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CPM Offers Anime Classics at Lower Prices

Date: 2005 June 29 19:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Central Park Media has announced that it will be re-releasing a select number of its classic titles at the lower, more affordable price of $9.95 Suggested Retail Price. CPM joins fellow distributors ADV Films and U.S. Manga Corps in offering anime titles at such prices.

Read More... | Souce: Central Park Media

Anime Action Figures to be Launched

Date: 2005 June 26 10:23 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

According to ICv2 FUNimation has given the rights to Southern Island LLC. of Phoenix Arizona to create action figures for Case-Closed, Full-Metal Alchemist, Blue Gender and Fruits Basket.

The four-year licenses will allow Southern Island to develop highly articulated 6" to 8" action figures for all four popular anime series as well as deluxe 10" to 12" action figures, plus busts and statues for Fruits Basket and Blue Gender. Action figures from all four properties should be available in 2006, with prototypes exhibited as early as the American International Fall Toy Show in October.

Souce: ICv2

ADV Announces July 19 Releases

Date: 2005 June 23 18:14 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at ADV have sent us the details for their July 19th US DVD releases. They'll be releasing DNAngel Volume 6 and Peacemaker Volume 6 for anime fans. They're also rather keen to tell us about the Korean cinema titles too - Jail Breakers and Jungle Juice.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV UK DVD Releases for August 2005

Date: 2005 June 19 15:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks over at ADV UK have sent us the release details for their August titles. The following should be hitting the shelves:

- D.N.Angel 1
- Divergence Eve 1
- New Fist of the North Star 3
- Gravion 2
- Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition 4
- Last Exile 5

Hopefully we'll have reviews of the above titles soon. In the meantime, the Otaku News crew recommend Volume 4 of the Eva Platinum Series (because it is Eva after all) and also DN Angel 1.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Adult Videos To Appear on PSP

Date: 2005 June 19 15:28 | Posted By:

Category > Freaky Things

The Mainichi Daily News are reporting Sony Computer Entertainment have been put in an awkward position due to a Tokyo adult video maker announcing that it intends to produce adult video discs in UMD format, which can be played on Sony's Playstation Portable.

"This is not desirable, but we don't have the right to stop sales (of the adult videos)," a Sony Computer Entertainment representative said.

On a seperate note last month Geneon announced they would release anime on the PSP.

Souce: Mainichi Daily News

New Eva Movie Box sets

Date: 2005 June 13 22:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Manga Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing the two movies based on the hit anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion", "Death & Rebirth" and "The End of Evangelion", in a special edition box set. The set is set to be released on July 26, 2005 with a suggested retail price of $49.98.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment

Change in Plans for "Patlabor" Release

Date: 2005 June 10 18:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Central Park Media just announced on their website that will be slightly altering its plans for the upcoming release of the final DVD volume of "Patlabor: The Mobile Police-The TV Series". The DVD collection for volumes 9-11, set for release on August 9, will be reduced in price from $49.95 SRP (suggested retail price) to $29.95 SRP.

Read More... | Souce: Central Park Media

Bandai Releases Screenshots From Upcoming Inuyasha Game

Date: 2005 May 25 07:13 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming

According to the Anime News Network, Bandai has released screenshots from the upcoming PS2 game: Inuyasha Feudal Combat.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

TokyoPop to Launch New Children's Line

Date: 2005 May 24 18:41 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

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

Read More... | Souce: TokyoPop

Brand New FUNimation

Date: 2005 May 18 21:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

FUNimation Productions, Ltd, which has brought numerous anime titles such as Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and most recently Fullmetal Alchemist to American audiences, announced on its website earlier this month that they will be changing their name, following the recent purchase of the company by the Navarre Corporation. "Nothing major," according to the announcement, "just a name that more accurately reflects our company's evolution."

Read More... | Souce: FUNimation

ADV Films Acquires Samurai Gun

Date: 2005 May 17 17:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at ADV Films have just sent us the details of a new title they've acquired - Samurai Gun, it looks like a interesting mix of Samurai and firearms. It doesn't seem to be for the faint hearted, since their marketing it as "Rurouni Kenshin With A Better Body Count", well Kenshin, was never keen on killing in his later years, since he did use a reverse blade sword after vowing never to kill again, but I digress, it looks like an interesting title and perhaps on to consider. The Otaku News Crew were cracking up at the last line on the trailer.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Nintendo Revolution New pictures

Date: 2005 May 17 12:00 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

There’s been a flood of new console news in the run up to this years E3, which starts Wednesday. According to USA today the Revolution is about the size of three DVD cases piled up and is set to have online features, including a free player match up service. Especially exciting is the news players will have access to Nintendo’s back catalogue online, from Donkey Kong to Mario Sunshine. The Revolution will also be backwards compatible with Game cube and play DVDs.

