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Miss Hokusai Screening Review

Date: 2016 February 1st Monday [13:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Features

Whether I'm reviewing or not, when I go in to watch a new feature film, I try to read up on it as little as possible. With Miss Hokusai, I had only seen the short Japanese trailer (on purpose, so I wouldn't understand everything), and later skimmed the first few paragraphs of the production notes, handed to me when I walked into the screening. What I was expecting was something of a behind-the-scenes, biographical approach to Katsushika Hokusai's life, through his daughter's eyes. But instead I got something a little different.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

MCM Event List for 2016

Date: 2016 January 30th Saturday [14:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

As 2016 has just started it's time to plan ahead for those geek events. We've got a list of the MCM Comic Cons for 2016.

The MCM Event Calendar kicks off on 13th February with the MCM Midlands Comic Con. There's plenty more to follow throughout the year. The events always have something good to offer for anime fans too and often feature a guest or two from the anime and manga industry. The schedule is as follows:

13 February: MCM Midlands Comic Con
12-13 March: MCM Liverpool Comic Con
19-20 March: MCM Birmingham Comic Con
27-29 May: MCM London Comic Con
25-26 June: MCM Belfast Comic Con
2-3 July: MCM Ireland Comic Con (Dublin)
30-31 July: MCM Manchester Comic Con
23-24 September: MCM Scotland Comic Con (Glasgow)
28-30 October: MCM London Comic Con
19-20 November: MCM Birmingham Comic Con

The folks at MCM have also sent us details of two new events in Germany and Brussels. MCM Hannover Comic Con coming to Hannover Messe on 4-5 June 2016 and MCM Belgium Comic Con taking place at Brussels Expo on 11-12 June.

Also don't forget Comic Con Copenhagen 24-25 September 2016 and Comic Con Stockholm on 4-6 November 2016,

As always we've also updated the Otaku Calendar with details of these events.

Read More... | Source: MCM Comic Con

Libra of the Vampire Princess: Visual Novel English Release Kickstarter Details

Date: 2016 January 18th Monday [15:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Do you like visual novels? Do you want one translated into English? Well the good folks from MiKandi Japan have sent us details of their latest Kickstarter to bring and English language adaptation of visual novel game Libra of the Vampire Princess. They've already hit their Kickstarter goal, but are keen to add some stretch goals too. It looks very moe. We're told a few or our readers like this sort of thing.

At the time of writing they have just over a day left to meet this goals. So go take a look if you're interested.

Read More... | Source: Libra of the Vampire Princess: Visual Novel English Release Kickstarter

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 Details

Date: 2016 January 11th Monday [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK anime fans will be pleased to hear about the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

It's set to run around the UK from Friday 5th February to Saturday 26th March 2016. Everything kicks off at the ICA in London, and then will tour a further 12 venues. All the films look interesting, but if we really, really had to pick one, we'd say Miss Hokusai, we've already seen it and can confirm it's one of those rare must see anime films. It shows you that there's so much more to anime. It's lavishly animated and tells the tale of Hokusai's daughter.

If you can't catch it in the cinema Miss Hokusai will be released on 31st March 2016 on DVD, Blu-ray and Collector's Edition Blu-ray by Anime Limited.

Anime Anthem of the Heart also forms part of the film tour. It's a story about a girl who can no longer speak and bottles up her emotions following a magical encounter with an "Egg Fairy".

The festival also has plenty of other very interesting Japanese films that would be worth your attention.

With all screenings like this, we strongly advise booking early to avoid disappointment. It's always good to see anime on a big cinema screen.

Source: Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Omakase featuring Naruto Shippuden

Date: 2015 December 19th Saturday [5:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming company Viewster have sent us details of their latest Omakase goodie box. This time around the box is filled with Naruto Shippuden goodies, and also includes a $40 coupon to US Anime convention AX 2016.

For those curious we reviewed the first Omakase Box, which featured Kill la Kill goodies.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Kitacon 2016 Registration Details - Kitacon Karnival 2016

Date: 2015 December 1st Tuesday [0:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from UK Anime convention Kitacon have just sent us details for their next event. Kitacon Karnival 2016. They've already revealed that it'll run from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April 2016 at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole NEC.

Now they've unleashed details about registration, which will open on midday on Sunday 3rd January 2016. The even is limited to 1,000 attendees (100 of which will be premium VIP memberships).

As always with such events we advise booking early. In August this year when AmeCon 2016 opened for registration they sold out in under an hour.

