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First Ever UK Tokyopop 'Rising Stars Of Manga' Competition

Date: 2005 April 28 17:09 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Following on from our earlier story Tokyopop are to offer a chance for UK creators to earn prizes and receive a chance to have their own Graphic Novel.

Read More... | Souce: Tokyopop.com

IMAF Announce Winners

Date: 2005 April 19 13:51 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The International Manga and Anime Festival have just announced the winners of their first international competition. The London based event started last year as a trial run and has proved very successful indeed. The entrants work was displayed in London County Hall in December. This was a very high profile event, located near the famous London Eye, with a $75,000 prize fund which even ran adverts in national newspapers. We covered the story originally here.

The Otaku News Crew would like to congratulate all the winners in this competition, especially talented artist Wing Yun Man, who is well known in UK anime fandom as part of the Sweatdrop Team, she is also a member of the Otaku News Crew and finds time post the occasional story and draw lovely artwork for us!

Read More... | Souce: IMAF

Elfen Lied Thrills, Mortifies May 17

Date: 2005 April 18 18:24 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The gentle softly spoken people over at ADV Films have sent us the details of their latest DVD release - Elfen Lied, a violent, gruesome anime, with a surprisingly cute main cast. Appropriately they're marketing it as "an orgy of violence wrapped in pink satin". This anime won't be to everyone's taste, and is sure to be used as ammunition for those complaining that anime is all violent. Combined with Gantz, it seems that ADV has recently had a more darker streak than usual.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Announces May 10 Releases

Date: 2005 April 12 16:42 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Following on from their May 10 release of Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU ADV Films have sent us the details of the other titles they will be releasing on that day. These include Chrono Crusade Volume 5 and Cromartie High School Volume 2.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU - The Panic Starts May 10

Date: 2005 April 11 18:25 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks over at ADV Films have just sent us the press release for Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU, the DVD series follow up to the popular Full Metal Panic series, which is due to hit the US on May 10.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Gollancz Announces Manga Deal

Date: 2005 April 08 07:39 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Following on from our story about Viz being distributed in the UK, we now have the offical press release from Gollancz.

Read More... | Souce: Orion Books

ADV UK DVD Releases For May 2005

Date: 2005 April 06 12:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice people over at ADV Films UK have sent us the details for their May DVD releases. They plan to release the following:

- Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Collection
- Chrono Crusade Volume 2
- Gad Guard Volume 3
- Get Backers Volume 3
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 4
- Rune Soldier Volume 6

The Otaku News Crew recommend the Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Collection, since it's it's good to watch, plus it's the whole series at a reasonable price along with Chrono Crusade Volume 2, since some of us just can't get enough of Nuns and Guns. ^_-

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Cartoon Network and Production I.G. Team Up

Date: 2005 April 04 18:04 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

Today, the folks at Cartoon Network and Production I.G. have announced their lastest project for Toonami's first original series. IGPX aims to blend the quality and style of anime with Western storytelling. It's set to be a combination of traditional and CGI animation, which will debut in Fall 2005 in the USA.

Read More... | Souce: Production I.G.

ADV Films Announces April 26 Releases

Date: 2005 March 31 16:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The folks over at ADV Films have sent us the details of their April 26 DVD releases.
They'll be releasing:

- DNAngel Volume 4
- Shuten Doji Volume 1
- Divergence Eve Volume 2
- Petite Princess Yucie Volume 4

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Newtype USA April 2005 Issue

Date: 2005 March 30 16:53 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Those nice folks from Newtype USA have sent us the details of their April Issue, which has features on Fearless Females (including the cute and shocking Elfen Lied and Gunslinger Girl), along an with interview from Seiji Mizushima the director of Fullmetal Alchemist. The free DVD includes the first episodes of Maburaho and Gravion Zwei.

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

ADV Films Announces April 19 Release of Full Metal Panic! Complete Collection

Date: 2005 March 24 17:33 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those folks over at ADV US have sent us the details that many fans will be waiting for, the Full Metal Panic! Complete Collection, which is out in the space saving ThinPak format.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Sweatdrop At London Expo

Date: 2005 March 24 12:14 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

UK manga style art group Sweatdrop Studios has announced that they will be attending the London MCM Expo and will be running the artists alley section of the 'anime village'. The MCM Expo is running on the 14 & 15th May.

