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Win a Trip to Tokyo with Viewster

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming Service Viewster are currently running a competition for users to win a trip to Tokyo. They're offering the chance for the ultimate fan (and one of their friends) an all expenses paid trip to Tokyo. For a chance to win you have to show them you're the ultimate fan of Japan. The competition closes on Sunday 31st May 2015, so get thinking and get posting on social media!

Source: Viewster

Luke Nguyen Visits Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

We've covered the UK location used for cute anime show Kinmoza before. Those who want to get a glimpse into the real world Fosse Farm B&B will enjoy watching Episode 2 of Luke Nguyen's United Kingdom. The Aussie TV star and top chef visits Wiltshire and does some baking at Fosse Farm with owner Caron.

The DVD of the show will be released in Australia on Wednesday 10th June 2015.

Source: SBS

Hyper Japan July 2015 Details

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [14:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture will be interested in Hyper Japan. The regular Japanese Culture event is set to return to London, this time at The O2.

The event is set to run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12 July 2015. As always it's listed on the Otaku Calendar.

There'll be lots to see and do there, highlights include as always all the food, plus anime music singer Eir Aoi, best known for her work on Sword Art Online and Kill La Kill. Anime is also well represented with anime director Kobun Shizuno. They'll be lots of gaming goodness too, plus things like Japanese clothes, and music.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

MCM London Comic Con May 2015 Attendance Details

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [8:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

They May 2015 MCM London Comic Con has just finished, while many are still recovering from the fun that was had, we've just been sent the attendance numbers. They had 122,634 visitors over the course of the weekend. This beats the previous record of 110,197 visitors from the October 2014 event.

The next MCM London Comic Con will be on Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015. So keep that weekend free for more geekery!

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Channel 5 Documentary Seeks Single Male Anime Fans

Date: 2015 May 26th Tuesday [12:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

It's unusual to ask our readers this! Are you a UK based single male anime fan, looking for romance? A production company making a documentary for Channel 5 are looking for eligible bachelors who are interested on going out on a date for the documentary with another anime fan. The lady in question is an anime fan and loves attending conventions.

So if you're looking to find a like minded individual, a bit of romance, while on TV, now's your chance!

Read More... | Source: ITN Productions

Using an Anime Image Tool to Upscale Traditional Japanese Prints

Date: 2015 May 21st Thursday [11:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

John Resig is not normally a name you'd expect to see on Otaku News. He's a JavaScript Guru and the creator of the hugely popular jQuery JavaScript library. While he's not being awesome with JavaScript he is also busy working on a Database of Japanese Prints.

In a recent blog post he explains how he's been tinkering with a tool called Waifu2x to enlarge low res images of wood block prints. Waifu2x was originally designed to enlarge anime and fan art, but as John explains it can be used with Japanese Prints (with some trade offs).

Source: John Resig's Blog

Viewster Launches New Video Streaming Mobile App

Date: 2015 May 18th Monday [9:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at Streaming Website Viewster have sent us details of their new mobile app for iOS and Android. They've got a great selection of anime so you can now watch it on the move.

You might want to watch The Heroic Legend of Arslan or The Rolling Girls, both shows we've mentioned here before.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Convention Season - A Quick Reminder About Pirate Goods

Date: 2015 May 16th Saturday [10:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With convention season kicking off it's time for us to issue our regular reminder to everyone to keep an eye out for pirate goods. Do you know if the event you are going to has a pirate goods policy? Do you know how to spot and avoid pirate goods? We find that pirate goods are still present at some events. If you haven't already, please read the Pirate Anime FAQ and learn how to avoid dodgy merchandise.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

Mecha Designer Hidetaka Tenjin invited by Viewster to MCM London Comic Con May 2015

Date: 2015 May 14th Thursday [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con is almost here for it's May run. They always have top notch Japanese guests, and this time around it's no exception. For the May 2015 London Comic their Anime Guest of Honour is Hidetaka Tenjin the mecha illustrator, sci-fi artist and mechanical designer. He's worked as a mechanical artist on titles such as Macross Zero, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier: The False Diva and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye. Other anime credits include Hellsing Ultimate, Gundam Evolve, Genesis of Aquarion and its sequel series Aquarion Evol.

