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Largest US Anime Conventions of 2005

Date: 2006 January 03 15:33 | Posted By:

Category > Events

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

Souce: Anime-Cons.com

IGN Seek Otaku Writers

Date: 2006 January 03 15:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Unfortunately for us hugely popular gaming site IGN aren't seeking the Otaku News Crew, but they are seeking freelancers who love anime and manga! So if you live in the US, are over 18 and fancy being a freelance writer, why not drop them a line, they'll even pay you! If on the other hand you want to work for free and support grassroots anime fandom then why not contact us! We can't pay you, but we can always give you a sense of satisfaction that is better than money, (honest) and since we're also a lot slacker about deadlines too! ^_-

Souce: IGN

Studio Ghibli's Next Movie Will be Earthsea

Date: 2005 December 15 17:15 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

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

Read More... | Souce: Studio Ghibli

FUNimation to Release Negima!

Date: 2005 November 02 21:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

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

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

Anime on The iPod

Date: 2005 October 21 18:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The new Apple iPod can play video files and Central Park Media have announced that they are the first anime company to provide content for it. This is an adventurous move, since CPM have also started to release content on the PSP to download too. It's always good to see that anime companies are willing to experiment with new platforms to show anime.

Read More... | Souce: Central Park Media

Cowboy Bebop Makes Record Sales

Date: 2005 September 03 21:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Cowboy Bebop sells over one million copies in the U.S.

Read More... | Souce: Bandai Entertainment

ADV To Appear On G4

Date: 2005 August 30 21:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Three hit anime series from ADV Films appearing on G4 this fall.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Naruto Airs in the US on September 10th

Date: 2005 August 28 21:21 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Tipped as the next big (and much bigger) thing, after Beyblade, Dragonball Z and Yu Gi Oh!, US viewers should take note that Naruto first starts on Saturday, 10th September @ 9pm on Cartoon Network. A total of 52 episodes (2 seasons) have been acquired, out of a grand total of approximately 150 episodes (6 seasons) have seen the small screen in Japan so far.

More information/schedules will eventually be up the official website:
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/naruto/index.html

Souce: Dexigner Design

Inuyasha the Movie 3 to Screen at 15 Wal-Marts in US

Date: 2005 August 26 13:23 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Purchase your groceries and watch a hot anime movie at the same time? Previously, this may have only been possible over a computer monitor! US anime fans have the pleasure of walking into their local Wal-Mart, and viewing Inuyasha Movie 3 'Swords of an Honorable Ruler'.

This is the third of a total of four movies so far for the popular series, originally a manga by Rumiko Takahashi.

"More than 4,000 fans will have the opportunity to screen INUYASHA THE MOVIE 3 for free in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta and Seattle." AWN Headline News.

The tour takes place at selected Wal-Mart stores, and has been running from 24th August until 18th September 2005! Shoppers will also recieve bonus Inuyasha gifts. Well, now you have a real reason to do the grocery shopping for your mom!

Souce: Awn Headline News

G4 Videogame TV Acquires 3 Anime Series

Date: 2005 August 26 13:07 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Rahxephon, Cromartie High and Colorful have been acquired from ADV Films, by G4 Videogame TV. Highly acclaimed series Rahxephon will be first to premiere on the channel's late night session 'Barbed Wire Biscuit', on the 2nd September 2005.

US viewers can read up more at their website .

Souce: AWN Headline News

VIZ Announces Zatch Bell Clothing Line

Date: 2005 August 17 21:55 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

VIZ announces a clothing line based on hit anime Zatch Bell with Exquisite Apparel Corp.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

AnimeToonz3 with Kristine Sa and DJ Jinnai

Date: 2005 August 14 14:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Nemesis Records have sent us the details on Kristine Sa and DJ Jinnai collaborative project AnimeToonz3.

According to Nemesis Records - "DJ Jinnai has officially been tapped to remix 7 Anime related tracks for Jellybean/Sony's third installment of the AnimeToonz CD series. This marks the first time that the AnimeToonz executive producers are using a true Anime remixer. AnimeToonz 3 will be available worldwide this October 2005."

Read More... | Souce: Nemesis Records

Kamikaze Girls to Hit U.S. Box Office

Date: 2005 August 11 21:25 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC, has announced that they will be releasing the award winning Japanese film Kamikaze Girls theatrically in several major North American cities. The film follows others such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away (which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and most recently Howl’s Moving Castle. Kamikaze Girls will make its debut on September 9 in New York City at the Village East Cinemas, followed on September 16 at Los Angeles’ Landmark’s NuArt Theater, with additional bookings in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities.

