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Zipangu Fest 2012 Film festival reveals full programme details

Date: 2012 August 23 17:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from the Zipangu Fest Film Festival have sent us the details for their 2012 film line up!

The 3rd Zipangu Fest is set to take place at The Cinema Museum in Kennington, South London from September 14th to 16th 2012.

Anime fans will be interested in their beyond anime strand.

They'll be showing -

The Great Rabbit on Friday 14 September 2012 at 7:00pm
A magical hand-drawn animation that is also a profound conundrum.

Midori-ko on
Sunday 16 September 2012 at 2:30pm
A university researcher protects a human/vegetable hybrid in a dystopic dark fantasy that took ten years to complete.

The Echo of Astro Boy's Footsteps on Sunday 16 September 2012 at 12:30pm
Riveting, unpredictable and moving documentary about the mysterious double life of the pioneering Astro Boy sound designer Matsuo Ohno.

They've also got a great line up of live action films too.

Read More... | Souce: Zipangu Fest

Blue Exorcist Part 1 DVD Competition

Date: 2012 August 20 15:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us two copies of Blue Exorcist Part 1 on DVD to give away to two lucky readers.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

AyaCon 2013 Convention Details

Date: 2012 August 14 16:12 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK anime fans who have just recovered from AmeCon 2012 and are looking for their next convention fix next year should sign up for AyaCon 2013.

The convention is set to run from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2013. AyaCon will be hosted at the Warwick Arts Centre, the same venue as the previous few runs. This is will be the last AyaCon, so the theme will be "Apocalypse". This the conventions 8th and final year.

Read More... | Souce: AyaCon 2013

Ninja Scroll Blu-ray UK Release Details

Date: 2012 August 14 15:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans who are awaiting the highly anticipated blu-ray release of Ninja Scroll will be pleased to hear that it's due out on Monday 26th November 2012. Manga Entertaiment UK will be releasing a special limited edition Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook, along with separate Blu-ray and DVD editions.

You can pre-order the steel book edition now on Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

NEO Magazine Issue 101 out now

Date: 2012 August 09 19:29 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks from Neo Magazine have sent us details of the latest issue - 101. It's out now from all good news agents. It includes a double cover with Blue Exorcist on one side and Graces f on the other (plus articles relating to said covers). That and a four page preview of the highly anticipated Level 5 and Studio Ghibli Game Ni no Kuni.

Read More... | Souce: NEO Magazine

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack UK Release Details

Date: 2012 August 08 15:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans looking for something different, will want to give Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack a try.

The title is due out on Monday 20th August 2012 and is available for pre-order now. We haven't seen it yet, and we're unsure how to pitch this, perhaps it's the cure for watching too many moe titles?! Forget regular zombies, a fish that sprout legs and attacks the land is not something you hear about everyday!

Read More... | Souce: Terracotta Distribution

Panty and Stocking With Garter Belt DVD Competition

Date: 2012 July 25 16:04 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Otaku News

SFX Collection: The Ultimate Guide to Anime

Date: 2012 July 20 16:29 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks from SFX Magazine have sent us the details of an anime special that hits the streets today (Friday 20th July 2012) in the UK. It's intended for everyone from seasoned otaku to those who haven't seen anime before.

It includes features on -
Dragon Ball Z
Toei
Nausicaa
Cosplay

Along with Tiger And Bunny, Welcome To The Space Show, Full Metal Alchemist, Blood-C, Berserk, Angel Beats, Ghost In The Shell and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

It comes with a double sized Full Metal Alchemist poster, a DVD with two episodes of Baka & Test, plus some Welcome To The Space Show Art cards.

Read More... | Souce: SFX Magazine

Akira screenings at the Gate Cinema, Notting Hill - London

Date: 2012 July 15 13:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

London based anime fans who fancy seeing Akira on the big screen should head over the Gate Picture House in Notting Hill. There will be two screenings one on Friday 20 Jul 2012 at 11pm and the other on Saturday 21 Jul 2012 at 11pm.

