The Guardian have an interesting article that many anime fans have pondered for ages – Why is anime invisible on British TV? It explains the general attitude to anime in the UK.
Along with cinemas being good ambassadors for anime, it mentions that most anime is screened as TV stations doing a Japan season, or the odd Ghibli movie here and there.
It also covers the closure of Anime Central, the issues around censorship, along with the place most people first discovered anime on TV - Late night screenings.
Rather than being an article pondering, it’s actually researched, interviewing author Jonathan Clements and the staff at Orbital Comics.
Souce: The GuardianJoe
UK TV viewers may want to tune into BBC 2 on Friday 13th February at 8pm to catch the Natural World Documentary on the Snow Monkeys of Japan. The film focuses on 3 groups of monkeys. The urban scavengers, the mountain dwellers and the famous snow monkeys of Japan. The snow monkeys are known for their love of the local natural hot-springs.
Souce: BBC 2Joe
UK readers with satellite TV may not have noticed the disappearance of UK based anime channel Anime Central from channel 199. For the last few months at least all the channel broadcast was Ghost In the Shell:SAC and Cowboy Bebop in a constant loop, although they are both excellent shows, they're not really something a TV station can exist on alone.
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According to the October issue of the Official Nintendo Magazine, new Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z titles are all headed for UK release.Joe
UK anime fans with Sky will want to flick over to channel 199, for the new UK anime channel - Anime Central. Their website has been updated too with a listing of what's on. What's really impressive is that this is part of the standard sky digital package, so everyone with sky digtal will be able to watch anime. ^__^
The shows start at 9pm and end at 6am.
Fans should also know that Sky have removed the extra monthly subscription for a Sky+ Box, so for a set up fee and your standard monthly sky subscription fee you can record all the anime all night and watch it at your convenience (note that if you've got Sky already they need to put an extra cable from your dish).
Souce: Anime CentralAzure
11.15pm today the BBC will air a documentary called "She's A Thoroughly Modern Muslim" one of the women profiled is Asia Alfasi, who draws comics in manga style. Asia is an IMAF winner as well as having work published in Best New Manga, she also now has several professional contracts.
Souce: BBC UKAzure
Category > Gaming
Sony will be launching PlayTV in a number of European PAL territories (UK, Germany, Spain Italy). PlayTV is a device which allows the PS3 to record one channel whilst you view another. Another big plus is that you can stream content to your PSP via Remote Play or transfer it to the PSP to view outside the home.
Whilst I could make a lot of coments about the technlogy, what I'm really thinking about is that combined with Anime Central and Anime Network this could be very useful. Shame I don't have Sky, or a PSP or a PS3.
One of the biggest bits of news to come from AmeCon 2007 this weekend is the launch of the new UK anime station Anime Central.
We were at the panel, so aren't relying on third party information. We also pitched a lot of questions to them to find out what you really want to know. ^_-
The keen eyes over at UKAnime.com have discovered that a new station may be hitting cable / satellite soon called Anime Central (not to be confused with the US midwest anime convention Anime Central, which has been running for 10 years now). UKAnime.com cite an OFCOM Licence that was granted last week. Interestingly enough, all may revealed at AmeCon this weekend, with the Anime Central Panel. It seems that Manga Entertainment will be partnering with the people behind it to provide content.
The BBC have revealed the broadcast date for hit show Heroes. It's due to start Wednesday 25th July at 9pm and is one of those must watch shows.
Why are we posting about an American series on a website that focuses for news for fans of Japan? Well the answer is simple, one of the central story arcs throughout the series focuses on Hiro Nakamura and Ando Masahashi. Hiro is an otaku, he enjoys reading manga and watching sci-fi. Manga even plays a big plot point in the series, but we won't say any more, we pride ourselves on being spoiler free. To be frank it's one of the best geeky TV shows we've seen in years that will be enjoyed by people who like to steer clear of geekdom too.
Although it's already been broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in the UK, only viewers with cable or satellite could catch it, so being broadcast on BBC 2 will make the series more mainstream in the UK. A second series of Heroes is in the works, along with a prequel series called Heroes: Origins.
Souce: BBC Heroes WebsiteAzure
Trailers ruining on Jetix UK reveal game based anime Viewtiful Joe will air on the channel from July 2nd. The story follows Joe who is dragged through the cinema screen, into a Captain Blue action film. Once there he gains the power to become Viewtiful Joe.
