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Piano Concert featuring Anime and Games Music by Kikuchi Ryota in London and Birmingham

Date: 2023 July 17 19:43 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks from the Japan Foundation London have sent us details of a piano concert by Kikuchi Ryota. The pianist is popular on YouTube and is set to perform iconic melodies from anime and game music.

Kikuchi will be playing at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham on Tuesday 8th August 2023 at 12:30. Then St James's Church, Piccadilly in London on Wednesday 9th August 2023 at 19:00 and finally at Yamaha Music London on Thursday 10th August at 16:00. All events are free to attend, with booking required for the London ones.

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Edinburgh Film Festival to Host UK Premiere of new Slam Dunk Movie

Date: 2023 July 16 11:14 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime firm Anime Limited have just sent us some details about the upcoming Slam Dunk Movie. The UK Premier will be hosted by the Edinburgh Film Festival on Tuesday 22nd - Wednesday 23rd August 2023. The film will then go onto a wider release across the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 30th August 2023.

This basketball drama was directed and written by Takehiko Inoue the creator of the original Slam Dunk manga.

To date it's the 5th highest grossing anime film worldwide.

To find a screening near you visit slamdunkfilm.co.uk.

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An Interview with Alexandra Rutter Director of the Stage Adaption of The Garden of Words

Date: 2023 July 10 18:59 | Posted By:

Category > Features

Makoto Shinaki's anime The Garden of Words is the story of an out-of-step woman and an offbeat teenager meeting by chance in a Japanese garden. As the kindred spirits bond, the relationship they build could save them or equally ruin them. Melancholy and original the story has just been adapted into a stage play set to run at London's Park Theatre from Thursday 10th August until Saturday 9th September 2023. It's also set to to be staged in Tokyo too.

The play has been adapted by the Whole Hog Theatre who have previously also brought Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke to stage.

We caught up with Alexandra Rutter, who directed and co-adapted The Garden of Words from the material from the anime and novel. Having been aware of this project since before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were keen to find out more about the production and hear what Alexandra has to say.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Streaming Release Details

Date: 2023 July 02 17:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime streaming firm Crunchyroll have just sent us details about Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 which will be released on Thursday 6th July 2023.

The first part of Season 2 focuses on Gojo's and Geto's past in the Hidden Inventory / Premature Death arc. It's animated by MAPPA, so expect high quality fast paced animation from the studio that brought you Chainsaw Man; Attack on Titan Final Season; Hell's Paradise.

It'll be available both subbed and dubbed in the release languages of each region, with each episode premiering every week after its broadcast in Japan.

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One Piece Film: Red UK Collectors Edition Blu-ray Details

Date: 2023 June 27 19:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have just sent us details of their latest Blu-ray pre-order for UK anime fans. One Piece Film: Red will be available as a 4K Collectors Edition. The package includes the movie on 4K Blu-ray and regular UHD Blu-ray. The set comes with all sorts of nice little things, including art cards, a vinyl sticker, a nice A3 replica theatrical poster, plus (we really like this detail) an individually numbered Uta concert ticket.

The UK Collectors edition will be available to pre-order from 5pm on Thursday 29th June 2023 and then released on Monday 7th August 2023.

If you're a fan of One Piece you've probably already seen the movie, but we're sure ypu'll want to watch it again! You can read our review of the film to find out what think about it.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes Wins Paul Grimault Award at the Annecy International Film Festival

Date: 2023 June 21 19:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have just sent us news that the movie Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes has just won the Paul Grimault Award at this years Annecy International Film Festival.

The film tells the tale of teenagers Kaoru and Anzu who stumble upon a mysterious tunnel. Angst and adventure follow.

The movie is due to hit the UK and Ireland next month from 14th July 2023. Tickets are on sale now take a look at http://tunneltosummerfilm.co.uk/ for more details.

