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Ghost In The Shell 2 Coming To Canada

Date: 2004 October 12 17:57 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

We've just heard from the folks at Go Fish Pictures some news that will please our Canadian readers. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, will debut in Montreal on October 14th followed by Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton on October 29th. Figures for the US box office have been positive, so it will be interesting to see if the pattern continues in Canada too.

Read More... | Souce: Go Fish Pictures

ADV Cosplay Caps

Date: 2004 October 06 17:55 | Posted By:

Category > Toys

We've just got news from ADV about some really cool headgear! Their toy deparment it seems have had some great fun producing "Cosplay Caps" based on the animal characters from their popular titles. These hats are a bit similar to the ones worn by the Digi-Charat gang. They've got Menchi and a Puchuu from Excel Saga, Saizo the pig from Peacemaker and Kaleido Star's baby seal Jonathan.

These hats are made exclusively for ADV Toys and aren't Japanese import items, they're made from a fleece type fabric. At the moment we haven't got a set release date for them, but we do know that they'll retail for $14.99

Read More... | Souce: ADV Toys

ADV USA November 2nd DVD Titles

Date: 2004 October 06 17:18 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV US have sent us details of their releases for November 2nd. First up is Robotech Remastered: New Generation Collection 1, something for the more nostalgic anime fan. The 2-disc set retails for $29.98 and has never before seen footage with a fresh clean transfer from the original 16mm film stock for the 13 complete episodes in both English 5.1 and Spanish 5.1.

Next up is New Fist of the North Star: The Forbidden Fist, in which Kenshiro gets up to his normal tricks and has to detail with demons that practice a mysterious killing techinque!!!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Yuri Revolution Tokyo

Date: 2004 October 05 19:11 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good girls at Yuricon have just sent us their press releasing detailing the Yuri Revolution event in Tokyo

"We'll be touring the anime and manga centers of Tokyo, visiting Tokyo Tower, museums and other Tokyo attractions.We'll top it all off with an all-yuri event in the home of yuri manga, the Nichoume in Shinjuku, where we can embarrass ourselves by trying to speak Japanese with well-known yuri mangaka." This is just for starters.

To attend all you have to do is get to Tokyo on April 12-17, 2005, remember you have to sort out your own flights and accommodation though.

Read More... | Souce: Yuricon

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust To Hit The UK On DVD

Date: 2004 October 05 16:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Those nice folks at Optimum Asia have sent us the press release for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust on DVD, which will hit the shops on 18th October. This is an interesting announcement and shows Optimum branching out releasing even more anime, previously Optimum have released the Ghibli masterpiece Spirited Away and also have the cinema rights for The Cat Returns (another Ghibli feature).

Read More... | Souce: Optimum Asia

Seven Seas To Produce Original Manga

Date: 2004 October 04 17:58 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

I've just got hold of the press release from Seven Seas, a new LA based publishers dedicated to producing manga for the international market.

Although it isn't exactly clear, it seems that the company won't be licensing and translating manga, but actually getting artists outside of Japan to produce work in a manga style. This has been successful before with artists such as Adam Warren (Dirty Pair and Starwars manga to name a few), and Fred "Piro" Gallagher of MegaTokyo fame, it will be interesting to see if a company can work with such a specialist policy, personally I'm curious as to which artist they'll be using and if any of them are already well known in anime/manga fandom.

Read More... | Souce: Seven Seas

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

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Outgrosses Other Cult Anime Films

Date: 2004 September 29 18:05 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

We've just heard from the folks at Go Fish Pictures, they've sent some interesting details about Ghost In the Shell 2. It's always good to hear that anime does well in the box office! ^_^

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" continues breaking records for an anime film at the U.S. box office. Mamoru Oshii's long-awaited sequel surpassed last Monday, after only 11 days in theaters, the entire gross of the first "Ghost in the Shell" film as well as that of another cult movie, "Akira." Its gross now stands at a very impressive $576,350.

Read More... | Souce: Go Fish Pictures

Terratag London Exhibition - 'Pornograffiti'

Date: 2004 September 29 17:49 | Posted By:

Category > Events

We've just got an e-mail from Paul over at Terratag. Terratag t-shirts have been sold at most of the UK anime conventions and Paul even had a stall at the Japanese Food Festival in London this August.

Terratag are also very naughty and as a result, I've always debated if I should add them to the Pirate Anime FAQ. The more astute otaku will know there is a range of Terratag t-shirts with Gundam designs on, Terratag have not paid for a license from Bandai to use any Gundam images, or their likeness. Technically this is a copyright violation, and that generally flags them as a bootlegger. This could land Paul in trouble with Bandai's lawyers, and he could face a hefty fine at least.