Read More... | Souce: USA Today

Anime Releases On CD Japan

Date: 2005 May 14 08:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Notable Future Releases on CD Japan will include various anime goodies ranging from Action Figures to Movie and Special Anime Soundtracks to limited addition DVD's of anime series.

Read More... | Souce: CD japan

ADV Films Launches New Titles Exclusively At London Expo

Date: 2005 May 12 17:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

With the London Expo this weekend, the anime village is beginning to sound more exciting the more we hear about it. Sweatdrop will be there, and ADV Films UK have just revealed that they will screening some of their titles in exclusive first showings! This includes Gravion, DNAngel and Mezzo.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

ADV UK DVD Releases For June 2005

Date: 2005 May 12 17:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV UK DVD Releases For June 2005

Those nice people at ADV Films UK have sent us the details for their June DVD releases.
They've got a good selection this month with:

- Gravion: Divine Steel (1 of 3)
- New Fist Of The North Star Volume 2: The Forbidden Fist (2 of 3)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Edition: 03 (3 of 7)
- Last Exile: Breakthrough (4 of 7)
- Azumanga Daioh: Graduation! (6 of 6)
- Puni Puni Poemy

The Otaku News suggest you get your hands on Last Exile and the concluding volume of Azumanga Daioh. If you really liked Excel Saga, then you'll want to see Puni Puni Poemy, however we cannot be held accountable for what it does to your brain. ^_-

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Princess Ai Collectible Dolls out in Summer

Date: 2005 May 12 08:32 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

According to ICv2 12" and 7" collectible Dolls of the famous series Princess Ai will be available for sale this summer. Bleeding Edge and LA Based Collectible Manufacturer will be manufacturing the line of collectible dolls.

Read More... | Souce: ICv2

Geneon Release Anime On PSP

Date: 2005 May 09 18:29 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime News Network are currently highlighting a story on Modojo.com about anime on Sony's PSP Handheld system, Geneon Entertainment plan to release Appleseed and Samurai Champloo on UMD on July 5 in North America. Appleseed will be priced at $19.95 only a few cents less than the DVD version, while Samurai Champloo will be $14.98, with the DVD version around $23. It should be noted that the UMD versions will not have the extras that the full DVD versions will have. For more details check a full report on Video Business Online

Souce: Anime News Network

Arthouse Manga?

Date: 2005 May 07 16:40 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

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

Read More... | Souce: Ponent Mon

Anime Postage Stamps

Date: 2005 May 07 07:06 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Japanese ministry of posts and telecommunications will release a set of stamps dedicated to the 'Anime Hero and Heroine' series of stamps during 2005 with the 1st to the 3rd print run designed already.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

More Details Of Dragon Ball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh manga releases in the UK

Date: 2005 May 05 15:03 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Following on this story, Gollancz have confirmed more details of the release of the Dragon Ball Z and the Yu-Gi-Oh series in mainstream book shops. The cartoon series of both have caught the attention of the UK audience by their showing on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and now it will be possible from August to buy the manga titles from all good book shops, with Ottakars especially making a push with these titles.

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

Garnier Release Manga Hair Styling Product In UK

Date: 2005 April 26 18:03 | Posted By:

Category > Freaky Things

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

Read More... | Souce: Garnier Beauty Bar

Inuyasha Figures In Japan

Date: 2005 April 25 12:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

At the End of June new Inuyasha figures will be available in Japan. These figures include Kagome, Inuyasha and Shippou.