Read More... | Souce: Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes Website

Psycho-Pass: Providence Movie UK Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 June 03 17:29 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giants Crunchyroll have just revealed the UK cinema release date for PSYCHO-PASS: Providence. The movie is due to 85 cinemas around the UK on Wednesday 2nd August 2023. It's due out in the US from July 14th 2023.

The events of the movie bridge the gap between Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case 3: On the Other Side of Love and Hate and season 3 of the Psycho-Pass TV series.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

The Garden of Words London Stage Play Details Summer 2023

Date: 2023 June 01 19:46 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've just received details from Whole Hog Theatre and Park Theatre who will present the world premiere stage adaptation of The Garden of Words, which is based the anime by acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai (best known for your name and the just released Suzume)..

We've covered details about the play before, but it's always worth reminding people about this production and that you can catch it this Summer 2023. The more detailed press release reveals information about cast and crew.

Like the anime the play explores the bond between two social misfits in a Japanese garden. It sets out to adapt the story further in a live action setting by combining puppetry, movement, and projection art. The production delves into themes of loneliness and longing, a signature of Shinkai's works. After its London run, the play will have its Japanese premiere in Tokyo. The show will be performed at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, North London, UK, from 10th August 2023 to 9th September 2023 with ticket prices ranging from £10 to £44.50.

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Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes UK and Ireland Cinema Details

Date: 2023 May 30 19:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Anime Limited have just announcement the cinema details for The Tunnel To Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes. Inspired by the award winning novel of the same name it's the time travelling tale of teenagers in a tunnel!

Two misfit teenagers Kaoru and Anzu start to investigate a tunnel that grants the wishes of whoever ventures through it, but the is a cost being aged dramatically for your wish as a result. An interesting twist on not getting quite what you wished for with a genie, in this story the duo must figure out if what they wish for is worth the price.

The film is due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 14th July 2023 with tickets on sale from 7th June 2023. Check out tunneltosummerfilm.co.uk for more details.

Read More... | Souce: Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes Website

All The Anime May 2023 MCM Comic Con London Announcements

Date: 2023 May 28 15:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have revealed a ton of announcements at MCM Comic Con London.

Highlights include the cinema release of Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time, home video release of Great Pretender along with anime classic Gunbuster. They also had reminders about the Slam Dunk Movie (which bounces into cinemas on 30th August 2023) and The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes (which cinemas from 14th July 2023).

Macross Plus: Movie Edition will return to the big screens. While fans of the gentleman thief Lupin III will be pleased to hear about Lupin the 3rd Part 6. Gundam fans aren't left out either with Mobile Suit Gundam - Movie Trilogy and Gundam Build Fighters.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Crunchyroll Reveal UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Line-up for May, June, July and August 2023

Date: 2023 May 21 20:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Crunchyroll have just sent us details of their UK DVD and Blu-ray releases for the next 4 months. While you associate Crunchyroll with streaming, they do release a lot of their titles on home video.

Dragon Ball Super:Super Hero gets a release on 12th June 2023, while 10th July 2023 sees part 1 of the truly fantastic Spy X Family. Highlights for August include The Ancient Magus' Bride OVA - The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm.

All the titles are available to purchase from Amazon.co.uk, Zavvi and HMV.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Psycho-Pass: Providence Movie Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 May 21 16:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giants Crunchyroll have sent us details of the cinematic release of the new Psycho-Pass: Providence movie. It's due out in the US from July 14th 2023 (with sneak-peak screenings on 11th & 13th July). The UK release date has yet to be announced, but will be announced soon.

The events of the movie bridge the gap between Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case 3: On the Other Side of Love and Hate and season 3 of the Psycho-Pass TV series.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum Hits UK Cinemas This May for One Day Only

Date: 2023 May 11 19:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have revealed that they'll be releasing Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum in the UK exclusively at Odeon Cinemas for one-day only on Saturday 20th May 2023.

This is a re-imagining 2011 television series Mawaru Penguindrum and is presented as a double bill which consists of Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum - Part 1 Your Train Is the Survival Tactic and Re:Cycle of the Penguindrum - Part 2 I Love You, with a 10 minute intermission in-between. This will be shown exclusively at Odeon Cinemas for one day only.

