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British Women of Manga Panel - 29th April 2010

Date: 2010 April 18 12:59 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The people behind Sci-Fi London and London Girl Geek Dinners have teamed up to run a special panel British women of Manga. It's set to run Thursday 29th April 2010 at 7pm.

The panel consists of artists Kate Brown, Emma Vieceli and Karen Rubins. Anime and manga expert Helen McCarthy will be chairing the panel.

This is a free event for women only. Men are allowed as guests of a London Girl Geek Dinner member. To get your tickets register at http://scifi-london.eventbrite.com/.

Souce: Sci-Fi London / London Girl Geek Dinners

London MCM Expo May 2010 reminder

Date: 2010 April 17 18:35 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK based readers will want to head to London next Month for the London MCM Expo on 29th and 30th May 2010. The event has become regular addition to the anime fans calendar. This time around they're going to need your help breaking a world record for largest handheld game console party. Nintendo DS owners will want to be part of the world record!

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Viz Cinema launched Eatrip a movie about Japanese food

Date: 2010 April 04 06:10 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

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)."

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Japanese Maid Reni to perform at the Washington Sakura Matsuri

Date: 2010 April 04 05:06 | Posted By:

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Fans of Japanese culture in Washington DC will want to head over to the Washington Sakura Matsuri on Saturday April 10th 2010. If you didn't need a reason to go already, everyone's favorite New York based Japanese Maid Reni will be there to give two performances.

Read More... | Souce: Reni Reni

BFI Southbank London Anime Season Screening Details

Date: 2010 April 01 00:28 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

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.

Read More... | Souce: BFI Southbank

WOTA London Gig in March 2010

Date: 2010 March 09 17:24 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Japanese music, clubbing and good times will want to want head over to WOTA London on Friday 12th March 2010 from 8pm until 2am. The venue this is Lati Ri in Shorditch near Old Street and Liverpool Street Tube stations.

Dress code is casual, and cosplay is optional. It's over 18's only. Tickets are £4 in advance or £6 on the door. There's a £1 discount from the door fee if you're on the Facebook group or mailing list.

Guest DJ's this time around are DJ Snap (best known from Kitacon) and DJ Genki Boi of J-Pop Go.

Souce: WOTA London

Japanese Art Festival in Richmond - February 2010

Date: 2010 February 20 22:49 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK based anime fans will want to head over to Richmond next weekend (Saturday 27th February and Sunday 28th February 2010) where the Japanese Arts Festival will return to the Richmond Adult Community College.

The free event is set to start at 11am and end at 5pm. It includes a great line up of expert guests and speakers - Akemi Solloway, Helen McCarthy and Sonia Leong.

Read More... | Souce: Japanese Art Festival

AmeCon 2010 open fo registration

Date: 2010 February 15 17:54 | Posted By:

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Staffordshire based UK anime convention AmeCon 2010 has just opened for registration. The convention is set to return on Friday 13th August until Sunday 15th August 2010.

As always with such events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Souce: AmeCon 2010

Death Note Relight at the London Barbican

Date: 2010 February 09 18:59 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London anime fans who like killer notebooks will want to keep Wednesday 28th April 2010 free, as that's when the Barbican will be showing a special screening of Death Note Relight.

Resident anime expert Helen McCarthy will be there to introduce the feature. As always with such events, we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment. The screening is not yet available for bookings, but keep checking just in case.

Read More... | Souce: Barbican

Tokyo City Promotion in London

Date: 2010 January 29 08:49 | Posted By:

Category > Events

In London this weekend? Looking for something interesting to do? On Saturday 30th January to Sunday 31st January there will be a Tokyo Day. Aimed at promoting the Japanese city as a tourist destination the free event is divided into 3 zones. Traditional Culture, Experience Tokyo and Modern Culture.

The event will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre near Westminster Tube station.

