Acclaimed anime director Satoshi Kon passed away 2 days ago on 24th August 2010. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on 18th May 2010.
Satoshi Kon has directed several popular films which generally have a cerebral dream like element to them, where the imagination, dreams and reality all mix together. He directed the films Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and the TV series Paranoia Agent. Satoshi Kon was working on a feature film called Yume-Miru Kikai, which is unofficially known as Dream Machine in English.
News of death spread like wild fire on the internet, with many anime fans expressing their sadness of his death.
Prominent food and bento blogger Makiko Itoh has translated Satoshi Kon's last words.
The New York Times also have a detailed obituary.
Anime expert Helen McCarthy points out that "at that age Miyazaki hadn't finished Totoro, Tezuka hadn't created Black Jack, Kurosawa hadn't made Yojimbo."
The Anime News Network have details from his wife.
The Guardian also has a good write up.
Souce: Anime News NetworkJoe
Category > Events
London's Barbican has always been a great place to visit for fans of Japanese cinema with their monthly Japanimation screenings, but some fans may want to move into the arts centre from October to December as they'll be shown a whole host of Japanese films, anime and even a cosplay event! There's so much good stuff to see!
Movie buffs will be delighted to with the great range of movies.
There's so much to recommend here, we suggest you take a look at the full listing.
Shojo fans will be interested see the live action version of Nana on Thursday 21st October 2010 at 6pm.
Cosplayers will want to keep Saturday 6th November on 11.00pm – Kamikaze Girls screening and cosplay event.
Fans of cheesy movies will want to keep an eye on the 18 rated RoboGeisha showing at 7:30pm as part of the Halloween Shlockfest on Friday 29th October.
Beat Takeshi fans have a lot to look forward to on Sunday 14th and Monday 15th November 2010. They'll be showing Hana bi, Brother, Dolls and Zatoichi.
Those who enjoy classic Japanese cinema will enjoy the Akira Kurosawa season too.
Anime fans aren't left out either with a CLAMP themed screening of XxxHOLiC The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Tsubasa The Movie: The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom – Tuesday 19th October 2010. As always resident expert and author Helen McCarthy will be on hand to introduce the movies.
As always with popular events we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.
Scottish anime fans will have a great selection of anime screenings to look forward to with the Scotland Loves Anime October 2010 Festival. Set to run in Glasgow on Friday, October 8th to Sunday, October 10th and Edinburgh Friday, October 15th to Sunday, October 17th as well as part of the DCA Discovery Film Festival in Dundee October 22nd-26th.
They've got a great line up films some classics and some new
GLASGOW - Glasgow Film Theatre:
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (UK premiere, HDCAM)
One Piece Strong World (UK premiere, HDCAM)
Summer Wars (Scottish premiere, Digital Cinema Print)
Redline (Scottish premiere, HDCAM)
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (Scottish premiere, Digital Cinema Print)
Cowboy Bebop the Movie (Special screening, 35mm)
EDINBURGH - Filmhouse Cinema:
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (UK premiere, 35mm)
Evangelion 2.0 (Special screening, Digital Betacam)
Summer Wars (Digital Cinema Print)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (HDCAM)
One Piece Strong World (HDCAM)
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (Digital Cinema Print)
Dundee - DCA:
Summer Wars (Digital Cinema Print)
They're all worth watching, but if you haven't seen them already we highly recommend Summer Wars, the Cowboy Bebop Movie and Evangelion 2.0. As always with popular events, we suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Anime fans in London will want to head over to the Barbican on Friday 24th of September 2010 to see their screening of Eureka Seven: The Movie. Resident anime expert Helen McCarthy will be at hand to introduce the feature.
As always with popular features, we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Fans of futuristic technology and anime who can get to London will want to head over to the BFI Southbank on Sunday 11th July 2010 for their special lecture on the world saturated with technology. Called The Anime Machine: An Illustrated Lecture by Thomas Lamarre it's set to start at 6pm. You can also get a joint ticket for a screening of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
Fans of more tradional Japanese cinema will want to consider the BFI Southbank season of Akira Kurosawa and His Influence.