Read More... | Souce: CD Japan

Elfen Lied Thrills, Mortifies May 17

Date: 2005 April 18 18:24 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The gentle softly spoken people over at ADV Films have sent us the details of their latest DVD release - Elfen Lied, a violent, gruesome anime, with a surprisingly cute main cast. Appropriately they're marketing it as "an orgy of violence wrapped in pink satin". This anime won't be to everyone's taste, and is sure to be used as ammunition for those complaining that anime is all violent. Combined with Gantz, it seems that ADV has recently had a more darker streak than usual.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Announces May 10 Releases

Date: 2005 April 12 16:42 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Following on from their May 10 release of Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU ADV Films have sent us the details of the other titles they will be releasing on that day. These include Chrono Crusade Volume 5 and Cromartie High School Volume 2.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU - The Panic Starts May 10

Date: 2005 April 11 18:25 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks over at ADV Films have just sent us the press release for Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU, the DVD series follow up to the popular Full Metal Panic series, which is due to hit the US on May 10.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Gollancz Announces Manga Deal

Date: 2005 April 08 07:39 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Following on from our story about Viz being distributed in the UK, we now have the offical press release from Gollancz.

Read More... | Souce: Orion Books

ADV UK DVD Releases For May 2005

Date: 2005 April 06 12:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice people over at ADV Films UK have sent us the details for their May DVD releases. They plan to release the following:

- Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Collection
- Chrono Crusade Volume 2
- Gad Guard Volume 3
- Get Backers Volume 3
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 4
- Rune Soldier Volume 6

The Otaku News Crew recommend the Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Collection, since it's it's good to watch, plus it's the whole series at a reasonable price along with Chrono Crusade Volume 2, since some of us just can't get enough of Nuns and Guns. ^_-

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

ADV April Sale

Date: 2005 April 01 01:16 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV Films are holding an anime sale on-line on their US site, they are offering 50 to 75% off selected titles from April 1-3 only. This also includes a range other merchandise. Look out for bargains like the Excel Saga and Noir lunch boxes!

Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces April 26 Releases

Date: 2005 March 31 16:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The folks over at ADV Films have sent us the details of their April 26 DVD releases.
They'll be releasing:

- DNAngel Volume 4
- Shuten Doji Volume 1
- Divergence Eve Volume 2
- Petite Princess Yucie Volume 4

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Newtype USA April 2005 Issue

Date: 2005 March 30 16:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

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

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

Anime Sales Up In The US

Date: 2005 March 29 17:16 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ICv2 have posted an article about anime sales figures, which have gone up 7.6% using a year over year comparison with Videoscan's figures. This is interesting, mainly because of the saturated anime market and also because Videoscan tracks sales of participating retailers (which is a considerable percentage), these figures are a lot better to go on that individual retailers top ten charts, which never really present data that can be used in metrics.

Souce: ICv2

Sony PSP Released In US

Date: 2005 March 24 18:48 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

US gamers can finally stop waiting, Sony's handheld games console the PSP (PlayStation Portable) is out now! Reviews so far seem very postive. The Register has a good overview of the system from a techincal standpoint. Gamespot has a wide coverage of the US launch too.

European gamers will have to wait at least a few months before the offical launch. BBC News have more details on this.

Souce: BBC News

ADV Films Announces April 19 Release of Full Metal Panic! Complete Collection

Date: 2005 March 24 17:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those folks over at ADV US have sent us the details that many fans will be waiting for, the Full Metal Panic! Complete Collection, which is out in the space saving ThinPak format.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

UK Anime DVD Release Dates Until April 2005

Date: 2005 March 20 19:34 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

For our UK readers, we've got a selection of DVD release dates up until the end of April from different companies. As always release dates are liable to change for various reasons, so here's the latest details:

21-Mar-05 Chrono Crusade Volume 01
21-Mar-05 Chobits Volume 1
21-Mar-05 Gad Guard Volume 02
21-Mar-05 Get Backers Volume 02
21-Mar-05 Final Fantasy: Unlimited Volume 07
21-Mar-05 Lady Death
21-Mar-05 Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 03
21-Mar-05 Neon Genesis Evangelion (3 Disc Collection)
21-Mar-05 Rune Soldier Volume 05

With so many titles out this week alone, it seems the UK fans are spoilt for choice! Only a couple of years ago British anime fans hardly had any new titles release regularly and were lucky to get one release a month, let alone nine on the same week!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

DS Breaks UK Sales Records With No PSP In Sight

Date: 2005 March 19 16:26 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

Nintendo's new handheld has broken console sales records in the UK selling almost 87,000 units with over 3 million being sold worldwide. Super Mario 64 DS, Wario Ware: Touched! and Rayman DS were the top three selling launch titles.