Opening hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

Souce: Tokyo City Promotion

Cosplay Valentine's Day Party in Central London

Date: 2010 January 28 16:48 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Romantic cosplayers in London should head over to Peter Parker's Rock 'n' Roll Club, just three minutes away from Tottenham Court Road. The Grand Cosplay Ball will be hosting a special Valentine's Day Prom on February 14th.

The venue will be decorated for the romantic day. Tickets are £4 online or £6 at the door.

Read More... | Souce: Grand Cosplay Ball

AmeCon 2010 Website Launches

Date: 2010 January 25 17:09 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK anime fans should mark the dates Friday 13th to Sunday 15th August 2010 in their diaries. As this is when AmeCon will return. The successful UK anime convention will open for registration on Monday 15th February 2010. They'll be at a new location this year - Keele University in Staffordshire.

Registration will cost £45 for the full 3 days. The registration fee does not include accommodation, food and drink. They'll take payment through Credit and Debit Card using Google Checkout, alternatively you can also post a cheque to them.

As always with popular conventions we advise you book early to avoid disappointment.

Souce: AmeCon 2010

Japanese Maid Show January 24th 2010 in NYC

Date: 2010 January 24 09:34 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on January 24th 2010 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

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

Japanese Maid Show January 11th in NYC

Date: 2010 January 11 17:01 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Drom on January 11th 2010 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

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

Comiket 77

Date: 2009 December 30 07:30 | Posted By:

Category > Events

A man sits in the corner of the busy square caressing his gun then pointing it at a bunch of schoolgirls who shriek in excitement and begin flashing the cameras, while another man beside him dressed elaborately in leather swishes his cape to an amused crowd of photographers. Welcome to Comiket!

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Japanese Christmas Show at shopping Mall in NJ

Date: 2009 December 16 16:50 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NJ should head over to Harmon Cove Outlet Center in Secaucus, NJ on December 20th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs, J-Pop and her original songs.

It's free and cosplayers are more than welcome!

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

WOTA London Christmas 2009 Party

Date: 2009 December 11 18:11 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based fans of J-Pop, game and anime music mixes will want to head over to WOTA London on Friday 18th December 2009. The otaku party is all set for a Christmas special. They're at a different venue this time, Juno Shoreditch which is a 5 minute walk away from Liverpool Street Station.

It's set to run from 9pm until 3am, with a great line up of DJs.
Price is £4 (advance online) or £6 on the door.

Dress code is casual (cosplay optional).
Over 18's only (ID may be required).

Read More... | Souce: WOTA London

Kitacon Launches Christmas Gift Registration Packs

Date: 2009 December 01 00:01 | Posted By:

Category > Events

UK anime convention Kitacon, have come up with a clever idea for a Christmas present - limited edition tickets to the event. Kitacon is set to run from the 26th to the 28th of March 2010 in Northampton UK. The gift of an anime convention sounds like a good idea to us! Although we do question their taste in bad presents. What's wrong with Tom and Jerry boxer shorts?!

Read More... | Souce: Kitacon

Japanese Maid Show December 6th in NYC

Date: 2009 November 30 16:30 | Posted By:

Category > Events

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

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

Grand Cosplay Ball 2009 Details

Date: 2009 November 09 16:23 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks at the Grand Cosplay Ball have sent us the details for their 2009 event. It's set in the Clapham Grand in London. The special one evening event is set to run on Sunday 29th November 2009 from 7pm until 1am.

They've got a great line up of guests including cosplayer and Eurobeat singer Giorgia Vecchini, along with renowned cosplayer Yaya Han.

It's over 18's only, Tickets are £18. As always with these events we advise on booking early to avoid disappointment.

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

QC Anime-zing new Iowa based anime convention

Date: 2009 November 09 15:29 | Posted By:

Category > Events

US based anime fans who can get to Iowa should add a new convention to their diary. Set for June 18th to 20th 210 at Bettendorf QC Anime-zing!, it's run by the Mindbridge Foundation a not for profit corporation dedicated to fans of fiction, fantasy and so on.

Read More... | Souce: QC Anime-zing!

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.

