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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. ^_^

Read More... | Souce: Sakura-Con

New old manga licences at Comic-Con

Date: 2007 July 29 09:07 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Hooray it seems to be the season to rescue manga I wanted to buy from rights hell. Viz announced at Comic-con that it will be publishing basket ball classic Slam Dunk. There will be an initial preview in Shonen Jump before collected volumes in 2008.

CMX are rescuing fowl mouth manga Crayon Shin-chan presumably after FUNimation's success the anime on US adult swim.

I am already predicting I will be broke in 2008.

Souce: Anime News Network

US Naruto movie screening locations

Date: 2007 April 28 18:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Following on from our story about the US Naruto Screenings, we've obtained the list of theaters that will screen Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in The Land of Snow. Which will be for one night only on June 6th, 2007. Our North American Naruto loving readers better book soon to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Souce: Offical Naruto Movie Website

Naruto Movie US screening details

Date: 2007 April 26 15:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Viz Media have sent us details about the North American screening of Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in The Land of Snow. This has been highly anticipated by Naruto fans. Viz are apparently doing a special one night only screening across 160 selected theaters on June 6th, 2007. So check your local listings. Registered subscribers of Shonen Jump magazine will be sent details to buy tickets on-line on April 27th, while tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 30th through the Fathom events website. As always we advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Read More... | Souce: Viz Media

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

The Taste of Tea US Screenings

Date: 2007 January 15 16:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

We've just been sent some interesting news from Viz Pictures in the US, who will be screening a Taste of Tea across New York, Chicago, Seattle and Portland. It's a live action flick, from the writer/director Katsuhito Ishii, who directed Shark Skin Man & Peach Hip Girl, Party Seven and the animated section of Kill Bill Volume 1.
US readers can catch the screenings at the following venues:

New York
General opening: February 16-22, 2007
The ImaginAsian
239 East 59th St., New York 10022
http://www.theimaginasian.com

Chicago
General opening: March 2-8, 2007
FACETS CINEMATHEQUE
1517 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
http://www.facets.org/asticat

Seattle
March 16-22, 2007
GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA
1403 NE 50th St., Seattle, WA 98105
http://www.grandillusioncinema.org

Portland
April 6-12, 2007
The Hollywood Theatre
4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97212
http://www.hollywoodtheatre.org

Read More... | Souce: Viz Pictures

New York - Tokyo Music Festival scheduled for this weekend

Date: 2006 September 23 15:58 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fujisankei Communications International (FCI) and Sharp Electronics Corporation join forces to present you the New York-Tokyo Music Festival 2006 on Saturday, September 30, 2006 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park a free, all-day, good old-fashioned outdoor concert that will have some inspired artistic talents from the East and the West. The festival’s focal point this year is on artists that are just beginning to make a name for themselves in several different musical subgenres, ranging from Turntablism to Dancehall, Hip-hop to Progressive Jazz.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Service

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

Nana Kitade Makes US Debut

Date: 2006 July 21 13:23 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Nana Kitade, Japans very own Goth princess debuted with her first album 18-eighteen- in Japan last year in September. As of July 11th this album can be found in US stores featuring a special English version of the song KISS or KISS as a bonus track. To promote her release, she will be doing several in-store events in San Francisco, New York, Boston, as well as a live performance at Baltimore's Otakon.

Nana Kitade is known best for her contribution to the anime series Full Metal Alchemist, with the ending theme Indelible Sin. She wants to be a leader figure in the growth of Gothic Lolita or Gothic Kawaii (or otherwise known as Goth-Kawa) fashion, which is just beginning to hit the United States.

Souce: Akadot

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.

Read More... | Souce: Tokyopop

Full Metal Alchemist US Premiere at Anime Expo

Date: 2006 June 28 03:48 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

ANN are reporting that the US premiere of the Full Metal Alchemist film will be at Anime Expo. Fans will be pleased to note that guests from both the Japanese and English versions will be present. Seiji Mizushima and Romi Paku will be attending from Japan, whilst Mike McFarland and Vic Mignogna will be representing FUNimation.

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

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

NewType USA to Serialize Seven Seas Manga

Date: 2005 December 28 12:25 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

NewType USA to serialize Seven Seas Entertainment's Aoi House starting with January 2006 issue.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

Otaku Unite Launch TOKYOnoRADIO

Date: 2005 August 18 17:46 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

We’ve just been sent details from Otaku Unite, on their new project TOKYOnoRADIO, which will be selling a number of albums from various Japanese underground groups, including the 5.6.7.8's who are famous for the "woo-hoo" song heard in Kill Bill.

Otaku Unite also inform us that they will be taking pictures of cosplayers at Otakon for their Otaku Unite DVD a documentary on anime fandom in the US.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku Unite

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

Digi Charat Singing Group Auditions

Date: 2005 August 09 10:24 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Synch-Point is holding auditions for an American version of DUP ( Dejiko, Ususa Puchiko) Digi Charat singing group. The deadline is tight but if you live in LA it’s certainly worth giving a shot.