Souce: Jetix UKAzure
From this Sunday anime fans with Sky in the UK will be be able to tune into Anime Network on Propeller TV (Channel 195). The slot runs from 8pm to 10pm, and currently consists of Coyote Ragtime Show, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Guyver and Elfen Lied. We sat down with one half of Anime Network UK's dynamic presenting duo Stuart Claw at the official launch, gazed rather too hard at the candles (and indeed Joe's camera flash) and took a look at the past, present and future of anime both in Stuart's life as a fan and the general future for wider anime community.Joe
We've got some exciting news from ADV UK about a new anime slot on a Sky TV channel. From the 3rd June anime will air from 8pm to 10pm each Sunday. ADV UK have teamed up with Propeller TV (Channel 195 on Sky). The 2 hour slot's been dubbed Anime Network UK, after it's ADV owned American counter part. They'll be showing the following titles:
- Coyote Ragtime Show (8:00pm)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (8:30pm)
- Guyver: The Bioboosted Armour (9:00pm)
- Elfen Lied (9:30pm)
It's nice to see that anime is getting more airtime in the UK, and we think it's great that ADV have put up an excellent selection of titles.
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo just started this weekend on Jetix. It follows the adventures of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo a hero who can talk to hair. It' s odd, very odd.
There are new episodes every day at 11:30am and 19:00.
The keen eyes over at Animeuknews.net have spotted that Film 4 will be showing the Studio Ghibli classic Kiki's Delivery service on Saturday 7th April 2007, at 1pm. It'll be dubbed in English. We highly recommend watching this film if you haven't seen it before, it's a great introduction into Studio Ghibli's works, and also a great family movie.
Souce: Film 4Joe
The Guardian are reporting on British Conservative MP John Whittingdale's recent speech at the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers conference. Mr Whittingdale is the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. He's rather worried about a children's TV and the impact of pulling food advertising from children's TV - "[It will] have a damaging effect on children's broadcasting that will lead to money going out of it, the effect will be fewer children's programmes produced in this country except for the BBC," the main concern he stresses is increase in imported Children's TV - "There will be a growth of the likes of Japanese anime cartoons and American animated content which is something we are concerned about and may need to be addressed as part of challenge of maintaining public service plurality."
So in a nut shell he's worried that there won't be enough British produced children's TV, as ITV has been reducing it's children's output. The Otaku News crew want more TV greats like Danger Mouse. ^_^
Souce: The GuardianAzure
Category > Anime
New Naruto episodes are airing starting today at 6.30pm and sees the introduction of Jairya. Interestingly the Japanese theme music makes a welcome entry to the TV edit. Hooray!
UK anime fans will be pleased to know that the keen eyes over at UKAnime.com have discovered that Channel 4 will be showing some great Ghibli films in the mornings this week:
Kiki's Delivery Service - Monday 19th February - 9:55 am
The Cat Returns - Tuesday 20th February - 10:35 am
My Neighbour Totoro - Thursday February 22nd - 10:20 am
Laputa: Castle in The Sky - Friday February 23rd - 9:55 am
Due to the time slot we believe all the films will be dubbed. We highly recommend all the Studio Ghibli titles, especially Miyazaki's films, for more details of Studio Ghibli films check out Nausicaa.net.
Souce: Channel 4Joe
UK readers who can view ITV2 may want to tune in tonight (Thursday 1st February) to catch Kelly Osbourne:Turning Japanese, it starts at 9pm and is repeated on Sunday 4th February at 10pm. Kelly Osbourne embarks on a working holiday exploring aspects of Japanese culture.
The first episode alone has her managing a Love Hotel in Tokyo, training with Samurai and working in what appears to be an otaku Maid Cafe. The second episode has her going to a manga convention in cosplay!
Just a quick reminders to our viewers in the UK, BBC 2 will be airing Spirited Away, the first and only anime movie to win an Oscar. Make sure you catch Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece at 5:15pm on Saturday December 30th 2006. From what we can gather it's the dubbed version.
Souce: BBC TwoAzure
Just a quick note to let everyone know that new episodes of Naruto are showing on Jetix at 6.30 pm each day. If you've missed the start of the new episodes all you need to know is Shino likes bugs.
Oban Star Racers started in the UK on Sunday October 1st, and will then confusingly run on weekdays at 5:30pm, with the first episode being aired again on Monday 2nd October. Having caught the first few episodes at last London expo it comes highly recommended.
Naruto fans might be eager to hear that Jetix are advertising new episodes at 6:30. Today's episode was actually a repeat set at the start of the Chunin written exams, the new episode adverts may indicate that Jetix will progress to the practical part of the exams after the written and therefore genuine new episodes, instead of looping back to episode one.
Rapture TV one of the few channels showing anime in the UK will be launching a new show called Anime Nation on the 25th of September.
As of yet no times have been announced, but we sincerely hope that they put more effort in than the latter Saiko Exciting episodes!
