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Manga Jiman 2018 UK Competition

Date: 2018 June 14 19:32 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

The Embassy of Japan in the UK have have just announced the theme for their manga competition. Theme for this year is "home". The competition has been running each year for more than 10 years now. Just by entering you can learn a lot, but this is certainly a competition worth investing time in. This years first place winner will get a flight to Japan, while second prize will get a laptop and third place will a digital camera from Ricoh UK (like Daido Moriyama we're fans of their GR Series cameras).

The competition has 2 distinct categories the Yonkoma Manga for 11 to 13 year olds where they can submit a 4 panel manga. While the main Manga Jiman is open for anyone 14 and over expects a short story told across 6 to 8 pages.

To check out previous winning entries go here.

Read More... | Souce: The Embassy of Japan in the UK


My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 1 (sequel to My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness) Out Now

Date: 2018 June 11 20:42 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The good people from manga publishers Seven Seas Entertainment have just sent us a reminder of their latest release print release - My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 1. The manga is the sequel to the autobiographical manga My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. We found the original manga to be essential reading and many other have agreed making the follow on true story of Nagata Kabi highly anticipated by fans.

As always you can buy My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 1 on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Volume 2 is slated for a February 2019 release and is already available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Of course if you want to start the original book is also available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Seven Seas Entertainment


An Interview with Shouji Gatou Writer and Creator of Full Metal Panic!

Date: 2018 June 10 13:24 | Posted By:

Category > Features

The MCM London Comic Con always has interesting anime guests of honour. This May 2018 was no exception with Shouji Gatou the creator of Full Metal Panic! visiting London as the anime guest of honour. Mr Gatou wrote the original Full Metal Panic! Light Novels and also works as an anime screen writer having worked on the anime version of Full Metal Panic!, Hyouka, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. He also created Amagi Brilliant Park as a light novel, which also became a popular anime series.

We caught up with Shouji Gatou on the Saturday of MCM London Comic Con May 2018 to ask him some questions about his career and his works.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News


MCM Comic Con Celebrates it's First London Show of 2018

Date: 2018 June 07 20:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from MCM Comic Con have just sent us the details of their first London show of 2018. The MCM London Comic Con ran from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018. The event was well attended and had Full Metal Panic! Creator Shouji Gatou as Anime Guest of Honour.

The MCM Team also remind us that their next event will be in Manchester on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July at Manchester Central.

As always we've had the details up on the Otaku Calendar so you can keep track of these great events.

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toco toco interview Yoshitoshi ABe

Date: 2018 June 04 21:00 | Posted By:

Category > Websites

I am falling, I am fading, I have lost it all. Well we haven't really, but we've got that theme song from Serial Experiments Lain in our heads thanks to the folks from the team behind toco toco - a short documentary series showcasing Japanese creators and the places that inspire them. They've just told us that their latest video interviews Yoshitoshi ABe, illustrator, mangaka and character designer of various animation series like Serial Experiments Lain, NieA_7 or Haibane Renmei. While practising photography in Tokyo parks, his latest hobby, he recalls his 25-years drawing career.

You can watch the interview free (and legally) on toco toco's YouTube Channel.

Souce: toco toco


Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms US and Canadian Cinema Details

Date: 2018 May 31 20:58 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Eleven Arts have sent us details for the US and Canadian Theatrical release of Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms. The film will be released in the US and Canada on July 20th, 2018. Visit their site to find a screening near you.

As we've already mentioned Maquia hits UK cinemas from Wednesday 27th June 2018.

Read More... | Souce: Eleven Arts


Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai UK Cinema Release Details

Date: 2018 May 24 19:31 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

While the good folks from Anime Limited are getting ready for the MCM London Comic Con this weekend they've still found some time to tell us the UK cinema release date for Mamoru Hosoda's latest movie. Mirai is set to open nationwide around the UK on 2nd November 2018. That date is a while away so details will still be confirmed. They've put all the details up on their new official website www.miraifilm.co.uk.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: 2018 May 23 20:50 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime fans in the UK looking for some card duelling cinema action will be pleased to hear that Manga Entertainment UK will be releasing Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie in select cinemas one night only. The digitally remastered 2004 film will be screened on Wednesday 13th June 2018.

So visit their Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie website to find a screening near you.

Read More... | Souce: Yu Gi Oh! The Movie UK Website


My Hero Academia Season Two - Part Two UK Competition

Date: 2018 May 22 20:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Funimation Entertainment have given us one copy of My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 to give away on DVD. The show hits the shelves on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 11th June 2018. So read on to enter our competition!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News


Manga Entertainment UK Summer 2018 DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2018 May 18 21:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good people from Manga Entertainment UK have just announced their Summer 2018 release slate. There's pretty much something for everyone. If you're into shonen, they've got more Naruto, Dragon Ball Super and One Piece. They've got some moe fun in the form of Kinmoza where British Girl Alice lives with her best friend Shino in Japan. For fans of otaku comedy anime they've got not one, but two Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions movies. Thrown in for fun is the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable a movie from the very productive Takashi Miike.

Plus lots more:

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment UK


BBC Wiltshire Covers Fosse Farmhouse The UK Location Used for anime Kinmoza

Date: 2018 May 17 20:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

BBC Wiltshire isn't the first place you'd think of going to for anime coverage, but now and again it does pay off to check regional news. They've just published a video of a visit to Fosse Farmhouse, the B&B used as the location for anime Kinmoza.

We've covered details of Fosse Farmhouse winning Best B&B Story of the Year for it's Anime Connection and the original story of the location being used for Kinmoza.