He's been invited by Viewster the on-line streaming service that has a great selection of anime which we've covered before.

Hidetaka Tenjin will be meeting fans on Friday and Saturday at the event. The MCM London Comic Con is due to run from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Terra Formars UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 May 8th Friday [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Do you like your anime violent? Do you like your anime with a mix of sci-fi too? Well Manga Entertainment UK have just announced their latest acquisition. Terra Formars. They'll be releasing part 1 of 2 on Monday 31st August 2015 on DVD and blu-ray.

The story revolves around a botched attempt to terraform Mars. The planet has become overrun by giant humanoid cockroaches, who happen to kill humans on sight. Queue the clean up crew who are sent to Mars to sort out bad cockroaches and find a cure to a virus ravaging Earth. Naturally violence ensues.

The show is currently streaming on Crunchy Roll.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Durarara!! UK Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2015 May 6th Wednesday [16:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details of the upcoming release of Durarara!! - Standard Edition. It'll hit the shops on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 18th May 2015.

The standard edition has fixed discs that resolve issues with subtitles on some versions of the Collectors Edition (Anime Limited are offering replacement discs for this issue.)

You can pre-order Durarara!! - Standard Edition on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Anime Limited will also be selling Durarara!! at the MCM London Comic Con on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015.

Source: Anime Limited

International Trailer for Miss Hokusai - Coming to UK Cinemas Autumn 2015

Date: 2015 April 29th Wednesday [16:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've already covered that UK anime company Anime Limited will release Miss Hokusai some time this year. Already it's shaping up to be a good movie as Anime Limited have just sent us details that a Miss Hokusai has been selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival Official Feature Film Competition.

"To celebrate the announcement of Miss Hokusai having been selected for the Official Feature Film Competition at the 39th Annecy International Film Festival we have shared the international trailer for our forthcoming film release, Miss Hokusai on our YouTube channel."

The film opens in Japan in May 2015 and Anime Limited tell us that it will hit UK cinemas in Autumn 2015. They will release more news in the coming months.

Source: Anime Limited

Official MCM London Comic Com Genki Gear May 2015 T-shirt Design Revealed

Date: 2015 April 28th Tuesday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's that time of year again, it's almost time for the big London Convention. The MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015. As always there will be plenty for a good geek to see and do. As is tradition we've received the details about the official event t-shirt. The design from Genki Gear features violent pandas.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Harlock Space Pirate UK Release Details

Date: 2015 April 26th Sunday [12:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Just a quick reminder to our readers we don' t normally mention releases for the upcoming week (as that's what the Otaku Calendar is for), however as a few of our readers have expressed interest in the new CGI movie Harlock Space Pirate we thought it would be worth mentioning.

The remake of Leiji Matsumoto's classic anime is due for UK release on Monday 27th April 2015. It's available on DVD and blu-ray steelbook from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

009 Re:Cyborg English Dub Cast Announced - Plus UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 April 21st Tuesday [14:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear that Anime Limited have just announced the dub cast for 009 Re:Cyborg. The feature is directed by Kenji Kamiyama the driving force behind Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex.

The film will be released on DVD and blu-ray in June 2015. There is also a 3D edition of the film on blu-ray. We've seen the film in 3D on the cinema screen and can confirm that it's worth watching in 3D to get the full enjoyment of the feature. It's been sometime subtle with 3D glass effects, plus there's something fun about reading subtitles in 3D too!

009 Re:Cyborg is available to pre-order on Amazon.co.uk on DVD and Collectors Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi-pack (which also includes the 3D edition of the film). The release date has yet to be updated on Amazon.

Thanks to the good folk at Anime Limited we were able to interview Kenji Kamiyama about 009 Re:Cyborg.

You can read our review of film here.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

The Secret World of Comiket on NHK World

Date: 2015 April 17th Friday [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Fans of anime and manga will want to tune into NHK World this weekend (what do you mean you don't constantly watch it like a good otaku should?). As they'll be showing a documentary on The Secret World of Comiket. If you're curious to know more about the convention and what goes on it should be worth watching.

