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Stay Cool With Doraemon

Date: 2006 February 13th Monday [12:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Those enterprising folks at the 0123 have released a Doraemon portable fridge! Now you can get everyone's favourite atomic kitten to chill your orange juice, well at least that's what the advert seems to be about. It can also keep things warm. The only downside is this is a promotional item only available to people who use the 0123's services between a set period of time for a minimum amount of money. We hope this gets a mainstream release in Japan. ^_^ Check out the site for full spec and some cheesy adverts of the chiller in use!

Source: The 0123

The New Anime Encyclopedia

Date: 2006 February 9th Thursday [10:42] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Want to know more about your favorite anime series, or about ones you haven’t heard of yet? Anime News Network has announced that Stone Bridge Press will be releasing The Anime Encyclopedia 2 later this year. The new volume will contain new entries as well as updated information and added reviews to the already massive book. And given all the anime that has been released in the last five years, from Miyazaki’s latest film Howl’s Moving Castle to TV series such as Blood+ and Negima, it’s sure to be a lot.

Written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy and released in 2001, the first Anime Encyclopedia is a 545 page tome featuring information on every anime film, television series and OAV series ever released, including titles that have never been licensed and released in America. The information for each entry included the release date, original Japanese title, production studios and crew, story plot and a short review. Its been considered a must-have for any American otaku who has ever wanted to learn more about their favorite titles and about ones they’ve never heard of before. And with the new volume and its updated information on the way, they’ll be able to find out even more.

Source: Anime News Network

Live-Action adaptations Ranking

Date: 2006 February 6th Monday [10:20] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Manga News there is an interesting article regarding the top 20 titles that were adapted into live-action films. The survey was conducted by Goo Ranking and statistics calculated from between November 24, 2005 and November 26, 2005.

1. NANA
2. Kindaichi Shounen no Jiken-bo
3. Spiderman
4. Dragon Ball
5. Cutie Honey
6. Cat's Eye
7. Initial D
8. City Hunter
9. Bat Man
10. AKIRA
11. Ninja Hattori-kun
12. Pin Pon
13. Casshern
14. Hachimitsu to Clover
15. Sin City
16. Tetsujin 28-gou
17. Warau Michael
18. Fantastic Four
19. Dragon Head
20. Samehada-otoko to Momojiri On'na

Source: Manga News

Nana Anime: Update

Date: 2006 January 31st Tuesday [7:17] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Akadot there is an update as regards the popular comic series Nana. In fact it has been announced that Nihon TV will air the first episode of the Nana anime on 4/5 at 11:25pm. It was also announced that Madhouse will be responsible for the production, the same production team that took care of Paradise Kiss which is another Yazawa Manga. Right now auditions of over 400 people are taking place to determine the cast.

Source: Akadot

Anime Network at Top of Podcast Charts

Date: 2006 January 30th Monday [10:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime Network show "Digital Dojo" cracks the Top 20 on the podcast charts in North America.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Tokko to Become Anime Series

Date: 2006 January 25th Wednesday [7:24] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Service, Fujisawa Tohru’s Manga called Tokku will be adapted into an anime series. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon Magazine.

The Anime is to be aired on WOWOW in April 2006. The story is mostly about a Police theme and Anime Waves describes it in the following way: "Shindou just became a new investigator for Tokki: The Special Mobile Investigation Force. On the day of his graduation, he finally saw the half-naked girl that he had always saw in his dream in real life and finds out that she's part of Tokko: The Special Public Safety Task Force. Shindou ends up joining Tokko to revenge his parents' death who's bodies were ripped into pieces."

Source: Anime News Service

ADV Films Offers Anime Podcasts

Date: 2006 January 24th Tuesday [3:34] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Following on from offering torrents, ADV is now also offering selected content in podcast format. For those of you who don't have a portable media player you'll be pleased to know that the files are playable on an ordinary computer.

Source: ADV Films

Falsely Accused - Enzai The First Yaoi Game In The US?

Date: 2006 January 17th Tuesday [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > PC

We've just been sent the press release from JAST USA, about a rather novel PC game for a certain type of anime fan. Yep, we're talking Yaoi (or boys love). Appropriately for this kind of game, Enzai - Falsely Accused, the action takes place in a prison ^_- (our resident expert Spike's going to love this).

