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An Interview with Animation Director Takeshi Honda

Date: 2016 December 29th Thursday [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

UK anime company Anime Limited are great for getting guests over to the UK, this year alone they had Makoto Shinkai the director of hit anime Your Name, Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani, plus anime director Michael Arias.

Most of these guests appeared at either the May or October 2016 MCM London Comic Con. Our last interview of the year is no means the least. Here's our interview with animation director Takeshi Honda. He's probably best known for his work on the rebuild of Evangelion movies. He's an industry veteran having worked on the original Evangelion TV series and the original movies as well. He's also recently directed his own short anime.

We caught up with Mr Honda at the MCM London Comic Con in October 2016 for an exclusive interview.

What makes him interesting to interview was that he's worked with so many top notch directors, Hayao Miyazaki, Hideaki Anno, Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda and many more. From an interviewer's stand point we could easily talk to him for a few hours about any of these individual directors to gain insight. We know academics who would have a million questions for Mr Honda and picking a limited set of questions was a great challenge. For this interview we carefully selected a range of questions to cover his career and we hope that you find these insights interesting.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

MCM London Comic Con to welcome Evangelion animator Takeshi Honda this October 2016

Date: 2016 October 12th Wednesday [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've already mentioned that Psycho-Pass director Naoyoshi Shiotani will be at the MCM London Comic Con this October. We've just heard from the good folks at MCM that Evangelion animator Takeshi Honda will also be at the event. He worked on the original Neon Genesis Evangelion and went back for the reboot acting as mechanical animation director on Evangelion: 1.0, animation director on Evangelion: 2.0 and then chief animation director on the latest in the series, Evangelion: 3.0.

He's got lots of top titles on his CV too, being involved in Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue, Ponyo, The Wind Rises and The Boy and the Beast. Such an industry veteran will have lots of interesting insights to reveal.

MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016 at Excel London.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

An Interview with Shigeto Koyama - Anime Character Designer

Date: 2015 November 6th Friday [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

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 March 5th Thursday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just been sent details of new anime company Animatsu Entertainment's latest UK release. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection. It's due out on DVD and blu-ray on Monday 1st June 2015.

This 39 episode series is from legendary anime director Hideaki Anno, and based on concept pitched by even more legendary director Hayao Miyazaki while he was working at Toho in the 70's. Miyazaki never got to make the show, but he kept some of the concepts for his later works.

The 39 episode collection is set to retail for £49.99 on DVD and £69.99 on blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment UK

Fascinating Tokusatsu Museum on NHK World

Date: 2014 December 19th Friday [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

Transformers x Evangelion - Optimus Prime with Eva Unit 01 Colours

Date: 2014 June 9th Monday [14:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of giant robots will be pleased to hear the news from the Big Bad Toy Store. Takara Tomy Toys the folks behind Transformers in Japan have teamed up with Gainax to produce an Evangelion Unit-01 coloured Optimus Prime. This forms part of the Transformers x Evangelion project.
Optimus' trailer comes with NERV branding too. Optimus himself sports the distinct purple and green colour scheme. While the Autobot Matrix of Leadership has been made to look like an S2 Engine.

Only 1,000 will be sold in Japan.

Fans of transformers merchandise will know that this is essentially a repaint of the MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure. Big Bad Toy Store are taking pre-orders at $314.99 (USD).

Read More... | Source: Takara Tomy

Anime Weekend at the BFI Southbank in London - May 2014

Date: 2014 March 25th Tuesday [17:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans are already in for a treat at the BFI Southbank as we've covered before the news on their complete Studio Ghibli retrospective, which includes the latest Ghibli Movie The Wind Rises. Wanting to show even more anime, the BFI Southbank run biennial Anime Weekend, and it's running this year on from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May 2014. They've got an amazing line up and a bit of something for everyone.

They'll be showing Ghost in the Shell Arise Part 1: Ghost Pain, and the UK Premiere of Part 2: Ghost Whispers (on Friday 16th May).

They'll also be showing Patema Inverted, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the European Premiere of Tiger and Bunny: The Rising, One Piece: Strong World, plus Blue Exorcist: The Movie.

We haven't seen all these films, but we really do want to see them all. Especially Ghost in the Shell Arise and the latest Evangelion Movie.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

Sci-Fi London Anime All Nighter October 2013 Details

Date: 2013 October 1st Tuesday [15:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans are in for a late night treat as the Sci-Fi London returns with their traditional Anime All Nighter. It's set to run at the Stratford Picture House from 11:15pm on Saturday 12th October 2013, it'll run until late into the night.

