

For those looking to find out more we interviewed Junko Mizuno last time she was in London.

Read More... | Source: Junko Mizuno

Makoto Shinkai's Your Name Review

Date: Thursday November 17th 2016 [15:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Makoto Shinkai's latest movie Your Name is due for a UK wide cinema release on Thursday 24th November 2016. You can find a screening near you by visiting YouNameTheMovie.co.uk.

We saw the the movie before it started to climb at the Japanese box office and become one of the highest grossing movies of all time in Japan.

We also interviewed the director Makoto Shinkai asking him lots of interesting questions about the movie.

Now the question you're asking, is the movie actually any good? Well wonder no more. We wrote this review before the hype picked up. So read on to get thoughts on the film!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Makoto Shinaki Director of Your Name

Date: Tuesday November 15th 2016 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Makoto Shinkai's latest movie Your Name is about to hit the UK nationally on Thursday 24th November 2016. Last month we were lucky enough to catch up with Mr Shinkai to talk about Your Name while he was in London for the BFI London Film Festival.

You can catch the box office smash hit by going to YourNameTheMovie.co.uk to find a screening near you.

This isn't Makoto Shinkai's first time in London. We interviewed him in 2008 last time he was at the BFI promoting 5 Centimeters Per Second.

You can read our Your Name review too if you're interested to know more about the film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Sherlock: A Study in Pink Manga Release Date

Date: Monday September 12th 2016 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of BBC Series Sherlock will already know about the English language release of the manga adaptation we've covered before.

Currently Titan Comics have split the manga up into 6 comic books to sell the chapters separately. The full collected manga for Sherlock: A Study in Pink will be released on 31st January 2016 as a single book.

The book is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

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

An Interview Hirokatsu Kihara - Horror Writer and Studio Ghibli Production Manager

Date: Wednesday July 27th 2016 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

One of the fun parts about running Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. In July 2016 we went to Japanese Cultural Festival Hyper Japan and met Hirokatsu Kihara. The former Studio Ghibli Production Manager is now a horror story writer and yokai expert. Hirokatsu Kihara sounded just like the kind of person you'd be interested in hearing from. So we caught up with him for an interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Anime Director Michael Arias

Date: Monday June 6th 2016 [15:59] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

Lots of anime fans aspire to join the anime industry. Very few from the west make it. Even fewer people go on to direct well known titles like Tekkonkinkreet, or produced the Animatrix. Michael Arias was a guest at the MCM London Comic Con this May 2016. We were lucky enough to catch him for an exclusive interview, while he was here to promote Harmony, his latest feature film, it's due for a home video release in the UK sometime in Q4 2016 thanks to Anime Limited.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork Auction Sale Results

Date: Wednesday June 1st 2016 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've already mentioned the Sotheby's auction that contained artwork from Osamu Tezuka and Akira Toriyama. What we haven't covered is how much each item went for.

The prices listed below are the hammer price with the buyer's premium.

The Tezuka artwork went mostly within the estimated prices.

Lot 231 was estimated to sell for 8,000 to 10,000 EUR. It went for 8,750.

Lot 232 was estimated to sell for 3,000 to 4,000 EUR. It went for 3,625.

Lot 233 was estimated to sell for 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 1,750.

Lot 234 was estimated to sell for 2,500 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 2,750.1

Akira Toriyama's drawing was Lot 235 with an estimated sale price of 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It sold for 15,000. That's 5 times the original estimated price.

Source: Sotheby's

Sotheby's to Auction Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork

Date: Thursday May 5th 2016 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Manga fans with cash to splash will want to head over to famous auctioneers Sotheby's for their bandes dessines auction (drawn strips). The collection of sequential art is mainly European and American artists. However manga fans are in for a treat with manga master Osamu Tezuka artwork for sale with prices ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 EUR. They've also got an original Akira Toriyama drawing too, which is estimated to sell from 2,000 to 3,000 EUR.