Read More... | Source: JAST USA

ADV Announces Valkyrie From Space

Date: 2006 January 16th Monday [10:07] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films announces release date information on sci-fi comedy UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Three Ghibli Shorts: An Interview with Hayao Miyazaki

Date: 2006 January 15th Sunday [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The Daily Yomuiri have a very interesting interview with Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese cultural icon and the Oscar winning director of Spirited Away. He talks about three shorts which can only be seen at the Ghibli Museum. It also focuses on the films Miyazaki would like to animate, along with children's relationships with visual imagery. It also briefly touches on the tension between Miyazaki and his son Goro, although it's not exactly clear what the issues are between, although this doesn't stop fans speculating. The article concludes on a high note, stating that Studio Ghibli is the world's best studio in terms of potential, something that many fans had known, since they first saw Nausicaa, many moons ago.

Source: The Daily Yomuiri

Negima Voice Cast Announced

Date: 2006 January 12th Thursday [10:03] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Following up on a recent announcement of FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd's acquirement of Negima, the anime series based on Ken Akamatsu's latest manga about a boy wizard teaching English at a girl’s school in Japan, Anime Insider announced in their 2006 Preview issue some more of the cast for the English dub. The series is due out later this year, though there is no official date for the release.

Greg Ayres is still up to voice main character Negi Springfield, while Luci Christian (Full Metal Panic, Azumanga Daioh) will play his hot tempered student Asuna. Other actresses for the mostly female cast include Laura Bailey (Fruits Basket), Monica Rial (Excel Saga, Burst Angel) and Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist). With the 30+ students in Negi's class (including fortune teller Konoka, shy bookworm Nodoka, haughty rich girl Ayaka, half-demon kendoist Setsuna, vampire girl Evangeline, ninja girl Kaede and many more) and Akamatsu’s plans to develop them all with their own storylines, Negima could very contain one the largest voice casts for an anime series, Japanese or English.

Source: Anime Insider

More Manga to be Adapted into Anime

Date: 2006 January 11th Wednesday [8:08] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Manganews more manga titles will be adapted into anime. These titles include Air Gear, Shounen Onmyoji and also a second season of School Rumble.

Source: Manga News

London MCM Expo Announce Anime London for 2007

Date: 2006 January 11th Wednesday [5:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

As goes the message I got in the mailing list this morning...

-----------------------------------------------------------
NEWSFLASH

The London MCM Expo is very happy to announce a pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture event for the UK to place in London, UK during July 2007 called 'Anime London'.

The ever growing London MCM Expo which takes place at Excel in London twice a year will still heavily feature ‘Anime Village’ bringing fans the best of Anime & Manga along with the many movie and TV related areas that it covers.

We now feel that it is time to bring a different kind event to the UK that will address the needs of the pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture
fan, this will not take away from existing Anime conventions or the
London MCM Expo but compliment them.

We have added a section to the London MCM Expo message board for you to
discuss the ‘Anime London’ event.

A website is currently being designed for the event and will go live within the next few weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you with regards to the event.

Regards

London MCM Expo www.londonexpo.com
-----------------------------------------------------------

Now isn't it about time someone made the brave attempt of holding a major anime event in London town!

Source: London MCM Expo

Matt Greenfield to Appear At Tomo-Dachi

Date: 2006 January 10th Tuesday [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The folks from Tomo-Dachi have just sent us their latest press release, which reveals that Matt Greenfield will be one of the guests. Matt Greenfield is best known to anime fans as the co-founder of ADV Films, and has directed the dubbing of Neon Genesis Evangelion (making sure that "Father I hate you!" sounds just right! ^_-).

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

Top 10 Anime Movies of 2005: Howl's Moving Castle at Number 1

Date: 2006 January 8th Sunday [10:35] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, Howl's Moving Castle was the top grossing anime movie of 2005.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

The Ultimate Hayao Miyazaki DVD and Book Sweepstakes

Date: 2006 January 5th Thursday [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The nice folks over at Turner Classic Movies have sent us the following details about their Miyazaki movie season and their Sweepstake. Details as follows -

For the month of January, Turner Classic Movies will be airing Hayao Miyazaki anime films every Thursday beginning at 8pm EST. In conjunction with these airings, TCM is offering fans an opportunity to enter The Ultimate Hayao Miyazaki DVD & Book Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will receive a gift collection featuring works by legendary Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki. 50 first prize winners will receive a book and a DVD from the Miyazaki collection. To enter the sweepstakes please have you Miyazaki fans click the following web address: www.turnerclassicmovies.com/sweepstake/index.jsp

Source: Turner Classic Movies

New Anime Book Out in May

Date: 2006 January 4th Wednesday [10:44] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network has announced that a new book containing essays on anime will be due this May from publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Titled Cinema Anime, the book will contain nine essays with an overall theme of dismantling the distinction between high and low culture and offering compelling arguments for the value and importance of the study of anime and popular culture as a key link in the translation from the local to the global, according to Palgrave's website.