Souce: Rapture TVJoe
UK viewers able to access BBC Three, will want to tune into Japanorama on Thursday 14th September 2006 at 11pm. The show will be reporting on otaku the Japanese nerds (if you're reading Otaku News, you should already know what an otaku is ^_^).
It looks like the show will be focusing on the rise of otaku and why so many of them can only feel love for manga, anime and model collecting. Host Jonathan Ross will also be reporting on Cosplay, as well as Maid Cafes. We're guessing Japanorma will also cover Akihabara, Train Man (Densha Otoko) and if we're lucky a convention like Winter WonderFest.
Souce: BBC ThreeJoe
Keen readers of TV guides may have spotted the return of Japanorama, Jonathan Ross' TV show focusing on the more cool and bizarre side of Japanese culture. The previous season was well worth watching, and this latest instalment promises to be just as entertaining and informative.
UK Viewers (with freeview/cable/satellite) can catch Japanorama on BBC Three starting Thursday 7th September at 11pm, this weeks episode Ross explores the meaning of kakoii, Japanese for cool.
Souce: BBC ThreeAzure
The new season of One Piece will start on Monday at 4:30 on Toonami in the UK. So get that grog (or juice since this is the dub) ready for everyone's favourite stretchy pirate anime.
Category > Anime
Ukanime.com have spotted that Sony have registered Anime + as a channel in in the UK. Doing some digging here at Otaku News we've spotted that this seems to be part of a move on Sony's part to widen it's AXN, Animax and Sony Entertainment Television brands. It follows the apointment of Tom Davidson to vice president of international networks in May. It's probably quite important to note that according to this press release Mr Davidson is based in the London Sony headquarters!Azure
Category > Anime
UK viewers will no doubt have noticed that the UK airing of Naruto has been further cut down from the US Toonami cut. There has been much discussion regarding the poor quality of edits, such as the use of static low resolution screen shots or editing out entirely of important shots rather than relying solely on the toned down Toonami edits.
A forum user at Animeuknews.net got the following response after e-mailing Jetix:
"Jetix UK aims to provide exciting and entertaining content for our audience whilst being a responsible kids broadcaster. We therefore must ensure the content of our programmes is suitable for our target audience and we follow strict OFCOM regulations to ensure that these standards are adhered to. Where certain content from the original has been deemed unsuitable for our younger viewers it has been edited from the version which Jetix will be broadcasting. These edits are subtle and we don't believe alter the quality of the viewing experience. If Jetix fans in the UK wish to view the uncut version of Naruto Manga is releasing the DVD of the first 13 episodes, entitled Naruto Unleased, on 21 August. The next 13 episodes will be released on DVD at the end of November."
Film Four will be free from Sunday switching from a premium to advert supported and thus free service. It will be available on cable (Telewest and NTL), Sky and freeview, it will also include a time delayed +1 channel.
Film Four has the rights to a wide range of World Cinema and cult films which include many Ghibli classics.
Being the eagle eyed people we here at Otakunews are we've spotted a new show on Discovery Science UK. Japanese school girls is a gadget and technology show fronted by four Japanese school girls. Two episodes air today (Tuesday 18th) at 7pm and 7:30pm on Discovery Science.
Souce: Discovery ScienceAzure
Category > Anime
We're sure most of you know that Naruto starts on Jetix on the 22nd, but fans might be also pleasantly surprised to hear that the Pucca animated series is also showing. Pucca is a Korean mascot character, whose face is plastered across a huge range of merchandise much like Hello Kitty, and come to think of it a certain boy Ninja.
Naruto is being shown at 8pm, set those Sky Plus reminders!
Those nice folks from ADV Films UK have sent us details about teaming up with UK Satellite TV station Rapture TV. From July 6th they'll be screening Mezzo DSA. New episodes will be screened on Thursdays and then repeated on the Sunday anime block at the same time too.Joe
Dragon from the London Anime Club has sent us the following message -
"I know it's short notice but there is a Japanese film crew in town over the weekend filming for JTV. Although they are concentrating on Japanese Games in the West (the programme is sponsored by the creators of Naruto) they want as many fans as possible. So if you happen to be in the vicinity of Cafe Manga on 11am on Sunday morning then you are very welcome. And if you could also pass this info along to anybody else who you think might be interested."
So if you can get to London on Sunday 9th April (and head to Cafe Manga which is near the London Eye), you'll get a chance to be on Japanese TV. Naruto cosplayers get extra bonus points!
Souce: London Anime ClubJoe
Category > Culture
British, Australian and New Zealand readers of Otaku News especially may remember a TV show called Monkey based on Journey to the West a classic tale by Xi You Ji, known as Saiyuki in Japan. Yes, we're talking about the same Monkey famed for his Monkey Magic (Born from an egg on a mountain top, The punkiest Monkey that ever popped), according to the Daily Yomiuri On-line Fuji TV have started to air a new version of Monkey. Ratings are already high and Fuji TV have stated that they've received enquires for this new version of the cult TV show from the UK and Australia. We're pondering how long it will take for a TV studio to rollout a great cheesy dub.
