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Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 Details - Reminder

Date: 2014 October 29th Wednesday [17:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Are you looking for Christmas Japanese Culture fun in London? Well Hyper Japan have got something for you! on Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014 they'll be running the Hyper Japan Christmas Market at National Hall, Olympia, London.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Record numbers at MCM London Comic Con as attendance tops 110,000

Date: 2014 October 29th Wednesday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Last weekend was all about the MCM London Comic Con, which ran from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014. The good folks running the event have just sent us details of the attendance, with over 110,000 people visiting. This is up from over 101,000 people in May 2014 and 88,000 in October 2013.

To take the increasing numbers into account the show as 12,000 square metres bigger than in May 2014.

The next MCM London Comic Con is scheduled for Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015.

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

VIZ Manga digital editions available for purchase in UK/ROI?

Date: 2014 October 29th Wednesday [0:04] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Incoming reports that VIZ Manga digital editions now available to purchase in AUS/NZ/ROI/UK NOTE: No official word from VIZ

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

European streaming site Viewster announces new UK/ROI shows

Date: 2014 October 28th Tuesday [21:53] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

European based legal streaming site announces Cross Ange and immediate streaming of new Gundam Reconguista in G for UK/ROI in addition to existing anime streaming on the site.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

MCM Comic Con UK Licence Round up

Date: 2014 October 26th Sunday [12:11] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Anime Limited and Manga UK formalise licence announcements at MCM Comic Con London 2014 along with MVM's already announced titles.

Read More... | Source: UK Anime Network

An Interview With Manga Artist Junko Mizuno

Date: 2014 October 16th Thursday [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Renowned manga artist Junko Mizuno is jetting over to the UK. She'll be here to attend Comica Festival and Lakes International Comic Art Festival. She'll also be visiting London to give an exclusive talk. Art gallery Atomica will be exhibiting and selling her original works in London.

Just before jetting off from the United States to the UK we were lucky enough to catch up with her for an exclusive interview.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Toyota to launch Manga Inspired Adventures at the MCM London Comic Con

Date: 2014 October 14th Tuesday [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The MCM London Comic Con is almost here! We've just been sent details of an interesting product launch. Toyota will be revealing a manga styled adventure story to promote their new Aygo.

They've commissioned British based professional comic artist and illustrator Sonia Leong to create the artwork along with an original story. Sonia is no stranger to the UK anime and manga scene she is a member of popular UK artist collective and publishers Sweatdrop.

More details about the Aygo and it's manga inspired story will be revealed at the MCM London Comic on on Friday 24th October 2014 at the Toyota booth.

The MCM Expo is set to run from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014 at the ExCel Centre in London.

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

A Brief History of Manga Talk in London November 2014

Date: 2014 October 14th Tuesday [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Manga fans wanting to know more about the history of sequential art will be pleased to hear about Helen McCarthy's A Brief History of Manga Talk. Helen McCarthy has written and co-written many books on anime and manga. She's London's resident anime and manga expert. She also edited the first UK Anime Magazine - Anime UK.

The talk is set to run in London at the Cartoon Museum from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Tuesday 4th November 2014. The event is free, but as always we advise booking to avoid disappointment.

Please e-mail shop@cartoonmuseum.org or call 0207 580 8155 to book a ticket.

Ticket holders can also visit the Gekiga Exhibition for a special price of 2. We've covered the exhibition before here. It's a rare chance to see a great range of alternative manga. It's not every day you get to see such great artwork.

Read More... | Source: Cartoon Museum

TRSI reaches agreement with Sunrise to release Gundam franchise titles

Date: 2014 October 11th Saturday [18:16] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

Rightstuf partners with Sunrise to release earlier Gundam releases in N. America.

Read More... | Source: Fandom Post

Yen Press NYCC licence roundup

Date: 2014 October 11th Saturday [10:07] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Yen Press announce their 2014/2015 licences at New York Comic Con.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Junko Mizuno at the London Comica Festival 2014

Date: 2014 October 8th Wednesday [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

London based manga fans will be very excited to hear about a talk hosted manga artist Junko Mizuno. She'll be in London giving an exclusive talk for Comica Festival at popular bookshop Foyles at Charing Cross Road on Wednesday 22nd October 2014. Arrive at 6.30pm for 7.00-8.30pm. Tickets cost 8. As always we suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

There will also be the first ever selling exhibition of her originals, prints and other items in London. Which will run at Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP from October 20th to 28th as part of Comica Festival. With thanks to GB Sasakawa Foundation, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, and Lakes International Comic Art Festival from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014.