Based on the hit novel by Novala Takemoto, which is set to be translated and released by VIZ Media in February 2006 as part of their Fiction Imprint line, Kamikaze Girls follows the adventures of two mis-matched girls, a Lolita-type named Momoko and a tough high school biker named Ichigo, whose strong personalities initially clash but eventually bind them together as they embark on a quest to find a legendary embroiderer. Starring hot young J-Pop talents Kyoko Fukada as Momoko and Anna Tsuchiya as Ichigo, the film became an immediate cult favorite in Japan with its complex, multilayered plot and eccentric and infectious brand of humor. It has also won several awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actor at the Yokohama Movie Awards, and Best New Director at the Fujimoto Awards. Further information about the film can be found at the website, www.kamikazegirls.net.

Souce: VIZ Media

Mechademia Calls Out For Submissions

Date: 2005 August 02 17:21 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

New anime and manga-based academic journal Mechademia is looking for sbumissions for future issues.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

ADV Announces September 13 Releases

Date: 2005 July 25 18:08 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks at ADV Films have sent us the details for their September 15 releases. The line up includes some more Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU, as well as the final part of Peacemaker, both of which are worth getting hold of.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Evangelion To Be On Adult Swim

Date: 2005 July 12 22:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

Anime News Network has announced that Neon Genesis Evangelion, the hit anime that revolutionized the giant robot genre in particular and anime in general, will be debuting on Adult Swim as part of its late night line-up. No air date has been released, but the show is said to be appearing sometime in the near future.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

CPM Offers Anime Classics at Lower Prices

Date: 2005 June 29 19:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Central Park Media has announced that it will be re-releasing a select number of its classic titles at the lower, more affordable price of $9.95 Suggested Retail Price. CPM joins fellow distributors ADV Films and U.S. Manga Corps in offering anime titles at such prices.

Read More... | Souce: Central Park Media

Anime Action Figures to be Launched

Date: 2005 June 26 10:23 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

According to ICv2 FUNimation has given the rights to Southern Island LLC. of Phoenix Arizona to create action figures for Case-Closed, Full-Metal Alchemist, Blue Gender and Fruits Basket.

The four-year licenses will allow Southern Island to develop highly articulated 6" to 8" action figures for all four popular anime series as well as deluxe 10" to 12" action figures, plus busts and statues for Fruits Basket and Blue Gender. Action figures from all four properties should be available in 2006, with prototypes exhibited as early as the American International Fall Toy Show in October.

Souce: ICv2

New Eva Movie Box sets

Date: 2005 June 13 22:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Manga Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing the two movies based on the hit anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion", "Death & Rebirth" and "The End of Evangelion", in a special edition box set. The set is set to be released on July 26, 2005 with a suggested retail price of $49.98.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment

Brand New FUNimation

Date: 2005 May 18 21:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

FUNimation Productions, Ltd, which has brought numerous anime titles such as Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and most recently Fullmetal Alchemist to American audiences, announced on its website earlier this month that they will be changing their name, following the recent purchase of the company by the Navarre Corporation. "Nothing major," according to the announcement, "just a name that more accurately reflects our company's evolution."

Read More... | Souce: FUNimation

Princess Ai Collectible Dolls out in Summer

Date: 2005 May 12 08:32 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

According to ICv2 12" and 7" collectible Dolls of the famous series Princess Ai will be available for sale this summer. Bleeding Edge and LA Based Collectible Manufacturer will be manufacturing the line of collectible dolls.

Read More... | Souce: ICv2

Geneon Release Anime On PSP

Date: 2005 May 09 18:29 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime News Network are currently highlighting a story on Modojo.com about anime on Sony's PSP Handheld system, Geneon Entertainment plan to release Appleseed and Samurai Champloo on UMD on July 5 in North America. Appleseed will be priced at $19.95 only a few cents less than the DVD version, while Samurai Champloo will be $14.98, with the DVD version around $23. It should be noted that the UMD versions will not have the extras that the full DVD versions will have. For more details check a full report on Video Business Online

Souce: Anime News Network

Howl's Moving Castle US Release

Date: 2005 April 24 04:39 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated film Howl's Moving Castle, is set to debut in the US on June 10th in L.A, New York and San Francisco and is set to expand to 60 cities by June 17th. Howl's Moving Castle was released nearly a year ago in Japan, bringing in $100 million at the box office.

Read More... | Souce: ICv2

Newtype USA April 2005 Issue

Date: 2005 March 30 16:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Those nice folks from Newtype USA have sent us the details of their April Issue, which has features on Fearless Females (including the cute and shocking Elfen Lied and Gunslinger Girl), along an with interview from Seiji Mizushima the director of Fullmetal Alchemist. The free DVD includes the first episodes of Maburaho and Gravion Zwei.