Read More... | Souce: British Museum

WOTA London Gig in November 2009

Date: 2009 November 01 16:13 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London Fans of J-Pop, Vocaloid Songs, moe and anime music should head over to WOTA London on Saturday 21st November 2009, from 5pm to 10p, at the Freedom Bar in Soho, Central London.

This event is billed to support those otaku that loves otaku culture. Great for those who want to dance the night away.

Souce: WOTA London

Animation industry in the UK and Japan Symposium

Date: 2009 October 23 15:05 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Academic anime fans will want to get London on Friday 30th October 2009 for the Animation industry in the UK and Japan: Creativity, identity and the global marketplace. It's going to run in Council Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

It's free to attend but booking in advance is required. We suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Souce: King\'s College London

Comica 2009: London Is Bubbling Over With Comics!

Date: 2009 October 20 16:16 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based fans of comics will be pleased to hear about Comica Festival 2009. Being an international comics festival manga is represented too. With anime and manga expert Helen McCarthy launching her new book about the manga god Osamu Tezuka on Sunday 8th November 8, 2009 from 4.30pm at the ICA. Tickets: £6 / £5 Concessions / £4 ICA Members

Paul Gravett will be giving a talk about Manga In The Museum: Solving Myths & Mysteries as he introduces the work of Hoshino Yukinobu on Tuesday 10th November 2009 from 1.15pm to 2pm. This is free, but booking in advance is required.


Plus Helen will also be giving a talk on the works of works of manga master Hoshino Yukinobu on Saturday 21st November 2009 at the British Museum from 1.15pm to 2pm. This is free, but booking in advance is required.

Souce: Comica Festival 2009

Reni Mimura performing at Zenkaikon PA

Date: 2009 October 19 16:14 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Fans of Akiba culture in Pennsylvania will want to head over to Zenkaikon on November 7th to 8th 2009 to see Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

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

Genki Gear Launch new range at October 2009 London MCM Expo

Date: 2009 October 17 15:07 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

As we've mentioned before, all lots of anime companies are revving up for the London MCM Expo on the weekend of 24th-25th October 2009. T-shirt company Genki Gear will be launching a new Autumn range at the Expo, along with some Christmas cards.

The new range features designs by Wing Yun Man (who draws our lovely Otaku News wallpaper and postcards), Jess Bradley and our very own Phil English.

Read More... | Souce: Genki Gear

Beez at the London MCM Expo October 2009

Date: 2009 October 17 10:20 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > DVD

Currently all UK anime firms are revving up for the London MCM Expo on 24th-25th October 2009. Beez are no exception. Their stall will be in a different place than usual, they'll be teaming up with their corporate cousins Namco Bandai Partners.

They'll be holing a survey too, along with a give away as an incentive to fill it in. Plus they'll be selling some great titles on DVD too.

Read More... | Souce: Beez Entertainment

Japanese Restaurant in London seeks cosplayers

Date: 2009 October 14 14:39 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Japanese restaurant Moshi Moshi are seeking 100 cosplayers to help out with a promotion. Everyone helping out will be rewarded with a ticket to a cosplay party held at the restaurant, which includes free buffet style food and drink.

Read More... | Souce: Moshi Moshi

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!

J-Pop Go presents Sputniko!

Date: 2009 October 04 16:29 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Tokyo electro artist Sputniko! to guest at the next J-Pop Go music event in London on Saturday 10th October 2009.

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

Wired at the Tokyo Game Show

Date: 2009 September 29 16:34 | Posted By:

Category > Fandom

Wired have an interesting article about the Tokyo Game Show, it includes some good cosplay photos too.

Souce: Wired

Japanese Maid Show October 4th in NYC

Date: 2009 September 29 14:30 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Fans of Akiba culture in NY should head over to Top Tunes Karaoke Bar on October 4th 2009 where Japanese Copsplay Singer Reni will perform anime songs and J-Pop.