Read More... | Souce: London Expo

ADV Takes Center Stage at Canadian Video Awards

Date: 2005 March 18 15:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV Films have sent us the details of their titles that have been nominated for Canadian Entertainment Network's Canadian Video Awards under the category of "Best Anime DVD". Neon Genesis: Platinum Edition and Lady Death are the two titles from ADV in the runnings.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk Comics Are Headed For The Eisner

Date: 2005 March 15 16:53 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

eigoManga have sent us a rather strange press release. Their titles Rumble Pak and Sakura Pakk are curently competing for a nomination for an the 2005 Eisner Award. Basically it means they've submitted a form to apply for what is know as the "Oscars" of comics. Still they've put up some of their stuff to look at for free!

Read More... | Souce: eigoManga

ADV Films Announces April 12 Release Dates

Date: 2005 March 14 17:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The nice folk over at ADV Films have sent us the details for their April 12 US DVD releases:

- Saiyuki: Double Barrel Collection Volume 2
- E’S Otherwise Volume 2
- Wrath of Daimajin Volume 2

As you can see, this time around ADV are releasing lots of volume 2s.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces April 12 Release for MADLAX: Connections

Date: 2005 March 14 16:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The people over at ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD of Madlax which is due out on April 12th. It's from the people that brought you Noir, so if you like your girls to have guns then this title is for you!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces April 5th Release Dates

Date: 2005 March 14 16:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The good folks from ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD releases. Out on April 5th are the following titles:

- Gantz Volume 3
- Get Backers Volume 5
- Saint Seiya Volume 11
- Sister Princess Volume 4

The Otaku News Crew recommend Gantz, because it's from Gonzo and is a bit different from the normal anime fodder. We also recommend Get Backers, because Spike likes it!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Sweatdrop Studios Mini Comics Feature on Artists & Illustrators Magazine

Date: 2005 March 06 18:10 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Sonia Leong from UK manga style art studio Sweatdrop has sent us some details regarding an exciting collaboration with Artists & Illustrators Magazine. The March issue heavily features manga style artwork in the form of two full colour cover-mounted mini comics and a make your own manga tutorial, covering details such as sketching, inking and using colour markets to produce authentic looking illustrations.

The Sweatdrop crew will also be representing the UK manga community at the Artists & Illustrators Exhibition 2005 event.

Artists & Illustrators Magazine is the UK's best selling magazine for practising artists. You can grab a copy of the Sweatdrop Planet Manga mini comic with the March Edition of the magazine, which is available from 4th March.

Read More... | Souce: Sweatdrop

NASA Educate Using Pokemon Cards

Date: 2005 March 04 17:58 | Posted By:

Category > Freaky Things

The keen eyes over at BritAnime have found out that NASA have teamed up with the Pokemon Trading Card Game to develop an in-school education tool! The new Deoxys cards are designed to explore viruses, metorites, DNA and the ozone layer.

Read More... | Souce: NASA

New Seven Seas Series

Date: 2005 March 03 14:11 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment have announced yet another new series ‘ Unearthly’ this time to be penned by Ted Naifeh, art by Elmer Damaso. The first wave of seven seas titles should be hitting stores now and looks to be just the start of Seven Seas ambitious plans.

Read More... | Souce: Seven Seas Entertainment

ADV Films Announces March 15 Releases

Date: 2005 February 28 15:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The folks over at ADV US have sent us the details for their March 15th release dates, which are:

- Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition: 06
- Wandaba Style Volume 2
- Petite Princess Yucie Volume 3
- Shinobi Volume 3

So there's something for everyone with this batch of releases.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Ghost In The Shell SAC - Volume 3 UK DVD Details

Date: 2005 February 27 19:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Manga Entertainment have sent us the details for the UK release of Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex - Volume 3. It's due out on 25th April 2005 and features more fun and games from the Laughing Man.

Read More... | Souce: Manga Entertainment

ADV Films Announces March 15 Release of The Five Star Stories

Date: 2005 February 27 18:43 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those folks over at ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD release of The Five Star Stories.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Newtype USA March 2005 Issue

Date: 2005 February 26 11:41 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

The folks at Newtype USA have sent us the details about the March 2005 Issue of their magazine.