Read More... | Souce: Gate Picture House

NEO Magazine Issue 100 out now

Date: 2012 July 12 17:25 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Following on from the Neo 100th Issue Party, we've been sent the details of the 100th Issue of Neo Magazine, the UK's longest anime and manga magazine. Issue 100 is out now from all good magazine retailers.

Read More... | Souce: NEO Magazine

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Complete Series Collection Blu-ray now available for pre-order in the UK

Date: 2012 July 04 16:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have announced on Twitter that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is now available to pre-order on Play.com. The complete Blu-ray collection is listed at a pre-order price of £29.99. This set contains the the whole series of the highly anticipated magical girl show. It's due for release on Monday 29th October 2012. Note that the Play.com listing does not show the final box art.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

NEO Magazine Issue 100 details plus free London Party on Saturday 7th July 2012

Date: 2012 June 27 17:11 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

Long ago on 25th November 2004 a new anime and manga magazine launched in the UK. Almost 8 years later, Neo Magazine is still going strong and has hit the 100 issue mark.

To celebrate it's 100th issue they'll be throwing a party in London on Saturday 7th July 2012. Everyone is invited to the free party, which starts at 8pm at the Bloomsbury Lanes. The party is for over 18's only, ID is required.

Read More... | Souce: NEO Magazine

Manga UK to re-release Ninja Scroll on limited edition blu ray in 2012

Date: 2012 May 22 18:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK anime label Manga UK announces blu ray release of classic Yoshiaki Kawajiri film in a limited edition steelbook for a release date of October 15th 2012 via Twitter.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex-Solid State Society Blu-ray competition

Date: 2012 May 17 16:42 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us a copy of a copy of Ghost In The Shell on Blu-Ray (Double Play edition) to give away to one lucky reader.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

NEO Magazine Issue 98 details

Date: 2012 May 15 15:15 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks at NEO have just sent us the details about their latest issue. NEO 98 is due out on Thursday 17th May 2012 from all good newsagents, Tesco and WH Smith. It features plenty of Dragon Ball Z, along with other articles on titles such as Ozma.

Read More... | Souce: NEO Magazine

Brighton Japan Festival 2012

Date: 2012 May 04 17:18 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Japanese culture will want to head over to Brighton from Friday 22nd June until Sunday 1st July 2012 for the return of the Brighton Japan Festival.

There will be plenty to see and do, including not one, but two matsuri festivals, a film festival, Japanese music and performances, traditional children's games, cosplay and so much more.

Read More... | Souce: Brighton Japan Festival

NEO Magazine Issue 97 out now

Date: 2012 April 19 17:27 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's out now both on the high street and digital outlets.

Read More... | Souce: NEO Magazine

K-ON Week at J-pop go

Date: 2012 April 18 16:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Starting Monday 23rd April our friends at J-pop go will be running a K-On Week, focusing on the girls of Ho-Kago Tea Time. The event will also feature the chance to win the K-On box set. We urge all fans of cute and J music to check it out!
Press Release after the jump

Read More... | Souce: J-pop go!

Japan Underground vs. NEO Magazine May 2012

Date: 2012 April 13 17:16 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The London MCM Expo is more than a month away, things have started to rev up for the event already. On Saturday 26th of May 2012 the folks from Japan Underground and Neo Magazine have teamed up to host a night of Japanese and Korean music. The event will be held at Bloomsbury Lanes, a 5 minute walk from London's Euston Station. They'll be supplying a selection of party-rocking tunes from Japan's alternative scenes.

The event is over 18's only and entry is £5 on the door. Valid photographic ID will be required.

Read More... | Souce: Japan Underground

Sci-Fi-London May 2012 Anime All Nighter

Date: 2012 April 13 16:18 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

London based anime fans looking for a night of films will be pleased to hear about Sci-fi London's Anime All-Nighter. The famed late night screenings return with 5 films, a goody bag and a few surprises.

The screenings are due to start on Saturday 5th May 2012 at 11:30pm at the Apollo Piccadilly Circus cinema.

