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Japanese Theatre at artsdepot in North London

Date: 2014 April 14th Monday [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Cultured readers in North London will be interested in hearing about the latest performances at the artsdepot in North Finchley. On Sunday 18th May 2014 at 11am and 2pm, there will be performances of Tales from Old Japan. The family performance has been created for children aged 5+ and their families. It focuses on 3 traditional Japanese tales.

While on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th June 2014 the artsdepot will host the UK premiere of Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich, a darkly humorous look at Japanese consumerism.

Read More... | Source: artsdepot

1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Date: 2014 April 14th Monday [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good people from Project 6060 have sent us news of their Kickstarter Campaign for Stories of Modern Manga (1952-2012). The title of the book is self explanatory, with each double page spread tackling a year in the history of manga.

They aim to make the book as accessible as possible, it sounds like a great coffee table book, something you can just pick up and dip into.

The campaign aims to to raise $18K (USD) to publish the book. At the time of writing they've currently raised $3,693. However it's still early days and we know it's the last few hours that really count for a Kickstarter campaign.

Read More... | Source: 1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Attack on Titan UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: 2014 April 11th Friday [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about the UK DVD and blu-ray release of this fan favourite. We've been told that Attack on Titan Part 1 will be coming to DVD, Blu-ray and as a Blu-ray Deluxe Collector's Edition package on 15th September 2014. Part 1 will include episodes 1-12 of the series.

We interviewed WIT Studio the company behind the Attack on Titan anime at the October 2013 MCM London Comic Con.

For UK anime fans who can't wait, you can always watch it (legally) on Crunchyroll.

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

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

Date: 2014 April 10th Thursday [16:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's almost time for the big MCM London Comic Con in May. The event is set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May 2014. As is tradition super t-shirt company Genki Gear have produced a special exclusive design for the event. The theme this time around is a Teeny Tiny Ninja!

It's available as a limited edition pre-order only from the 7th April until the 16th May at Genkigear.com for £16.99. There is also a subtle design change with the MCM logo on the arm this time around.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Sony's Easter Sale for PS3 and Vita

Date: 2014 April 9th Wednesday [12:59] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Sony is holding an Easter sale for the PS3 and Vita including good deals on JRPG's and other anime titles.

Read More... | Source: Playstation Blog

Babymetal make UK debut at Sonisphere

Date: 2014 April 8th Tuesday [14:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of kawaii metal group Babymetal will be pleased to hear that they'll be making their UK debut at Sonisphere. The metal festival is set to run from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014 at Knebworth Park. Headline acts at Sonisphere include The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Babymetal will be playing at the Bohemia tent on the Sunday.

Read More... | Source: Sonisphere

Pirate Anime FAQ Updated

Date: 2014 April 6th Sunday [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

The Pirate Anime FAQ is regarded as essential reading. We've just done a minor update adding a section about Anime Conventions and similar events to it. Geeky events like this are a great place to buy stuff from, but we urge caution as some will have excellent policies in place to stop dealers from selling pirate goods. Other events we are aware of however will not have any policy or if they do not enforce it. Often their concern is if they've sold enough tables to make a good profit. This does not just apply to small events. Bigger events also have this problem too.

Source: Pirate Anime FAQ

UK's First Cat Café is Fully Booked Until July

Date: 2014 April 5th Saturday [10:58] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Culture

You may have already heard in the Metro or Guardian about London's first "cat café", elegantly named Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium. This otaku dream was originally crowdfunded through IndieGogo.

Cat cafés are a known trend in Japan, and it being brought over to the UK was such huge news, it needn't be put here on Otaku News. But here's a reminder just in case you did miss it: You'd want to book a table soon if you want to see it before Summer is over!

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is open now. Book a table through their website.

Source: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

First Free Weekend for REZtron's Retro Sega Gaming Bar Night

Date: 2014 April 5th Saturday [10:37] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

In case you're too busy to attend London's various gaming bars weekday events, the folks at Reztron are holding their first weekend one. Held at the award-winning cocktail bar Aquum in the increasingly trendy Clapham area.

If you grew up on the Dreamcast, Megadrive or Master Systems and want to hang out to reminisce with your mates (or mates-to-be), this event is for you! What's more, this time it's free entry.

There will be a Sonic the Hedgehog 'speed run' competition going on, with prizes to be won.

Cosplayers are also encouraged to come along!