"This program offers an inside look at the seemingly familiar yet hidden world of Comiket. How does Comiket continue to attract more than half a million people every year?"

The show will be broadcast several times this weekend (all times in UTC).
Friday 17th April 2015:
23:10
Saturday 18th April 2015:
5:10, 10:10, 17:10

NHK World is available in the UK on the following
Sky Channel 507
Freestat Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

It's also widely available around the world, so could be available in your region.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

AmeCon 2016 Details Announced

Date: 2015 April 12th Sunday [14:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime fans looking for a summer convention in 2016 will be pleased to hear that AmeCon have just announced that they will be running on Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016. This time around they'll be at the Warwick Arts Centre. The last anime convention at this venue was Ayacon in 2013. It proved to be a popular venue, and it's the logical choice for AmeCon to take the baton from AyaCon.

The details of AmeCon 2016 were announced at the closing ceremony for AmeChibi. We spent the weekend enjoying the relaxing convention.

Interestingly we've been told current plans for AmeCon 2016 is that it will have an 1,000 people capacity. UK conventions generally can go up to 1,500 attendees. As any larger you start getting issues finding a suitable sized venue, along with legal complications such as insurance and tax. They don't want a huge convention, they want a good enjoyable convention. The smaller 500 people capacity at AmeChibi could have been seen a dry run, allowing them to get the new committee members up to speed with the logistics of running a convention.

Source: AmeChibi Closing Ceremony

Hello Kinmoza Simulcast and License Details

Date: 2015 April 7th Tuesday [15:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Second Season of Kinmoza is now airing. No sooner than the first episode of season 2 was simulcast on Crunchyroll, US anime firm Sentai Filmworks announced that they have the US rights to the second season.

The second season is called Hello!! Kinmoza, and appears to more of the same moe anime as the first season. The show follows the gentle everyday adventures of Alice a British schoolgirl living in Japan with her best friend Shino. They go to school and talk about how blonde Alice's hair is. The show is based of a 4 panel manga.

We must admit that the Otaku News Team have a soft spot for the show. While it's light and fluffy content wise, the animation studio did it's research in the UK and found a location suitable for Alice's house. Otaku News had the world exclusive revealing the British location for Kinmoza as B&B Fosse Farm.

Kinmoza Season 1 is available to buy from Amazon.com on DVD and Blu-ray.

Readers (include those in the UK) can watch Kinmoza season 1 and 2 on Crunchyroll.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

More Anime on Viewster

Date: 2015 April 3rd Friday [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at Anime Limited have sent us details of their latest streaming partnership. They've teamed up with Viewster to simulcast 3 anime titles - The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Plastic Memories and Seraph of the End.

All 3 titles will be available in the UK and Ireland, while The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Seraph of the End will be Viewster exclusives and have a wider reach simulcasting in United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Coluboccoro Kickstarter Details

Date: 2015 March 31st Tuesday [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Crowd soucing is all the rage now, so it makes sense that more and more anime could be supported by backers paying up front. Kenji Itoso the director behind Santa Company will launch a new Kickstarter to fund his latest production Coluboccoro. The Kickstater will go live on Wednesday 1st April 2015.

Read More... | Source: Coluboccoro Kickstarter

Seraph of the End UK Simulcasting Coming April 2015

Date: 2015 March 18th Wednesday [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK Anime company Anime Limited have sent us details of their latest acquisition. They'll be simulcasting Seraph of the End. They have the rights for the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Benelux, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.

The show is from WIT Studio, the studio behind Attack on Titan and HAL. The show will be directed by Daisuke Toku (who also directed Attack on Titan).

It'll be available for simulcast from April 2015. More details will be revealed by Anime Limited Next week. You can find the English subtitled trailer here.

Otaku News caught up with WIT Studio at the MCM London Comic Con a few years ago.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends UK Cinema Details

Date: 2015 March 18th Wednesday [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Warner Bros. UK have sent us more details of the cinema screenings for the third and final Rurouni Kenshin movie.
The following Cineworld Cinemas will be showing the feature film from Friday 17th April 2015.