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

Newtype USA March 2005 Issue

Date: 2005 February 26 11:41 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

The folks at Newtype USA have sent us the details about the March 2005 Issue of their magazine.

They've got some Madlax artwork on the cover that has been exclusively drawn for the Newtype USA, they've also got more coverage of Fullmetal Alchemist and Samurai Champloo, along with Maburaho and Scrapped Princess. The cover DVD has both dub and sub versions of Cromartie High School and Divergence Eve.

Newtype USA Vol. 4, Issue 3 will be available March 1, 2005.

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

New Media Blasters Series

Date: 2005 February 24 13:01 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Media Blasters has announced several new titles at their Katsucon panel; Oh! My Goddess TV series, Genshiken, Hinotori, and Phantom. This goes to show that anime is being licensed at an increasingly fast rate, Oh My Goddess TV has only recently been premiered on Japanese TV.

Souce: Anime News Network

Metrocon Seek Human Chess Pieces

Date: 2005 February 20 12:46 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Florida anime convention Metrocon are currently seeking Cosplayer volunteers to participate in their Anime Human Chess Match. So if meet all their terms and conditions and can cosplay as one of the characters listed on their site why not give it a shot? It's also interesting to note that they've got ninja and pirate pawns.

The Otaku News Crew are pondering which anime characters are going to be which pieces, we suspect that Gendo Ikari will be a king for one side, while Rosette Christopher will be a bishop!

Souce: Metrocon

Naruto Confirmed For US TV Screens!

Date: 2005 February 17 11:34 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

It certainly looks like things have been moving fast behind the scenes. As Cartoon Network confirms Naruto for US screens stating it is to air in the third quarter. Naruto will air in the Toonami slot not adult swim. There's no confirmation yet but that will likely mean some edits.

Also confirmed for the Toonami slot are Pirate series; One piece in May (around the same time it will air in the UK so there is hope for Naruto in the UK too) and comedy Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo.

Toonami is Cartoon Network's anime programming block which airs Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m. (ET, PT).

Souce: Animation Insider

Naruto Now Licensed

Date: 2005 February 15 16:39 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The anime series Naruto has finally been licensed in North America and Latin America. Questions about the status of the series have become an almost standard joke at conventions. The series has been licensed by ShoPro, which is set to merge with Viz who currently publish the manga in the US Shonen Jump as well as graphic novels.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

The Sagara Family Out Now

Date: 2005 February 06 15:50 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > PC

Some of our more avid gamer readers will be pleased to hear the details from PCR Distributing/JAST USA. of The Sagara Family, an interactive anime-style game for adults ported to English by G-Collections, like most games of it's genre, the main player has somehow found themselves surrounded by the beautiful members of the all-female Sagaras. Hmmmm, that sounds like a plot from a million other anime series we could list too! ^_-

Read More... | Souce: PCR Distributing

Little My Maid Shipped

Date: 2005 February 05 14:53 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > PC

We've got details in from PCR Distributing Co that JAST USA has shipped dating game Little My Maid. If you're like Piro from MegaTokyo, then no doubt you'll like a dating sim or two.

Read More... | Souce: PCR Distributing Co

US Game Pirates Arrested.

Date: 2004 December 12 18:20 | Posted By:

Category > Current Affairs

Reuters are reporting on arrests of Game pirates in Washington D.C., for selling modified games consoles which are able to play pirated video games, the machines in question already had 15 games copied across. This is an interesting story, because it is not clear in the article if the modifications have been done for "backup purposes", or just for the sake of piracy. It should also be noted that Anime News Network mention that the retailer in question had been boycotted in the past at Otakon 2000 because they were selling bootleg anime.

Souce: Yahoo! News

Move Over, Mickey Mouse-san

Date: 2004 December 12 17:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The Associated Press have a good write up on the Success of anime in the US, it features John Ledford of ADV Films, who describes ADV as the "anti-Disney". Since it's syndicated, it appears on quite a few news sites. Well known store Wizzywig Collectibles gets mentioned too. We recommend that you check out The Sun Herald's copy of it, even if you don't live in the South of Mississippi. ^_-

Souce: The Sun Herald

Anime Network Issuse A Call To Arms For All Anime Fans

Date: 2004 December 07 17:08 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The Otaku News Crew have just received a newsletter from Anime Network the cable and satellite channel that broadcasts nothing but anime (yay).

