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J-Pop Girl Band Berryz Kobo to perform at AnimeNEXT

Date: 2012 May 30 17:04 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Japanese J-pop girl Berryz Kobo to perform at US convention AnimeNEXT on 6-8th of June 2012. The band wants fans to pick one of their songs to headline their concert at the convention.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

AM2 Convention coming back to Anaheim

Date: 2011 September 14 12:58 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The AM2 Convention in Anaheim in California is set to return in 2012 with more guests.

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Mnet Premieres New Series Culture Japan with Danny Choo on July 5 2011

Date: 2011 June 21 15:30 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

US based readers who can receive Mnet will want to tune in July 5th 2011 at 9:30pm ET/PT to catch Culture Japan which stars expert otaku Danny Choo. Each week Danny will explore different aspects of Japanese pop culture.

You can also catch the show on Crunchy Roll.

Read More... | Souce: Mnet

Reni's Maid Show and Cafe - NYC June 26th 2011

Date: 2011 June 13 16:28 | Posted By:

Category > Events

New York fans of fans of singing cosplay maids will be pleased to hear that Reni will be performing on Sunday June 26th , 12pm Amber Village NY, 432 6th Avenue (9th & 10 St). There's a $15 at Door charge, $10 in Cosplay.

They've also got a special guest this time around, geek stand up comedian Uncle Yo.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Reni May and June 2011 Tour Dates

Date: 2011 May 08 12:41 | Posted By:

Category > Events

US fans of singing maids in cosplay are in for a treat, as Reni will be touring select venues in New York, along with dates in June for MA and VA. It seems that she's getting busy due to popular demand!

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Reni to perform in Boston May 1st 2011

Date: 2011 April 14 16:21 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of singing cosplay maids in Boston MA, will be pleased to hear that Reni will be performing on Sunday May 1st 2011. From 12 Midday to 3:30pm. She returns due to popular demand to All Asia Bar - 334 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139.

There's a $10 door charge, ($8 for cosplayers).

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Natsume Ono at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011

Date: 2011 February 02 17:26 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Manga fans in Toronto Canada are in for a treat on the first weekend in May, where Natsume Ono will be the featured guest at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2011.

The event is set to run on Saturday May 7th 2011 and Sunday May 8th 2011 with free admission. This will be Natsume Ono first ever public appearance in North America.

You may know her from such works as not simple, Ristorante Paradiso, Gente, and House of Five Leaves.

Read More... | Souce: Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Reni's Maid Show and Cafe - NYC January 23th 2011

Date: 2011 January 11 16:37 | Posted By:

Category > Events

New York based fans of singing cosplay maids will be pleased to hear that Reni will be performing on Sunday January 23rd 2011. The venue will be Amber Village 432 6th Avenue New York, NY 10011.

There's a $12 door charge, ($10 for cosplayers).

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Reni to perform in Boston January 9th 2011

Date: 2010 December 20 17:47 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of singing cosplay maids in Boston MA, will be pleased to hear that Reni will be performing on Sunday January 9th 2011. From 12 Midday to 3:30pm at the All Asia Bar - 334 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139.

There's a $10 door charge, ($8 for cosplayers).

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Reni's Maid Show and Cosplay Cafe - NYC November 20th 2010

Date: 2010 November 10 16:43 | Posted By:

Category > Events

NYC fans of Cosplay maid singing are in for a treat on November 20th 2010, as NHK World will be filming Reni's Maid Cafe show for their program Tokyo Fashion Express.

Reni's Maid Show and The Maid Cafe will be on Saturday November 20th on the 2nd Floor of Amber Asian Cuisine. 432 6th Avenue (9th & 10th Street) . There's a $12 door charge, or $10 if you're in cosplay (this does not include lunch).