As always we advise booking in advance for such events to avoid disappointment.
Souce: BFI SouthbankJoe
Category > Events
London based anime fans will want to head over to the Barbican on Tuesday 20th July 2010 at 8:30pm for their screening of Mobile Suit Z Gundam: A New Translation - Heirs to the Stars. Resident anime expert Helen McCarthy will be introducing the film. As always, we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.Joe
The good folks at the London Barbican have sent us details for their anime line up in May and June 2010. On Tuesday 25th of May anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce an action packed double bill of Summer Wars at 6:15pm and Dante's Inferno at 8:45pm.
Then on Tuesday 15th June at 8:30pm the Barbican will screen King of Thorn (which is also introduced by Helen McCarthy). As always with popular events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
The good folks at Bandai Entertainment have sent details of the up coming US screenings of the new Haruhi Movie - The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.
An English subtitled version of the film will be shown at the Viz Cinema in San Francisco from May 21st. The film will then be shown in Hawaii by Consolidated Theaters in mid-June.
Bandai also intend to release the film on DVD in the near future.
Fans of Japanese cuisine and film in San Francisco will want to head over to the U.S. Premiere of Eatrip on Saturday April 10th 2010.
"Eatrip explores the interpersonal relationships that food nurtures. This documentary includes interviews with actor Tadanobu Asano, singer UA, tea master Sen Souoku, and many others. It takes you on a journey throughout Japan to look at how life can be led optimally through the daily ritual of eating. To eat is indeed to live. Life is just an "eating trip" (eatrip)."
The good folks at the BFI Southbank in London have sent us the exclusive details of their up coming anime season. They've got a special selection of screenings in May along with some speical guests. To get warmed up for the event they'll be having a preview screening of The Sky Crawlers at 8:40pm on Friday 16th April 2010.
The anime season in May is going to be a real treat, it'll have the first and second new Evangelion movies, Summer Wars (a must for fans of the Girl Who Leapt Through Time) along with a whole host of other great films.
They'll also have a special screening of Welcome to the Space Show along with on-stage guests Koji Masanuri (Director) and Tomonori Ochikoshi (Chief Producer of the studio) for a Questions and Answers session!
Booking for the May anime season opens in a few weeks and we really can't stress enough the importance of booking early to avoid disappoint. These screenings are likely to sell out quickly.
Category > Fandom
While most of the world is caked in snow, numerous Otaku News friends and readers have sent us links of Totoros made of snow.
The most common one we got sent was this one on the site Epic Win FTW (from the same people behind I Can Has Cheezburger?) .
One keen eyed Otaku News reader also sent us:
A snow Catbus
dorkiicakes' snow Totoro
Temple of the wrong found a pair of snow Totoro
graout's snow Totoro
A huge selection of Snow Totoros can also be found on photographic sharing website Flickr.
Ghibli fans will know that the first snow Totoro ever made can been seen in the end credits of the original film.
Souce: Otaku NewsJoe
Looking for Anne a Japanese feature film inspired by Anne of Green Gables has won the prestigious Asian First Films Festival Award in Singapore.
It's the first feature for Director Takako Miyahira. The film won best film and best director.
According to an Associated Press article -"The feature film 'Looking for Anne,' directed by 30-year-old Japanese film director Takako Miyahira, wowed the juries at the festival."
It's the first time a Japanese film has won an award at the festival which as been running for 5 years.
The film tells the tale of a 17-year-old Japanese girl's visit to a rural Canadian island to look for a Canadian World War II veteran who was her late grandmother's first love and had given her grandmother a book, Anne of Green Gables.
We've been sent a reminder by nice the people at the Barbican in London about their Ponyo screenings. We've mentioned it before, however due to demand they've added another subtitled screening to the Saturday 28th of November at 5:30pm to the London Children's Film Festival 2009. The other two screenings sold out quickly, so we suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that as it's a children's film festival, all adults must by accompanied by a child.
