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Professor Munakata at the British Museum

Date: 2009 November 06 16:33 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Manga fans who can get to London will want to visit the British Museum from 5th November 2009 to 3rd January 2010 where in Room 3 they'll be a free exhibit of an exclusive manga title - Professor Munakata's British Museum adventure. It's great that the museum are doing this and it's an appropriate title as it's set in the venue that's showing it.

There's even a nice reading area where you can enjoy some manga.

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MaiOtaku - Dating for Anime Fans

Date: 2009 November 05 17:02 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

Otaku Dating sites seem to be all the rage at the moment. So we've discovered another dating site for anime fans MaiOtaku. They're pitching themselves as the OKCupid for anime lovers.

Read More... | Souce: MaiOtaku

The Art of Osamu Tezuka God of Manga out November 2009

Date: 2009 October 13 15:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Fans of Osamu Tezuka, the founding father of modern anime and manga will be pleased to hear that a new book is due out November 2009. Written by prominent anime and manga expert Helen McCarthy the hardcover book published by Ilex Press reveals what makes Tezuka one of the key figures of 20th century pop culture.

It includes 350 colour illustrations and a 45 minute DVD documentary never aired outside of Japan before.

The publication coincides with the annual Comica Festival.

Buy from Amazon.co.uk
Buy from Amazon.com

Read More... | Souce: Ilex Press

Reni's new songs and CD on sale now.

Date: 2009 October 11 16:53 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

Fans of Akiba culture, especially singing maids based in New York will be pleased to hear that Reni Mimura’s new songs and CD are on sale at http://www.renireni.com/.

Read More... | Souce: Reni\'s Blog

CharaPa! Cosplay Party in Tokyo

Date: 2009 October 06 17:09 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Readers based in Japan who can get to Roppongi should keep Sunday 25th October free, for CharaPa.net a stylish cosplay party.

Scheduled to start at 16:00, with celebrity guests Horiemon, Ami Tokito, Juichiro Nagashima and more. the venue has a capacity for up to 2,000 people! With lots for fans of Akiba culture, it looks like it's going to be fun. ^_^

Advanced tickets are ¥3,500 or ¥4,000 at the door.

Souce: CharaPa!

London Japan Centre moves to bigger store

Date: 2009 September 29 16:03 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

We've got news from the Japan Centre in London. They'll be moving the food shop from their Piccadilly Circus store to a brand new larger shop on Regent Street from Saturday 3rd October 2009.

The food hall will be greatly expanded with a Japanese Bakery, along with the launch of the umai brand.

The bookshop and home section will remain at their current Piccadilly location. The new shop will be at 14-16 Regent Street (SW1Y 4PH), near Mitsukoshi.

Read More... | Souce: Japan Centre

Death Note Complete DVD Boxset out on Monday

Date: 2009 September 25 15:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans who love the adventures of an ace student out to build a new world, will be pleased to hear that the Death Note Complete Boxset is released on Monday 28th September 2009.

The 9 Disc DVD set retails for £60, however both Amazon.co.uk and Play.com have it on a pre-order offer for £43.

Souce: Otaku News

London MCM Expo October 2009 Details

Date: 2009 September 14 17:05 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks at the London MCM Expo have sent us the latest details for the event. Highlights from an anime perspective include - Studio BONES studio president Minami Masahiko and director Ando Masahiro, whose works include Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Seed Destiny and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Along with Trinity Blood voice actors Mike McFarland and Troy Baker.

The press release also has a shout out to cosplayers, who helped with the world record!

Read More... | Souce: London MCM Expo

New dating site for anime fans launches

Date: 2009 September 08 16:33 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

There are tons of dating sites on the internet. Lots are even specialist dating sites by interest. So it should come as no surprise that the clever folks at Fan Crush have set up a dating site for otaku - Otaku Crush.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku Crush

ADV Films Shuts down

Date: 2009 September 02 17:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

US based Anime company ADV have closed. A detailed write up can be found on Anime News Network.