Anyway, Paul wanted to point out that he's holding an art exhibition at the Notting Hill Arts Club, his show runs until November 1st, he helpfully points out on the night of October 4th there are going to be 4 scratch DJ's from Tokyo playing live. The crew is called En and features Mc Raita with Dj's Jif Rock, Kiccio and Kaitaro. There will also be a jazz/hip-hop dance crew. So fans of the Japanese music scene will want to get over there!

Read More... | Souce: Terratag

Viz To Begin Publishing Rurouni Kenshin Manga Monthly Beginning October

Date: 2004 September 23 15:34 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Sales of the Rurouni Kenshin manga have been doing so well that the US publisher Viz have decided to release the title monthly, previously it was published bi-monthly, but due to the successful sales figures and the demand from fans, Viz have decided to narrow the gap between releases.

This is great news for fans who can't wait for the next instalment of the popular series, but also bad news for my wallet! ^_-

Read More... | Souce: Viz

ADV Lets The Cat Out Of The Bag With Hello Kitty and Friends Holiday fun!

Date: 2004 September 23 15:13 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV USA are releasing a DVD set for Hello Kitty fans. The DVD has over 5 hours of the famous Kitty and her friends. True otaku will note that Hello Kitty is voiced by Monica Rial, who we interviewed last month.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Impressive Opening For Ghost In The Shell 2 : Innocence

Date: 2004 September 20 17:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The folks at Go Fish Pictures have informed us about the opening weekend for the US release of Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, in three days it's grossed $312,568 and is the #1 movie in 22 of the 48 screens it's playing at. This is as always good news for Anime fans. ^_^

Read More... | Souce: Go Fish Pictures

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

Tokyopop Announces Six New Titles For 2005

Date: 2004 September 16 10:57 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

For those of you who love your Manga, Tokyopop will be adding six new titles to its range in the coming months. For release in February:

Planet Blood, a story about a futuristic warrior who awakes on a medieval planet.

Gundam Seed Astray R, which is a companion novel to Gundam Seed Astray

Liling-Po, where a master theif recovers treasures for the Chinese Imperial Palace

And in March:

Dead End, a horror drama.

Qwan, a ancient China fantasy series

Sorcerer Hunters, which is being re-released in the "authentic" $9.95 package

Souce: ICV2.com

First 8 minutes of Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence On-line

Date: 2004 September 15 13:50 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Those lovely folks at Go Fish Pictures have just put the first 8 minutes of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence on-line, it's available in Windows Media, Real and QuickTime formats. Take a peek at the footage here - http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2642793

The only trouble of course is that you just have to run out and watch the rest of the movie after seeing the first 8 minutes!

Read More... | Souce: Go Fish Pictures

ADV Films Announces an October 19 Release Date for Sister Princess: Oh, Brother!

Date: 2004 September 13 15:13 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've just got details in From ADV Films US about their release of Sister Princess, an anime series based on the popular dating sim.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films USA

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

Tokyo Godfathers UK DVD Release Details

Date: 2004 September 07 13:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

I've just heard from the good folks at Columbia Tristar Entertainment, Satoshi Kon's brilliant movie Tokyo Godfathers will be hitting the UK shops on 13th September.

This really is an wonderful film and one of the best anime films I've seen this year. So go get it from Amazon.co.uk, Play.com or any other good retailer.

Read More... | Souce: Sony Pictures

Bandai UK releases for October and November

Date: 2004 September 05 14:51 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Bandai have decided to release the following over the next few months:

25th October:
Escaflowne Collection Box volume 1
.hack//Sign volume 5

22nd November:
Escaflowne Collection Box volume 2
Cowboy Bebop volume 1

Souce: Animejin

Mamoru Oshii to Answer Fan's Questions On-line

Date: 2004 September 03 13:57 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

We've just had details in from the folks at Dreamworks.
Mamoru Oshii the director of Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence will be answering questions posted to the offical Ghost In the Shell 2 Site's forum. Sign up and Join this thread - http://www.ghost2.com/board/showthread.php?t=62.

Fans will already know that Oshii was behind the original Ghost in the Shell Movie, and the first two Mobile Police Patlabor Movies.

Read More... | Souce: Go Fish Pictures

ADV UK DVD Releases for October 2004

Date: 2004 September 01 15:36 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

It's that time of the month again, ADV UK have sent us their line up for October. They'll be releasing the following titles:

- Kino's Journey Volume 1: Idle Adventurer
- Mahoromatic - Automatic Maiden Volume 1
- Azumanga Daioh The Animation Volume 2: Festivals!
- Angelic Layer Volume 4: Faith, Hope & Love
- Full Metal Panic! Mission 7
- Gun Crazy: A Woman From Nowhere (live-action)

I think ADV hate my wallet. They've gone crazy and released a load of top titles all together. As always you can't go wrong with some Azumanga Daioh, but they're also releasing the last volume of Full Metal Panic! That and with Mahoromatic titles from Gainax always prove popular. They're so evil. If you've got a credit card, for crying out loud hide it!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films UK

Manga Live! At The ICA In London

Date: 2004 August 30 14:14 | Posted By:

Category > Events

I've just found out about an event at the ICA in London. It's called Manga Live, and is divided into two events Manga Live (Fri 03 Sep) and will discuss if Manga can take off in the UK.