They've issued a "call to arms for all Anime Fans" with the headline:
"Anime Fans of America: YOUR TIME IS NOW!"
The newsletter states that Anime Network's continued operation and expansion is in jeopardy and to help improve things the channel wants anime fans to either fax or e-mail the cable companies' decision makers directly via www.theanimenetwork.com. The Anime Network also advise you to get everyone you know to do the same. You can even phone Comcast directly on (215) 665-1700 and say that you'll switch for Anime Network.

The Otaku News crew are uncertain how necessary this is, if it's a marketing ploy from the very clever folks at Anime Network, or if they are indeed in trouble and need fan support.

Souce: Anime Network

Newtype USA Vol. 3, Issue 12 Out Now

Date: 2004 December 04 12:09 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Newtype USA Vol. 3, Issue 12 Out Now

The folks from Newtype USA have just sent us details for their December issue, which is out now. It has a cover feature on Ah! My Goddess, with details on the OVAs, the movie and the TV series which is currently being produced in Japan.

Other features include details on shows like Chrono Crusade, Samurai 7, Wolf's Rain and Gankutsuou.

The Otaku News Crew recommend that you take a look at the two page feature on Howl's Moving Castle, which has some nice shots of the Ghibli artwork and we also suggest you read their Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, since that way you'll know what to buy us for Christmas! ^_-

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

U.S. High Schools, Libraries and College Anime Clubs Offered Free Preview DVDs from ADV.

Date: 2004 December 03 17:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The folks at ADV US have just launched a new campaign ingeniously called Anime ADVocates. This sort of thing is a dream for a US otaku running an official anime club at their high school, library or college. Eligible applicants have the opportunity to get free anime preview DVDs, prizes and other goodies from ADV.

Read More... | Souce: ADV - Anime ADVocates

Yamato Announces Late Spring Releases

Date: 2004 December 01 18:29 | Posted By:

Category > Toys

ICv2 have the details for the late spring 2005 releases from Yamato USA. They'll be releasing a Mizuho in Space Suit Resin Statue from Please Teacher. For Capcom fans there's Morrigan & Lilith Collectible Miniature from DarkStalkers.

Love Hina fans can expect Naru, Mutsumi, Motoko, and Shinobu PVC statues from the Love Hina Again OVA. They'll also be be releasing figures from Guilty Gear, Read Or Die (aka ROD) TV, Iron Leaguer, and Cyber Formula.

Souce: ICv2

More Anime In the Press

Date: 2004 November 18 18:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

It seems to be the in thing to report about anime fandom at the moment. Otaku News has featured various reports by publications in the past and now the Cincinnati Enquirer has published their write up on anime fandom.

Souce: Cincinnati Enquirer

Advertising Industry Discover Anime

Date: 2004 November 05 18:42 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Recently it seems that anime and manga have become so cool that the American advertising industry have decided to use either real anime or adverts done in an anime style.

Anime News Network have made us aware that Nike are now airing adverts loosely based around Bruce Lee's Game of Death. The advert has NBA Star Lebron James facing Kung Fu Basket Ball challenges in a pagoda. The anime segments produced by Studio 4°C were originally intended only for Japan, but the advertising agency and Nike like them so much that they decided to air them in North America too.

Yesterday the Otaku News Crew also found details on Yahoo News about Asian themed restaurant chain Benihana who have just released an anime inspired commercial. After watching the Benihana commercial we thought it wasn't news worthy alone however it goes well in context with the Nike commercial.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

Ghost In The Shell 2 Eligible for Oscar

Date: 2004 November 05 17:50 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that eleven animated films are eligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards.

The BBC have published an article about all the features that are running. Anime News Network also have more details.
This year Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the only anime eligible, the eleven films will compete for a maximum of three nominations, to be announced in January. One of the three nominations will then win the Oscar.

This is the forth year for the best animated feature Oscar, which was first awarded to Shrek in 2001. Then anime history was made with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away winning in 2002, making it the first anime title to ever win an Academy award. Finding Nemo won in 2003.

Souce: BBC News

Carol Fox On CLAMP

Date: 2004 November 03 18:10 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Fans of manga studio CLAMP (Chobits, X, Tokyo Babylon, Card Captor Sakura, Angelic Layer to name a few) will want to check out a recent article on Sequential Tart. They interview Carol Fox the girls' manga editor for TokyoPop. The article focuses on CLAMPs 15th anniversary and has some nice tidbits that every otaku should like, including TokyoPop's intention of releasing CLAMP no Kiseki: The Ultimate Collection from spring 2005, it's a 12 volume collection with interviews highlights photos and so on.