Souce: BBC Wiltshire Facebook Page


Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms UK Trailer

Date: 2018 May 16 20:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from Anime Limited have just sent us a reminder about their soon to be released film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. It's due to hit the cinemas nationwide across the UK on Wednesday 27th June 2018. Anime Limited have sent us a look at the new poster and also a UK trailer.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited


Animerama: A Thousand and One Nights / Cleopatra UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2018 May 12 20:15 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK fans of Osamu Tezuka's less mainstream work will be interested to hear about Third Window Film's upcoming release of Animerama: A Thousand and One Nights / Cleopatra. This forms the world's first blu-ray and remastered release of Tezuka's more erotic movies from the late 60's and early 70's. The double disc set is due out on Monday 18th June 2018 and is rated BBFC 15.

The extras bundled with the film make it even more temping including Audio commentaries for both films by Helen McCarthy (anime expert and author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga), plus a new hour long interview with director Eiichi Yamamoto.

You can pre-order the collectors edition on blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.co.uk

Read More... | Souce: Third Window Films


Night is Short, Walk on Girl UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2018 May 10 20:19 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK Anime distributors Anime Limited have just revealed the release date for Night is Short, Walk on Girl. The movie is directed by Masaaki Yuasa who also directed The Tatami Galaxy, Lu Over the Wall and Devilman Crybaby.

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is based on the story written by Tomihiko Morimi, who also wrote The Eccentric Family, The Tatami Galaxy and Penguin Highway.

The story revolves around a night out drinking and the crazy adventures that it entails.

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is due out in the UK on Monday 25th June 2018 on DVD, Blu-ray and Collectiors Edition Blu-ray set.

We interviewed Masaaki Yuasa when the movie hit UK cinema screens and also ask him about his other latest release Lu Over the Wall.

Souce: Anime Limited


Full Metal Panic! Creator Anime Guest of Honour at MCM London Comic Con May 2018

Date: 2018 May 05 19:02 | Posted By:

Category > Events

It's May! Which means it's almost time for the MCM London Comic Con. The huge UK geek event is set to run from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018 at the Excel Centre in London.

As always they've got lots of interesting guests. For anime fans they'll have Full Metal Panic! creator Shouji Gatou. As well as creating the original light novels that became the fan favourite anime show Gatou is an anime screen writer having just scripted Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, his screen writing credits include Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Amagi Brilliant Park.

He'll be at the comic con to sign autographs along with taking part in Q&A sessions following screenings of the first episode of Invisible Victory.

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


My Hero Academia Season 2, Part 2 UK Release Details

Date: 2018 May 05 12:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK Anime fans looking to own My Hero Academia Season 2, Part 2 on DVD or Blu-ray will be pleased to hear that Funimation Entertainment have announced that it'll hit the UK on Monday 11th June 2018.

Extras on the Blu-ray include:
- San Diego Comic-Con: IGN Interview
- Inside the Episodes
- Textless opening & closing songs

Don't forget you can always watch My Hero Academia on Crunchyroll for free (with ads) or pay a subscription to watch new episodes first (and remove ads).

Read More... | Souce: Funimation Entertainment


Fosse Farmhouse wins Best B&B Story of the Year for it's Anime Connection

Date: 2018 May 01 21:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime is always a way of escaping reality, but it's always fun discovering when anime meets reality. We revealed Fosse Farmhouse was used as the real world location for anime Kinmoza. The Cotswold Bed and Breakfast featured as main character Alice's house.

The story behind Fosse Farm was found to be so interesting by the Bed and Breakfast industry it was awarded AA B&B Story of the Year 2018-19 as part of the Bed and Breakfast Awards.

The panel were impressed by B&B owner Caron's cross cultural adventures promoting British Culture in Japan.

Of course you can buy Kinmoza! Season 1 on Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk in the UK or Amazon.com for the US.

Season Two - titled Hello! Kinmoza! is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk in the UK or buy now from Amazon.com in the US.

You can also get the original manga from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Don't forget to read our feature about Fosse Farm and Kinmoza.

Read More... | Souce: AA B&B Awards


Mary and the Witch's Flower UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: 2018 April 30 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Anime fans in the UK looking for something to watch on the cinema on Friday 4th May 2018 (yes, Star Wars day), will want to head to a cinema near them to catch a screening of Mary and the Witch's Flower. Produced by Studio Ponoc, founded by Studio Ghibli veterans Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura the film is clearly made in the Ghibli mould. The film is adapted from The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.

As always we've highlighted this on The Otaku Calendar, so you can keep up to date with screenings and release dates. It even shows in your Google / iOS Calendars if you like too via iCal Feed.

Read More... | Souce: Mary and the Witch's Flower Film Website


Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Volume 1

Date: 2018 April 29 12:39 | Posted By:

A young girl named Nagi and a giant spider make an unusual pair in this post-apocalyptic story, but living in the mountains is lonely, and they've managed to find each other. Join them in their strangely sweet domestic bliss as they spend their days sharing tea and throwing picnics, proving that love (and delicious food) can bring together even the most unlikely of friends.

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Anime Limited acquires Penguin Highway movie

Date: 2018 April 27 20:23 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

UK Anime distributor Anime Limited always pick up interesting titles. This time around they've just announced they've acquired the rights for Penguin Highway. Based on the novel by Tomihiko Morimi who has a habit of writing quirky and wonderful stories that get adapted into anime such as The Eccentric Family, Night is Short, Walk on Girl, The Tatami Galaxy. The film is directed by upcoming director Hiroyasu Ishida.

As always it's early days yet, but Anime Limited will release the film in 2019.

Read More... | Souce: Anime Limited


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