They'll be showing -

Bleach 3 : Fade To Black
(Dir: Noriyuki Abe, 2008)

Freedom (the complete series)
(Dir: Shuhei Morita, 2008)

Mardock Scramble 1st Compression
(Dir: Susumu Kudo, 2010)

Mardock Scramble 2nd Combustion
(Dir: Susumu Kudo, 2011)

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
(Dir: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, 2000)

We highly recommend Mardock Scramble 1st Compression and if the second is like the first that alone makes the screenings worth going to.

Souce: Sci-Fi-London

Manga UK DVD License Details for April 2012

Date: 2012 April 02 15:55 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us the details from their big licensing announcements at the Birmingham MCM Expo.

The big title in the line up is without doubt the highly anticipated Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Cosplay favourites Panty And Stocking With Garter Belt is dude for 2012 too. Along with Squid Girl which you may have caught on Crunchy Roll.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

Manga UK announces Dragonball Z on DVD and hints at other titles

Date: 2012 March 28 12:52 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK based distributor Manga UK announces Dragonball Z on DVD and hints at other titles waiting in the wings.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

NEO Magazine Issue 96 out now

Date: 2012 March 24 17:31 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's out now both on the high street and digital outlets.

Read More... | Souce: NEO Magazine

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: 2012 March 10 13:47 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Manga UK have sent us details an eagerly expected title Mardock Scramble: The First Compression. The 18 Rated title is use out on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 16th April 2012.

We've reviewed a cinema screening of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

NEO Magazine Issue 95

Date: 2012 February 22 15:14 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's due to hit the shelves on Thursday 23rd February 2012 (available from WH Smith, Tesco and all good newsagents). It features their round up of the greatest anime movies of all time, with their own top 10 list, along with reader contributions.

Plus previews of anime, along with all the usual features and articles you'd expect. K-Pop fans will want to read the article on Korea's Japanese pop invasion with an analysis of the Oricon charts. We're interested in reading the report on the continuing aid efforts in Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Read More... | Souce: NEO Magazine

Interview with Manga UK representative Jerome Mazandarani

Date: 2012 January 16 23:58 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Audio interview with Manga UK representative Jerome Mazandarani where we talk about Manga UK's upcoming releases, their plans for blu-ray anime releases, streaming rights (yes, I ask a K-On! question) and more.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Manga UK 2012 licence announcements

Date: 2012 January 13 06:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Manga UK representative gives new titles announcement, including Clannad and Angel Beats, in interivew.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Interview with Kaz

Date: 2012 January 10 22:57 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Audio interview with Kazé UK representative Andrew Partridge where we talk about Kazé UK's origins, their plans for blu ray anime releases, Anime On Demand and more.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Anime On Demand to simulcast LAGRANGE

Date: 2012 January 10 08:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime on Demand to simulcast new XEBEC series in January.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Netflix Streaming Service opens in UK/Ireland

Date: 2012 January 08 23:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

American streaming service launches in the UK and Ireland with selection of anime films and series available for streaming.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Bandai US and UK shuts down DVD/BD/Manga production

Date: 2012 January 05 13:34 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The US anime releasing division of Bandai has announced that from February they will cease publication of both new anime titles and manga titles. The company’s UK and French sister divisions have also released similar statements.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Japan: Kingdom of Characters UK Exhibition

Date: 2012 January 04 17:19 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK anime and manga fans will want to make a trip over to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. From Saturday 4th February 2012 until Sunday 24th June 2012, the venue will be hosting Japan: Kindom of Characters, a new manga exhibition that takes you inside the world of Japanese characters and asks you to consider what they represent.

It follows on from a tour of highly successful showings in cities such as Manila, Sydney and Madrid. Human-size 3D models of characters such as Ultraman and Pikachu welcome you into this colourful and substantial show. Over eighty graphics, photographs and films trace the history of cartoon characters by decade from the 1950’s to the 2000’s and provide insight into their fascinating backgrounds.