They've got some Madlax artwork on the cover that has been exclusively drawn for the Newtype USA, they've also got more coverage of Fullmetal Alchemist and Samurai Champloo, along with Maburaho and Scrapped Princess. The cover DVD has both dub and sub versions of Cromartie High School and Divergence Eve.

Newtype USA Vol. 4, Issue 3 will be available March 1, 2005.

Read More... | Souce: Newtype USA

ADV Films Announces Release of Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody

Date: 2005 February 26 11:07 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

It's press release catch-up time here at Otaku News due to the evil flu that's been lurking around most of the Otaku News Crew have been infected, the others have had to wear Bio-hazard suits! ^_-

Anyway, those nice folk over at ADV Films US have sent us the details of the insane anime Cromartie High School, which is due out on March 15th. Do you fancy the idea of going to a high school full of delinquents? Well Kamiyama somehow has been enrolled there!

ADV also have a nice limited collector's edition with the first volume of the manga bundled in and a custom series artbox to hold all 4 volumes.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Bondi Nami Hits London's Barbican Screen

Date: 2005 February 21 16:46 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've just got details in about the London Australian Film Festival screening of Bondi Nami, what's that you cry? Otaku News is supposed to be "News For Fans Of Japan", not "News For Fans of Down Under", well the more clever otaku readers (which is about 99% of our readers) will know that this film is being marketed as "The first Japanese Road Movie in Australia". So if you're in London or can get there, get down to the Barbican Cinema Centre for 9pm Saturday 5th March.

Read More... | Souce: The London Australian Film Festival

ADV Films Announces March 8 Release of A Tree of Palme

Date: 2005 February 19 09:48 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV Films have sent us the details for their US DVD release of A Tree of Palme, the anime answer to Pinocchio.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Shadow Hearts 2 UK PS2 Release Details

Date: 2005 February 19 08:55 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > Consoles

Midway have sent us the details for the UK PS2 release of Shadow Hearts 2. It's due out on 11th March and RPG fans will know that it's been developed by former SquareSoft employees.

Read More... | Souce: Midway

PCR Distributing, Co - Yulia Nova Cosplay DVDs Vol. 1-3

Date: 2005 February 19 08:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Russian Idol Yulia Nova and Japanese photographer Satoshi Kizu have teamed up to produce some Cosplay DVDs, which are well clearly aimed at the more mature audience. The Otaku News Crew wonder who buys these things and more importantly, why they don't bother buying Schoolgirl Milky Crisis instead! ^_-

Read More... | Souce: PCR Distributing

ADV Films Announces March 8 Release of Gantz: Kill or Be Killed, Volume Two

Date: 2005 February 17 14:07 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice folk at ADV Films have sent us the details for the US DVD version of Gantz volume 2. The violent anime series that gets you asking a lot of questions about the morals of killing, life after death and also large black spheres!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces Release of Gravion Zwei: Eye of the Storm

Date: 2005 February 16 14:44 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

More news from ADV Films, this time about the release of Gravion Zwei volume 1. With this title the keyword seems to be fanservice, lots of fanservice!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces March 8 Release Dates

Date: 2005 February 16 14:37 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've got the details in from the good folk at ADV Films, about their US DVD releases on March 8. They'll be releasing Chrono Crusade volume 4 and Cyberteam in Akihabara volume 3.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces March 1 Release Date for DNAngel Volume 3

Date: 2005 February 14 19:05 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've just got the details in from ADV Films regarding DNAngel Volume 3, which is due out on March 1.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Sci-Fi-London Anime On Tour

Date: 2005 February 14 18:57 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Following on from the successful Sci-Fi-London Festival at the beginning of this month, the UK's only international sci-fi and fantasy film festival will be on tour throughout February and March.

Lucky otaku in Edinburgh, Liverpool, York and Exeter will get a chance to see the anime all nighter which includes Parasite Dolls and the RahXephon Movie.