Further details on the games available after the jump...

Read More... | Source: REZtron

First MCM Ireland Comic Con Details - April 2014

Date: 2014 April 3rd Thursday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Irish Anime fans in Dublin are in for a treat on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014 as that's when the first ever MCM Ireland Comic Con is set to run at Dublin's RDS.

The event regularly attracts huge crowds around the UK and this April it's Dublin debut marks it's first time in Ireland. Anime fans will be well catered for with two top voice actors - Maile Flanagan, the voice of Naruto, and Bryce Papenbrook, who plays Eren Yeager in Attack On Titan. Plus lots of cosplay goodness including a masquerade.

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

The Embassy of Japan Announce Manga Jiman 2013 Winners

Date: 2014 April 2nd Wednesday [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The Embassy of Japan in London announced on Friday 21st March 2014 the winners of the prestigious Manga Jiman Art Competition. 10 winners were selected for the main category, winning prizes ranging from gift vouchers to a return flight to Japan.

1st place winner is Katja Hammond with Oh Crumbs! This was her third time entering the competition. Having read her submission, it's clear that this was something special, it could have been easily published and enjoyed as a children's book. She joined with other artists to form the Cross#atch Manga and Comics collective.

2nd place winner is Rachel Dunn with her story The Apocalypse and Key, an imaginative sci-fi tale of a pub that forms a hub to other dimensions.

3rd place winner was Selina Dean with her story A Beautiful World, a tale of travel water and romance. Readers familiar to the UK fan scene will know her from her work at Sweatdrop Studios.

Megan Brennan-Dent deserves a special mention, she won the prize for the most impressive Manga by an entrant aged between fourteen and sixteen. She also won 6th place overall, competing against everyone! This has not happened before at the Manga Jiman. Megan is indeed an up and coming talent and one to watch.

Read More... | Source: Embassy of Japan

Ghost In the Shell UK Release Details - ARISE and Original Movie

Date: 2014 March 30th Sunday [17:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans of Ghost in the Shell will be pleased to hear the latest news from Manga Entertainment UK.

We've been told that the latest incarnation of the Major's adventures, Ghost in the Shell: ARISE will be released in the UK. At this time they're unable to confirm any details. London based fans will be able to catch ARISE at the BFI in May.

They've also stated that later this year, the original movie of Ghost in The Shell will be released as a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook (to clarify, this is the original version of the film, not the "2.0" version.) More details will be made available on this soon. Anime fans have been screaming out for a blu-ray release of the original version of the hugely influential movie. The 2.0 version of the film replaced the original computer graphics with more current CGI and proved to have a mixed receiption. Fans just wanted the original movie in hi-def, the one they first saw on the big screen.

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Anime Weekend at the BFI Southbank in London - May 2014

Date: 2014 March 25th Tuesday [17:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans are already in for a treat at the BFI Southbank as we've covered before the news on their complete Studio Ghibli retrospective, which includes the latest Ghibli Movie The Wind Rises. Wanting to show even more anime, the BFI Southbank run biennial Anime Weekend, and it's running this year on from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May 2014. They've got an amazing line up and a bit of something for everyone.

They'll be showing Ghost in the Shell Arise Part 1: Ghost Pain, and the UK Premiere of Part 2: Ghost Whispers (on Friday 16th May).

They'll also be showing Patema Inverted, Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the European Premiere of Tiger and Bunny: The Rising, One Piece: Strong World, plus Blue Exorcist: The Movie.

We haven't seen all these films, but we really do want to see them all. Especially Ghost in the Shell Arise and the latest Evangelion Movie.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

Anime Limited Announce Space Dandy Season 2 for July 2014

Date: 2014 March 24th Monday [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from anime company Anime Limited have just announced that the second season of Space Dandy will be broadcast from July 2014. Details of the series including episode count are yet to be confirmed. What is confirmed that it will be streamed, dubbed and subbed in in July via Wakanim.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Ranma 1/2 US High definition release details

Date: 2014 March 18th Tuesday [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans after a true classic will be very pleased to hear about the new high definition release of Ranma 1/2 on blu-ray and DVD. The good folks from Viz Media have sent us details about the up coming release. The title is due to hit the shelves on March 25th 2014.

Volume 1 will feature everyone's favourite cursed gender bending boy, in original Japanese broadcast order.

You can see footage of the original release vs. this current High Def release and Blu-ray set Debut.