Read More... | Souce: Reni

Reminder: WOTA London Gig in September 2009

Date: 2009 September 22 16:22 | Posted By:

Category > Events

As mentioned before London based readers looking for a fun night out should head over to WOTA London on Saturday 26th September 2009. It's at the Freedom Bar, in Soho Central London. (66 Wardour Street, Soho. London W1F 0TA).

The event is set to run from 5pm until 10pm. Over 18's only. With DJs playing the latest anime and J-Pop Music.

Billed as London's newest and hottest otaku music cosplay club night, they intend to play a line up of anime video game songs, BL, I'VE (kotoko etc), Touhou Porject Vocaloid and more.

Check out the PV section of their website, to get an idea of the music they'll be playing. ^_^

Souce: WOTA London

Mini London Matsuri Report

Date: 2009 September 20 15:44 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Yesterday on Saturday 20th September 2009, the Otaku News Crew went to the Japan Matsuri at Spitalfields in London.

The atmosphere was great. Lots of people were there, young and old. The event had over 80 stalls there, mostly food stalls selling yummy Japanese food, such as yakitori, sweets, and other lovely snacks.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News

Sci-Fi-London October 2009 Anime All-Nighter Details

Date: 2009 September 16 17:01 | Posted By:

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:

Evangelion 1.0
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 London

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

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

GLAY Ticket Give-away CA - September 2009

Date: 2009 August 31 17:17 | Posted By:

Category > Events

Here at Otaku News every now and then we're able to offer some great competitions. Today is no exception.

US based fans of J-Rock, who can get to a few choice venues in California, will be pleased to hear that we've got some tickets to give away to some great upcoming GLAY gigs.

Read More... | Souce: GLAY

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

Japan Matsuri Festival in London September 2009

Date: 2009 August 27 14:35 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London based readers should head over to Spitalfields on Saturday September 19th 2009 for the Japan Matsuri. A Matsuri is a festival with lots of stalls, food, fun and games along with plenty to see and do. It's set to run from 10am to 8pm.

A few readers might remember that this is not the first Matsuri in London. The last major one was at Hyde Park on 19th and 20th May 2001! As they don't happen as often as we like we strongly suggest you get to this one for all the festivities.

Read More... | Souce: Japan Matsuri

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

WOTA London Gig in September 2009

Date: 2009 August 17 17:00 | Posted By:

Category > Events

London Fans of J-Pop, Vocaloid Songs and anime music should head over to WOTA London on Saturday 26th September 2009, from 17:00 to 22:00 at the Freedom Bar in Soho, Central London.

Billed as London's newest and hottest otaku music cosplay club night, they intend to play a line up of anime video game songs, BL, I'VE (kotoko etc), Touhou Porject Vocaloid and more.

Souce: WOTA London

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

AyaCon 2009 announce two more guests

Date: 2009 July 26 13:39 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The good folks at UK convention AyaCon 2009 have sent us more details about their guest line up. They've added Matthew Mercer voice actor, script writer, and independent film maker along with JoEllen Elam costume designer and makeup artist. This makes for a great variety of guests.

Read More... | Souce: Aya Revolution 09

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

London MCM Expo May: 09

Date: 2009 July 09 12:55 | Posted By:

Category > Events

23-24th of May saw the 15th MCM Expo come to London in a shower of guests including Lindsay Wagner of Terminator fame, James Duval who appeared in Donnie Darco and Independence Day, and Tony Curtis, who has appeared in films before God thought that a beard and long robes might be a good look, and Helen McCarthy, the well renowned anime expert. Among these bright stars and celebrities many cos-players, gamers, and indie manga producers mingled amongst the fans through this two day sci-fi, games and anime event.

Read More... | Souce: London MCM Expo

Japanese Art Festival Hosts UK premiere of Ghibli classic

Date: 2009 June 29 11:50 | Posted By:

Category > Events

The Japanese Art Festival returns in July and will also be screening the UK premiere of the Studio Ghibli anime Ocean Waves.

Read More... | Souce: Japanese Art Festival

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