So if you're interested head over to your nearest Odeon to catch it!

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Garden of Words Stage Production To Hit London This Summer 2023

Date: 2023 May 09 19:24 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

London's Park Theatre have just announced their Summer and Autumn line up. Anime fans will be very interested in the stage adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's Garden of Words. Originally it was set to run in August 2020, however COVID-19 prevented it happening. This time it's back and scheduled to run from Thursday 10th August until Saturday 9th September 2023.

Based on the original anime by blockbuster director by Makoto Shinkai (best known for your name and the just released Suzume). It tells the story of a meeting in a Japanese garden, with two people both out of sorts having a melancholy change encounter.

It's been adapted for the stage by Whole Hog Theatre, who are no strangers to bringing anime to theatre. They created a truly excellent stage version of Princess Mononoke.

We've been waiting since 2019 to see the stage version of Garden of Words, so naturally we're very keen to catch this summer in London.

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Crunchyroll Partners with HMV UK This May 2023

Date: 2023 May 02 19:27 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime streaming giants Crunchyroll have just sent us news that they'll be partnering with UK retailer HMV this May for an Ani-May promotion.

HMV will be selling a selection of merchandise from series including Attack on Titan, JUJUTSU KAISEN, My Hero Academia, and Toilet Bound Hanako-kun and many more. Fans can expect clothing, accessories, footwear, homeware, and toys in over 100 retail locations and online.

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Crunchyroll Announces New Movies to the Platform for April 2023

Date: 2023 April 24 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us details of their upcoming film slate available for home streaming. Normally when you think of the service series come to mind, but don't forget they've also got a great line up of movies to watch on the streaming service too.

They headline with That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime The Movie: Scarlet Bond (which is out now), The Quintessential Quintuplets movie (which it out 28th April 2023).

Also out is the promising To Every You I've Loved Before and To Me, The One Who Loved You.

Plus for Gundam fans on 28th April 2023, they'll be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan's Island.

The press release mentions various movies available, but it does vary by region, with the Mamoru Hosoda back catalogue not currently available in the UK.

If you are looking for something light, fluffy futuristic and enjoyable then give the Sing a Bit of Harmony film a try, we really enjoyed it.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Anime Limited to Release The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes in UK Cinemas

Date: 2023 April 14 15:39 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have revealed that they have the rights for the cinema distribution of The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes. The sci-fi romance is from director Tomohisa Taguchi and is based on the Japanese novel of the same name from Mei Hachimoku. The film was produced at animation studio CLAP who also made the truly excellent Pompo the Cinephile.

Anime Limited have said that they have the cinematic distribution rights for the UK, Ireland and Malta. They'll reveal more at a later date. For now you can check out the Official The Tunnel to Summer, The Exit of Goodbyes website to register your interest.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

An Interview with Makoto Shinkai Director of Suzume

Date: 2023 April 10 19:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Makoto Shinkai's latest movie hits cinemas around North America, UK and Ireland from Friday 14th April 2023. We caught up the with the acclaimed anime director while he was in London to ask him about his new film.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Movie Review

Date: 2023 April 10 19:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Makoto Shinkai's latest cinematic offering Suzume hits cinemas from Friday 14th April 2023 in the UK, Ireland and North America. It's released by Crunchyroll. If you're curious about this animated marvel then you'll be pleased to know we've got a review ready for you!

Makoto Shinkai's latest cinematic offering Suzume hits cinemas from Friday 14th April 2023 in the UK, Ireland and North America. It's released by Crunchyroll. If you're curious about this animated marvel then you'll be pleased to know we've got a review ready for you!

If you want to know more about Suzume you can also read our interview with director Makoto Shinkai.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Crunchyroll casts actress Nichole Sakura as English voice of the title role in Makoto Shinkai's film Suzume

Date: 2023 April 04 19:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The new anime film from hit director Makoto Shinkai - Suzume is due to hit the cinemas next week from Friday 14th April 2023. Crunchyroll have just sent us details of the dub cast.