The event is organised in co-operation with the Japan Foundation. Admission is free. The event is daily and open from 10am to 9pm.

The Sainsbury Centre is the sole UK venue for this exhibition.

Read More... | Souce: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Tatsumi UK Cinema Details

Date: 2012 January 03 16:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks at Soda Pictures have sent us details of their latest UK cinema release. Tatsumi is an animated feature inspired by the life and work of manga artist Yoshiro Tatsumi, who is well known for this work A Drifting Life.

The animated movie is in Japanese with English subtitles. It's been produced in Singapore by an international team of animators (Phil Mitchel is one of the founders of Mainframe who are best known for Reboot and Transformers - Beast Wars).

The film is due out in cinemas on Friday 13th January 2012. It's been rated 15.

Read More... | Souce: Soda Pictures

Maids with Music at WOTA London - January 2012

Date: 2012 January 01 12:49 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based fans of Maid Cafes and Anime/gaming/vocaloid/Japanese music and clubbing will want to keep Sunday 22nd January 2012 free when WOTA London returns. From 13.30 to 18.00 the event will be a Maids & Butlers Cafe run by Maid Planet, then at 18.00 until 22.00 it will be an Anison and A-Pop Dance Party. The venue this time around is B1F Royal George, 133 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EA, near Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

You can buy tickets on-line for a discount, either paying £4 for a Maid pass or £6 for a day pass. Alternatively you can turn up and pay £6 for a Maid Pass, £3 for a WOTA Pass or £8 for a day pass.

The event is for over 18's only.

Read More... | Souce: WOTA London

Cowboy Bebop Remix and Arrietty due for January 2012 release

Date: 2011 December 19 13:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Christmas is coming, but already many UK anime companies are looking ahead to January. There are two key releases UK anime fans should be waiting for.

First up is Cowboy Bebop Remix due for release on Monday January 2nd 2012. The lovely folks from Beez have re-released Cowboy Bebop Remix under their Anime Legends range. The Remix edition has Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround Sound, along with remastered video. The 6 DVD set contains all 26 episodes from the series.

If you haven't seen Cowboy Bebop yet, then you should. This is one of those truly rare must see titles. Plenty of anime fans agree as it was rated number 2 on the Newtype USA Top 25 Anime Titles of All Time. Number 1 was Neon Genesis Evangelion. You can pre-order the DVD from Amazon.co.uk for £16.99.

2011's big Studio Ghibli cinema release Arrietty is due out on Monday 9th January 2012. On DVD, Blu-ray, and a Collectors Edition Combi Pack, which contains both the DVD and Blu-ray and costs £2 more than the regular blu-ray only edition.

Souce: Otaku News

Studio Ghibli on Film 4

Date: 2011 December 11 14:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

UK readers are in for a treat this Christmas 2011 as Film 4 have a special Studio Ghibli Season.

They'll be showing 13 Ghibli movies over the holidays. The season opens on Saturday 10th December with Ponyo, which will also be repeated on Christmas Day. The screenings will be a mix of subtitled and dubbed features. This is a perfect chance to get your friends and family into Studio Ghibli titles over the Christmas holidays!

Read More... | Souce: Film 4

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring Dates Confirmed

Date: 2011 September 26 16:57 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture will want to keep Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2012 free for Hyper Japan 2012 Spring. The successful J-Culture event returns for it's third run. Ever growing they'll be at a bigger venue - Earls Court - Brompton Hall.

Read More... | Souce: Hyper Japan

Sci-Fi-London Anime All Nighter October 2011 Details

Date: 2011 September 21 17:24 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

London based anime fans who like staying up past their bedtimes will be interested in the famed Anime All Nighter at Sci-Fi-London. It's set to run from 11:30pm on Saturday 8th October 2011 and ends about 8am on the Sunday. The venue for this year is the Odeon Cinema Camden.