Read More... | Souce: Sci-Fi-London

London MCM Expo Celebrates Anime - Manga & Cosplay

Date: 2005 February 13 17:18 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The folks over at the London Expo Event have sent us details of their anime and manga lineup. Not only will they have Cosplay events on both days, but they've also arranged sponsorship from MVM and Neo Magazine.

Guest wise, the Expo has Teryleryl Rothery who plays Dr. Janet Frasier in Stargate SG-1 and has been a voice actress in Dragon Ball playing Agent Mai in the 1995 dub and Raven in the first Dragon Ball Movie. She's also played A-ko Magami in Project A-Ko and Kodachi Kuno in various Ranma ½ features.

Read More... | Souce: London MCM Expo

Ghost In The Shell UK Manga Release Details

Date: 2005 February 10 08:42 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

We've got details from Titan Books regarding the UK release of the new edition of the groundbreaking manga Ghost In The Shell. This is Masamune Shirow's best known work and has been reprinted in a smaller format now uncensored. Titan will also be releasing the new manga Ghost In The Shell 2: Man Machine Interface. The sequel to the original manga has lots more CG art that Shirow has become known for in his popular Intron Depot artbooks.

Both books have been translated by Frederik L. Schodt and Toren Smith, which otaku know are famed for the quality of their translation work. Both books hit the shelves on 25th February and retail for £19.99, which is reasonable considering the page count and the amount of colour artwork in both books.

Read More... | Souce: Titan Books

Win A Case Of Kirin Ichiban

Date: 2005 February 08 15:43 | Posted By:

Category > Cuisine

The Otaku News Crew have teamed up with the folks from Kirin to offer our UK readers the chance to win a case of Kirin Ichiban. That's right, free beer!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi First-Ever North American Airing

Date: 2005 February 07 15:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The nice people over at G4techTV have sent us the details of the first ever North American airing of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, a crazy show in Studio Gainax's unique style.

Be sure to tune in late Monday evening (that's today) at 1am ET / 10om PT.

Read More... | Souce: G4techTV

ADV Films Announces February 15 Release Dates

Date: 2005 February 07 15:29 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The folks over at ADV Films US have sent us the details for their February 15 releases. They've got the closing of volumes Aura Battler Dubine (Volume 12) and the budget priced Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Essential Anime Collection Volume 3 along with Legend of Crystania: Chaos Ring.

The Otaku News Crew recommend Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, since it's a good show and at $20 for over 3 hours of anime you can't go wrong.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

The Sagara Family Out Now

Date: 2005 February 06 15:50 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > PC

Some of our more avid gamer readers will be pleased to hear the details from PCR Distributing/JAST USA. of The Sagara Family, an interactive anime-style game for adults ported to English by G-Collections, like most games of it's genre, the main player has somehow found themselves surrounded by the beautiful members of the all-female Sagaras. Hmmmm, that sounds like a plot from a million other anime series we could list too! ^_-

Read More... | Souce: PCR Distributing

Little My Maid Shipped

Date: 2005 February 05 14:53 | Posted By:

Category > Gaming > PC

We've got details in from PCR Distributing Co that JAST USA has shipped dating game Little My Maid. If you're like Piro from MegaTokyo, then no doubt you'll like a dating sim or two.

Read More... | Souce: PCR Distributing Co

ADV UK DVD Releases For March 2005

Date: 2005 February 04 14:06 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV Films UK have just sent us details of upcoming UK releases for Febuary. A fantastic month of anime including:

- Lady Death: The Motion Picture
- Chrono Crusade volume 1
- Gad Guard volume 2
- Get Backers volume 2
- Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi volume 3
- Rune Soldier volume 5
- Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Phase Seven

The Otaku News Crew like the look of the next installments of the hilarious Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi and Get Backers.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Anime All Nighter In London

Date: 2005 January 19 18:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Lucky otaku who can get to London in the first weekend of February are in for a real treat. The Sci-Fi-London event will be running an anime all nighter with support from Redbull and Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (make mine Chocolate Fudge Brownie) and with free Tea and Coffee everyone's sure to stay awake from the midnight starting time until 9:30 am the next day!
They'll be screening:

- Lady Death
- Parasite Dolls
- Sky Blue (a Korean animation also known as Wonderful Days)
- RahXephon The Movie.

