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Anime Films On The Rise

Date: 2004 October 03 15:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

It seems that lots of American news sites have suddenly found out that anime is becoming more and more popular with the general public, especially "youth culture". These articles have all posted on-line in the space of two weeks. The recent release of Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence seems to be the catalyst for this collection of articles, most of them mention the film, or at least the Oscar winning Spirited Away.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel have just posted an article about martial arts and anime films on the rise.

The Richfield MN Sun have an article about local teenagers creating anime inspired murals.

Michigan State University website the State News has an article about anime becoming more popular too. Similarly, the East Michigan - Eastern Echo is posting an article about anime being over looked by fans of cinema.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer is running a story about Americans discovering anime.

The Lawrence Journal World has an article about anime gaining an audience in Lawrence, Kansas and abroad.

The Daily Nebraskan also has an interesting article about anime being the driving force behind the Japanese culture craze.

Souce: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Nintendo May Produce Anime

Date: 2004 October 01 16:32 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

According to Animaxis, at a recent press conference former Nintendo chairman and current advisor Hiroshi Yamauchi revealed that he is urging Nintendo to expand into the anime industry.

Yamauchi plans to formally propose this during the October general management conference. Now there is speculation that Nintendo would produce their own anime in the near future.

Souce: Animaxis

Newtype USA, Volume 3, Issue 10 Out Now

Date: 2004 September 30 17:43 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

ADV USA have just sent us the details for the latest issue of Newtype USA. The anime/manga mazagine which is easily the best English language magazine out there.

I suggest you check out the Paranoia Agent article (Satoshi Kon can do no wrong in my book), as well as the Xebec feature. What's odd is that the press release doesn't mention that there's also a feature on L'Arc~en~Ciel too!

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

UK Conventions Set For 2005 And 2006

Date: 2004 September 29 18:32 | Posted By:

Category > Events

It seems at almost exactly the same time, both AyaCon and AmeCon have officially announced more details regarding their next conventions!

It was announced at AyaCon 2003 that there would be no AyaCon in 2004, but now they've updated their website saying that "We are currently planning to stage our latest event, AyaCon Five, in Summer/Autumn 2005. We're aiming to make AyaCon bigger and better than ever!" As yet, they haven't revealed a venue for the convention.

AmeCon have also just updated their website. Stating that "The Convention will not be running in 2005, but will be running at Aston University, Birmingham, in 2006. Registrations for 2006 will open shortly."

Read More... | Souce: AyaCon / AmeCon Websites.

The Rise Of Madman Entertainment

Date: 2004 September 26 10:10 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The Age have just posted an interesting article about the accomplishments of Australian Anime DVD firm Madman Entertainment. It mentions their success with Neon Genesis Evangelion and how the founders won the Ernst & Young's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. UK fans will also note that MVM team up with Madman now and again to co-produce DVDs, saving costs and sharing resources.

Souce: The Age

Oh My Goddess Cast Unchanged

Date: 2004 September 25 12:50 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Oh My Goddess fans are obviously excited about the new TV series (which has been a long time coming). We're pleased to report that there are no major voice acting casting changes.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

Anime News Network and Protoculture Addicts Join Forces

Date: 2004 September 19 09:27 | Posted By:

Category > Websites

At Nan Desu Kan the Anime News Network announced that they are joining forces with independent anime magazine Protoculture Addicts to produce Anime News Network's Protoculture Addicts. This will be the 82nd issue of Protoculture Addicts (out in January 2005).

This is good news for Anime fans in North America (and the rest of the English speaking world too), since Protoculture Addicts has always been an excellent intelligent source of information for fans, combined with ANNs resources it means even better magazine. I look forward to reading this!

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

Animejin Suspended

Date: 2004 September 19 09:12 | Posted By:

Category > Websites

Successful UK anime website Animejin is to be suspended indefinitely.

Animejin is one of the oldest UK anime websites that is still currently running, it's been around since 1993 in print form and then in 1995 made the transition to a website. For a long while it was the primary news source of UK Anime fans on-line. Animejin also posts regular news bulletins on Usenet and to e-mail subscribers.

Read More... | Souce: Animejin

Ghost In The Shell hits Cinema Screens, TV, DVD, comic shops and PS2

Date: 2004 September 11 16:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!