We recently interviewed Reni at NYAF.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Reni Mimura LIVE at NY Anime Festival

Date: 2010 September 15 16:03 | Posted By:

Category > Events

New York fans of cosplaying maids, will want to head over to the NY Anime Festival which runs Friday October 8th to Sunday October 10th 2010. Singing cosplayer maid Reni Mimura will be performing on Saturday October 9th at Variant Stage from 5:30 – 6:00 pm

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Reni's Maid Show and Cosplay Cafe - NYC September 19th 2010

Date: 2010 September 05 16:02 | Posted By:

Category > Events

New York City based fans of maids, moe and cosplay will want to keep Sunday September 19th 2010 free for Reni's Maid Show and Cosplay Cafe. From 12 Midday to 3pm.

2nd Floor of Amber Asian Cuisine on 432 6th Avenue (9th & 10th Street) .
Please note that there's a $12 door charge, which does not include the cost of lunch.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Multi-National Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition Formed

Date: 2010 June 08 16:47 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Multi-National Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition Formed

We've received some very interesting details from VIZ Media about the formation of a Multi-National Manga Anti-Piracy Coalition.It seems that the industry has grown tired of Scanlations - manga scanned into a digital format and distributed without the copyright holders consent. The coalition include the 36 members of Japan's Digital Comic Association, Square Enix, VIZ Media, TOKYOPOP and Yen Press.

Originally scanlations were manga translated by fans into their native language from Japanese. This can be seen as the manga equivalent of anime fansubs. Some scanlation sites branched out to scans of manga that was already official translated and licensed outside of Japan.

This has cost the manga publishing industry significant amounts of money, not just in lost book sales, but lost opportunities in the relatively new market of eBooks and mobile devices.

The coalition intend to target scanlation sites and aggregators of scanlation sites. They've drawn up a list of 30 sites to targeted for action. First they will ask the sites to cease distributing scanlations. If the sites fail to cease distributing further action will be taken depending on the jurisdiction of each site. Actions include legal injunctions against the sites, reporting the sites to governmental anti-piracy units of law enforcement, including the US Justice Department, local law enforcement agencies and the FBI.

Fans curious about piracy in the anime and manga industry should read the Pirate Anime FAQ.

This is not the first time the anime and manga industry has attempted to stop piracy in the industry, but this is the biggest and most coordinated international effort so far. With many companies in the industry forced to make cut backs, closing down offices, laying off staff, we wonder if this is the start of a new approach? Will more companies pursue legal options? Are fansubbers next?

Read More... | Souce: VIZ Media

Japanese Cosplay Singer Reni to perform in Baltimore

Date: 2010 June 02 16:29 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Baltimore based fans of Japanese Cosplay singers will be pleased to hear that Reni Mimura will be performing in Club Orpheus on Saturday June 26th 2010 at 9pm. This is part of the Pop Show Japan.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Japanese Maid Reni to perform at PJ mini Pop in NYC

Date: 2010 May 07 18:31 | Posted By:

Category > Events

NY based fans of Japanese Cosplay Singing Maids will want to head over to the anime and Japanese Cultural event PJ "mini" Pop to see Reni Mimura . The event is set to run on Sunday May 23rd 2010 from 12:00 until 6:00pm at the The Dwyer Cultural Center in South Harlem.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Japanese Maid Show January 24th 2010 in NYC

Date: 2010 January 24 09:34 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on January 24th 2010 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Bento Boxes a big hit in the US

Date: 2010 January 13 17:00 | Posted By:

Category > Cuisine

The New York Times has an interesting article about bento boxes becoming popular in the US.

The meals in a box have become popular in the US for a variety of reasons, apart from the novelty, it's also a great way for a balanced diet, getting all the right food groups in a box. Along with that, it's idea for portion control. The article also highlights how it helps small children who can be fussy eaters eat something healthy.

Souce: New York Times

Japanese Maid Show January 11th in NYC

Date: 2010 January 11 17:01 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Drom on January 11th 2010 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Japanese Christmas Show at shopping Mall in NJ

Date: 2009 December 16 16:50 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NJ should head over to Harmon Cove Outlet Center in Secaucus, NJ on December 20th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs, J-Pop and her original songs.

It's free and cosplayers are more than welcome!

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Japanese Maid Show December 6th in NYC

Date: 2009 November 30 16:30 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on December 6th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

Danny Choo to Collaborate with Cospa on T-shirt

Date: 2009 November 20 16:52 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks from YesAnime.com have sent us some details about a new range of Cospa t-shirts made in collaboration with renowned otaku Danny Choo.