Apart from the asset transfers to other companies registered in Texas (where ADV was based), the details are still coming to light.

Below we've included the press release from ADV along with the press release from Section23 Films.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Japanese Maid Show September 6th in NYC

Date: 2009 September 02 17:16 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on September 6th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Souce: Reni

Video Games Live Announces 30 More Tour Dates for 2009

Date: 2009 August 29 09:34 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've been sent the details from Video Games Live, who have just added 30 more shows to their 2009 tour. Video Games Live is a great cross over event, which is great fun for fans of video games and fans of top orchestras.

Read More... | Souce: Video Games Live

Doujin shooter game QLIONE out now for download

Date: 2009 August 29 09:13 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > PC

Fans of Doujin shooter games will be pleased to hear that Rockin' Android's QLIONE is now available to download for $9.99 from Gamersgate.com and Direct2Drive.com.

Read More... | Souce: Rockin\' Android

Harumi Kurihara London September 2009 Book Signing

Date: 2009 August 26 12:34 | Posted By:

Category > Cuisine

London based fans of Japanese cooking should keep Friday 18th of September free, as Harumi Kurihara will be signing copies of her new book Everyday Harumi.

The exclusive book signing will be in Selfridges Oxford Street on 18th September 2009 from 1.30pm (she will be in the basement book store).

Souce: Conran Octopus

MCM Expo Retain Video Games Cosplay World Record

Date: 2009 August 24 14:16 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming

We've just been send the details from the folks behind the MCM Expo. They currently hold the Video Games Cosplay World Record with 376 cosplayers at the 23rd May 2009 London MCM Expo. They expected the record to beaten at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. However they managed to get 311 video games cosplayers. As a result they intend to raise the bar even higher at the next London MCM Expo this October 2009.

Read More... | Souce: London MCM Expo

Dogu Ceramic Figures at the British Museum from September 2009

Date: 2009 August 23 11:15 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

London based fans of ancient Japanese art, that has influenced anime, manga and video games should head over to the British Museum.

From 10th September 2009 to 22 November 2009 they'll be hosting an exhibition on The power of dogu: ceramic figures from ancient Japan. The exhibition is free to get into. No tickets are required, you can just walk into the museum and walk over to Room 91 to see this great bit of cultural history.

Read More... | Souce: British Museum

Devil May Cry London September 2009 Screenings

Date: 2009 August 17 16:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

London based fans of Devil May Cry will want to head over to the Barbican on September 29th 2009 to catch a preview of the anime series.

The 15 rated screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Souce: Barbican

London MCM Expo October 2009 Tickets now on sale

Date: 2009 August 09 13:03 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Readers who can get to London this October will be interested in the London MCM Expo on the 24th to 25th October 2009. Tickets are now on sale.

As attendance to this even it well over 30,000 people we doubt they will sell out. However we do strongly advise in spending a little bit extra for their Early Entry Tickets to save time queuing, you'll be grateful on the day!

Souce: London MCM Expo

Grand International Cosplay Ball 2009

Date: 2009 July 26 11:41 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've been sent the details for the Grand International Cosplay Ball 2009. It's based in London, it's set for November 29th.

Fans of cosplay will remember that the ball also ran successfully last year, which even included coverage from the BBC.

Read More... | Souce: Grand International Cosplay Ball

J-Pop Go Live!

Date: 2009 July 22 18:06 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

If you like J-Pop and you like cosplay then there's an event just for you: J-Pop Go in conjunction with the Grand Cosplay Ball presents an evening of live bands, DJs and fun at The Fly, New Oxford Street, London on Saturday August 1st 2009.

Read More... | Souce: J-Pop Go

Everyday Harumi Cook Book Due September 2009

Date: 2009 July 06 16:02 | Posted By:

Category > Cuisine

Fans of Japanese cooking at home should note that Harumi's new book is due for released in September 2009.
It hits the UK on 7th September 2009, while US readers will have to wait a few more days until September 22nd.