Souce: Sequential Tart

Watching Anime, Reading Manga a Book By Fred Patten

Date: 2004 November 03 17:54 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Although it's old news, I'm sure many of our readers are not yet aware that Stone Bridge Press have published a new book by anime and manga guru Fred Pattern, - Watching Anime, Reading Manga. The book has 63 articles covering all aspects of anime from fandom and the industry, it also has articles on the first ads in America to current day mainstream hits like the anime sequence in Kill Bill and anime inspired live action films like The Matrix. If you want to know more be sure to check OnlyPubjab.com's write up.

Souce: Stone Bridge Press

International Manga and Anime Festival Launches

Date: 2004 October 27 18:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We've just got a press release from a group called IMAF, who will be holding an international competition to find the best manga and anime talent in the world, entrants stand a chance to win big bucks with a total prize fund of $75,000!

The entrants work will be shown at London County Hall from 16th - 19th December. Judges include Koike Kazuo who is best known for writing Lone Wolf and Cub and Crying Freeman.

Read More... | Souce: IMAF

Newtype USA Readers Vote For Top 25 Anime

Date: 2004 October 26 14:32 | Posted By:

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... | Souce: Newtype USA

Newtype USA subscription offer - Get a Cosplay Cap and pay $7.50 per issue

Date: 2004 October 22 16:31 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Newtype USA have just sent us the details of a cool subscription offer. They'll be offering Cosplay Caps along with the 40% off subscription rate for 12 issues brining each issue down to $7.50

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

Cosplay Photographic Exhibit in LA

Date: 2004 October 20 17:42 | Posted By:

Category > Art

LA otaku are in for a treat from October 28 to November 26 The Perfect Exposure Gallery will be hosting an exhibit on cosplayers or "Photographic portraits of costumed anime fans" to be more exact. Shot at anime conventions around the US and Canada in 2003 and 2004, it sounds a bit like A Fans View only off-line!

Read More... | Souce: The Perfect Exposure Gallery

Newtype USA Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

Date: 2004 October 18 18:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folk at Newtype USA have sent us a press release regarding their second anniversary. To celebrate the popular anime magazine will bring back it's free DVD insert, which became a subscriber only bonus item. We've heard that Newtype USA stopped the free DVD due to retail issues, original store clerks removed the free DVD to pass on to friends, this in turn meant that the opened issue could not be sold. It seems that the people at Newtype have been listening to their readers. We welcome the return of the DVD since it means more free anime! ^_^

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

US Army Troops Get Anime Goodies

Date: 2004 October 18 17:54 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

In one of the more unusual press releases we received this week eigoMANGA have announced that they are sending anime and manga care packs to U.S. Army Troops destined for Iraq.

Apparently there is an anime club formed by the Army troops in Colorado Springs base called "A.N.I.M.E. Club". Independent media and publishing company eigoManga are asking for local otaku to donate anime and manga gifts to the anime fans in the US army.

Read More... | Souce: eigoMANGA

Samurai History Papers - Quarterly Newsletter

Date: 2004 October 16 16:03 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

We've just got details in from Ridgeback Press, apparently they will be launching Samurai History Papers, a quarterly newsletter from Romulus Hillsborough (whose research on the history of the Meiji Restoration spans over twenty years). It focuses on the facts behind many samurai anime series, such as the Shinsengumi (central to Peacemaker Kurogane and Rurouni Kenshin).

Read More... | Souce: Ridgeback Press

L'Arc~en~Ciel Otakon Concert DVD

Date: 2004 October 12 11:19 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Using CDJapan we've discovered that L'Arc~en~Ciel, one of the biggest rock bands in Japan are releasing a DVD of their live concert at Otakon. Titled L'Arc~en~Ciel - Live In USA - at 1st Mariner Arena July 31, 2004. The region 2 Japanese DVD is due out on December 8th 2004 and should retail for around 4300 yen (without tax). As yet no offical news of a US release.

Souce: L\'Arc~en~Ciel

ADV Cosplay Caps

Date: 2004 October 06 17:55 | Posted By:

Category > Toys

We've just got news from ADV about some really cool headgear! Their toy deparment it seems have had some great fun producing "Cosplay Caps" based on the animal characters from their popular titles. These hats are a bit similar to the ones worn by the Digi-Charat gang. They've got Menchi and a Puchuu from Excel Saga, Saizo the pig from Peacemaker and Kaleido Star's baby seal Jonathan.

These hats are made exclusively for ADV Toys and aren't Japanese import items, they're made from a fleece type fabric. At the moment we haven't got a set release date for them, but we do know that they'll retail for $14.99

Read More... | Souce: ADV Toys

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