The t-shirt designs can be seen on Danny's website, and US readers can get them along with other great cospa t-shirts from YesAnime.com.

We only wish that Cospa had a UK stockist. Still you can always get TerraTag or Genki Gear t-shirts if you want to support UK anime inspired designs.

We must admit we're a bit jealous of Danny, we wish Cospa would make t-shirts with our mascot Miyuki. Still you can always download wallpaper of her instead.

Read More... | Souce: YesAnime.com

QC Anime-zing new Iowa based anime convention

Date: 2009 November 09 15:29 | Posted By:

Category > Events

US based anime fans who can get to Iowa should add a new convention to their diary. Set for June 18th to 20th 210 at Bettendorf QC Anime-zing!, it's run by the Mindbridge Foundation a not for profit corporation dedicated to fans of fiction, fantasy and so on.

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MaiOtaku - Dating for Anime Fans

Date: 2009 November 05 17:02 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

Otaku Dating sites seem to be all the rage at the moment. So we've discovered another dating site for anime fans MaiOtaku. They're pitching themselves as the OKCupid for anime lovers.

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The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan

Date: 2009 October 19 15:18 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

Contributing writer for G-FAN magazine Armand Vaquer has sent us details about a new travel guide he's written called The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

The travel guide is due out next month and will retail for $15 a copy.

Read More... | Souce: Armand Vaquer\'s Blog

Japanese Maid Show October 4th in NYC

Date: 2009 September 29 14:30 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on October 4th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Souce: Reni

MTV Iggy on Otaku Culture

Date: 2009 September 10 14:36 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

The good folks at MTV Iggy (which is focused on breakthrough music and pop-culture from around the globe) have sent us details of their new feature - Otaku Culture.

They've got a couple of videos up from Otakon 2009 in Baltimore. It includes some otaku steampunk culture along with a video on ball jointed dolls. They've also got details of J-Rockers VAMPS, and plenty more to explore too.

Souce: MTV Iggy

New dating site for anime fans launches

Date: 2009 September 08 16:33 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

There are tons of dating sites on the internet. Lots are even specialist dating sites by interest. So it should come as no surprise that the clever folks at Fan Crush have set up a dating site for otaku - Otaku Crush.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku Crush

Japanese Maid Show September 6th in NYC

Date: 2009 September 02 17:16 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on September 6th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Souce: Reni

GLAY Ticket Give-away CA - September 2009

Date: 2009 August 31 17:17 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Here at Otaku News every now and then we're able to offer some great competitions. Today is no exception.

US based fans of J-Rock, who can get to a few choice venues in California, will be pleased to hear that we've got some tickets to give away to some great upcoming GLAY gigs.

Read More... | Souce: GLAY

Reni at the New York Anime Festival

Date: 2009 June 16 14:26 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Our New York City based readers who enjoy anime and maids should note that
Reni the Harajuku Akiba style cosplayer maid singer will be performing at the New York Anime Festival on Saturday September 26th 2009.

Souce: New York Anime Festival

Anime Expo 2009 Guest of Honor - Seiji Mizushima

Date: 2009 May 18 16:53 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Los Angeles, California anime fans who haven't already marked July 2nd to 5th 2009 on their calendars may really want to do so now. Anime Expo have anime director Seiji Mizushima as their official guest of honor.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Expo

Japanese Maid Show May 3rd in NYC

Date: 2009 April 28 14:34 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Our New York readers who like Maids, Akihabara style performance and J-Pop Music and will want to head over to Top Tunes on Sunday May 3rd 2009, to see Reni perform Anime songs and J-Pop in karaoke cosplay.

Read More... | Souce: Reni

Fanboys wanted for MTV's True Life

Date: 2008 August 19 16:09 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

Our US based readers who like the idea of appearing on TV should consider this request from MTV who are keen to do a True Life episode on Fanboys.