This years screening is an Eva centric one with Evangelion 1.0, Evangelion 2.0, and Evangelion 3.0, plus Wolf Children and Perfect Blue. All these films are fanastic by themselves, but so see them all together it's a rare treat. They really do need to be seen on the big screen to be enjoyed. As always, we've already added the details to the Otaku Calendar.

Source: Sci-Fi London

PBS Idea Channel - Does it Matter What Evangelion's Creator Says?

Date: 2013 August 6th Tuesday [15:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The good folks from the PBS Idea Channel have brought to our attention a rapid fire video, asking the question Does it Matter What Evangelion's Creator Says?

Read More... | Source: PBS Idea Channel

Panty and Stocking With Garter Belt DVD Competition

Date: 2012 July 25th Wednesday [16:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us a copy of Panty and Stocking With Garter Belt Complete Series Collection on DVD to give away to one lucky reader.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

VIZ Media to debut 13th volume of Evangelion manga same day/date as Japanese release

Date: 2012 June 8th Friday [12:10] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

US publisher VIZ Manga announces plans to simultaneously publish the 13th volume of the popular manga in English on November 2nd 2012.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2011 February 1st Tuesday [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Evangelion Fans can rejoice! Manga Entertainment UK have announced that the second new movie is now available for pre-order. The DVD and Blu-ray of Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance will hit UK shelves on 30th May 2011.

American readers can get the DVD or Blu-ray from March 29th 2011 from the good folks at Funimation.

UK readers can pre-order the title from Amazon.co.uk -
Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk for £16.09
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk for £13.99

Alternatively you can pre-order from HMV.com, which is apparently the cheapest.
Pre-order the Blu-ray from HMV.com for £14.99
Pre-order DVD from HMV.com for £10.99

US readers can pre-order from Amazon.com
Pre-order the Blu-ray from Amazon.com for $22.99
Pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com for $12.99

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

San Francisco January 2011 Evangelion Screenings

Date: 2011 January 4th Tuesday [17:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

San Francisco anime fans are in for a treat this month, as VIZ Cinema will be screening the Evangelion movies, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. The January 2011 screenings are well worth going to if you can.

Evangelion 1.0 will be shown from Monday January 17th through to Thursday January 20th, while Evangelion 2.0 will be shown from Friday January 21st through to Thursday January 27th.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Cinema

Anime at Thought Bubble: The Leeds Sequential Art Festival 2010

Date: 2010 November 8th Monday [2:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Anime fans who can get to Leeds from 18th to 21st November 2010 are in a for a real treat. Thought Bubble and Leeds International Film Festival have some great anime features to enjoy. Including some European Premieres such as Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (review here), Gintama The Movie, along with some great anime titles you should see if you haven't already. -

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
Gintama The Movie
One Piece: Strong World
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
Redline
Interstella 5555: The 5tory Of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

Normally at this stage we'd cherry pick a title or two for suggestion as to what to watch, but they're all good, Interstella 5555 is always worth watching one more time too. ^_-

There's also some live action adventures with - Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City.

The Thought Bubble Festival are offering £20 passes for a day, or Individual tickets for £6.50/£5.00.

Read More... | Source: Thought Bubble

Review: Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone

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

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

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

All New Evangelion For 2007

Date: 2006 September 18th Monday [11:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Four all new Evangelion movies are in the works, with the first to be released summer 2007.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

ADV UK DVD Releases for Winter 2006

Date: 2006 September 12th Tuesday [15:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice folk from ADV UK have sent us the details for their winter release schedule. It seems that they've targeted the anime fan's Christmas list with the majority of titles being released on 20th November 2006.