Nichole Sakura is cast as Suzume. You may have seen her as Cheyenne on Superstore or heard her other voice acting work on Star Wars: Visions.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

The 16th Manga Jiman Competition Results

Date: 2023 April 01 10:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The Embassy of Japan in the UK revealed the winners of The 16th Manga Jiman Competition. The awards ceremony for the prestigious competition was held at the Japanese Embassy in London on Friday 24th March 2023.

This years first place went to C M Kevin Li for Jonathan in Agony!, while Ewan Gallagher took second place withAUX. Third place went to Alex Brennan-Dent with Signal.

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Crunchyroll Announces Spring Anime Streaming Season 2023

Date: 2023 March 23 17:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime streaming giants Crunchyroll have sent us details of their Spring 2023 streaming line up. This season has so much good stuff available this spring.

We're excited about the Skip and Loafer anime due for release on 4th April 2023, based on the popular and much loved manga it follows the of a rural girl getting used to life in the big city of Tokyo, amongst other things.

Ranking of Kings returns with Ranks of King : The Treasure Chest of Courage. This is due for release on 13th April 2023.

We're really looking forward to The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2, as the first season and specials were so good. That and it's great to see some anime set in the English countryside. After all not much anime is set in the Cotswalds.

Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury returns for a second season. We're also curious about A Galaxy Next Door as we've read the first volume of the manga and it shows promise.

We've already covered Doctor Stone, which returns for a third season and are looking forward to more silly science adventures.

There's also more Vinland Saga Season 2 and One Piece.

There's something for everyone and we're sure you'll find something to enjoy this Spring 2023 anime season.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

BlackMilk Clothing to Release Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Collection

Date: 2023 March 19 16:41 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Aussie based clothing company BlackMilk Clothing have just sent us details of their up coming Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Collection. This official collaboration with Toei Animation has a range of various different designs from bright and bold to darker designs.

We really like the Ribbon Transformation Longline Evil Tee Dress with it's bright bold pink ribbons over the blue transformation background. While if you fancy something a bit darker the Sailor Guardians Stars Sheer Midaxi Dress is likely to appeal.

Fans can preview the collection in full and wishlist items ahead of the release. The collection is due to go live on 7am (AEST) 21 March / 2pm (PT) 20th March 2023.

BlackMilk Clothing have a great range of other collections including The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon and Sanrio.

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Dr. Stone Returns to Crunchyroll for a Third Season

Date: 2023 March 13 21:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have just sent us details that Dr. Stone will return from 6th April 2023 with Dr. Stone New World. The hilarious action show rocks back for a 3rd season with Senku getting up to more science as he brings more advances to the stone world. This series our team of science users build a ship to go off on a naval voyage to find the mystery of the global petrification event.

It's based on the manga by the same written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi. We've really enjoyed the first two season and the special episode which leads up to this season. The show is silly, fun and action packed, while watching it you'll feel like a science genius as you'll watch Senku use science to extract various raw materials to build components and then use them to make modern technology in post apocalyptic stone age.

You can catch previous season of Dr. Stone now on Crunchyroll or if you're already up to date, wait until Thursday 6th April 2023 for the new season.

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Sony Adds Crunchyroll Button to 2023 Sony Bravia TV Remotes

Date: 2023 March 02 20:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime giant Crunchyroll have sent us news that Sony will be adding a Crunchyroll button onto their 2023 Sony Bravia TV line up. Smart TVs have long had Netflix Buttons, and new Sony Bravia line has other streaming services on it's remote including Disney+, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

The fact Sony are willing to add a Crunchyroll button to their TV remotes shows how willing they are to invest in their anime acquisition and that they know there is enough demand for an anime stream service button! We believe it shows you how mainstream anime has become. Keen readers will note that Sony own Crunchyroll. It's fascinating to see that Sony are willing to do this. As getting an actual button on a remote can take a lot of corporate wrangling, even if Sony do own the company in question. They have to justify the existence of adding a button to a remote and there can be other services that are also up for consideration.