Read More... | Souce: MTV True Life

Bleach Creator Tite Kubo to attend 2008 San Diego Comic-Con

Date: 2008 May 21 16:27 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've got some exciting news for American anime fans who can get to the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International, where Tite Kubo the creator of Bleach will be making an appearance from July 25th.

Read More... | Souce: Viz

Neo Nohcon adds Japanese Performing Arts

Date: 2008 February 23 12:13 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Anime fans who can get to Amherst in New York, will want to go to Neo Nohcon on March 7th to 8th 2008. They've got an interesting line up of guests and events including Taisho-Koto and traditional Japanese Dance.

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The Slants to play at Sakura-Con

Date: 2007 November 29 18:07 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've received a press release from The Slants an Asian dance/rock band from Portland, Oregon who will be playing at Sakura-Con 2008 the anime convention in Seattle, Washington state. This will be the 11th annual Sakura-Con and is set to run from March 28th to 30th. With attendance figures of over 10,000 at the 2007 convention, it proves that the convention is popular, and we recommend going to a large anime convention at least once. ^_^

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Sci Fi Channel to add anime block

Date: 2007 May 11 21:42 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The Sci Fi Channel (US) are to air regular anime with new Monday night block!

Read More... | Souce: ICv2

Anime Boston 2007 reminder

Date: 2007 March 28 14:17 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Anime fans who can get to Boston, Massachusetts will want to go to Anime Boston 2007, on April 20th-22nd 2007, although all the advanced registrations are full, you can still turn up on the door to register. For our readers who like voice acting you'll want to go to enter their Voice Acting Contest where you can win a chance to record their own character in a new project. 2EastMusic will also be hosting a Songwriting Workshop.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Boston 2007

Naruto Movie Coming to America

Date: 2007 March 23 10:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The first Naruto movie hits US theaters this summer!

Update: US theater screening locations - Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in The Land of Snow

Read More... | Souce: VIZ Media, LLC

Nintendo composer Koji Kondo to perform in San Francisco

Date: 2007 February 20 12:55 | Posted By:

Category > Events

For a special event of the closing night ceremony of Video Games Live, Nintendo composer Koji Kondo will be making an appearance at the event and is set to perform one of his favourite melodies from his career with Nintendo. Tickets for the March 9th event are priced from $38.50 to $65, and are now available at LiveNation.com.

Read More... | Souce: Video Games Live

Afro Samurai Figures From DC in 2007

Date: 2007 February 14 22:42 | Posted By:

Category > Toys

Waiting for merchandise related to the hit recent anime series Afro Samurai? Well, you won't have to wait for much longer as DC Unlimited, DC Comics' new 3D brand which licenses pop culture products from outside the DC comic book universe and distributes them to all channels, has acquired the license to produce action figures, busts and statues related to Gonzo-produced series starring Samuel L. Jackson that aired on Spike TV last January. These will be the first line of collectibles based on the series outside of Japan, where a limited number of action figures based on the lead character were produced by toy company Cube back when series' creator Takashi "Bob" Okazaki first produced his original self-published manga.

The first series of collectibles were unveiled last weekend at the New York International Toy Fair. These include fully articulated action figures of two sizes, a regular 6.75 and a deluxe 14 , that spotlight the characters from the anime. The first wave of figures will include main character Afro Samurai, his sidekick Ninja Ninja, and deadly adversaries Kuma and Justice. A possible second wave of figures will no doubt include the Empty Seven, a group of monks determined to get the headbands worn by Afro and Justice, as well as possibly a young Afro. Busts and statues will also be available, though no details as to who they will be of, outside of Afro of course, have been given. The first series of collectibles will be shipped to retailers in the fall of 2007.

Souce: ICv2

Newtype to Give 1st Look at EVA Movies!

Date: 2006 December 07 11:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Fans rejoiced when it was announced that four new movies based on the hit anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion were in the works, with the first, a prequel, set to debut in Japanese theaters next summer. With no word yet as to when the movies'll hit Western shores, ADV Films is happy to announce that the December issue of Newtype USA will feature a first look at the new movies. While there's no word as to the actual content of the article, you can expect that there should be some plot details and production art. Plenty to wet your whistle as you count down the days until the announcement of the Western DVD release. And you thought waiting for the PS3 or the Wii was bad.