Our UK readers who can view ITV 4 can catch the original Monkey TV show on Thursdays and Fridays at 6pm.
In the mean time we suggest our Brisbane based readers head over to Roma Street Parklands to see Monkey at the theatre! ^_-
Souce: Daily Yomiuri On-lineJoe
The Folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us a press release about an anime special South Bank Show, which is due to air on Sunday 19th of February. Some researchers for the South Bank Show even made the steps of visiting the London Anime Club to get the low down from British anime fans. Interestingly enough the press release also has some details about Jonathan Ross' recent Asian Invasion, stating that it got over 310,000 viewers, a BBC4 record (it's now clear however if this figure is for just the first screening of the show, or if the repeat screened later in the week is included too).
ITV4 will also be screening the original Ghost In The Shell movie on Saturday 4th March (we belive it's the dub version), so if you haven't seen it yet catch it!
The BBC has finally given us another series about Asian cinema as part of BBC Four's Asian Invasion season fronted by Johnathon Ross. The first of three programmes goes out at 10pm on Tuesday the 10th of January, where Jonathon Ross interviews Mamoru Oshii.
The programme is followed by a subtitled showing of Takeshi Kitano's Kikujiro. A preview of the Asian Invasion programme is available on the BBC Four website.
Souce: BBC FourAzure
Nausicaa.net are reporting that Film Four is having a Ghibli season in January. The films will largely be shown in English dub.Azure
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.
Souce: Anime News NetworkJoe
The folks from new UK Station Rapture TV have sent us their latest press release with details of their first anime title - Wolfs Rain which will be screened on Thursday 17th November (and repeated on the 20th). What the press release doesn't mention is that the fantastic Yoko Kanno provided the music for Wolfs Rain (along with music for Cowboy Bebop and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex).
Rapture will also reveal another anime title at the MCM Expo at the end of October. There is much speculation in fandom over what this title will be, if it will be another Bandai/Beez title or something else from another distributor.
For those of you not at Ayacon you might be interested to know that the Dragon Ball GT TV special will be premiering on UK TV tonight at 5:30 pm on Toonami. The special is set after the events of Dragon Ball GT and follows Goku’s descendant Goku Jr.Azure
UK-Anime.net have spotted that Toonami are airing several Dragon Ball (as opposed to DBZ) movies on their Friday 4pm slot. These are:
5th of August - Sleeping Beauty in Devil Castle
12th of August - Mystical Adventure
19th of August - Four Star Dragon Ball is the Proof of Courage
The following week the 26th of August will repeat the DBZ movie Fight! 10 Billion Power Warriors.
UK TV channel Rapture which is re-launching in October is promising that it will be showing two half hour anime shows each week. The channel admits it still is in negotiation so it is still unknown which anime they plan to show.
Souce: Rapture TVAzure
Toonami will be premiering five of the Dragon Ball Z movies half term week (30th May-Friday 3rd June) on Toonami. A new movie will show each day at 11am and 6pm. However looking at the titles I have my suspicions that some of them may be the same dubs are were released in UK and not the Ocean/FUNimation casts from the US DVDs.Azure
Cartoon Network UK is now running "coming soon" trailers for B-Daman. Looking around on TV listing guides it seems it is set to start on the 6th of June at 7pm.
B-Daman comes to us from the makers of Beyblade, and is set in a world where spherical objects have power. Kids use special marble shooters in order to do battle. In case you couldn't see where this was going it's worth pointing out Hasbro already has the webpage for the toys up.
Souce: Cartoon Network UKAzure
Toonami UK will be premiering new Dragon Ball Z movies from Monday 30th May. Also starting will be Pokemon Chronicles and Code Lyoko. Toonami also say that we’ll get a new series of Rave Master later in the year. HiHi Puffy Ami Yumi is also set to start on Monday April 9th at 4pm on Cartoon Network.
Category > Anime
Souce: Toonami UKJoe
Following on from our previous stories reporting on Channel 4's 100 greatest cartoons as voted for by Channel 4 viewers, it was revealed last Sunday that The Simpson's was the voters favourite cartoon.
Here are the results for anime titles:
8th - Spirited Away
16th - Akira
21st - Princess Mononoke
37th - Transformers
45th - Pokemon
72nd - Legend of the Overfiend
It's good to see that Spirited Away proved popular with lots of voters, beating lots of very popular mainstream cartoons that are more well known in the UK.