Pre Order from Amazon UK
Pre Order from Amazon US

The book covers a wide variety of basic typically Japanese recipes. Harumi thinks you'll be able to create fantastic meals using the simple flavours. The best selling author has sold over 20 million of her books and magazine world wide.

Update: Harumi will be signing books in London at Selfridges Oxford Street on Friday 18th September 2009 from 1.30pm (she will be in the basement book store).

Read More... | Souce: Conran Octopus

New Neon Genesis Evangelion Manga Title to Be Lighthearted Romantic Comedy

Date: 2009 June 24 19:52 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The next Neon Genesis Evangelion spinoff will be light on the giant robots and heavy on the romantic comedy.

Read More... | Souce: Publishers Weekly

Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater due September

Date: 2009 June 10 13:20 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

A keen eyed Otaku News reader has sent us details of the up coming book Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater it's due to be released in September. It traces the history of the art form which forms part of the origins of modern manga.

It's available to pre order on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Read More... | Souce: Abrams

Transformers Comics London June 2009 Signings

Date: 2009 June 05 17:46 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based fans of the Transformers comic series will want to head over Orbital Comics on Saturday 27th June 2009 from 2pm, where fans will be able to get autographs from 5 of the talented team responsible for the comic.

Read More... | Souce: Orbital Comics

Manhua Artist Benjamin June 2009 London Signing

Date: 2009 June 05 17:26 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based fans of Chinese Manhua should head over to Orbital Manga on Friday 26th June 2009, from 5pm to 7pm. Artist Benjamin, will be demonstrating his excellent technique, and will be signing copies of his books, including limited edition landscape-format hardback of "Orange", his latest lavish art book "Flash", Chinese Youth, Remember, One Day (in French) and Images and Prints on the day of the signing.

Read More... | Souce: Orbital Manga

Momoi Haruko at Aya Revolution 2009

Date: 2009 June 04 16:30 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've just received some exciting information about UK anime convention Ayacon 2009's first guest. It's Halko Momoi, renowned singer and voice actress! You may have heard her voice on Nurse Witch Komugi-chan, Ai Yori Aoshi, and Seto No Hanayome.

Read More... | Souce: Aya Revolution 09

VAMPS US Dates for July and August 2009

Date: 2009 June 04 14:59 | Posted By:

Category > Events

US fans of J-Rock will be pleased to hear about VAMPS upcoming US tour this July and August 2009.
VAMPS is a group formed by HYDE from L'Arc-en-Ciel and K.A.Z from Oblivion Dust.

Don't forget to check out the official VAMPS website for more details.

Read More... | Souce: VAMPS

One Piece Simulcast leaked online

Date: 2009 May 30 20:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

An episode of One Piece (Episode #403) intended for simulcast in America and Japan is leaked online. Funimation Entertainment announces that, for the foreseeable future, no episodes of One Piece will be available on their website for streaming.

Read More... | Souce: Anime News Network

Star Ocean: The Last Hope European Release Details

Date: 2009 May 29 16:17 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming

The good folks at Square-Enix have sent us details for the European release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope on Xbox 360. It's due to hit the stores on Friday 5th June, 2009. There's also a limited edition collectors box.

Read More... | Souce: Star Ocean Website

Manga Jiman Competition 2009

Date: 2009 May 25 15:06 | Posted By:

Category > Art

British readers with artistic talent should considering entering the Manga Jiman Competition. Run by the Japanese Embassy in London, this years theme is 'sun'. The competition is open people to over 14 years old. The closing date for the competition is Friday, 25 September 2009.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Jiman Competition

Genki Gear launch new T-shirt range at May 2009 London Expo

Date: 2009 May 18 16:06 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

Everyone's getting ready for the London MCM Expo this weekend. T-shirt producers Genki Gear are no exception. They'll be launching their new range at the Expo.

Read More... | Souce: Genki Gear

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Blu-ray details.

Date: 2009 May 14 16:58 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Sony Pictures have sent us the details for the Blue-ray release of Final Fantansy VII: Advent Children Complete. Apart from being in a higher resolution, it's got some extra features not on the DVD.