The auction will take place on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 2pm in Paris. You can bid on-line, but note that first-time bidders must pre-register 24 hours in advance of the sale in order to be approved by Sotheby's.

Thanks to Deb Aoki for the tip off on this story.

Read More... | Source: Sotheby's

Finnish iOS Users are Discovering a Whole New World of Anime with Autocorrect

Date: Tuesday April 26th 2016 [14:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We're not certain if all our readers keep up to date with Finnish tech current affairs, so read on if you haven't heard about this already. In order to explain this we need to teach you some basic Finnish.

Read More... | Source: Digitoday

Ozarin: Anime Japan 2016 - An Adventure in Odaiba!

Date: Friday April 22nd 2016 [16:11] | Posted By: Bryoz
Category: > Features

I was lucky enough to attend Anime Japan, a massive entertainment focused event in Odaiba, to check out some of the latest and upcoming Japanese animation!

Read More... | Source: Ozarin

Ocha & Co - Matcha By Mail Order

Date: Saturday April 9th 2016 [14:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

While taking a day off from being an otaku I was browsing the stalls at the London Coffee Festival looking for ways to feed my never ending caffeine addiction. You never really switch off from being an otaku, as I stumbled upon a Japanese tea company Ocha & Co who are promoting themselves to coffee connoisseurs.

Many of our readers are fans of Japanese matcha powder and loose leaf Japanese tea, so naturally I was curious. The staff at Ocha & Co explained that they source directly from one tea producer in Shizuoka. The organic certified tea is then shipped quickly to them and then on again directly to the customer. They're keen to get the tea directly from the plantation to your cup in the shortest possible time. You can also buy their matcha and teas direct from Japan using Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Source: Ocha & Co

Sherlock Manga Release Details Update

Date: Saturday March 26th 2016 [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've already published details about Titan Comic's up-coming release of the Sherlock Manga. As news is spreading we wanted to know more details about the actual release. So we go it touch with Titan Comics editor Andrew James to talk about the release.

Read More... | Source: Titan Comics

Asian Kung-Fu Generation on NHK World Saturday 16th March 2016

Date: Thursday March 3rd 2016 [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Japanese music will want to tune into NHK World this weekend to watch Entertainment Nippon's coverage Asian Kung-Fu Generation.

The band has been running for 20 years, you may know their music from the hugely popular anime show Erased. Entertainment Nippon is due to air Saturday 5th March 2016 at 4:10, 11:10, 16:10 and 22:10 (UTC).

NHK World is a free to air station, and is broadcast dubbed into English or with English subtitles.

NHK World is available in the UK on the following
Sky Channel 507
Freestat Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

They offer free live streaming if you don't have a service able to watch it.

It's also widely available around the world, so could be available in your region.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

Sherlock Manga US and UK Release Details

Date: Friday February 19th 2016 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of a certain Baker Street Detective will be very pleased to hear that comic publisher Titan have announced that they'll be publishing the Sherlock Manga in the UK and US. Comic Book Resources revealed that Titan Comics announced at ComicsPro retailer summit that Sherlock: A Study in Pink will debut in June 2016.

The officially licensed Sherlock manga was published by Kadokawa Comics in Japan in 2012 in Young Ace magazine. It was published as a tankobon (standalone book) in Japanese in 2013. The manga closely follows the original BBC Sherlock episode featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

As of yet, it's not clear if Titan will be publishing the manga in it's original Japanese right to left format or if they'll flip it.

Source: Comic Book Resources

KISS x Ukiyo-e Project

Date: Tuesday February 9th 2016 [15:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

With the release of Miss Hokusai Ukiyo-e prints are in the spotlight. Iconic band KISS have launched the KISS x Ukiyo-e Project which involves a collaboration with Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e art creators the Ukiyo-e Project. It features the KISS iconic style thrown into the world of traditional Japanese woodblook prints.