Cineworld Bolton
Cineworld Cardiff
Cineworld Crawley
Cineworld Enfield
Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew St.
Cineworld Sheffield
Cineworld Stevenage
Cineworld West India Quay

As we've already mentioned the second movie is due to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 6th April 2015.

Read More... | Source: Warner Bros. UK

MCM Birmingham Comic Con March 2015 Details

Date: 2015 March 14th Saturday [10:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK Anime fans who can get the Birmingham next weekend will want to head over to the MCM Birmingham Comic Con. It's set to run from Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd March 2015 at The NEC. They'll be the expected amount of geekery happening, with Films, video games, cosplay and so on being well represented there.

We've also just recived details that voice actor Quinton Flynn will be at the event. You may know him as Raiden from the Metal Gear series, or Iruka Umino from Naruto or even as Kon from Bleach. He's done a lot of voice acting in video games, anime and western animation, so you're bound to have heard him in one of his many roles.

Read More... | Source: MCM Birmingham Comic Con

The Tail Of The Princess Kaguya UK Cinema Release Details

Date: 2015 March 8th Sunday [12:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK based anime fans of Studio Ghibli will be very pleased to hear about the up coming cinema release of the The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. Studio Canal the company with the UK distribution rights to the film have started to put posters up in London's West End tube stations. The posters confirm that the Oscar nominated film will be released in selected cinemas on Friday 20th March 2015.

Read More... | Source: Studio Canal

Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 March 5th Thursday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just been sent details of new anime company Animatsu Entertainment's latest UK release. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection. It's due out on DVD and blu-ray on Monday 1st June 2015.

This 39 episode series is from legendary anime director Hideaki Anno, and based on concept pitched by even more legendary director Hayao Miyazaki while he was working at Toho in the 70's. Miyazaki never got to make the show, but he kept some of the concepts for his later works.

The 39 episode collection is set to retail for £49.99 on DVD and £69.99 on blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment UK

Harajuku Girls at London's Finborough Theatre

Date: 2015 February 28th Saturday [12:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Japanese Pop Culture inspired theatre will be interested in the new play Harajuku Girls which is currently running at the Finborough Theatre in London.

The play focuses on 3 young women who drift into the seedy underworld of Kabukicho. In a place were everything can be bought and sold they have to decide how far their willing to go

The performance is running from Tuesday 24th February 2015 to Saturday 21st March 2015.

Read More... | Source: Finborough Theatre

Miss Hokusai Set for UK Release from Anime Limited

Date: 2015 February 27th Friday [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks from UK based anime company Anime Limited have sent us the details of their newest acquisition. Miss Hokusai, a film from anime studio Production I.G (best known for all the Ghost In the Shell titles, plus so much top notch anime). The movie is based on the manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura.
It's yet to be released in cinemas in Japan! It opens in Japan on 9th May 2015, with a UK and Irish cinematic release following in October to November of this year, with a home video release to follow.

Production I.G are well known for their high quality animation, so it'll be interesting to see what this feature is actually like.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Interview with Jerome and Andrew from Animatsu UK

Date: 2015 February 25th Wednesday [13:00] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

With their recent company launch, Jerome Mazandarani and Andrew Hewson from Animatsu UK sat down and answered some of our questions about their upcoming titles, explain what their plans for the year are and sell us on their awesome coffee.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gatchaman Crowds UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 February 24th Tuesday [16:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just received word from the newest UK Anime company on the scene Animatsu Entertainment UK. They've just sent us details of their first release Gatchaman Crowds. The title is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 27th April 2015. Gatchaman? Does that name sound familiar. Well this show is a reboot of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Anime fans of a certain generation will remember the title as Battle of The Planets.

You can pre-order the title on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment UK

Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Lengend Ends UK Cinema Release Details

Date: 2015 February 16th Monday [15:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK fans of Kenshin will be pleased to hear about the third Kenshin Movie - Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend ends. It opens in UK cinemas on 6th March 2015. You can see the official trailer here.