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Leiji Matsumoto 1938-2023

Date: 2023 February 26 11:05 | Posted By:

Category > Current Affairs

This week it was announced that renowned manga artist Leiji Matsumoto had died on 13th February 2023 of acute heart failure in a Tokyo hospital, at the age of 85.

You may have encountered his highly influential works such as Galaxy Express 999, Queen Emeraldas, Space Pirate Captain Harlock or even Interstella 5555 his collaboration with Daft Punk.

You could read the BBC Obituary or equally well written Financial Times Obituary , but the best write up we've found is on Anime Limited's Blog it's written by anime expert Helen McCarthy, who has written numerous books on anime including a collection of Essays on Leiji Matsumoto.

Souce: Anime Limited

Junk Head UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2023 February 23 16:59 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us the details of their latest cinematic release. Junk Head is an stop-motion sci-fi action thriller set in a dystopian future. The film took Takahide Hori seven years to make. He crafted everything, sets, puppets, sound, music and special effects then animated it all!

The film is set to hits selected cinemas across the United Kingdom and Ireland from Monday 24th April 2023.

Read More... | Souce: Junk Head Offical UK Movie Website

Ballmastrz: Rubicon The Anime An Interview with Christy Karacas

Date: 2023 February 16 19:08 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Fans of Adult Swim will be aware of Ballmastrz: 9009 an anime inspired animation about THE GAME. The next logical step for the series was to get an anime studio to actually animated it. The result was the special Ballmastrz: Rubicon, animated by Studio 4℃ in Japan (Mind Game, Tekkonkinkreet, Detroit Metal City) with Takashi Nakamura (Robot Carnival, AKIRA, Yatterman, Catnapped!) serving as animation director. Keen to find out more we got in touch with Ballmastrz creator Christy Karacas to talk about this anime space opera.

Ballmastrz: Rubicon arrives Monday, February 20 2023. It premiere at Midnight on Adult Swim and the next day on HBO Max and digital retailers. All episodes of Ballmastrz: 9009 are now available on the Adult Swim hub on HBO Max.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Makoto Shinkai's Suzume Special UK Film Screening and Director Q and A

Date: 2023 February 15 17:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from anime giants Crunchyroll have sent us details of a special UK anime screening of Makato Shinkai's latest movie Suzume.

The screening will take place on Wednesday 1st March 2023 at 18:00 the BFI Southbank in London. Not only will this be a chance to catch the movie more than a month ahead of it's national release, but the director himself will be there for a special Questions and Answers session. This is a rare opportunity to be able to get a chance to pitch questions at the director! Makoto Shinkai is best know for his two major films Your Name and Weathering With You. Tickets are on sale now and we expect them to sell out quickly. So book early to avoid disappointment.

The movie will be released across the UK and Ireland from 14th April 2023.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba- To The Swordsmith Village- UK and Ireland Cinema Details

Date: 2023 February 13 20:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Fancy watching some Demon Slayer in the cinema? Well the good folks from Crunchyroll have sent us details of the upcoming Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba- To The Swordsmith Village- movie. It's due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 1st March 2023. Tickets will go on sale from Friday 17th February 2023.

The movie consists of episodes 10 and 11 of the series' Entertainment District Arc as well as the extended Episode 1 of the Swordsmith Village Arc all remastered into a feature length adventure in 4K.

If you haven't seen Demon Slayer yet, you can catch it on Crunchyroll. You can also get the whole manga in a nice boxset.

Read More... | Souce: Demon Slayer Movie Website

Discotek Media Announce 2023 Licences

Date: 2023 February 05 12:56 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

US anime boutique label Discotek Media announced their upcoming titles for 2023 in their usual Twitch live stream channel on Monday night, the 30th of January 2023. It included some long-anticipated releases, some surprises, and clarifications on existing titles.