Read More... | Source: Kitacon

Viewster Omakase Kill la Kill Box Review

Date: 2015 November 24th Tuesday [17:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The good folks from streaming anime company Viewster have just sent us a complementary Omakase box to review. The service itself is an interesting one. You pay $29 USD (plus shipping and handling, which we're told is $19 USD to the UK, brining it up to $48 USD) for a 2 months on-line access to Viewsters HD ad-free anime streaming service, plus they'll send you a box full of goodies. Currently the service is available in the US, Canada and the UK. For UK based readers the customs charges are already factored into the shipping and handling costs, so the price you pay to ship is the price you'll pay to receive the anime goodies.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Terror In Resonance Ultimate Edition UK Release Details

Date: 2015 November 20th Friday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK anime company Anime Limited have just revealed the details of their Terror In Resonance Ultimate Edition. It will come with the the series on both DVD and blu-ray with 2 discs for each format. It also includes a 100 page hard back art book with tons of content that was originally included in the Japanese release of the series. On disc extras will include episode commentaries, in Depth conversation with the cast along with the textless Opening and Closing title sequences. They'll also be releasing the standard edition on DVD.

It's due for release sometime in Q2 of 2016. The company confirmed it will be released with both Japanese audio (with English subtitles) and English dub.

The series is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, who also directed Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy. We caught up with him last year to chat about the show.

We first watched the show when it was airing on Wakanim and are eagerly awaiting it's wider release in the UK. If you can't wait you can watch Terror In Resonance on Netflix UK.

Source: Anime Limited

Attack on Titan: Part 1 Live Action UK Cinema Screening Details

Date: 2015 November 19th Thursday [15:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Super popular franchise Attack on Titan is due to hit UK cinemas on Tuesday 1st December 2015. Part 1 of the live action feature will be shown around the UK, so check the official website for a screening near you.

The move itself features an interesting mix of old school Tokusatsu for the titans, with some extra CGI on top for the steam and smoke effects. This is a great chance to catch the movie on the big screen.

Manga Entertainment UK and label Animatsu Entertainment signalled their intent to release more anime in the UK cinemas. So far they've released Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' and Boruto: Naruto The Movie across the country and it proved a hit with anime fans being able to enjoy films on the big screen locally.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2015 Details

Date: 2015 November 7th Saturday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese culture looking for something fun to do near Christmas will be interested in Hyper Japan Christmas Market. It's set to run from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November 2015 at Tobacco Dock in London.

There's a ton of things to do at this event. They'll be lots of Japanese food, plenty of stalls with things to buy. Along with a whole host of musical performances from the virtual artist IA to the the cute and rather strange Lady Baby.

Cosplayers and fashion fans will be well represented too.

Anime fans will be pleased to hear that anime studio Production I.G will be represented too with anime director Naoyoshi Shiotani (who directed the Psycho-Pass TV series and movie) and producer Rui Kuroki, who will be giving talks throughout the event.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan Christmas Market

An Interview with Shigeto Koyama - Anime Character Designer

Date: 2015 November 6th Friday [18:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The May and October MCM London Comic Cons are without doubt the biggest geek events in the UK. With over 130,000 people attending this October. It caters for all geeky tastes. Anime fans are also well looked after, each event regularly has an anime guest of honour. The October Comic con played host to Shigeto Koyama, renowned designer, he designed Baymax from Disney movie Big Hero 6. He was also involved in the character designs for fan favourite anime show Kill La Kill, as well as designing the weapons and lots of gear in the well loved game No More Heroes. We were lucky enough to catch up with him and ask some interesting questions.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Sunrise To Present Special Panel at MCM London Comic Con

Date: 2015 October 17th Saturday [9:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks at MCM London Comic Con have just sent use details about an anime panel running at the Cominc Con on Sunday. It'll be presented by Eri Suziki from Sunrise's international department and it'll focus on the Gundam franchise and the next phase of their partnership with UK anime firm Anime Limited.

Sunrise are best known for being the studio behind Gundam, they've also created the anime versions of Cowboy Bebop, Love Live, Code Geass and Tiger & Bunny to name a few.

Anime Limited are also running the MCM Loves Anime Event on the Saturday.

The MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

Viewster Launch Omakase Streaming and Merchandise Service

Date: 2015 October 17th Saturday [8:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming Service Viewster have just launched a new package aimed at anime fans. Omakase includes a subscription to their HD Ad-free service, plus a bimonthly box of goodies, including merchandise, music and comics. The boxes will feature limited edition and exclusive stuff. Their launch box will feature exclusive Kill la Kill merchandise.