The Sunset Marquis/Morrison Gallery Hotel in Los Angeles will be hosting a KISS retrospective exhibition which will showcase the debut of the collaborative Ukiyo-e art pieces from Saturday 13th February 2016.

This is not the first time KISS have collaborated with Japanese culture icons, they've collaborated with Japanese super star Hello Kitty for KISS x Hello Kitty, which had a line of clothes and cool vinyl figures (this was one of our favourite collaborations with Hello Kitty since she teamed up with Gloomy Bear). KISS also teamed up with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z.

Read More... | Source: KISS

Katsushika O-Ei - The Real Miss Hokusai

Date: Friday February 5th 2016 [15:54] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

Production I.G's latest cinematic masterpiece Miss Hokusai has just hit cinema screens in the UK. We've seen it and recommend you do too. Although a lot is know about the master himself, we were curious to know more about the real life Miss Hokusai. We started to research her history, then remembered we know experts in Japanese woodblock prints! The Japanese Gallery who sell Japanese woodblock prints, antiques and even anime cels, they would already know a lot about Hokusai and his artistic daughter. We asked them what tell us all about the real O-Ei.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Miss Hokusai Screening Review

Date: Monday February 1st 2016 [13:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Features

Whether I'm reviewing or not, when I go in to watch a new feature film, I try to read up on it as little as possible. With Miss Hokusai, I had only seen the short Japanese trailer (on purpose, so I wouldn't understand everything), and later skimmed the first few paragraphs of the production notes, handed to me when I walked into the screening. What I was expecting was something of a behind-the-scenes, biographical approach to Katsushika Hokusai's life, through his daughter's eyes. But instead I got something a little different.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

MCM Event List for 2016

Date: Saturday January 30th 2016 [14:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

As 2016 has just started it's time to plan ahead for those geek events. We've got a list of the MCM Comic Cons for 2016.

The MCM Event Calendar kicks off on 13th February with the MCM Midlands Comic Con. There's plenty more to follow throughout the year. The events always have something good to offer for anime fans too and often feature a guest or two from the anime and manga industry. The schedule is as follows:

13 February: MCM Midlands Comic Con
12-13 March: MCM Liverpool Comic Con
19-20 March: MCM Birmingham Comic Con
27-29 May: MCM London Comic Con
25-26 June: MCM Belfast Comic Con
2-3 July: MCM Ireland Comic Con (Dublin)
30-31 July: MCM Manchester Comic Con
23-24 September: MCM Scotland Comic Con (Glasgow)
28-30 October: MCM London Comic Con
19-20 November: MCM Birmingham Comic Con

The folks at MCM have also sent us details of two new events in Germany and Brussels. MCM Hannover Comic Con coming to Hannover Messe on 4-5 June 2016 and MCM Belgium Comic Con taking place at Brussels Expo on 11-12 June.

Also don't forget Comic Con Copenhagen 24-25 September 2016 and Comic Con Stockholm on 4-6 November 2016,

As always we've also updated the Otaku Calendar with details of these events.

Read More... | Source: MCM Comic Con

Japan Night in London on NHK World TV.

Date: Wednesday January 6th 2016 [14:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of J-Rock will want to tune into NHK World on Friday 8th or Saturday 9th January 2016 to catch a special show called Japan Night in London. The free to air channel (that shows content in English), will be broadcasting the performances by VAMPS, [Alexandros], OKAMOTO's and Ling tosite sigure.