Read More... | Source: Comica Festival

Genki Gear MCM London Comic Con October 2014 T-shirt Line Up

Date: 2014 October 8th Wednesday [15:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The MCM London Comic Con is almost here. It's set to run on Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014. The good folks from geeky t-shirt company Genki Gear have sent us details of their new October line up.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Australian release details

Date: 2014 October 2nd Thursday [17:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We don't normally post Australian anime news (but we do want to change that and post more). Australian Fan of Studio Ghibli are in for a treat the December. Anime company Madman Entertainment will be releasing The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. It's a behind the scenes documentary at Studio Ghibli, you can see the masters of animation at work and get some inside details of Miyazaki making his last feature film The Wind Rises. It's due out in Australia on Wednesday 10th December 2014 and is set to retail for $29.95 (AUD).

If you've enjoyed any kind of DVD extra on behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli, you'll want to see this insightful film focusing on the creative process behind the scenes.

The film will also be showing as part of Madman's The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase theatrical event

Source: Madman Entertainment

Japan Matsuri in London Saturday 27th September 2014

Date: 2014 September 21st Sunday [5:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In London on Saturday? Looking for something Japanese Culture related to do? Well don't forget about the Japan Matsuri in London. The Traditional Japanese festival returns to Trafalgar Square. It's set to run on Saturday 27th September 2014 from 11am until 9pm. As expected, they'll be lots of food stalls, along with stalls selling all sorts of Japanese related goodies plus shows on the main stage. There is no entry fee, it's open to all.

Regular readers would have first heard about this years event on the Otaku Calendar as it's the best way to organise your otaku lifestyle! ^_^

Source: Japan Matsuri

Attack On Titan Part 1 UK Blu-ray Competition

Date: 2014 September 17th Wednesday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Attack On Titan Part 1 on Blu-ray to give away.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gekiga: Alternative Manga Exhibition in London

Date: 2014 September 16th Tuesday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

London based readers looking to discover a different side of manga will be very interested to hear about the Gekiga: Alternative Manga From Japan. This will run at Cartoon Museum on Little Russell Street (which is near the British Museum). It's set to run from Tuesday 23rd September to Saturday 29th November 2014.

It's not every day you get a chance to see manga like this on exhibition, so go and visit it while it's on!

The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a talk on Gekiga in London on Thursday 25th September 2014 (we've had this on the Otaku Calendar for a while).

Thanks to the good folks at The Japanese Gallery for telling us about the exhibition.

Read More... | Source: Cartoon Museum

Attack On Titan Part 1 Out Now in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray

Date: 2014 September 15th Monday [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Today's the day many UK anime fans have been waiting for. The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have released Attack on Titan. It's out today (Monday 15th September 2014) on Blu-ray, Collectors Edition Blu-ray and DVD. It is indeed epic.

You can also pre-order Attack On Titan Part 2 on Blu-ray and DVD.

Last year we caught up with WIT Studio the company behind the anime hit at the MCM London Comic Con.

As you can expect, we'll post a review soon. In the meantime, don't have nightmares about scary giant naked people eating you (please don't).

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Psycho-Pass Complete Season 1 Collection UK Blu-ray Competition

Date: 2014 September 11th Thursday [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Psycho-Pass Complete Season 1 Collection on Blu-ray to give away.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Under The Dog Kickstarter sets new record for animated project

Date: 2014 September 9th Tuesday [9:30] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Kickstarter anime project Under The Dog receives highest ever funding for an animated project on the crowd funding website.

Read More... | Source: Under The Dog Kickstarter Campaign

Under The Dog Anime Project Achieves Its Funding Goal

Date: 2014 September 7th Sunday [13:25] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Kickstarter project from anime director Masahiro Ando, Under The Dog, successfully achieves its Kickstarter funding. Project will be a first episode in a planned series.