The Omakase service will be available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

A subscription currently costs $29 (USD) for 2 months, plus shipping and handling.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Shigeto Koyama to be anime guest of honour at London Comic Con October 2015

Date: 2015 October 11th Sunday [10:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We keep saying that the MCM Comic Con keep having interesting anime guests at their events. The October run of the MCM London Comic Con is no different. This time around Shigeto Koyama will be the anime guest of honour. He's been responsible for the design of Big Hero 6's robot Baymax, and been involved with Kill la Kill and Hideaki Anno's Rebuild of Evangelion movies. He's got a whole host of credits to his name for A-list anime titles including Gurren Lagann, Space Dandy and Ghost in the Shell SAC: Solid State Society.

The MCM London Comic Con is set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015. Anime fans will also be interested in the MCM Loves Anime side event.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

An Interview with WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu

Date: 2015 October 10th Saturday [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

MCM Group Events are always great for anime fans. At the end of September 2015 Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu of WIT Studio were anime guests at the MCM Scotland Comic Con in Glasgow. We were lucky enough to be able to interview them and discuss their latest project The Rolling Girls and what it's really like to work in the anime industry.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

MCM Loves Anime in London Special Screenings

Date: 2015 October 3rd Saturday [15:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

It's October! Which means the MCM London Comic Con is almost upon us. It's set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015. The good folks at Anime Limited will be running a special standalone event, MCM Loves Anime, which has 4 special anime screenings at The Crystal. They'll be screening thee world premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow, along with 3 other mystery anime films. Anime Limited are being tight lipped about what they'll be, but they are letting on they've got a mix of shows that consists of hits from Scotland Loves Anime - most importantly they are all English premieres!

The event is ticketed separately from the MCM London Comic con, as it's a side event, day pass ticket will be at early-bird pricing of £20 until 12th October. From 13th October tickets will be priced at £25. As always with events like this we suggest booking early to avoid disappoint.

Source: Anime Limited

Animax Weekly Highlights for 14th September 2015

Date: 2015 September 14th Monday [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK Anime streaming service Animax have sent us details of their weekly highlights.

The company have just launched iOS and Android Apps too.

Every Friday evening of the month the site will also launch a new movie, this Friday HAL will join the Animax site.

Other highlights include Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Beginning, Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising. Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Mardock Scramble: The First Compression. Plus Simulcasts Rampo Kitan and Overlord.

Read More... | Source: Animax

Re:Minder - 009 Re:Cyborg UK Release Details

Date: 2015 September 11th Friday [16:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Anime fans might be interested to know that 009 Re:Cyborg is out on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 14th September 2015 from UK company Anime Limited.

For those interested in the title, we've got two reviews from the theatrical release, plus an interview with the film's director Kenji Kamiyama, who is best know for being the driving force behind Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

Source: Anime Limited

Full Metal Panic - Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray UK Release Details

Date: 2015 September 10th Thursday [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

UK Anime company Anime Limited have just announced that they'll be releasing Full Metal Panic - Ultimate Edition on blu-ray. The set is due out on Monday 7th December 2015, just in time for Christmas.

The ultimate edition has all 3 seasons of the fan favourite. That's Season 1, Fumoffu and The Second Raid (which has never had a UK release before). Anime Limited announced on Twitter that they will reveal more about the release shortly.

They have revealed that the set is blu-ray only and looking at the Amaon.co.uk listing it contains 1,200 minutes of content (that's 20 hours worth) across 7 discs. We expect Anime Limited will give it their usual ultimate edition treatment too, it'll include a full sized artbook.

Read More... | Source: Amazon.co.uk

WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu heading to MCM Scotland Comic Con

Date: 2015 September 7th Monday [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans in Glasgow are in for a treat, we've already mentioned Scotland Loves Anime 2015, however just before that the MCM Scotland Comic Con is set to run on Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th September 2015. The anime guests this time around are are WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu. WIT Studio are best known for the megahit anime Attack on Titan.

Both are experienced in the anime industry, and have been involved in titles such as The Rolling Girls, Silver Spoon, Kids on the Slope, Sword Art Online, Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy.

They'll be presenting panels, meeting fans and signing autographs at the Comic Con.

This is not first time WIT Studio staff have appeared at an MCM Event, we caught up with WIT Studio at the October 2013 MCM London Comic Con. The next MCM London Comic Con set set to run from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015.

Read More... | Source: MCM Scotland Comic Con

When Marnie Was There London Screening Details

Date: 2015 September 1st Tuesday [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK Ghibli fans will want to head to London in October to catch screenings of When Marnie Was There at the BFI London Film Festival.

The Film will be screened at the Haymarket Cineworld at 14:30 on Saturday 10th October 2015 and 18:15 on Wednesday 14th October 2015 at the BFI Southbank.

This is Studio Ghibli's final film.

The BFI London Film Festival 2015 also has other films of interest, including Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast. If you like Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children, you'll want to catch this feature.