The nine essays featured in the new book will have such titles as "The Americanization of Anime and Manga: Negotiating Popular Culture"; "Excuse Me, Who Are You? Reality and Fantasy in the Anime of Kon Satoshi" (anime director Kon is the mastermind behind such films as Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress and the television series Paranoia Agent); and "The Robots from Takkun’s Head: Cyborg Adolescece in FLCL". A hardcover version of the book will be published at £25.00. No details for a softcover version have been announced.

Source: Anime News Network

Largest US Anime Conventions of 2005

Date: 2006 January 3rd Tuesday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime-Cons.com have just published an article with the attendance figures for the top 10 largest anime conventions in the US. This year Anime Expo gets the number 1 spot with 33,000 attendees including attendees, guests, staff, dealers etc). Otakon get place with 22,000 paid attendees., while third place goes to A-Kon with 10,000 paid attendees, which is a drastic difference from the top two places. What makes this article better than the average website post is that Anime-Cons.com actually go to the effort of explaining the figures, and how they got them, which allows you get a better idea of what each convention is counting. They also have a nice disclaimer stating that biggest does not always equal best, it just means that more people went.

Source: Anime-Cons.com

IGN Seek Otaku Writers

Date: 2006 January 3rd Tuesday [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

2005: Words From the UK Anime Industry

Date: 2006 January 3rd Tuesday [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Paul over at Anime UK News.net has sent us the low down on a very interesting article they've just put on-line. Getting the views from the major players in the UK anime industry, the article recaps 2005 and gets various companies views on 2006. It's interesting to see all their separate takes on the achievements of the last 12 months.

The Otaku News Crew consider 2005 a very important year for the UK anime industry since it's the year that anime really went in the public eye, with more stores willing to stock it, more news papers writing positive and factually correct articles. Even Howl's Moving Castle got good fair write coverage too, while manga continues to be more easy to obtain in the UK. Taking into account where the UK anime scene was 3 or 4 years ago things have really progressed.

Source: Anime UK News.net

Top 10 Anime Theme Songs of 2005

Date: 2005 December 22nd Thursday [11:25] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, Oricon has posted an article with the top 10 selling Anime Theme songs of 2005.

Thirty-seven anime theme songs broke into Oricon's top 10 charts this year, compared to 24 in 2004 and only 8 back in 2000.

This year's top 10 anime theme songs were:

1) *~Asterisk from Bleach (TV), by Orange Range - 628,329 copies sold.
2) Gekkouka from Black Jack, by Janne Da Arc - 321,977 copies sold.
3) Sukiyanen, Osaka/Oh! Enka/Mugendai from Nintama Rantarou, by Kan Johnny 8 - 238,826 copies sold
4) Link from Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala, by L'Arc-en-Ciel - 235,751 copies sold
5) Pride from Gundam Seed Destiny, by High And Mighty Color - 223,208 copies sold
6) vestige from Gundam Seed Destiny, by T.M. Revolution - 176,028 copies sold
7) Metamorphoze from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation -Heirs to the Stars-, by Gackt - 156,709 copies sold
8) Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru from Gundam Seed Destiny, by See-Saw - 156,172 copies sold
9) Kuroge Wagyuu Joushio Tanyaki Roppyaku Hachijuu En from Black Jack, by Ai Ohtsuka - 149,134 copies sold
10) Wings Of Words from Gundam Seed Destiny, by Chemistry - 140,969 copies sold

Source: Anime News Network

Evangelion Character Contest

Date: 2005 December 22nd Thursday [9:49] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Gainax, the anime studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion (currently airing Thursday nights on Adult Swim), has announced a new contest for the latest video game spin-off for the hit series. The contest is calling for fans to design a new character for the second part of Neon Genesis Evangelion Supplementary Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a game designed for cellular phones.

The guidelines for the contest can be found on Gainax’s website. Unfortunately for American Evangelion fans, they are in Japanese. The few guidelines that are known is that the character must be female, and must be in the same class as EVA pilots Shinji, Rei and Asuka. Contestants will not simply be limited to only submitting designs for the physical appearance of the new character, but can also create her personality, manner of speech, and so on. There is no explicit statement saying that the contest is only open to Japanese residents. Other rules and guidelines, such as a final submission date, are not known at this time.