They'll be showing -

Trigun Badlands Rumble
Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
Welcome To The Space Show
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Tekken Blood Vengeance

There's a 350 seat capacity, so remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Souce: Sci-Fi-London

Play.com sold to Japanese group Rakuten

Date: 2011 September 21 16:55 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Popular UK on-line DVD retailer Play.com have been bought by Japanese group Rakuten. Play.com is the UK's biggest seller of DVDs online with estimated annual sales of about £500m. It has 14 million registered users and a staff of 500.

It was sold to Rakuten for £25m. Play.com have been successful due to a tax loop-hole that allows purchases under £18 to be VAT free when shipped from the Channel Islands to the UK mainland thanks to EU rules drafted almost 30 years ago. In November 2011, the government will reduce the amount for VAT free purchases to £15 and intend close this loop-hole totally by March 2012. The sales tax issues along with declining DVD sales is why Play.com was sold for £25m and not considerably more. The Guardian article states that DVD UK sales dipped 6% last year, while downloading and streaming rose 18%.

Play.com is popular with the UK anime fans and is often the first port of call along with Amazon.co.uk when buying DVDs and Blu-rays.

Rakuten are keen to increase their global presence, which is why they've purchases Play.com along with the French site PriceMinister and German site Tradoria.de.

Souce: The Guardian

AmeCon 2012 UK registration opens Sunday 25th September 2011

Date: 2011 September 10 07:02 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The UK Summer Convention season is coming to an end, but fear not as AmeCon will be opening their 2012 registration on Sunday 25th September 2011.

AmeCon 2012 is set to run 10th - 12th August 2012, at Keele University, Newcastle-under-lyme. Registration will be on-line using the standard first come first served basis.

Read More... | Souce: AmeCon 2012

Mardock Scramble showing at Scotland Loves Anime Festival

Date: 2011 August 19 19:22 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Scotland Loves Anime Festival returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh in October with Tow Ubukata's Mardock Scramble.

Read More... | Souce: Scotland Loves Animation

Emma: Victorian Romance streams on-line for free

Date: 2011 August 10 16:55 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The excellent folks from Right Stuf/Nozomi are now streaming the anime Emma: A Victorian Romance on YouTube. They'll be showing one new episode of Emma per week for the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. They're showing the episodes subtitled. So if you fancy an anime series set in Victorian England, now's your chance to watch it for free.

You can get Series 1 and Series 2 from Amazon.com. You can also pre-order The Complete Series Limited Edition Bundle, which features Season 1 and Season 2, it's out on September 13th 2011.

Souce: Right Stuf

JETRO Japanese Multimedia Seminar @ HYPER JAPAN 2011

Date: 2011 August 08 16:57 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks from Hyper Japan have sent us details of the JETRO Japanese Multimedia Seminar held at this years Hyper Japan on Friday 22nd July 2011.

JETRO is the Japan External Trade Organization, who would like to help people build a business with Japanese multimedia content.

We've been sent a link to videos of the seminar on YouTube.

Read More... | Souce: Hyper Japan

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui TeZukA - Dance Work in London

Date: 2011 August 01 15:23 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

Fans of Tezuka, the arts and dance will be pleased to hear about London's Sadler's Wells' up coming production TeZukA. The world premiere dance work is set to explore Tezuka's fascinating world with help of cast of 10 performers, two musicians and a calligrapher. They'll cover a wide range of his work, including Astro Boy and Buddha.

So keep Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th September 2011 free and head over to London.

On Thursday 8th September 2011 at 6:15pm they'll also be a special pre-show director's conversation.

Read More... | Souce: Sadler\'s Wells Theatre

An Interview with Voice Actors Ben Diskin and Brian Beacock

Date: 2011 July 25 16:37 | Posted By:

Category > Production

Every now and again at Otaku News, we like to interview voice actors, the very people who provide the voices for anime. At the May 2011 MCM London Expo we were lucky to catch up with Ben Diskin and Brian Beacock.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Free London Anime Screenings at Canary Wharf - August 2011

Date: 2011 July 18 15:47 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

London based anime fans looking for something to do at the beginning of August will be pleased to hear that there will be some free screenings at Canary Wharf.