The second event (Sat 04 Sep) is the Manga Live! Manga Masterclass which forms a practical demonstration and workshop. The masterclass will also have a special preview screening of Rogue Farm.

Read More... | Souce: ICA

ADV Films US Sets October 5 Release Dates

Date: 2004 August 30 12:47 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've just got news in of ADV Films US releases for October. They'll be releasing:

- Hello Kitty and Friends: Holiday Magic
- Knights of the Zodiac: Battle of the Ages
- Farscape: Season Four Box Set
- Wedding Peach: Rivals!

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Learn Japanese by Reading Manga

Date: 2004 August 28 10:21 | Posted By:

Category > Press Releases

Washington Otaku will be pleased to know that the Japanese Language Center will be running a course that focuses on learning Japanese by reading manga!

Read More... | Souce: Japanese Language Center

eigoManga to make Cable TV show

Date: 2004 August 24 07:16 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > TV

With ADV creating The Anime Network it seems that everyone wants a slice of anime on TV. We've just been sent the press release from eigoManga, they're going to produce a weekly anime news magazine.

Read More... | Souce: eigoManga

Epson Announces Advanced Model of the World's Lightest Micro-Flying Robot

Date: 2004 August 18 16:28 | Posted By:

Category > Technology > Robotics

The folks at Slashdot have brought to our attention a really cool new robot from Epson, the same company that makes all printers for your PC.

You can read the offical press release here, or the Slashdot crowds take on it.

Souce: Epson

ADV Fillms Sets US Release Date For Chrono Crusade Volume One

Date: 2004 August 14 19:15 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV Films USA have just released the details for Chrono Crusade. It's due out in the US on September 21, 2004, so get saving if you want to buy it.

Read More... | Souce: ADV Films

Penguin Group USA Inks Deal with Digital Manga Inc. to Publish Manga for Children and Adults

Date: 2004 August 08 16:49 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

It appears that Digital Manga and Penguin Group USA have joined forces to publish manga for both children and adults.

Read More... | Souce: Digital Manga Publishing

eigoManga Reissue Rumble Pakk

Date: 2004 August 06 16:17 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The people from eigoManga have just sent us details about the reissue of their Rumble Pakk manga series.

Read More... | Souce: eigoManga

Final Transformers Series' Available On DVD in the UK

Date: 2004 August 05 17:38 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've just been sent the press release for the UK edition of Transformers. Seasons 3 & 4 are due out on August 30th, while Season 1 is set for October 11th. There's more than meets the eye with these titles!

Read More... | Souce: TransformersDVD.com

Grave of the Fireflies UK DVD Details

Date: 2004 August 04 16:00 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

We've just been sent the details for the UK release of the brilliant Grave of the Fireflies, which is due out on 23rd August. A truly distressing tale of the victims of war, if you don't shed at least a single tear when watching this, then you have no soul!

Read More... | Souce: Optimum Releasing

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 2 Clips To Be Shown At Otakon

Date: 2004 July 28 17:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

We've just heard from the folks at Dreamworks that they'll be showing exclusive teaser trailers at Otakon 2004. As always this massive anime convention is fun, and Dreamworks have supplied another reason to get over to Baltimore!

Read More... | Souce: Dreamworks

ADV UK July Releases

Date: 2004 June 01 21:54 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

ADV keep churning out those titles in the UK, which as always is a good sign.
In July they'll be releasing:

Rune Soldier vol. 1: Enter The Klutz
Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Phase 3
Pretear Vol. 3
King of Bandit Jing Vol. 4
Slayers Great
Queen Emeraldas

Read More... | Souce: ADV UK Press Release

Viz Impressed with Rurouni Kenshin Manga sales

Date: 2004 February 24 20:20 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Viz have just posted a press release detailing their sales of popular Kenshin Series.

This comes as no surprise to regular fans of the Anime and Manga.

Read More... | Souce: Viz

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

Dark Horse Buys Studio Proteus

Date: 2004 February 08 17:45 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

Dark Horse Comics has announced it will purchase manga publishing and production house Studio Proteus under a pending agreement. Dark Horse has worked with Studio Proteus co-publishing manga since the publication of Dark Horse's Outlanders in 1988, and together they have produced nearly 60,000 pages of material. The acquisition will also include all Studio Proteus manga previously published with Eclipse and Innovation. Studio Proteus's Toren Smith will retain the company's name.

Read More... | Souce: Pulse

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