Source: Anime News Network

Top Japanese Films of 2005

Date: 2005 December 17th Saturday [6:56] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

As the year 2005 is coming to an end, the list of the top Japanese films that topped the box office has been released. It’s important to notice that most of the films are based on anime or are animated features. Analyzing the data shows Toho's continued dominance over Japan's movie industry:

1. Howl's Moving Castle (Toho) 19.6 billion yen
2. Pokemon Advance Generation: Myuu to Hadou no Yuusha (Toho) 4.3 billion yen
3. Koushou Nin Mashita Seigi (Toho) 4.2 billion yen
4. NANA (Toho) 4.03 billion yen
5. Yougisha Muroi Shin Tsugi (Toho) 3.83 billion yen
6. Densha Otoko (Toho) 3.7 billion yen
7. Kita No Rei Nen (Toei) 2.7 billion yen
8. Always -Sunset on Third Street- (Toho) 2.5 billion yen
9. Lorelei (Toho) 2.4 billion yen
10. Hoshi Ninatta Shounen (Toho) 2.3 billion yen

Source: Anime News Service

Studio Ghibli's Next Movie Will be Earthsea

Date: 2005 December 15th Thursday [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Studio Ghibli have officially announced their next movie, which is due to hit Japan in July 2006. Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) is based on Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea Collection. Controversially Hayao Miyazaki son, Goro Miyazaki will be directing the film.

Read More... | Source: Studio Ghibli

Outlanders Coming to DVD

Date: 2005 December 12th Monday [10:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media announces DVD release of sci-fi comedy Outlanders.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

Final Fantasy Drink: Potion

Date: 2005 December 11th Sunday [11:46] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Retail

According to Akadot, Square Enix announced earlier this month the development of a new drink based on the PS2 game Final Fantasy XII. The drink called "POTION" will be produced by Suntory and will be on sale from March 2006.

Suntory commented that the idea for producing the item which in FFXII is used to restore character's health, came up because many of their workers are Final Fantasy Fans.

"The drink has tentatively been named FINAL FANTASY XII POTION. A FINAL FANTASY XII POTION PREMIUM BOX will also go on sale - this box includes original design POTION bottles and a card. The drink is still being developed, but will contain "divine" herbs, and is to have a refreshing taste."

Source: Akadot

New Pokemon Movie out in 2006

Date: 2005 December 11th Sunday [11:38] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Service the new Pokemon Movie out in 2006 will be titled: Pokemon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea. The announcement was made on TV Tokyo's kodomo TV show, Oha Star. The story is about the discovery of a mysterious "legendary" Pokemon who comes from deep in the ocean. The Movie opens in July 2006 in theatres across Japan. For more details check out the Official Website.

Source: Anime news service

Casting Begins for Cameron's Battle Angel

Date: 2005 December 9th Friday [6:37] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime > Film

Finally, some concrete news on the production with Battle Angel - Based upon Battle Angel Alita, a great anime flick, and an even greater manga serial most would agree.

Mali Finn Casting have recently posted up an advert auditioning for the main lead, which will be held until the 19th December 2005. They also state that 'no prior film experience is necessary'. What are you waiting for? Submit your sisters and daughters!

Source: VFXWorld News

DVDs of Honneamise

Date: 2005 December 8th Thursday [11:13] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bandai announces new DVD label Honneamise, to distribute anime in North America.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Tomo-Dachi a New Northern Ireland Convention

Date: 2005 December 3rd Saturday [11:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've got news of a new anime convention in Northern Ireland, at the University of Ulster's Magee Campus in Londonderry. Tomo-Dachi is set for 7th 8th and 9th of July 2006 and looks like it's going to be great! With guests including veteran voice actress Tiffany Grant and writer, translator and man of many talents Jonathan Clements. The convention is the first of it's kind in Northern Ireland and has some really nice touches like anime related presents in everyone's room! We reckon it's worth going to for the "What Stupid People Say About Anime" segment alone, since we've heard many people say stupid things about anime! So clear your calendars for that week and get over to Londonderry! ^_^

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

Christmas Cake Made In Honour Of Tezuka's Black Jack

Date: 2005 December 3rd Saturday [8:08] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Akadot a hotel located in Takarazuka the place where the popular manga-ka Ozamu Tezuka (Black Jack) was born and raised, has made a christmas cake dedicated to Black Jack.