Read More... | Souce: Synch-Point Blog

Save ConnectiCon

Date: 2005 July 23 21:41 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Anime News Network has announced some bad news for ConnectiCon, the Connecticut-based multi-genre convention dedicated to anime, gaming, webcomics, science fiction, fantasy and more. Thanks to some last minute changes caused by "a series of misunderstandings", the organizers of the convention have incurred over $30,000 of personal debt.

Luckily for ConnectiCon, help is on the way. A group of webcomics, including Apple Geeks, MacHall, VG Cats and more, have organized a drive called "Save ConnectiCon" to help raise funds to help the convention with its financial troubles. The drive is based at a website, which has a members only section for individuals that donate $5.00 or more. This exclusive section includes artwork/wallpapers and other content from the webcomics involved. Also, according to Ananth Panagariya at Apple Geeks, some webcomics will also be putting original art on auction to help in raising money to save the event.

Donations are currently being accepted at the Save ConnectiCon website via Paypal. The drive has already managed to raise over $14,000 in under three days.

Souce: Anime News Network

Antarctic Press To Be At A-Kon

Date: 2005 June 02 18:51 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Antarctic Press, the independent company that is considered to be the forerunner of American Manga, has announced that they will be guests at this year’s A-Kon anime convention in Dallas, TX June 3-5. This is hot off the company’s recent appearance at Chicago’s Anime Central last May.

Read More... | Souce: Antarctic Press

Hayao Miyazaki &Toshio Suzuki at US Howl's premiere

Date: 2005 May 31 04:37 | Posted By:

Category > Production > Studio Ghibli

Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki will be among other guest attending the US premiere of Howl’s moving castle. The premiere takes place on June 6th in New York. Many of the cast members for the dub also look to be present.

Souce: Yahoo

Nausicaa To Get Small Scale US Theatrical Release This Summer

Date: 2005 March 10 18:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Nausicaa.net have discovered from "sources close to Disney" that Nausicaa will receive a small scale US theatrical release this summer. Ghibli films always look great on the big screen and we highly recommend that our US readers catch this move when it does get released!

Souce: Nausicaa.net

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

Sky Blue LA Ticket Giveaway

Date: 2004 December 28 18:23 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We at Otaku News are offering our readers in L.A. (in the USA of course ^_-) a chance to attend the Sky Blue Screenings. We've got two pairs of tickets to give away!

OK, we know it's Korean animation and not Japanese anime, but Koreans have been doing inbetweening and other outsourcing for the Japanese animation industry for years now.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Final Fantasy Orchestral Performance in Chicago

Date: 2004 December 22 18:05 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming

The Square Enix website has recently announced news of their latest 'Dear Friends - Music From Final Fantasy' concert. The first of a series of concert performances, the event is to be held for the first time in Chicago at the classy Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, Illinois. Exciting stuff, a definite event for diehard FF fans and orchestral-heads a-like!

Read More... | Souce: Square Enix

TokyoPop's 5th Rising Stars of Manga Competition Kicks Off Today

Date: 2004 December 01 19:23 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

TokyoPop have just launched their popular manga competition where artists are invited to submit 15 to 20 pages of manga inspired comics for a chance to be in the next Rising Stars anthology, to be published in Summer 2005.

Along with the usual lovely cash prices TokyoPop have added an extra and welcomed twist with the people's choice category where the top 20 finalists will have their entire entries posted on the TokyoPop website and judged by the fans. The Otaku News crew think this is a good idea, the interactive element adds that extra bit of fun to the competition by getting fans to participate (especially the ones that can't draw to save their lives like myself) and also provides TokyoPop with additional market research resolving tricky tie breaker situations with which submission will generate the most fan interest (and hopefully revenue too).

Read More... | Souce: TokyoPop

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

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

Yuri Revolution Tokyo

Date: 2004 October 05 19:11 | Posted By:

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.

Read More... | Souce: Yuricon

Toronto Film Festival Gets Canadian Premiere Of Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence

Date: 2004 August 27 12:48 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

We've just heard the following from the folks at Dreamworks and GoFish Pictures:

We are happy to report that writer/director Mamoru Oshii's long-awaited sequel GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE will have its Canadian premiere this September in the Midnight Madness section of the
29th Toronto International Film Festival (www.bell.ca/filmfest).

Read More... | Souce: GoFish Pictures

Ottawa International Animation Festival to screen Miyazaki Retrospective

Date: 2004 August 24 09:27 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Starting from Thursday September 23, the Ottawa International Animation Festival will screen a selection of Miyazaki films to form a Retrospective.

They'll be showing:

- Princess Mononoke
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- Spirited Away
- Kiki's Delivery Service
- Porco Rosso

If you can get to Ottawa go - nothing beats watching a Ghibli movie on the big screen!

Souce: Ottawa International Animation Festival

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