We suggest that hardcore otaku go to the London Anime Club afterwards for a total weekend of anime!

Read More... | Souce: Sci-Fi-London

ADV Films Announces February 8 Releases

Date: 2005 January 19 17:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those informative people at ADV US have sent us their release details for February 8th. They've got quite a few titles coming out on that day, looking through the list there's pretty much something for everyone with:

- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum:05
- Get Backers Volume 4
- Mezzo Volume 3 (Final Volume)
- Wedding Peach Volume 9
- Sister Princess Volume 3
- Saint Seiya Volume 10

Normally with these releases we suggest a title or two, but because this selection is so varied, we say go with your instinct this time!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

ADV Films Announces February 1 Release Dates

Date: 2005 January 19 15:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV US have sent us the details for their DVD releases on February 1st. They'll be releasing volume 3 of the popular show Peacemaker along with a live action series Shinobi.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

G4techTV Unleash Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Date: 2005 January 18 17:54 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

The folks over at G4techTV have sent us the details about their anime line up. During January, they openly admit to taking a break from new episodes for their Anime Unleashed slot, showing repeats of Boogiepop Phantom and Banner of the Stars.

They're also proud to announce the first ever US airing of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi starting February 8 at 1am ET/Feb. 7 at 10pm PT.

Read More... | Souce: G4techTV

Best Of eigoManga In 2004

Date: 2005 January 16 10:33 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The folks over at eigoManga have sent us a press release detailing their achievements this year. A full HTML version with graphics can be found here, alternatively to just read the text, read the rest of this article.

Read More... | Souce: eigoManga

ADV Films Announces Release for Volume One of Princess Tutu: M

Date: 2005 January 12 18:46 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The people over at ADV Films US have sent us the details for a release due out on January 25th, Princess Tutu: Märchen, it's directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Kaleido Star) and Shougo Kawamoto (You're Under Arrest! Season 2). ADV seem to be targeting the same fans who enjoy Sailor Moon and Kaleido Star with this title. So if you like your anime cute and cuddly this seems to be one for you.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Galerians: Rion DVD To Hit The UK

Date: 2005 January 12 18:12 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

The folks over at Revolver Entertainment have sent us the details for Galerians: Rion, a CG film based on a PlayStation horror game Galerians, I've also wondered, would 3D CGI be classed as anime? Even if it is Japanese? Or is it one of those blurrily borderline questions? Anyway, it's out on the 24 of January, the same week as Cowboy Bebop Volume 1 and 2 are due to hit the stores in the UK.

Read More... | Souce: Revolver Entertainment

Sweatdrop At The Artists & Illustrators Exhibition 2005

Date: 2005 January 09 15:16 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've just got news from the nice people at UK manga style art studio Sweatdrop that they'll be representing the UK manga community at the Artists & Illustrators Exhibition 2005 event and also provide workshops, and four 90 minute long presentations covering aspects of Manga-styled art and it's creation.

The event is scheduled for July 21st - 24th at London's Business Design Centre, last years event attracted over 14,000 visitors!

The Sweatdrop crew can be seen regulary at UK anime events, such at the London Anime Club and other UK anime conventions like AyaCon and AmeCon. Recently Sweatdrop also ran a stall at the London Comic Festival, with great success. Regular readers of Otaku News, will also remeber some of our lovely Christmas Desktop Wallpaper created by Sweatdrop artist Wing Yun Man.

Read More... | Souce: Sweatdrop

ADV UK DVD Releases For February 2005

Date: 2005 January 07 20:03 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice people at ADV Films UK have sent us the details for their February releases. The selection looks very promising as always with:

- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Platinum Edition vol.1
- Last Exile Volume 2
- Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden Volume 3 (Final)
- Kino's Journey Volume 3
- Azumanga Daioh Volume 4
- Angelic Layer Volume 6
- RahXephon-The Motion Picture: Pluralitas Concentio

The Otaku News Crew feel like their spoilt for choice this month, we recommend Eva Platinum Edition Volume 1, if you haven't already got Evangelion on DVD, Last Exile Volume 2, Azumanga Daioh Volume 4 and RahXephon The Motion Picture. Normally we tend to suggest two titles a month, but it's too hard to pick this time around!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

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