Those who can't take children to watch Ponyo with them will want to consider the screening on Thursday 26th November 2009 at 6pm. It sold out initially, but it seems that a few seats are now available again.
Excitingly the Barbican have also revealed their up coming 2010 anime screenings, which aren't yet on their website. The biggest highlight is Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, which is scheduled for Tuesday 26th January 2010 at 8:30pm. Again we advise booking as soon as the tickets are available.
We're also keen on seeing The Sky Crawler, but that's not going to show in the Barbican until February. ^_^
Former Japanese Prime Minster Junichiro Koizumi will helping Japanese superhero Ultraman out in his new movie. The popular former leader will be voicing the roll of Ultraman King. The film is currently in production is titled Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy: The Movie. It's due for release in Japan on 12th December 2009.
Category > Events
The Weekend of 23rd - 24th October 2009 is great for anime fans to visit London, with the London MCM Expo. There's also the traditional Anime All-Nigther at Sci-Fi-London.
The film festival has run for many years now and always proves popular. They've got an extra special line up for this all night long anime screening, starting Saturday night 23rd October 2009. They'll be showing:
Time of Eve
The Sky Crawlers
We're most excited about the Evangelion 1.0 screening. Spike's already seen it and posted an Evangelion 1.0 review up when it first came out in Japan.
The Sky Crawlers also sounds promising as it's directed by Mamoru Oshii (who is best known as directing the Ghost in the Shell Movies).
Tickets will be available soon. We advise you book early to avoid disappointment as it's a great chance to seem some excellent features.
Souce: Sci-Fi LondonJoe
The moment many UK anime fans have been waiting for is finally here.
Helen McCarthy's November Japanimation screening will be Hayao Miyazaki's new film Ponyo.
The screening will be on the last week of November at the London Barbican, time to yet be confirmed. Booking won't open for this screening until 11th October 2009. They expect a very high demand for these tickets. We cannot stress enough in this case if you want to see this movie to book early to avoid disappointment.
Otaku parents with young kids will be pleased to hear that Ponyo will also be screened a few days before as part of the London Children's Film Festival at the Barbican. Please note that with all screenings at the London Children's Festival, adults must be accompanied by a child.
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.
The London Barbican have always been good with special treats for anime fans. The end of October 2009 is no different. They'll be screening Sword of The Stranger (reviewed here), along with a special screen talk anime expert Helen McCarthy will be in conversation with director Masahiro Andô and producer Mashiko Minami from Studio Bones! We always advise that fans book early to avoid disappointment and this is no exception.
Sword of The Stranger is an 18 rated movie. It'll be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. The conversation starts on Monday 26th October 2009 at 20:15 (in Cinema Two).
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London based anime fans should keep Tuesday 21st July 2009 free, as the Barbican will be holding a special screening of Ghost in the Shell 2.0. The remastered version of the original Ghost in the Shell features new CGI, animation and a remixed orchestral score. The feature will be introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy.
As always with these events we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment.
Optimum Home Entertainment UK schedule Studio Ghibli's Ocean Waves for August 09.Joe
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.
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!Joe
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.Joe
It's become a tradition at the Sci-Fi London Event to have a night long screening of anime. This year is no exception, with the following line up:
Ghost In The Shell 2.0
Afro Samurai: Resurrection
Naruto The Movie 3
Panda! Go Panda!
Origin: Spirits From The Past
Sci-Fi London runs from Wednesday 29th April to Monday 4th May 2009.
The Anime all nighter starts on Sunday 3rd May 2009 on the stroke of midnight (so you have to get there on Saturday night).
As always with these events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Souce: Sci-Fi LondonLittleWoodenBoy
Here's a review of the the live action film based on Akira Toriyama's manga Dragonball. The story follows Son Goku as he tries to finad the seven Dragonballs in order to defeat the evil Piccolo.Joe
The Barbican in London will be screening a Hayao Miyazaki's acclaimed Spirited Away on Saturday 11th April 2009 at 10:30am. All adults must be accompanied by a child (this is not a typo), so it's a perfect Easter treat for the kids.