It's due out on July 27th, this directors cut features 26 minutes of extra footage and over 1,000 update scenes.

Read More... | Souce: Sony Pictures

London Barbican Tetsujin 28 Screening

Date: 2009 May 14 16:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Fans of classic robot anime in London should head over to the Barbican. On Tuesday 30th June, at 8:30pm they'll be screening the first 3 episodes of Tetsujin 28. Anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce the screening, and we're sure she'll have some interesting things to mention.

As always with these screenings, we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Souce: Barbican

Beez at the London MCM Expo May 2009

Date: 2009 May 08 14:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Beez have sent us details of their plans at the London MCM Expo on the 23rd to the 24th of May 2009. Highlights include plenty of discounted DVDs, as they'll be shifting to a 3 part release model. Along with some Gurren Lagann posters to give away.

Read More... | Souce: Beez

Blood The Last Vampire Live Action Movie

Date: 2009 May 04 08:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

A live action version of Blood the Last Vampire is due to hit the cinemas soon! Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, have acquired the rights for screenings in the US. For more details check out the official website. There's no release date yet, but it'll be hitting the screens this summer!

Read More... | Souce: Blood the Last Vampire Movie Website

UK Premiere of Afro Samurai Resurrection

Date: 2009 April 23 15:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Londoners looking for a good night out this Friday could do no wrong with visiting the East End Film Festival. On Friday 24th April 2009 they'll be screening the UK Premiere of Afro Samurai Resurrection, along with a special screening of Blood The Last Vampire, plus live performances from some DJs.

Read More... | Souce: East End Film Festival

London Expo May 2009 Event Details

Date: 2009 April 20 16:43 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Anime fans who can get to London on the weekend of the 23rd to the 24th of May 2009, will want to visit the London MCM Expo at the Excel Centre. As always anime is well represented, with many of the UK anime and manga companies having a stall or some sort of presence, along with lots of dealers selling great merchandise. The event is also a huge draw to cosplayers, with many of the attendies in fancy dress!

Like last time, the event also plans to smash its current world record for the amount of video game related cosplay. It's set to be a fun weekend! So keep your calendars free. ^_^

Read More... | Souce: London MCM Expo

Harajuku Night in London April 2009

Date: 2009 April 16 16:10 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based readers looking for some fun next Friday should consider Criminal Records' Harajuku Night.

Read More... | Souce: Criminal Records

Simultaneous Japan/North America Release for Rumiko Takahashi's Latest Manga

Date: 2009 April 15 19:03 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Rin-Ne, the latest offering from manga superstar Rumiko Takahashi, will be published simultaneously in Japan and North America beginning April 22, 2009.

Read More... | Souce: Publishers Weekly

Hiroki Azuma's OTAKU: Japan's Database Animals book

Date: 2009 March 26 17:36 | Posted By:

Category > Culture

We've been sent the details of Hiroki Azuma's best selling book OTAKU: Japan's Database Animals. The English translation of the book is due out this April.

Update: We've also got a review of OTAKU: Japan's Database Animals.

[Pre-order Paper Back on Amazon.com]
[Pre-order Paper Back on Amazon.co.uk]

[Pre-order Hardcover on Amazon.com]
[Pre-order Hardback on Amazon.co.uk]

Read More... | Souce: University of Minnesota Press

Rockin' Android to release doujin games for the PC

Date: 2009 March 26 16:19 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > PC

We've just been sent an exciting press release from Rockin' Android about their plans to release doujin videogames (sometimes referred to as 'indie games') on the PC.
In a nutshell they've licensed and translated a great selection of indie games for release in the US, Canada, South America and Western Europe territories.

Don't forget to check their website to see a selection videos and interesting articles about the games they're going to release.

Read More... | Souce: Rockin\' Android

Harajuku Night in London March 2009

Date: 2009 March 22 18:25 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based readers looking for some fun next Friday should consider Criminal Records' Harajuku Night.