The show will be broadcast several times this weekend (all times in UTC).
Friday 8th January 2016:
23:10
Saturday 9th January 2016:
5:10, 10:10, 17:10

NHK World is available in the UK on the following
Sky Channel 507
Freestat Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

It's also widely available around the world, so could be available in your region.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

An Interview with Shigeto Koyama - Anime Character Designer

Date: Friday November 6th 2015 [18:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The May and October MCM London Comic Cons are without doubt the biggest geek events in the UK. With over 130,000 people attending this October. It caters for all geeky tastes. Anime fans are also well looked after, each event regularly has an anime guest of honour. The October Comic con played host to Shigeto Koyama, renowned designer, he designed Baymax from Disney movie Big Hero 6. He was also involved in the character designs for fan favourite anime show Kill La Kill, as well as designing the weapons and lots of gear in the well loved game No More Heroes. We were lucky enough to catch up with him and ask some interesting questions.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Osamu Tezuka Story - A Life in Manga and Anime Book Details

Date: Monday October 19th 2015 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from publishers Stone Bridge Press have just sent us details for a new book out in July 2016. They'll be publishing The Osamu Tezuka Story A Life in Manga and Anime by Toshio Ban & Tezuka Productions. This is going to be a huge book weighing in at over 900 pages, it covers the entire life of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and man seen as the founding father of modern manga and anime.

This book is translated by Frederik L. Schodt. He's known for many things in including translating the original Ghost In the Shell manga into English (with Toren Smith). He's also written numerous award winning books books on manga. He knows his stuff!

You can pre-order the book from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Stone Bridge Press publish high quality books on Japanese culture, anime and manga. They're the publishers behind the The Anime Encyclopedia.

Read More... | Source: Stone Bridge Press

An Interview with WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu

Date: Saturday October 10th 2015 [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

MCM Group Events are always great for anime fans. At the end of September 2015 Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu of WIT Studio were anime guests at the MCM Scotland Comic Con in Glasgow. We were lucky enough to be able to interview them and discuss their latest project The Rolling Girls and what it's really like to work in the anime industry.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gundam Zeonic Toyota Auris

Date: Friday October 2nd 2015 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Gundam fans who have got it all will be interested in this latest cross over. Bandai Namco have teamed up with Toyota to produce a special Zeonic Toyota Auris. The car is available in forms the racy red MS-185H-CA02, which matches Char Aznable's own mech paint scheme, they also have a "PROCUCTION MODEL" that matches the classic Zaku green colour scheme.

This is a simple colour and transfer release, the cars actually have custom detailing including mech like fins on the rear, special front and rear bumpers, new mech-like wheel arches and air intakes too. It even includes red alloy wheels, along with Zeonic Toyota branded sport seats, gear stick. There's a ton of extras included too, such as the sat-nav using the Gundam voice actors Shuuichi Ikeda and Keiko Han.

The car retails around 2,900,000 to 3,700,000 JPY (which is about 15,900 to 20,300 GBP or 24,150 to 30,800 USD), depending on which options you get for it. You can read more details about this Auris on the Toyota Japan website.

You can also watch various promotional videos on YouTube.

As cars sold in Japan are right hand drive, we're wondering if any British Gundam fans would import this car?

Read More... | Source: Toyota UK Blog

Anime Pioneer Osamu Tezuka Documentary on NHK World This Weekend

Date: Thursday August 27th 2015 [11:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans keen to know about the origins of their hobby will be very interested to tune into NHK World this weekend to catch Artist in Motion: Anime Pioneer Osamu Tezuka. The documentary looks at the famed manga and anime creator who often considered the founding father of modern anime. It focuses on the triumphs and tribulations of an artist driven to new forms of expression.

It will be broadcast on NHK World on
Saturday 29th August
23:10
Sunday 30th August
5:10, 10:10 and 17:10
All times are in UTC (as NHK world is a global channel).

NHK World is free to access, and is broadcast on most satellite providers. It broadcasts it's content in English, either dubbed into English, or in Japanese with English subtitles. Details on how to watch it can be found here.

UK based readers can find NHK World on:
Sky Channel 507
Freesat Channel 209
Virgin Media (with certain packages) Channel 625

Australian based readers can catch it on Foxtel Channel 656

American readers can get it with different cable or satellite providers.