We've got a request from our chums asking for some help with Japanese charity and their Film Festival in the National Gallery, London.
They need help promoting the event and at the event itself. The kind of people they are looking to help appear to be our readership. ^_-
They want volunteers on or before 15th-17th April 2009.
London's Barbican continues show a great selection of anime. Fans should note that on Tuesday 26th May 2009 at 8:30pm, the centre will be showing Revolutionary Girl Utena, along with a talk from anime expert Helen McCarthy.
As always with these screenings we recommend fans book early to avoid disappointment.
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.
Anime fans who can get to Dublin at the end of March will want to catch the Japanese Anime Weekend. The films are scheduled for Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th 2009 at the Irish Film Institute.
The line up is as follows:
Saturday 28th March 2009:
13:10 - Naruto
15:00 - Japanese Anime Talk by Helen McCarthy
18:15 - Sword of the Stranger
Sunday 29th March 2009
13:45 - Metropolis
15:45 - Japanese Anime Talk by Helen McCarthy
16:45 - Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
As always with the events we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.
Souce: Irish Film InstituteEeeper
Category > Anime
Original novel Satoshi Kon based anime film Paprika upon will be released in the UKJoe
London anime fans will want to head over to the Barbican for their upcoming season Japanimation: After Tezuka. It's considers Tezuka's legacy and the works he inspired.
It starts on Wednesday 28th January 2009 and is set to run to Sunday 1st February. Curated by anime expert Helen McCarthy, she always manages to arrange a selection of animated treats. Her introductions are worth attending too, as she manages to cram plenty of facts about each screening.
The line up is as follows:
Dororo 18:00 Wednesday 28th January 2009
Black Jack: Episode 15:00 Saturday 31st January 2009
Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion 13:45 Sunday 1st February 2009
Akira 15:45 Sunday 1st February 2009
(also later on in February)
Tekkonkinkreet 20:30 Tuesday 24th February 2009
With the Tokyo City Promotion 2009 in London at the same weekend it looks like the end of January is a great time for anime fans to visit London! As always with popular screenings we advise that you book early to avoid any disappoint.
The star of The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Matrix trilogy, and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure wants to play Spike Speigel in a live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.Joe
Category > Events
UK based anime fans who can get to Lincolnshire will want to visit the Hub National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, as they'll be showing the How Manga Took over the World Exhibition, from 7th February 2009 to 19th April 2009. The exhibition is touring after a successfully run at Urbis.Joe
Following on from our Sword of the Stranger Review, the Barbican in London will be screening the feature on Tuesday 25th November 2008. This includes an introduction with anime expert Helen McCarthy, who always adds interesting bits of information to the screenings. As always with such events we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
Souce: London BarbicanSpike
Set during the Senkoku period in Japan, Sword of the Stranger follows a young boy Kotarou as he is cruelly separated from his father and goes on the run from the army of the Ming dynasty. While living in an abandoned shrine and stealing food Kotarou chances upon a nameless and masterless samurai, and while initially mistrustful of him, Kotarou is forced to hire him as a bodyguard and guide when his dog, Tobimaru, is injured during a fight with Ming soldiers. Now the two must fight their way through the mysterious Ming and find the reason for Kotarou's importance to them, as the samurai battles his own inner demons.Joe
The good people from Viz Picture have sent us details of the US DVD release of the live action feature film version of Death Note. Which is due to hit the shelves on September 16th 2008.Joe
We've received details about the ever popular Sci-Fi London Event, which returns for a special event scheduled for Friday 3rd October 2008 called Oktoberfest.
It's got a great line up of anime and other Japanese films.
Tickets are on sale now from the Apollo West End box office.
Tel: 020 7451 9944
As always with these events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.
UK anime fans in Manchester are in for a real treat on Saturday 20th September 2008, where Urbis will be hosting free back to back screenings of 3 feature films from 11am to 5pm. In a nice twist Urbis are allowing people to vote for the final feature.
Seeing these movies on a big screen is great and a must see for every anime fan at least once!