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Anime Limited To Distribute Suzume Movie Soundtrack

Date: 2023 February 01 20:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us some news that they have the rights to distribute the Suzume soundtrack. Makoto Shinkai's latest movie is due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland this April 2023. The director joins forces again with RADWIMPS to create the soundtrack for this film and also brings in Kazuma Jinnouchi.

Anime Limited are currently taking pre-orders for the Japanese Import edition on vinyl. It's currently priced at £59.99 (on offer from £69.99). An official western version is due for release sometime early Q3 2023.

You can also stream/download the soundtrack from many popular official streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.

Although an primarily an anime company, Anime Limited are also a record label with an excellent catalogue of anime soundtracks.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

What's on NHK World?

Date: 2023 January 29 13:05 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

Being a fan of anime, manga and Japanese stuff in general it's always good to find a great source of content. Most fans will hunt on DVDs and blu-rays for those extra features, read magazines and articles and various bonus features included in books and so on. They'll even read websites like this one, but one resource that we find that is frequently overlooked is NHK World.

NHK is the national state broadcaster for Japan. NHK World is it's international arm. It's content is available in a selection of languages including either dubbed into English or in Japanese with English Subtitles. The service is free to access and is available on a wide range of satellite and cable providers in the US, UK and further afield. You can also watch it free and legally on the website or app that's offered on many platforms including iOS (iPhone and iPad), Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Roku and more. You can watch the live broadcast or the video on demand service.

A lot of the content there is excellent for anime and manga fans.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Crunchyroll UK Blu-ray and DVD Releases for April 2023

Date: 2023 January 23 21:01 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from anime giant Crunchyroll have just sent us their UK DVD and Blu-ray release line up for April 2023.

Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 gets a limited edition box set release, which includes a 24-page Digibook, 3 acrylic pins, 4 art cards, and 4 discs retailing for £99.99. With the regular editions retailing for £29.99 for the Blu-ray or DVD.

Also scheduled for release is Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest - Season 2 on Blu-ray for £34.99 or DVD for £24.99.

All these titles are due for UK release on Monday 24th April 2023.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Azuki to Release New Shojo Comedy Manga I Fell for a Fujoshi

Date: 2023 January 21 13:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

For those of you who read Shojo manga, a new title is on the horizon. Digital manga subscription service Azuki announced today that the romantic comedy manga I Fell For A Fujoshi by Toako has been exclusively licensed for worldwide release in English.

The first two chapters will be available on the Azuki app on Feb 7th 2023 but a free preview is now available.

The manga was originally published in Comic Elmo, which previously published The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting and Natsume & Natsume. The series is about a high school boy who confesses to his childhood crush. But after a misunderstanding foils his plan, he must pretend to be a fan of Boys Love manga in order to win her over.

The series will be available to read for free with advertisements but a $4.99 per month premium subscription that unlocks Azuki's entire catalog of more than 200 series is also available. If you're unsure of the price or content, readers the the option of trying out Azuki with a 14-day free trial.

If you're a fan of romance shenanigans, then it will be hard to pass on I Fell For A Fujoshi.

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Trigun Stampede Anime Review

Date: 2023 January 06 18:24 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Highly anticipated new anime series Trigun Stampede hits streaming service Cruchyroll from Saturday 7th January 2023. We were lucky to get a sneak peak of the series and watch the first episode before it's released. So is Vash the same? Is the CGI animation any good? Well read our spoiler free review to find out!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

The Japan Foundation UK Touring Film Programme 2023

Date: 2022 December 24 11:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from the UK branch of the Japan Foundation have sent us details of their much loved Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary, this nationwide film programme will be touring to 24 cities, visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme is the largest Japanese Film Season in the UK. It's set to start at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London from Friday 3rd February 2023.