Update: We've just received news from Warner Bros UK that they've had to push the release date back to Friday 17th April 2015. They've also got an updated trailer on YouTube.

As we've already mentioned the second movie is due to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 6th April 2015.

Read More... | Source: Warner Bros. UK

Love Hotel Documentary on BBC 4 - Monday 16th February 2015

Date: 2015 February 15th Sunday [12:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK readers looking for something a bit different will be interested to hear about BBC 4's Storyville Documentary on Love Hotels. This documentary explores daily life inside a Japanese 'love hotel' and the people that frequent . The feature will be broadcast at 10pm on Monday 16th February 2015. It'll also be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

BBC 4 can be viewed on:
Freeview Channel 9
Freeview HD 106
Freesat Channel 107
Sky Channel 116
Virgin Channel 107
Virgin HD 164

Read More... | Source: BBC 4

MCM Midlands Comic Con 2015 Details

Date: 2015 February 10th Tuesday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK people who can get to the Midlands this weekend and are looking for something geeky to do, will want to head to the MCM Midlands Comic Con at The International Centre Telford. There'll be anime, cosplay, gaming and other such sci-fi fun.

The event is set to run from 9:30am to 5pm on Saturday 14th February 2015. This kick starts the MCM events for 2015.

As always we've got the details on the Otaku Calendar.

Read More... | Source: MCM Midlands Comic Con

Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno UK DVD and Blu-ray Details. Plus Kenshin Movie 3 Cinema Details

Date: 2015 February 9th Monday [15:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK based fans of a certain wandering samurai with a reverse blade sword will be very pleased to hear about the UK release of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno on DVD and Blu-ray. This is the second Kenshin Movie and is due out on Monday 6th April 2015.

You can pre-order it now on DVD and steelbook blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Fans who want to see the third and final film Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends, will want to head to a selected cinema on Friday 6th March 2015.

Update: We've just received news from Warner Bros UK that they've had to push the release date back for the third Kenshin Movie to Friday 17th April 2015. They've also got an updated trailer on YouTube.

Source: Warner Bros. UK

The Wind Rises on Film4 Friday 13th February 2015

Date: 2015 February 9th Monday [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK anime fans who tuned into The Wind Rises last Saturday, may have been surprised to find that they were showing the Japanese version, with English subtitles. Originally Film4 intended to show the dubbed version, but due to an error their they, they showed the subtitled version instead. Anime fans hoping to catch the dubbed version will want to tune into Film 4 on Friday 13th February 2015 at 6:25pm.

As always, we've updated the details of the screening on the Otaku Calendar.

Source: Film4

The Wind Rises on Film4 Saturday 7th February 2015

Date: 2015 February 3rd Tuesday [15:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK based fans of Studio Ghibli will want to tune into Film4 on Saturday 7th February 2015, as they'll be showing The Wind Rises at 3:25pm. This will be the first UK TV screening of the film. It's Hayao Miyazaki's latest (and most likely last) feature film since the famed Oscar winning director announced his retirement.

The Wind Rises was the highest grossing film in Japan for 2013. It tells the story of a fictionalised biography of Jiro Horikoshi, real life designer of the notorious Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft. In the film, Jiro is forced to abandon his dream of being a pilot and becomes an engineer, spurred on by vivid dreams and the love of a woman.

Film4 have confirmed that it will be the English dubbed version which features the voice talent of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Film4 can be viewed on:
Freeview: Channel 15
Free Sat: Channel 300
Sky: Channel 315
Virgin: Channel 428
Virgin HD: Channel 429

Also don't forget Film4 +1, to watch it an hour later.
Film4+1 can be viewed on:
Freeview: Channel 45
Free Sat: Channel 301
Sky: Channel 316
Virgin: Channel 430

If you're interested you can read our review of The Wind Rises.

You also can buy the film on DVD, Blu-ray and DVD or Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD.

Regular readers will be aware of our review of The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness a documentary that follows the production of The Wind Rises.

Source: Film4

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