Pre-order Blu-ray from Amazon.com
Pre-order DVD from Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

A look at the local Australian anime section

Date: 2014 March 12th Wednesday [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've highlighted before to our UK readers how they're connected to the Australian anime market. So today we'd thought we should share you with you an example of how established the market is down under.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

The Wind Rises Review

Date: 2014 March 5th Wednesday [3:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

While Hayao Miyazaki's latest offering The Wind Rises awaits it's special UK preview on Wednesday 23rd April 2014, it is currently being shown in the US and Australia. We were lucky enough to catch a screening in English recently.

Here's our review of the film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Patema Inverted UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: 2014 March 5th Wednesday [1:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans looking for some cinema action will be pleased to hear about the up coming release of Pateman Inverted. The film debuted in the UK as part of the Scotland Loves Anime Screenings, and will be released in cinemas on Friday 2nd May 2014. Anime Limited will be bringing it to the big screen.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

HMV Exclusive Version of Blood C: The Last Dark announced on Blu-ray and DVD

Date: 2014 February 28th Friday [20:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us some details about a HMV exclusive version of Blood C: The Last Dark. The title is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 24th March 2014.

The HMV Exclusive version of Blood C: The Last Dark will be a double play, containing the film both on DVD and Blu-ray, come with a slip cover, a poster and 4 art cards containing visuals from the film.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

BFI Southbank launch complete Studio Ghibli feature film retrospective, including a preview of The Wind Rises.

Date: 2014 February 20th Thursday [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK fans of Studio Ghibli will be very pleased to hear the news we've been sent from the good folks at the BFI. From April to May 2014 the BFI Southbank will launch complete Studio Ghibli feature film retrospective, including a preview of The Wind Rises. They'll be celebrating the Studio's 30th Anniversary.

They'll also be showing a preview of Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises. The latest film he's directed and likely to be his last as he says he's retired from film making. The Wind Rises will be screened on a special preview on Wednesday 23rd April 2013.

If you haven't seen a Studio Ghibli feature on the big screen before, we strongly suggest you do. It's a special treat to see these films as they're intend on the big screen!

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

Mai Mai Miracle UK and US Release Kickstarter Update

Date: 2014 February 8th Saturday [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The big news in anime circles this week has been from Anime Limited and their Kickstarter campaign to bring Mai Mai Miracle to home video.

Within the first 18 hours the Kickstarter hit it's $30K (USD) funding goal. So now they're going for a stretch goal. If they hit the goal of $60K, they'll be able to fund a dub. At the time of writing (with 26 days left on the Kickstarter), they have reached just over $54K. You can keep up to date with news about the Kickstarter here or check out Anime Limited's own website.

Source: Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter

Space Dandy UK DVD and blu-ray release details

Date: 2014 February 8th Saturday [15:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

For UK anime fans who have been watching Space Dandy on Wakanim you'll already know that it's due out on DVD and blu-ray on 24th November 2014. Amazon.co.uk have just started to take pre-orders for the DVD and blu-ray.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: 2014 February 6th Thursday [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK Fans of the anime series Rurouni Kenshin (also known as Samurai X for some releases), will be pleased to hear that Warner UK will be releasing the live action movie on Monday 17th February 2014. The film features events from the first story arc of the anime/manga, but is not a direct retelling as some concepts and events from the original series have been changed. You can pre-order the title on DVD and Collectors Edition Steelbook Blu-ray

Source: Warner Bros UK

Plastic Blue a LGBT Yuri tale continues the return of GEN Manga monthly

Date: 2014 February 4th Tuesday [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Indie Manga publishers GEN Manga have sent us details of their newest releases. Plus an all new season of their manga collection has just launched. All their titles are available to download from their website and are DRM free.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Anime Limited launch Kickstarter campaign for Mai Mai Miracle

Date: 2014 February 3rd Monday [14:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

After spending a few days teasing followers to guess, Anime Limited have announced the details of their Kick Starter Campaign to bring Mai Mai Miracle to the UK and US.

The film has yet to get any English speaking territory home video release, only being shown occasionally at anime film festivals. We first discovered the film at a Barbican Screening in 2009 and were immediately fans. It's made by Mad House, the studio well know for hight quality releases. The film itself has that nostalgic Ghibli like feel to it, with it's own touch of whimsy. We've been wondering why it hasn't had an English language blu-ray or DVD release yet, and we always recommend people see it if they can. It's one of those rare must see family movies.