Read More... | Souce: Criminal Records

Japanimation: Gonzo Focus at The Barbican: 7-9 April 2009

Date: 2009 March 19 10:16 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

London based anime fans are in for a real treat from the 7th to the 9th of April 2009. The Barbican will be holding a series of screenings all focusing on fan favourite studio Gonzo. Curated by anime expert Helen McCarthy she’s really managed to arrange an interesting line up. Apart from all the great Gonzo titles what’s really got our interest is the Surprise Sneak Peak, scheduled for Thursday 9th April.

As always with these events we advise that fans book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Souce: Barbican

J-Pop Go March 2009 Event

Date: 2009 March 18 04:21 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London readers looking for some fun this weekend should take a look at the next J-Pop Go event. It's scheduled for Saturday March 21st 2009. At a new venue for the event, The London Stone.

Read More... | Souce: J-Pop Go

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Book Competition

Date: 2009 March 05 15:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We've teamed up with the good folks at Titan Books to give away copies of the new book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in The Anime And Manga Trade. The book written by Jonathan Clements reveals in inner workings of the anime and manga business.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Orbital Manga London Valentine's Day Event

Date: 2009 February 03 16:05 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Otaku couples in London looking for something to do this Valentine's Day (on Saturday February 14th 2009), might want to head over to Orbital Manga. From 2pm they'll have some UK artists drawing cute portraits of you and other half for a fee. They also say don't worry if you're single, as they'll get the artists to draw you with your favourite manga character.

Our question is what if you're not single and you want to be drawn with your favourite character? Well this might make you single afterwards! I guess it depends on what/who you get them to draw.

They'll also be running an art contest as a chance to win prizes.

Read More... | Souce: Orbital Manga

Helen McCarthy on RightStuf's Anime Today Podcast

Date: 2009 January 20 16:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Anime fans will want to check out RightStuf's latest podcast. It features an interview with anime expert Helen McCarthy who promotes her book 500 Essential Anime Movies. In the podcast she explains how she narrowed down her choices in the book to just 500 shows. Along with how anime production and writing about anime has changed over the years.

Souce: RightStuf Anime Today Podcast

Naruto Shippuden on-line an hour after Japanese Broadcast

Date: 2009 January 02 06:35 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

We've just recived an exciting press release from Crunchyroll, who will be streaming Naruto Shippuden on-line an hour after Japanese broadcast. This sort of distribution model has been talked about for ages in the anime press, but until now it's never actually officially happened.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll

LDMS and ADV Films January and February 2009 DVD line up

Date: 2008 December 17 16:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from LDMS, in partnership with ADV Films, have sent us the DVD release details for their January and February 2009.

They've got the following lined up:

Area 88: Complete Collection - 26th January 2009
Get Backers, Season 1: Complete Collection- 26th January 2009

Angelic Layer: Complete Collection - 9th February 2009

Aquarian Age: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009
Pretear: Complete Collection - 23rd February 2009

The selection of boxsets offers great value for money.

Read More... | Souce: LDMS

Fosse Farmhouse England welcomes Mominoki House Japan

Date: 2008 December 15 18:06 | Posted By:

Category > Cuisine

We don't normally plug stuff like this on Otaku News, but the press release itself is a great example of Anglo-Japan cross cultural collaboration, which we always like hear and shout about. Vegetarians who are up for a Christmas holiday get away might want to pay a visit to Fosse Farmhouse in North Wiltshire in the UK.

Not only are they a good UK tourist attraction, they got close ties with Japan, and will be offering from Saturday 20th December 2008 to Sunday 4th January 2009 a special Mominoki vegetarian dinner menu. So if you want to eat like Paul McCartney and his band over Christmas then pay them a visit.

Read More... | Souce: Fosse Farmhouse

Deux Press picks up Cigarette Kisses

Date: 2008 December 14 11:05 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The good folks at Deux Press have sent us some details about Cigarette Kisses by Nase Yamato. I'm sure our readers who are yaoi fans will be interested.

Read More... | Souce: Deux Press

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