Read More... | Souce: BBC News

Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk Comics Are Headed For The Eisner

Date: 2005 March 15 16:53 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

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

Read More... | Souce: eigoManga

ADV Films Announces April 12 Release Dates

Date: 2005 March 14 17:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The nice folk over at ADV Films have sent us the details for their April 12 US DVD releases:

- Saiyuki: Double Barrel Collection Volume 2
- E’S Otherwise Volume 2
- Wrath of Daimajin Volume 2

As you can see, this time around ADV are releasing lots of volume 2s.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces April 12 Release for MADLAX: Connections

Date: 2005 March 14 16:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The people over at ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD of Madlax which is due out on April 12th. It's from the people that brought you Noir, so if you like your girls to have guns then this title is for you!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces April 5th Release Dates

Date: 2005 March 14 16:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD releases. Out on April 5th are the following titles:

- Gantz Volume 3
- Get Backers Volume 5
- Saint Seiya Volume 11
- Sister Princess Volume 4

The Otaku News Crew recommend Gantz, because it's from Gonzo and is a bit different from the normal anime fodder. We also recommend Get Backers, because Spike likes it!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces March 15 Releases

Date: 2005 February 28 15:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The folks over at ADV US have sent us the details for their March 15th release dates, which are:

- Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition: 06
- Wandaba Style Volume 2
- Petite Princess Yucie Volume 3
- Shinobi Volume 3

So there's something for everyone with this batch of releases.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Ghost In The Shell SAC - Volume 3 UK DVD Details

Date: 2005 February 27 19:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Manga Entertainment have sent us the details for the UK release of Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex - Volume 3. It's due out on 25th April 2005 and features more fun and games from the Laughing Man.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment

ADV Films Announces March 15 Release of The Five Star Stories

Date: 2005 February 27 18:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

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

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Newtype USA March 2005 Issue

Date: 2005 February 26 11:41 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

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

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

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

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

ADV Films Announces Release of Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody

Date: 2005 February 26 11:07 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

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

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

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

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum 01 Out On 21st February

Date: 2005 February 20 17:18 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Our UK readers should be interested to know that the Platinum Edition of Neon Genesis Evangenlion is out on the 21st February. This is more of a friendly reminder really since we've already posted the press release for it. We don't normally post reminder stories however considering how popular Eva is it's bound to generate a lot of interest.

The Platinum edition has remastered video, with sharper colours that really do look more vibrant, a new 5.1 surround sound audio remix which to put it simply sounds great even when down sampled to standard stereo. ADV have also gone to town with the packaging, the DVD case comes in a shiny card sleeve cover features some nice artwork and also a 12 page booklet with sleeve notes on the series. If you haven't already got Evangelion this is the edition you should buy, if you've already got it on DVD and are a big fan you still might want to consider getting this remastered edition.

Souce: ADV Films UK

Global Anime And Manga Market Worth US$100 Billion

Date: 2005 February 20 11:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

J-Marketing.net have just published a story reporting that globally the anime and manga market is worth a massive US$100 billion! Yes, you read that right one-hundred billion US dollars. The article also states that products based on characters from anime and manga always prove very popular.

Souce: J-Marketing.net

ADV Films Announces March 8 Release of A Tree of Palme

Date: 2005 February 19 09:48 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD release of A Tree of Palme, the anime answer to Pinocchio.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Shadow Hearts 2 UK PS2 Release Details

Date: 2005 February 19 08:55 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

Midway have sent us the details for the UK PS2 release of Shadow Hearts 2. It's due out on 11th March and RPG fans will know that it's been developed by former SquareSoft employees.

Read More... | Souce: Midway

PCR Distributing, Co - Yulia Nova Cosplay DVDs Vol. 1-3

Date: 2005 February 19 08:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Russian Idol Yulia Nova and Japanese photographer Satoshi Kizu have teamed up to produce some Cosplay DVDs, which are well clearly aimed at the more mature audience. The Otaku News Crew wonder who buys these things and more importantly, why they don't bother buying Schoolgirl Milky Crisis instead! ^_-

Read More... | Souce: PCR Distributing

ADV Films Announces March 8 Release of Gantz: Kill or Be Killed, Volume Two

Date: 2005 February 17 14:07 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice folk at ADV Films have sent us the details for the US DVD version of Gantz volume 2. The violent anime series that gets you asking a lot of questions about the morals of killing, life after death and also large black spheres!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces Release of Gravion Zwei: Eye of the Storm

Date: 2005 February 16 14:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

More news from ADV Films, this time about the release of Gravion Zwei volume 1. With this title the keyword seems to be fanservice, lots of fanservice!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

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