Souce: ADV Films

Future of Anime and Manga Looking Bright in the US

Date: 2006 July 24 04:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running an article about the success of anime and manga in the US. Reporting from Anime Expo, the article focuses on how anime and manga is becoming more mainstream and also more popular with girls. This trend has been seen in the US for a number of years now, with female convention attendance growing strongly each year. Interestingly this trend is also being mirrored in other fan events across the world too, four or five years ago UK anime fandom used to be the sole domain of rather geeky males, now the UK anime scene also has growing female attendance, along with more mainstream acceptance.

Souce: Mainichi Daily News

Manga Summer Reading

Date: 2006 June 30 10:29 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Tokyopop teams up with the Los Angeles Public Library to launch manga summer reading program.

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Learning Japanese with Manga

Date: 2006 May 04 17:11 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Fed up of reading ill informed badly researched articles by people who think their anime and manga experts we're please to have discovered this article by manga guru Frederik L. Schodt, he's written several excellent books on manga and even translated both Ghost in The Shell manga with Toren Smith (in otherwords, unlike the many bandwagon jumpers out there, he knows his stuff). The article on the Japan Times Online website focuses on American students using manga to learn Japanese.

Schodt highlights that since they're highly addictive and a lot better than forcing adults to repeat infantile passages in textbooks they make a great learning tool. The article has a lot more information, so go and read it! ^_^

Souce: Japan Times Online

Anime Forest.com Closing Down

Date: 2006 April 18 11:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Bad news for American anime fans. Anime News Network has reported that Anime Forest.com, the popular on-line rental site, will be shutting down after three years of service. An e-mail was sent out to customers of the site informing them of the closing, though reasons as to why were not given. Per-rental services ceased on April 7th, while subscription services will end on April 30. Anime Forest thanks their customers for their support in the e-mail. They will be missed.

Souce: Anime News Network

CLAMP at Anime Expo

Date: 2006 April 13 11:54 | Posted By:

Category > Events

CLAMP makes their first US appearance at Anime Expo.

Read More... | Souce: FUNimation Entertainment

Bleach Debuts in September

Date: 2006 April 11 10:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Here's another update to the upcoming addition of the hit supernatural action series Bleach to the late night Adult Swim line-up. Anime News Network has announced that the show will premiere on a September date of this year. An official set date for the series has not yet been announced.

Souce: Anime News Network

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children DVD Details

Date: 2006 April 06 16:49 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Otaku rejoice! The popular RPG game series Final Fantasy has stolen many hours of our lives, especially Final Fantasy VII, which is why a CGI movie was made. It's set two years after the events of the game, and features everyone favourite Cloud and Sephiroth. It's due for UK release on DVD and UMD on April 24th and April 25th in the USA, it looks like it's going to be good.

Update: We now have a review of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Read More... | Souce: Sony Pictures

Adult Swim Fix

Date: 2006 February 20 10:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Adult Swim to start featuring classic and new shows on website, seven days a week.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

Negima Voice Cast Announced

Date: 2006 January 12 10:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Following up on a recent announcement of FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd's acquirement of Negima, the anime series based on Ken Akamatsu's latest manga about a boy wizard teaching English at a girl’s school in Japan, Anime Insider announced in their 2006 Preview issue some more of the cast for the English dub. The series is due out later this year, though there is no official date for the release.

Greg Ayres is still up to voice main character Negi Springfield, while Luci Christian (Full Metal Panic, Azumanga Daioh) will play his hot tempered student Asuna. Other actresses for the mostly female cast include Laura Bailey (Fruits Basket), Monica Rial (Excel Saga, Burst Angel) and Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist). With the 30+ students in Negi's class (including fortune teller Konoka, shy bookworm Nodoka, haughty rich girl Ayaka, half-demon kendoist Setsuna, vampire girl Evangeline, ninja girl Kaede and many more) and Akamatsu’s plans to develop them all with their own storylines, Negima could very contain one the largest voice casts for an anime series, Japanese or English.

Souce: Anime Insider

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