For fans of Japanese cinema there's so much good stuff to enjoy. Fans of manga will also want to see the cinematic adaptions, including BL Metamorphosis, a story about a 17 year-old Boys Love fan, who introduces an old lady to the genre, friendship over fandom ensues. We read and really enjoyed the original source manga and a live action cinema adaption makes sense for the story.

We're also looking forward to My Broken Mariko as manga is good. But for something manga themed we're intrigued by Sensei, Would You Sit Beside Me? a story about a manga artist who discovers her husband is having and affair, so rather than confront him she decides to create a manga about adultery.

Anime wise there's Blue Thermal a coming of age tale about a university student who in search of romance accidentality joins the university's aviation club.

There's so many good films at the JPF Touring Film Programme, you're bound to find something that you'll really enjoy. The touring film programme is set to run from 3 February - 31 March 2023.

Read More... | Souce: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023

Jump Festa 2023 Live Stream Details

Date: 2022 December 12 20:15 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Japanese publishing giants Shueisha Inc. have just sent us details of an on-line event. The yearly mega event Jump Festa 2023 will live stream for international fans. Set to run from 17th to 18th December 2022 the streaming weekend will cover content around Jump titles. The various events will have either available with English subtitles and simultaneous interpretation or just English subtitles. This is the first time the content of the Jump Festa will be streamed in English, so you'll get to see everything just like a fan in Japan too!

You can visit https://www.youtube.com/c/jumpchannel during that time to catch the content.

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Makoto Shinkai's Suzume UK and Ireland Cinema Release Details

Date: 2022 December 06 20:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime streaming giant Crunchyroll have revealed that they have the UK and Ireland Streaming rights for Makoto Shinkai's latest film Suzume. The director is best known for anime box office smash hits Your Name and Weathering With You. Suzume is his latest offering in with the titular character must travel around various ruins across Japan closing doors that are the cause of devastation.

So far Suzume has earned 7.5 billion yen (approx. 55M USD) staying #1 at the box office in Japan for three consecutive weeks.

The movie is due to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 14th April 2023.

Looking at the official trailer it's clear it has all the elements you'd expect in a Makoto Shinkai block. Detailed sets, bright blues, lush greens and golden sunshine. It's a look, an atheistic that has become the directors signature.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

Akira Kurosawa Retrospective at the BFI 2023

Date: 2022 December 01 20:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks at the BFI have sent us details for an up coming Akira Kurosawa Retrospective. Set to run from Sunday 1st January 2023 until Tuesday 28th February 2023. The hugely influential cinematic legend is well covered here, with the two-month complete retrospective of 30 feature films! Divided into 6 themes there's so much to enjoy.

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Anime Limited Announce New Titles for 2023

Date: 2022 November 29 19:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime Limited teases new titles on its annual Cloud Matsuri 2022 YouTube event. The company showcased their up-and-coming releases for 2023, using their three-day Cloud Matsuri streaming event. All The Anime staffers Andy Hanley, Miles Atherton, Demi Rodriguez, Keith Copping, and Kat Hall were on hand to give their usual quirky and funny announcements. The releases are a mixture of new material and new remasters of previous releases.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited YouTube channel

One Piece Film: Red London Landmark Takeover

Date: 2022 November 23 20:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us details of a One Piece Film: Red London Landmark takeover. On Saturday 26th November 2022 between 18:00 - 23:00 video projections of the iconic anime pirates will appear opposite the London Eye and other key locations.

This follows a similar bit publicity at London's Kings Cross and a recent take over of New York's Times Square.

Visit onepiece.red to find screening near you in the UK and Ireland or go to https://ado.lnk.to/UtasSongsSO to enjoy the soundtrack.

You can also read our One Piece Film: Red movie review.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

Goodbye, DonGlees! Movie Review

Date: 2022 November 23 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Goodbye Don Glees is due to hit cinema screens around the UK and Ireland from 30th November 2022.