- Samurai Gun Volume 1 (16/10/06)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Complete Collection (20/11/06)
- Yugo The Negotiator Volume 1 (20/11/06)
- Area 88 Volume 2 (20/11/06)
- Gilgamesh Volume 4 (20/11/06)
- MADLAX Volume 5 (20/11/06)
- Samurai Gun Volume 2 (04/12/06)
- Get Backers Volume 10 (04/12/06)

ADV UK will be releasing a superb looking Evangelion Platinum boxset in a nice shiney box with tons of extras which are exclusive to the European release! The 7 disc release includes all the episodes with remastered video and audio, along with 4 directors cuts episodes, 4 documentaries a nice 60 page booklet and many more bits. The box set is retailing for £99.99, but the more price senstive otaku can get it from Play.com for £72.99 or Sendit.com for £69.89, other retailers might have similar deals too. This is a limited edition set, so if you want it, you better put it at the top of your Christmas list. This was also the highlight of ADV UK's Industry panel at AmeCon this year.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Neon Genesis Evangelion Features

Date: 2006 May 9th Tuesday [17:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running an interesting set of features about Neon Genesis Evangelion, they contain all sorts of great bits of information. Be warned there a lot of spoilers in each article!

Evangelion Special: From phenomenon to legacy - Forms an overview of the series and how it differs from previous anime titles, along with the impact Eva had on the Japanese media and public.

Evangelion Special: For producer Otsuki, success not always a bed of roses - Interviews producer Toshimichi Otsuki who talks about some of the history of Evangelion and the difficulties in being a producer, along with how influential Eva is.

Evangelion Special: Genesis of a major manga - Focuses on the history of Gainax and the origins of Evangelion, fans of Gunbuster will already know that this is referred to as it's original Japanese title Top wo Nerae!" (Aim for the Top).

Then they have the episode synopsis which form a brief outline of each episode.

Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 1 to 5
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 6 to 10
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 11 to 15
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 16 to 20
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 21 to 26

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Eva 01 Bicycle

Date: 2006 March 27th Monday [16:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Just when you thought you've already got every bit of merchandise possible for Evangelion, Gainax go crazy and release a load of stuff for the tenth anniversary for the series. TechJapan have discovered that Media Magic have teamed up with Gainax to produce the Eva 01 Bike. For 47,000 Yen it can be yours too (that's about $405 USD / £230 GBP). Apparently it's a front suspension style mountain bike that uses 6 speed gears, currently there are no plans to release this bicycle in other Eva colours. We find this ironic, as otaku aren't famed for their physical fitness and are not frequently seen on bikes.

Source: TechJapan

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

Newtype USA to Launch Evangelion Serial Manga

Date: 2005 July 19th Tuesday [22:38] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Newtype USA will be releasing game-based Evangelion manga, Angelic Hearts, as serial starting in August issue.

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi First-Ever North American Airing

Date: 2005 February 7th Monday [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The nice people over at G4techTV have sent us the details of the first ever North American airing of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, a crazy show in Studio Gainax's unique style.

Be sure to tune in late Monday evening (that's today) at 1am ET / 10om PT.

Read More... | Source: G4techTV

ADV UK DVD Releases For February 2005

Date: 2005 January 7th Friday [20:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at ADV Films UK have sent us the details for their February releases. The selection looks very promising as always with:

- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Edition vol.1
- Last Exile Volume 2
- Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden Volume 3 (Final)
- Kino's Journey Volume 3
- Azumanga Daioh Volume 4
- Angelic Layer Volume 6
- RahXephon-The Motion Picture: Pluralitas Concentio

The Otaku News Crew feel like their spoilt for choice this month, we recommend Eva Platinum Edition Volume 1, if you haven't already got Evangelion on DVD, Last Exile Volume 2, Azumanga Daioh Volume 4 and RahXephon The Motion Picture. Normally we tend to suggest two titles a month, but it's too hard to pick this time around!

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Newtype USA Readers Vote For Top 25 Anime

Date: 2004 October 26th Tuesday [14:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Newtype USA sent us this press release yesterday. Due to being snowed under with e-mails and having to update Frightmoore University, I haven't been able to post it until today! Sorry! ^_^;;

In a nutshell the popular anime and manga magazine Newtype USA have got their readers to vote for the top anime of all time. This was an open ballot, and over 11,700 votes were counted!

Neon Genesis Evangelion was voted number 1, while Cowboy Bebop took 2nd place, InuYasha took 3rd and Kenshin took 4th place (oro). Trigun came in 5th, the Otaku News Crew believe that this is because of the large number of Vash The Stampede Cosplayers! ^_-

Read More... | Source: Newtype USA

ADV Films Announces Petite Princess Yucie: Princess Academy

Date: 2004 October 15th Friday [16:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those good folks at ADV USA have sent us the details of their latest Gainax release Petite Princess Yucie, they're marketing as "From GAINAX The Producers of Nadia". Interestingly this is a joint project with Gainax and AIC.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

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