Read More... | Source: Under The Dog Kickstater Campaign

Top Anime Director Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con October 2014

Date: 2014 September 5th Friday [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con returns this October 2014. As always UK based anime fans are in for a treat.

The good folks running MCM London Comic Con got in touch with us to tell us that this time around the Anime Guest of Honour is renowned anime director Shinichiro Watanabe. The man is well known for fusing anime with different musical styles. His work is highly regarded (and rightly so). He's the force behind Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids On The Slope. More recently, he's also directed Space Dandy and Terror In Resonance.

He'll be appearing on stage, plus attending the Anime Limited stand to sign autographs (exact times will be announced closer to the date), he's also here to promote the UK home video launch of Space Dandy and Terror In Resonance.

We were lucky enough to interview him last year at the MCM London Comic Con in May 2013.

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

MCM London Comic Con October 2014 Exclusive Pre-order T-shirt from Genki Gear

Date: 2014 September 5th Friday [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

It's that time of year again! This October from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th geeks will descend on London for the MCM London Comic Con. 3 days of fun for all the different kinds geek spectrum, otaku, gamers, film fans, cosplayers, will all be well represented. As is tradition the good folks at Genki Gear will have an MCM London Comic Con Exclusive Official T-Shirt. It will be available for pre-order and features a sweet monster design.

The t-shirt is available from www.genkigear.com or the official MCM Store.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014 Details

Date: 2014 September 3rd Wednesday [15:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK fans of Japanese culture will be pleased to hear about Hyper Japan's next event. The Christmas Market is set to run from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014 at National Hall, Kensington Olympia in London. We visited their last event in July and had lots of fun. So it's worth setting a date in your calendar or even your Otaku Calendar, as it's a great place to get some Christmas shopping done in advance.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Haruki Murakami Book Signing Report

Date: 2014 August 31st Sunday [11:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Yesterday cult best selling author Haruki Murakami was in London for a book signing. Being fans of his work the Otaku News Team decided to go along and see if we could get a signed copy of his book. It turns out, we're not hardcore Murakami fans.

Waterstones were running the book signing and advised fans that they would be giving out wrist bands for the event at 8:30am. The first 200 people would be able to buy a copy of the book and get it signed by the man himself. The next 200 would get a pre-signed copy. We got to the Piccadilly branch of Waterstones at 7:30am, already the queue had hit the 400 people capacity. The security guard for the event was politely turning people away. It was inevitable if you cap the number of people at an event, that there will be some people disappointed.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Haruki Murakami London Book Signings - August 2014

Date: 2014 August 29th Friday [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of cult writer Haruki Murakami will want to head to Waterstone's Piccadilly Circus Branch on Saturday 30th August 2014 at 11:00am where the author will be signing his latest book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Sensibly due to the authors huge popularity Waterstone's are advising people to turn up early to avoid disappointment. They will be operating a wristband scheme. Customers will receive their wristband for this event when they purchase Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage on Saturday 30th August at 8.30am, or when they bring a valid Waterstones receipt/Waterstones.com despatch note with their copy on the day of the signing. They'll be limiting the wristbands to the first 200 people, and they are non transferable. Those who are not lucky enough to meet Haruki Murakami on the day, will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy a rare pre-signed edition. These will be limited to 200 copies only, one per person.

Source: Waterstones

Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat

Date: 2014 August 28th Thursday [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Every so often in the news you hear something that takes you by surprise. This week The LA Times found out that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

While researching Sanrio's super star character for a museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum in LA Christine R. Yano an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii (and currently a visiting professor at Harvard, as well as a Hello Kitty expert) discovered that Hello Kitty is not a cat.

Read More... | Source: LA Times

Psycho-Pass Complete Series One Collection DVD and Blu-ray UK Release Details

Date: 2014 August 27th Wednesday [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

A quick reminder to UK based anime fans who will be excited to hear about Manga Entertainment UK's upcoming release of Psycho-Pass Complete Series One Collection. The whole series is being released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 1st September 2014.