You can also watch a live stream on the NHK World Website or download their live streaming app for your tablet or smartphone.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

The Japanese Gallery in London Launches New Anime Cel Website

Date: Thursday August 20th 2015 [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from the Japanese Gallery in London have sent us details of a new website they've just launched. Cel-ga.com showcases anime cels that the gallery has for sale. You can buy them on-line and get them shipped to you. Alternatively, you can always walk into their London shop and buy it in the real world.

Read More... | Source: Cel-ga.com

Karen's Bridge on Location with Kinmoza

Date: Monday August 3rd 2015 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's no secret that our editor has a soft spot for moe anime show Kinmoza. We even took a trip to see Alice's house a while ago, revealing the location used to the world.

There are other locations used on the show that fans might be interested in visiting. Caron Cooper of Fosse Farm B&B has just told us about a local bridge featured on the show.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Hidetaka Tenjin Mechanical Illustrator and Mecha Designer

Date: Monday June 1st 2015 [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

As children we've often spent our time drawing giant robots and fighter jets. Many of our readers would still do this for fun now and again. But what if you want to do it professionally? We were lucky enough to meet one such man - Mecha Designer Hidetaka Tenjin. He's does technical illustrations and designs cool mechanical things. He's done technical illustration for Macross Zero, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier: The False Diva and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye.

He's got a few art books to his name too. Plus he also does lots of box art for model kits.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Hidetaka Tenjin at the May 2015 MCM London Comic Con where he was invited by streaming service Viewster to be the anime guest of honour.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Giant Ghibli Clock - Nittele Big Clock

Date: Thursday January 1st 2015 [15:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

For a Ghibli fan heading to Japan, Mitaka is a the natural place to go for a pilgrimage to the Ghibli Museum. However the modern Tokyo district of Shiodome should not be overlooked for something something interesting and entertaining: the Nittele Big Clock (Nippon TV Really Big Clock).

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Fascinating Tokusatsu Museum on NHK World

Date: Friday December 19th 2014 [15:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Fans of all things Tokusatsu will want to tune into NHK World on Saturday 20th December 2014. They'll be broadcasting a special show about the Fascinating Tokusatsu Museum. It's set to feature Hideaki Anno the famed anime director behind Neon Genesis Evangelion.

It'll be broadcast the following times - 4:10, 10:10, 16:10 and 22:10 (all UTC). The NHK World schedule page will allow you to figure out how this converts to your local time.

You can watch NHK in many regions around the world.

UK viewers can catch it on Sky Channel 507, Freesat Channel 209 and Virgin Medial 625. NHK

World generally broadcast in either English or in Japanese with English subtitles depending on the programme and context. They'll also have some great Viewers Choice content during the end of December.

Source: NHK World

An Interview With Manga Artist Junko Mizuno

Date: Thursday October 16th 2014 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Renowned manga artist Junko Mizuno is jetting over to the UK. She'll be here to attend Comica Festival and Lakes International Comic Art Festival. She'll also be visiting London to give an exclusive talk. Art gallery Atomica will be exhibiting and selling her original works in London.

Just before jetting off from the United States to the UK we were lucky enough to catch up with her for an exclusive interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat

Date: Thursday August 28th 2014 [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Every so often in the news you hear something that takes you by surprise. This week The LA Times found out that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

While researching Sanrio's super star character for a museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in LA Christine R. Yano an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (and currently a visiting professor at Harvard, as well as a Hello Kitty expert) discovered that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

Read More... | Source: LA Times

Hyper Japan 2014 Report

Date: Thursday August 7th 2014 [15:04] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Features

So Japanese Culture event Hyper Japan was the 25th -27th July 2014 this year, a few of us went & this is a run down of the goings on at this awesome event!

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An interview with Japan Camera Hunter

Date: Wednesday July 9th 2014 [14:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Normally on Otaku News, when we talk about otaku we mean fans of anime and manga. There are plenty of other areas worth exploring. Today, we'll introduce you to someone who loves cameras.

