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
Category > Events
The good girls at Yuricon have just sent us their press releasing detailing the Yuri Revolution event in Tokyo
"We'll be touring the anime and manga centers of Tokyo, visiting Tokyo Tower, museums and other Tokyo attractions.We'll top it all off with an all-yuri event in the home of yuri manga, the Nichoume in Shinjuku, where we can embarrass ourselves by trying to speak Japanese with well-known yuri mangaka." This is just for starters.
To attend all you have to do is get to Tokyo on April 12-17, 2005, remember you have to sort out your own flights and accommodation though.
Category > Anime
It seems that lots of American news sites have suddenly found out that anime is becoming more and more popular with the general public, especially "youth culture". These articles have all posted on-line in the space of two weeks. The recent release of Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence seems to be the catalyst for this collection of articles, most of them mention the film, or at least the Oscar winning Spirited Away.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel have just posted an article about martial arts and anime films on the rise.
The Richfield MN Sun have an article about local teenagers creating anime inspired murals.
Michigan State University website the State News has an article about anime becoming more popular too. Similarly, the East Michigan - Eastern Echo is posting an article about anime being over looked by fans of cinema.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer is running a story about Americans discovering anime.
The Lawrence Journal World has an article about anime gaining an audience in Lawrence, Kansas and abroad.
The Daily Nebraskan also has an interesting article about anime being the driving force behind the Japanese culture craze.
Souce: South Florida Sun-SentinelJoe
Category > Retail
ADV USA have just sent us the details for the latest issue of Newtype USA. The anime/manga mazagine which is easily the best English language magazine out there.
I suggest you check out the Paranoia Agent article (Satoshi Kon can do no wrong in my book), as well as the Xebec feature. What's odd is that the press release doesn't mention that there's also a feature on L'Arc~en~Ciel too!
Category > Websites
At Nan Desu Kan the Anime News Network announced that they are joining forces with independent anime magazine Protoculture Addicts to produce Anime News Network's Protoculture Addicts. This will be the 82nd issue of Protoculture Addicts (out in January 2005).
This is good news for Anime fans in North America (and the rest of the English speaking world too), since Protoculture Addicts has always been an excellent intelligent source of information for fans, combined with ANNs resources it means even better magazine. I look forward to reading this!
Category > Anime
We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!
The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.
It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!
Category > Fandom
The Toronto Star are running an interesting article about the Canadian National Expo, the biggest event of its kind in Canada with more than 26,000 attendees. Anime fans (particularly Cosplayers) get their fair share of coverage.
Souce: Toronto StarJoe
Category > AnimeJoe
Category > Anime
Bandai have just announced that they have joined forces with Manga Entertainment to release Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex on DVD and TV.