You can pre-order Psycho-pass Complete Series One Collection from Amazon.co.uk on DVD and Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

AmeChibi Sells Out In 6 Hours

Date: 2014 August 25th Monday [14:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime fans will not be surprised to hear that Mini Anime Convention AmeChibi 2015 has hit it's registration limit of 500 people in 6 hours of opening their website for registration. The website enabled registration at midday on 25th August 2014, and by 6pm on the same day the limit had been reached.

We did say to book early to avoid disappointment. Those who have not yet registered can be added to the wait list, and put in the queue for any cancelled registrations.

The convention is going to be a smaller less crowded affair, with the event highlighting "the smaller size means a cosier venue, with less of that pesky walking around".

Source: AmeCon Website

Howl's Moving Castle Today's Google Doodle

Date: 2014 August 16th Saturday [7:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Fans of Ghibli will be pleased to note that today's Google Doodle in the UK is Diana Wynne Jones, the author of Howl's Moving Castle. The doodle celebrates what would be her 80th birthday. The doodle features Micheal, Calcifer and Sophie sitting around the fireplace. As square on the door rotates, and the door opens and closes changing location.

Source: Google UK

AmeChibi 2015 Registration Details

Date: 2014 August 16th Saturday [7:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear the news sent to us from the good folks from AmeCon. They've already announced that AmeChibi will be running from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April 2015 in Nottingham. Now they've just revealed when registration will be open/

On Monday 25th of August 2014 at midday, they'll accept registrations. So get ready, as with events like this once they've sold out, that's it. We advise on booking early to avoid disappointment.

Update: AmeCon have confirmed the mini con will be limited to 500 places. So do book early.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

Hyper Japan 2014 Report

Date: 2014 August 7th Thursday [15:04] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Features

So Japanese Culture event Hyper Japan was the 25th -27th July 2014 this year, a few of us went & this is a run down of the goings on at this awesome event!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Studio Ghibli Forever screenings throughout the UK in August

Date: 2014 August 5th Tuesday [13:32] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

In conjunction with film distributor Studio Canal, there will be a selection of Studio Ghibli features playing at cinemas throughout the UK in August. Including Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Arrietty, Ponyo, Earthsea, Cat Returns, Porco Rosso and Princess Mononoke. There will even be a 'Draw Your Own Studio Ghibli Character' workshop!

Screenings will be all over the UK, including Glasgow, Sheffield, London, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham.

Not only that, but tickets are at great value starting from 4 for children and 7.50 for Adults.

Read More... | Source: Studio Ghibli Forever

Studio Ghibli to close down (or is it?)

Date: 2014 August 3rd Sunday [17:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The internet has lit up with the news that Studio Ghibli is to close down. Being the internet it's also full of misinformation. According to sources, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said on the MBS Channel that they're restructuring Studio Ghibli. They are considering closing animation department. Many speculators in the industry are not surprised by this.

Kotaku have a good analysis of the story and it's details. As they correctly point out, an event like Studio Ghibli closing down would be all over Japanese News sources. Currently it is not.

Update: We've changed the source of this article to Kotaku, as they have a great analysis of what's going on.

Read More... | Source: Kotaku

Bryan Lee O'Malley Seconds UK Book Signing Details

Date: 2014 July 29th Tuesday [15:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Scott Pilgrim will be very pleased to hear about Bryan Lee O'Malley's new book Seconds. To celebrate it's launch Bryan will be in the UK for some book signings at Gosh! Comics in London on Thursday 14th August 2014, The British Library in London on Friday 15th 2014, plus Forbidden Planet in Edinburgh on Sunday 17th August 2014.

We've already updated the Otaku Calendar with these details.

Update: More details the signings have been announced including, Leeds, Manchester and Dublin.

If you can't make it to the signings, you can always pre-order Seconds from Amazon.co.uk.

Source: Raidomaru.com - Bryan Lee O'Malley's Website

The Daiwa Scholarship - Spend 19 Months in Japan

Date: 2014 July 28th Monday [15:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

UK readers will be very interested in a scholarship offered by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation.

"The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary."

So if you're a British Citizen about to graduate, or have graduated and are aged between 21 and 35 years of age as of 1 September 2015 you should investigate further!

Source: The Daiwa Scholarship

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