BBC News have published an interesting interview with Oscar winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki, focusing on the release of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and it's screening at the Venice Film Festival. Oddly they ask about rivialy between Pixar, even though it's well known in fandom that Pixar and Studio Ghibli have strong ties, with John Lasseter and Hayao Miyazaki sharing a great friendship that was even documented on the DVD Thank You, Mr Lasseter.
The article mentions Miyazaki's advancing years, and how he will be over 70 years old when he does his next film.
UK fans will be pleased to hear that the article also mentions Ponyo will get a UK release in April 2009, although it's not clear if this will be a cinematic release or DVD release. Based on our previous experience with Ghibli releases in the UK we're guessing it will have a limited theatrical run first, before a DVD release.
Souce: BBC NewsJoe
Category > Anime
With the upcoming Tezuka Season at London's Barbican, the folks at Eye On Anime have interviewed anime expert and season curator Helen McCarthy.
Souce: Eye On AnimeJoe
We've received some exciting news from the London Barbican about a special Osamu Tezuka Season they'll be running from Thursday 18th to Wednesday 24th of September 2008.
The season is curated by anime expert Helen McCarthy (who's written tons of good books and articles on anime and manga). The line is up a great showcase of Tezuka's work, with The Film Is Alive: Osamu Tezuka Filmography looking especially interesting, as it we're certain Helen will bring an informative take on the panel with the event.
Osamu Tezuka is the granddaddy of anime and manga, without doubt the most influential and inspiration artist, as always with these events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Fans of Studio Ghibli will be interested to know that the BFI have just published a new book on Spirited Away, written by Andrew Osmond.Joe
Otaku News went to a BFI screening of Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second and was lucky enough to get an exclusive chance to have a private chat with Mr Shinkai, the writer and anime director.Joe
Following on from our article on the BFI Southbank London Anime Screenings for this weekend (20th to 22nd of July 2008), we're pleased to report that due to popular demand they've increased the capacity of some of the screenings by moving them to larger cinema screens in the venue. So in other words, if you tried to book for a screening or were unaware of the screenings, then try booking now if you fancy a seeing some great anime.
Souce: BFI SouthbankJoe
Fans of killer stationary supplied by death gods should take a note that we've received the UK DVD release details for the first Death Note Live Action Movie. The DVD will be released on 28th July 2008. 4Digital Media will also be releasing the other two Death Note features, with Death Note The Last Name showing in cinemas from 4th July 2008, and L Change The World coming soon.Joe
The Barbican in London have sent us details for a screening of Metropolis on Tuesday 24th June 2008 at 8:30pm. Anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce the feature, making it even more worthwhile to see than a standard screening she adds interesting bits of information and insight. As always with these events we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.Joe
We've got some great news for anime fans who can get to London on the weekend of the 20th to 22nd of June 2008. The BFI Southbank will be showing a great line up of anime features. Including a special screening of 5 Centimetres per Second with the director Makoto Shinkai!
The line up is as follows:
Friday 20th June:
5 Centimetres per Second
Saturday 21st June:
Death Note (Live action)
Death Note 2 - The Last Name (Live action) - Special double tickets available for both Death Note Movies).
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Sunday 22nd June:
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Appleseed: Ex Machina
This line up is fantastic, we recommend going to see at least one of these films if you can. As always this screenings are likely to sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.
We've received some details about about an up coming anime weekend planned for 20th-22nd June 2008 at the BFI Southbank in London.
The programme hasn't been published yet, and won't be on sale until the end of the month, but the line up looks so good, it's worth mentioning now so you can keep the weekend free. ^_^
They'll be screening:
- 5 Centimetres Per Second,
- The Girl who Leapt Through Time
- Appleseed Ex Machina,
- The Place Promised in our Early Days
- Death Note/Death Note 2 (live action versions)
Anime fans should also keep the 20th June free, as they'll be hosting a very special guest, Makoto Shinkai, who will be giving an interview to accompany the screening of 5 Centimetres Per Second.
As mentioned before booking isn't open yet, but this even is likely to sell out quickly, so as always we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.
Souce: BFI Southbank