It costs 3300 Yen per cake and the hotel hopes to make a profit out of the popularity of the anime series Black Jack. "The cake is 15cm in diameter with ¾ covered in whipped cream and the rest with chocolate. The stitches on Black Jack's face have been recreated by chocolate as well."

Source: Akadot

TV Tokyo To Open Anime Website

Date: 2005 December 3rd Saturday [8:00] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime > TV

According to Akadot, TVTokyo have announced the opening of an anime portal site within the year. The station will distribute it's programs online in exchange for 100 yen an episode.

TV Tokyo are known for broadcasting anime shows such as Pokemon, Naruto and Bleach and are responsible of showing approximately 37 of the 60 or so animated shows that air per week in Japan. By entering the market through an online fan community they are expecting to expand their business in the anime industry.

Source: Akadot

DS Wi-fi is here

Date: 2005 December 2nd Friday [7:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

The Nintendo DS Wi-fi service has now been fully launched! DS owners can go online with certain games for free by locating wireless hotspots. Alternatively they can simply connect using their home wireless connection or by buying a USB adapter for their home PC and use standard internet connections.

Read More... | Source: Nintendo Wi-fi

More Anime Adaptations in 2006

Date: 2005 November 28th Monday [12:26] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Good News for Anime Fans as in 2006 there will be plenty of anime and live-action movies to watch.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Proud To Be An Otaku

Date: 2005 November 26th Saturday [19:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The Scotsman are currently running a story focusing on the economic force behind the otaku. It's very similar to articles we've featured before. It explains what an otaku is, the fun places in Akihabara, including it's electronic shops, and maid cafes. It also mentions the otaku test we've covered before, along with how keen otaku are with the test.

What makes this article a bit different from a recap of all the articles featured before is a new phrase we've never read about "otaku mum", the parent of one otaku is actually into anime too and even has models of characters from her favourite movie! Now don't you wish your parents were like that? Then again, maybe not since they would only "borrow" most of your DVDs! ^_-

Source: The Scotsman

Lupin III Music Composer Passes Away

Date: 2005 November 25th Friday [12:17] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Service Takeo Yamashita who wrote the music for the first Lupin III TV series has passed away on the 21st of November. He died of Cerebral Thrombosis at the age 75 years. His close relatives and friends have already held a funeral.

Yamashita worked on the title songs and soundtracks of various Classic Japanese TV Dramas and animation including Shichinin No Keiji, Oooka-Echizen, Playgirl, Super Jetter, Giant Robo and Ganba No Bouken. He wrote about 7000 songs and at the end of 1990 most of his work was re-released. In the year 2000 his popular selling compilation CD "Yamashita*Deluxe" was released.

Source: Anime News Service

Ah My Goddess and Maria-Sama Ga Miteru To Continue

Date: 2005 November 25th Friday [12:02] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, it was reported on Afternoon Magazine by Kodansha that a second TV series of Ah my Goddess will air in early 2006 on TBS.

Also a third series of Maria-Sama released under the title Maria-Sama Ga Miteru OAV is set for sometime in 2006. For more details check out the Official Maria-Sama website.

Source: Anime News Network

Paradise Kiss Store Open in Japan

Date: 2005 November 21st Monday [12:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, a temporary store focusing exclusively on Paradise Kiss opened in Tokyo's Odaiba district. The store is set to remain open until the 31st March and features items for sale that are related to the Paradise Kiss Anime and Manga.

There is also a Paradise Kiss online store which features items on sale in store including a recreation of the Butterfly Ring featured in the manga. Plus a clothing line inspired by the Manga.

The store’s Grand opening Party is open to the General Public and will feature as guest star Tommy February, singer of the anime's theme song.

If you can read Japanese why not check out their on-line store?!

Source: Anime News Network

NewType Spin-off Announced

Date: 2005 November 18th Friday [10:35] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Adult-version of NewType magazine, NewWords will be released in November.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Mattel To Produce "Zatch Bell!" Toys

Date: 2005 November 14th Monday [9:57] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC announced that they have made a deal with toymaker Mattel to produce toys based on hit anime series "Zatch Bell!".

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

Hayao Miyazaki’s Son to Direct Next Ghibli Film

Date: 2005 November 14th Monday [6:25] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, it is reported that Hayao Miyazaki’s Son, Goro Miyazaki will direct the next Studio Ghibli Movie. Goro Miyazaki has been the director of Ghibli Museum until recently. The film is to be released in summer of 2006 and other details will be released on Dec 13th. The announcement was made by Toshio Suzuki at Meiji University and he reported Hayao Miyazaki to be "fiercely against the idea."