Manga Entertainment UK and the folks at the Barbican have teamed up to show these titles.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Tuesday 2nd August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva - Wednesday 3rd August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

Summer Wars - Thursday 4 August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

As they're free screenings we suggest you arrive early to avoid disappointment. If you're coming to Canary Wharf from Central London, we suggest you take the DLR from Bank or Tower Gateway. DLR Trains going to Lewisham will stop at Canary Wharf. The Jubilee Line also goes to Canary Wharf, but we advise you to take the DLR if you've got the choice.

Please note space is unreserved and sometimes limited. Portable furniture, glass bottles or glasses are not permitted.

Souce: My Canary Wharf

Arrietty London Screenings - Review

Date: 2011 July 10 13:07 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

On Wednesday 6th July 2011 we went to the London Barbican sell out screenings of the latest Ghibli movie to make it over to the UK.

Arrietty is due for a wider cinema release in the UK on 29th July 2011.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Why every UK anime fan should say thanks to Australian otaku

Date: 2011 June 22 17:42 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We're going all nostalgic here at Otaku News and have decided to dig up some old articles from our archive that are not published on-line, either because they were originally for print or from websites that are now off-line.

Just because they're old doesn't mean they're not relevant to today's otaku.

We start with an article originally published in the AmeCon 2007 Conbook about why UK anime fans owe a debt of gratitude to their Australian counterparts. Please note that it was written for a UK anime audience in mind, Australian readers might find it interesting to know how important they are to the UK industry and how the UK industry helps Madman out.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

After school tea time with Beckii Cruel

Date: 2011 June 08 16:35 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

As an avid follower of Japanese popular culture and a regular anime viewer, I am more than familiar with the style of dance routines that have become inseparable from so many titles and credits sequences. From classics such as Urusei Yatsura and more recently popularised by Kyoto Animation's iconic series Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, shows have taken to inserting dances at any available opportunity to arrest a fan following with catchy tunes and infectious dance moves. The indigenous para para dance style steps are synonymous with series such as Super Gals! where character Kotobuki Ran regularly regales audiences through her hyper rhythmic routines.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Manga Entertainment UK at the London MCM Expo - May 2011

Date: 2011 May 24 18:43 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Everyone's getting ready for the London MCM Expo this weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2011) at the ExCel Centre in London.

The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their plans at the London Expo. They've got two stands, a treasure hunt, plenty of bargain priced DVDs and Blu-rays.

Voice actors Ben Diskin (voice of Sai in Naruto Shippuden and Syzal in Bleach) and Brian Beacock (voice of Walter Yumasaki in Durarara!!) will both be at a panel and QA at the London MCM Expo too.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK

London Barbican July 2011 Anime Screenings

Date: 2011 May 10 15:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

London anime fans have got a lot to look forward over at the Barbican. They'll be showing the latest Ghibli movie - Arrietty on Wednesday 6th July 2011 at 7pm which is the UK Premier and on Saturday 9th July 2011 at 11 am (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

On Thursday 7th July 2011 the Barbican will be showing -
Laputa: Castle in the Sky at 6pm. It'll be introduced by anime expert and Ghibli fan Helen McCarthy.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble will be shown at 8:45pm. Both films are part of the We Love Anime Tour.

More lovely Ghibli features can be seen at the Barbican throughout July -

Saturday 9th July 2011 - 2pm - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Sunday 10th July 2011 - 4pm - Princess Mononoke

Saturday 16th July 2011 - 11am - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

Saturday 23rd July 2011 - 11am Kiki's Delivery Service (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

Saturday 30th July 2011 - 2pm - My Neighbour Totoro

Sunday 31st July 2011 - 2pm - My Neighbours the Yamadas

Sunday 31st July 2011 - 2pm - Spirited Away

I've you've never seen any of these films before, or never seen a Ghibli feature on a proper cinema screen, then now's your chance. These movies are special and always deserve watching in the cinema.

The Barbican have a full listing of all the Ghibli features this July here.

As always with such features, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Souce: Barbican

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