With the world going increasingly more digital, the photography scene around the world is seeing a resurgence of film and there is a demand among amateur and professional photographers alike for good film cameras. Film photographers enjoy the tangible nature of the photos and the fact that film slows the whole process down. Developing the picture is something to look forward to, it doesn't give instant gratification like a digital camera.

Certain cameras are now regarded as classics of their era. Japan is the natural place to go if you want a nice film camera because the country is ubiquitous for photography and cameras with so many camera brands being Japanese. While in other countries things are going on-line, physical camera shops both for new and second hand goods are a thriving business.

Bellamy Hunt lives in Tokyo. He runs a website called Japan Camera Hunter. He's passionate about photography and film. If you want a decent camera sourced from Japan, he's your man.

Our editor Joe caught up with him over a coffee in Shinjuku.

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Ambassadors of Cute

Date: Sunday July 6th 2014 [4:43] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Culture

What are these strange cute mascots, who are they, and what do they do?

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ShootTokyo Kickstarter Photo Book Campaign

Date: Sunday May 18th 2014 [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Tokyo is an iconic city, and many amazing photos of have been taken there. Tokyo based photographer and blogger Dave Powell runs the website ShootTokyo. He captures moments in the city and does lots of street photography. He's well known in the photographic blog scene and his site regularly attracts thousands of visitors daily. A photo speaks a thousand words and his photos speak for themselves.

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The Wind Rises Review

Date: Wednesday March 5th 2014 [3:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

While Hayao Miyazaki's latest offering The Wind Rises awaits it's special UK preview on Wednesday 23rd April 2014, it is currently being shown in the US and Australia. We were lucky enough to catch a screening in English recently.

Here's our review of the film.

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Looking back over 2013 with Otaku News

Date: Tuesday December 31st 2013 [11:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

We don't normally do retrospective articles like this, but we thought it would be interesting to look back over the year that was 2013. February 2014 will mark 10 years of Otaku News. The last 12 months we've managed to cover a lot of interesting things and it'll be fun to go over all the events we were able to bring you in 2013.

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 12

Date: Tuesday November 5th 2013 [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

The Podcast crew is back for a bumper episode covering recent news, licenses and cake. Being reviewed we have Gatchaman Crowds, Beyond The Boundary (Kyoukai no Kanata) and the so far rather awesome Kill la Kill. Rebecca has just returned from a trip to Japan, so we get to hear her take on Toyko. The podcast wraps up with a new feature called Stream Run where Colin tries to talk about all the new shows he's been watching on Crunchyroll as fast as he can.

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An interview with WIT Studio the company behind the Attack on Titan Anime

Date: Saturday November 2nd 2013 [14:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

One of the biggest anime titles of the year has been without doubt Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin). The title is due for a UK DVD release soon by Manga Entertainment UK. To prepare everyone for the advancing giants WIT Studio the producers of Attack on Titan were guests at the October 2013 MCM London Comic Con.

We caught up with 3 of the main staff behind the company at the MCM London Comic Con - producer George Wada, Katsuhiko Kitada (character designer on Hal, animation director for Attack On Titan) and Ryotaro Makihara director of feature length anime HAL.

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 11

Date: Thursday October 31st 2013 [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

It's live podcast time! Here is most of our live episode from Ayacon 2013. Sadly technical problems cut off the beginning of the show but to make up for it we made a video version including the slides that the audience saw during the show. We cover our usual topics such as news and licenses. The feature is spread throughout the show and are our Top 3 "What the!?" shows. We review that swimming Free as well as C3-Bu and take some questions from the audience (who were rather awesome).

I don't believe its stated in the show itself but Spike and myself are playing a drinking game. Any time someone mentions Persona or Bakemonogatari we have to drink. That explains some of the random pauses and laughter.

If you like the video format and want more of it, let us know at podcast@otakunews.com or tweet us @otakunewscast. Also, look out for episode 12 which is coming soon and features highlights of Rebecca's recent trip to Japan!

Source: Otaku News Podcast Episode 11

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