Source: Anime News Network

FMA DVD Out In Japan In January 2006

Date: 2005 November 11th Friday [12:29] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Some good news for FMA fans as it is reported on Anime News Service that the release of the movie "Conqueror of Shambala Gekijyouban Hagane no Renkinjutsushi - Shanbara wo Yuku Mono" is expected on the 25th of January 2006 in Japan. Sony Music announced that there will be three versions of the movie: a Complete Production Limited Edition DVD (8,925 Yen), Regular Version DVD (3,990 Yen) and UMD Video Version (3,990 Yen) will be sold. It is important to note that the limited edition version is English subtitled, contains 2 omake discs and a guide book. During its theatrical run the film drew 1.1 million in attendance, and a profit of 1.3 billion Yen. Manga sales for 12 volumes on the market has exceeded 19 million copies and of the 13 volumes of the TV anime put on the market, sales have exceeded one million units.

Source: Anime News Service

Pretty Sammy is Back

Date: 2005 November 10th Thursday [16:10] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

The magical girl Tenchi Muyo spin off " Pretty Sammy" is returning in a new super cute series. Tenchi Muyo regulars Washu and Mihoshi also look set to feature.

Source: Sasami Club Website

FMA & Wolf’s Rain to be shown on UK TV

Date: 2005 November 6th Sunday [10:47] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

As reported previously on Otaku News, Anime News Network have discovered, a new digital speciality station called Rapture announced at the London Expo that it will begin airing Full Metal Alchemist & Wolf’s Rain on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The official launch of the station is on the 14th of November.

Source: Anime News Network

Kyosho Manoi Robot

Date: 2005 November 5th Saturday [9:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

Japanese Toy maker Kyosho have produced a robot that can be assembled by the general public. The robot has been named Manoi is able to walk on two feet and kick a soccerball. Standing 40cm high the robot is marketed as being 1/5th the size of a human and is designed by Tomotaka Takahashi, who it appears has modelled the machine after Astroboy.

Manoi retails for around 150,000 Japanese Yen, which works out at $1270 US. However unlike Astroboy he cannot fly!

Source: Kyosho

FUNimation to Release Negima!

Date: 2005 November 2nd Wednesday [21:45] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

FUNimation announced that they will release Negima! on DVD sometime in 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Zeta Gundam Movie Premieres in Japan

Date: 2005 November 1st Tuesday [6:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network the second movie from the Zeta Gundam Saga premiered last weekend at Japanese theatres. ‘Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation II-Lovers’ made it at the number 5 spot whilst the first movie, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation -Heirs to the Stars- opened in third spot in late May and broke daily box office records at six Japanese theaters.

The final installment of the Zeta Gundam Saga- "Love is the Pulse of the Stars" will be released to theaters Saturday, March 4th, 2006. Some official promotional material will be released and a small image of a promotional poster for Zeta 3 is hosted on the official website.

Source: Anime News Network

Atari Europe's Bandai Christmas Line Up

Date: 2005 October 30th Sunday [15:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Fans of anime games should be pleased to hear about Atari and Bandai's Christmas game line up. They've got the following for PS2:

- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- One Piece: Grand Battle
- Digimon World 4

Along with Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 for Nintendo DS and Ghost in the Shell®: Stand Alone Complex for PSP.

Read More... | Source: Atari

November is Bootleg Calendar Month

Date: 2005 October 29th Saturday [11:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

For many anime fans November is that month before Christmas where you get your giftlist ready and figure out what you're going to give to your fellow otaku. As the author of the Pirate Anime FAQ, I'd like to remind our readers that November is bootleg anime calendar month. What's this? A new national holiday! No, not really, but it's a good way of spotting the swarm of bootleg calendars that come out each year - In order to compete with legitimate calendars they start with dates two months before each year. In other words, it'll be November 2005 - December 2006. They are often advertised as this too. It's a sneaky way of beating out competition from official calendars too, since people are more likely to buy calendars with two extra months on, making the need for calendars that start in 2006, more redundant.

So if you see an anime calendar that starts in November instead of January on eBay, or from some certain retailers, then be careful, it's more likely to be bootleg one.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

Miyazaki on TCM in January

Date: 2005 October 26th Wednesday [23:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Turner Classic Movies will be airing anime films by Hayao Miyazaki in January.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

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