Anime Limited are aiming to bring it on blu-ray to both the UK and US! For us this is a no brainer. This is a case of shut up and take my money.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Miss Manga Mascara a new manga style mascara from L'Oreal Paris.

Date: 2014 January 22nd Wednesday [15:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've just seen an interesting advert on TV for a new brand of mega volume mascara Miss Manga. It's designed to give you the manga look. L'Oreal want people to embrace the Japanese Kawaii attitude.

Beckkii Cruel has reviewed the product.

Read More... | Source: L'Oreal Paris

Otaku News Podcast Omake 1

Date: 2014 January 20th Monday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Spike and Colin try a different kind of podcast in the first Omake Podcast. We didn't want to record a proper show without Rebecca (who is relocating for work) so we decided to just talk for a while about a few different topics. Colin bores the pants off Spike talking about the newly announced Persona games, we look at the first episode of Seitokai Yakuindomo* and then theres a long discussion about mech shows. As this is the first time we've done this, we would like some feedback. Maybe you preffered this to the normal structured podcast. Let us know at podcast@otakunews.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Otakunewscast

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Manga wallpaper is now available at B&Q

Date: 2014 January 13th Monday [19:16] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Freaky Things

On the off-chance of a friend sending me a photo of her shiny new computer, I notice her room is emblazoned in manga comic art. I find out she bought it from B&Q a while a go.

The art in question is not an excerpt from an existing manga publication, but seems to be a one-off by artist and fashion designer Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

The wallpaper can be purchased online. It's available for £19.98 for a roll that spans 53cm in width and 10 metres.

Source: B&Q

Anime Limited announce 2014 DVD and Blu-ray release schedule

Date: 2014 January 13th Monday [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK anime company Anime Limited have just unvealed their 2014 release line up.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Space Dandy streams for free on Wakanim

Date: 2014 January 7th Tuesday [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK based anime fans wanting to see the new sci-fi space comedy Space Dandy should head over to Wakanim now to enjoy it. The show has just started to stream with both the sub and dubbed versions available on-line. The show is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe who also directed Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Kids on the Slope. We caught up with him at the May MCM London Comic Con where he mentioned the show.

Source: WakAnim

GEN Manga returns with Let's Eat Ramen 3

Date: 2014 January 6th Monday [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest release. They're back with volume 3 of Let's Eat Ramen. Their GEN Manga monthly indie manga has also returned.

We caught up with GEN Manga a few years ago to hear their thoughts on seinen and indie manga.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Looking back over 2013 with Otaku News

Date: 2013 December 31st Tuesday [11:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

We don't normally do retrospective articles like this, but we thought it would be interesting to look back over the year that was 2013. February 2014 will mark 10 years of Otaku News. The last 12 months we've managed to cover a lot of interesting things and it'll be fun to go over all the events we were able to bring you in 2013.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Wolf Children UK DVD Competition

Date: 2013 December 20th Friday [17:56] | 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 two copies of Wolf Children to give away. The film is directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who also directed Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Christmas 2013 at Fosse Farm the Home of Alice from Kinmoza

Date: 2013 December 19th Thursday [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Without doubt one of our most popular articles this year was our on location coverage of Fosse Farm - Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza. Key scenes in the anime set in England used Fosse Farmhouse as Alice's house.

Caron Cooper who owns and runs the B&B has just got in touch with us to let us know about a special Christmas offer for Otaku news readers -

Double or twin bedrooms in The Stables Cottage (Alice and Shino's Hanafuda house) £99.00 per room per night B&B.

Available from 20/12/2013 - 26/12/2013 inclusive.

Plus a few spaces remaining for our delicious 4 course Christmas Day lunch at £48.00 per person.

Please email caron@fossefarmhouse.com for further details/booking.

Of course if you can't make it to Fosse Farm over Christmas, they do take bookings around the year too!

Source: Fosse Farm

New trailer for upcoming Kiki's Delivery Service live action movie

Date: 2013 December 13th Friday [11:42] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

I've just heard off the social grapevine that a new trailer is out for the live action version of Kiki's Delivery Service.

Youtube reactions have been so-so. I think the colour palette looks nice, and Kiki's actress looks lively, but it doesn't seem to the original Ghibli soundtrack.

It opens in Japan 1st March 2014.

Watch it here

Source: YouTube

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