The anime film is a about a group of friends who have little local adventures they call themselves Don Glees. One day the trio get blamed for a nearby forest fire, so they set off into the woods to prove their innocence. A coming-of-age adventure ensues. We've seen the film and enjoyed it, but enough of that, read our review to find out more!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Yen Press Announces Two Dozen New Licenses

Date: 2022 November 21 20:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Manga publisher Yen Press announces at AnimeNYC their manga, light novels, manhwa line up, and more at industry panel.

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Laid-Back Camp The Movie Streaming Release Details

Date: 2022 November 16 20:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming service Crunchyroll have sent us details of the up coming release of Laid-Back Camp: The Movie. The film will hit the streaming service from Thursday 24th November 2022. We really enjoyed the relaxing slice of life story in which high school girls go camping around various bits of Japan, if you like slower shows like K-On, this one is for you.

You can watch the official trailer, or catch up with the series before the movie streams.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

My Neighbour Totoro Stage Play Review

Date: 2022 November 13 14:07 | Posted By:

Category > Features

When The Royal Shakespeare Company announced that they were doing a live action stage play of My Neighbour Totoro, we got very excited. It had all the hallmarks of something great! It was done in collaboration with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Improbable and Nippon TV. Joe Hisaishi, composer and long term Studio Ghibli collaborator, is the executive producer tasked by Totoro director Hayao Miyazaki to bring his much loved and highly influential film to the stage. If this wasn't enough, Jim Henson's Creature Shop was brought in to create all the puppets for this production!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

One Piece Film: Red Opens with Over £500,000 at UK and Ireland Weekend Box Office

Date: 2022 November 09 17:01 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details of the weekend box office for One Piece Film: Red. The movie has earned over £500,000 in its opening weekend, becoming the biggest One Piece film in the UK and Ireland. It's always nice to see numbers like this for anime film.

In promoting the film in the UK, travellers passing through Kings Cross Station could also see the iconic straw hat on display promoting the film.

One Piece Film: Red is in cinemas now, showing in both Japanese with English subtitles, as well as an English language dub. To book tickets, please visit onepiece.red.
Listen to the soundtrack: https://ado.lnk.to/UtasSongsSO.

You can also read our One Piece Film: Red review to find out what we thought of the movie.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited

One Piece Film: Red Movie Review

Date: 2022 October 30 20:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The new One Piece Film : Red hits cinema screens across the UK and Ireland from Friday 4th November 2022. We've seen it and can tell you all about this great shonen movie. So read our spoiler free review to find out more!

You can also visit onepiecefilm.red to find a screening near you.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Discotek Media Announce Winter 2023 Licenses

Date: 2022 October 30 20:32 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Discotek Media, the US boutique anime label, has announced its upcoming licenses for Winter 2023 as well as updates on their upcoming releases.

Read More... | Souce: Discotek Media twitch stream

Vinland Saga Season 2 to Stream on Crunchyroll

Date: 2022 October 26 19:56 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime streaming service Crunchyroll have sent us details of their latest streaming acquisition. Vinland Saga Season 2 will stream on the service simulcast from January 2023.

It follows the story of Thorfinn a young Viking with a passion for revenge (well that was season 1). Season 2 follows the further adventures of Thorfinn! The historical action anime series feels like tale Vikings would tell around a campfire at night. It's violent in a way you'd expect medieval Europe to be, and it's amusing to hear it all in Japanese. It's also great to see certain places in the UK get a mention as they off to Gainsborough and Bath in season 1!

We really enjoyed Season 1 (which is currently showing on Netflix and Amazon Prime).

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

One Piece Film: Red Expands to Over 270 Screens Across UK and Ireland

Date: 2022 October 24 20:18 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks at Anime Limited have sent us a reminder about the upcoming new One Piece Film: Red which has now expanded it's screenings to over 270 cinemas and IMAX screens across the United Kingdom and Ireland from 4 November 2022.

Visit onepiecefilm.red to find a screening near you

Read More... | Souce: One Piece Film: Red Offical Website

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