The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.

It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!

Read More... | Souce: Go Fish Pictures

A Glimpse into the World of Japanese Animation

Date: 2004 September 10 15:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

A few websites have linked to a story on CGNetworks. In this article Justin Leach interviews the staff at Production I.G. (Kill Bill anime sequence, Ghost in the Shell 1+2, Blood The Last Vampire, plus loads more) about their thoughts on the Anime industry. It's well worth a read.

Souce: CGNetworks

An Interview With Monica Rial

Date: 2004 September 08 15:39 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Monica Rial is an energetic American voice actress who unusually works with two studios: ADV and FUNimation. This means that she gets the opportunity to play a diverse range of characters across the anime spectrum. Fan favourites include the demure death defying Hyatt in Excel saga as well as the world famous, perky and cute Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty Mystical Theatre.

I was able to interview Monica at the UK convention Amecon (a big thanks to you all for letting us interview her ^_^) where she was invited as a special guest. This is the first time that a British convention has invited a US voice actor over, and it was interesting to note the con goer's reactions. Monica was a clear hit with the fans and I was impressed at the time she took to talk to people, whether they wanted advice or to make comments or get certain limited edition items signed. The actual interview went on for over an hour and a half. Join me as we explore the wacky world of Monica Rial!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News / VAA

Fandom at the Canadian National Expo

Date: 2004 September 06 14:45 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

The Toronto Star are running an interesting article about the Canadian National Expo, the biggest event of its kind in Canada with more than 26,000 attendees. Anime fans (particularly Cosplayers) get their fair share of coverage.

Souce: Toronto Star

Anime Digital Interview Jonathan Brands from ADV USA

Date: 2004 August 31 10:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

While at AmeCon I was lucky enough to score an exclusive interview with Jonathan Brands from ADV USA. It started by Jon going -

"Hey Joe! You've got a website right?"
The rest went up on Anime Digital.

Souce: Anime Digital Interview With Jonathan Brands

Robotech: Shadow Force - Rumours spreading of a forth series

Date: 2004 August 30 09:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

ICv2 have just posted a story about Robotech.com uncovering evidence of a fourth Robotech anime series in production.

Read More... | Souce: ICv2

Japanese research shows 7% of Otaku are anime fans, while 35% into manga.

Date: 2004 August 26 10:55 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

According to the results of a study released by Nomura Research Institute in Japan on the 24th, there are 2,850,000 people considered "otaku" in Japan, with a combined market power of around $2.6 billion. 35% are into Manga, 28% for Games and Idols, 7% for Anime, and 2% into PC construction.

Souce: Anime.org.uk

Back from AmeCon!

Date: 2004 August 23 15:09 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

I've just got back from AmeCon! Gosh, I was busy! I'll try and get a full write up done tomorrow.

The convention was popular and everyone had a good time.

Monica Rial proved to be an excellent guest, signing panties (and other things), chatting away to all the con goers and even converting a few hardcore sub only zealots to English dubs!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

AmeCon 2004 Chairman Interview

Date: 2004 August 09 14:12 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

Paul Bates over at Anime UK News has just posted an interview with Will Blewitt about AmeCon which is set to be a very large and funpacked convention. It makes a good read since it shows how mad running a convention can be!

I even get a mention in the interview because I've sent them a special printed version of the Pirate Anime FAQ to help out, plus I'm running a panel there too! So if you're going to AmeCon go to my panel, please ^_^;;

Souce: Anime UK News

ADV UK DVD Releases for September 2004

Date: 2004 July 30 16:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

It's that time of the month again, ADV UK have sent us their press release. September looks like an interesting month with the the following titles:

- Hellsing: The Collection
- Mazinkaiser vol.1
- New Cutey Honey vol.1
- Rune Soldier vol.2
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited vol.4
- Pretear vol.4
- Slayers Gorgeous

We recommend Slayers Gorgeous and Hellsing: The Collection.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex on TV and DVD in 2004

Date: 2004 February 11 23:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Bandai have just announced that they have joined forces with Manga Entertainment to release Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex on DVD and TV.

Read More... | Souce: Bandai Entertainment

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