Read More... | Source: BFI London Film Festival

AmeCon 2016 Registration Filled in Under an Hour

Date: 2015 August 31st Monday [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We've already mentioned earlier that AmeCon registration went live today. The fan run anime convention's registration was filled in under 40 minutes, with all 1,000 spaces booked by 19:38.

Anyone wanting to attend the 2016 event now will have to be added to the wait list and hope that someone else gives up their space for the ever popular event.

Source: AmeCon

Scotland Loves Anime 2015 Announced

Date: 2015 August 29th Saturday [12:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans in Scotland are in for a treat this October as popular anime film festival Scotland Loves Anime returns to Edinburgh and Glasgow for it's 6th consecutive year. They'll also have some screenings in Aberdeen too.

Scotland Loves Anime have just announced the event is set to run in Glasgow from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015 and Edinburgh from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October 2015. The line up as always is awesome. They've got all sorts of anime, plus the new live action Attack on Titan movies. Guest wise anime director Keiichi Hara who recently directed Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai, will be at Glasgow, along with renowned anime expert Jonathan Clements (saying he's an expert is a bit of an understament, as) he's written tons about anime in books and magazines, plus is the co-author of the The Anime Encyclopedia.

Scotland Loves Anime 2015: Edinburgh Line-Up
Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October 2015

Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
Empire Of Corpses
Expelled From Paradise
The Case Of Alice & Hana
Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Attack On Titan – Live Action Film 1
The Last: Naruto The Movie
Boruto: Naruto The Movie
Love Live! The Movie
Madoka Magica – Film 3: Rebellion
Attack On Titan – Part 1
Attack On Titan Part 2 – Jiyuu No Tsubasa
Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie (2015)

Scotland Loves Anime 2015: Glasgow Line-Up
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015

Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
Empire Of Corpses
The Case Of Alice & Hana
Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Attack On Titan – Live Action Film 1
Attack On Titan – Live Action Film 2
Boruto: Naruto The Movie

Read More... | Source: Scotland Loves Anime

Anime Pioneer Osamu Tezuka Documentary on NHK World This Weekend

Date: 2015 August 27th Thursday [11:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans keen to know about the origins of their hobby will be very interested to tune into NHK World this weekend to catch Artist in Motion: Anime Pioneer Osamu Tezuka. The documentary looks at the famed manga and anime creator who often considered the founding father of modern anime. It focuses on the triumphs and tribulations of an artist driven to new forms of expression.

It will be broadcast on NHK World on
Saturday 29th August
23:10
Sunday 30th August
5:10, 10:10 and 17:10
All times are in UTC (as NHK world is a global channel).

NHK World is free to access, and is broadcast on most satellite providers. It broadcasts it's content in English, either dubbed into English, or in Japanese with English subtitles. Details on how to watch it can be found here.

UK based readers can find NHK World on:
Sky Channel 507
Freesat Channel 209
Virgin Media (with certain packages) Channel 625

Australian based readers can catch it on Foxtel Channel 656

American readers can get it with different cable or satellite providers.

You can also watch a live stream on the NHK World Website or download their live streaming app for your tablet or smartphone.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

AmeCon 2016 Registration Reminder

Date: 2015 August 26th Wednesday [16:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK Anime fans planning ahead for the big fan run summer convention in 2016 will already be aware of AmeCon. The event is set to return from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016. AmeCon will be running for the first time at the Warwick Arts Centre, the venue favoured by AyaCon.

Registrations for Amecon 2016 will be opening on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August at 7pm. This year the convention are introducing two tiers of membership. Standard that costs £48, and premium that costs £85, this gives you many bonus items in your conpack, plus earlier access to the dealers, plus reserved seating at keynote events (along with other privileges).

Generally with fan run events like this, once they're booked out, that's it. They don't sell tickets on the door. So make some time on Monday evening to register.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

Official MCM London Comic Com Genki Gear October 2015 T-shirt Design Revealed

Date: 2015 August 25th Tuesday [12:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

August isn't over yet, but people are already eyeing up the next big event on the horizon. The MCM London Comic Con. The October run of the major geek event is set from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October 2015. From an otaku perspective, they'll be lots of cosplayers there, along with all the UK anime distributors. They've as of yet to announce an anime guest, but in the past they've had famous anime directors, producers, voice actors, and illustrators.

As is tradition, t-shirt company Genki Gear have created the exclusive official t-shirt design to celebrate October London MCM Comic Con. The design this time around has a retro feel with its mix of 8 bit gaming and zombies. Priced at £16.99 this limited edition design is available for pre-order now at both Genkigear.co.uk and the MCM official webshop.

Read More... | Source: MCM London Comic Con

The Japanese Gallery in London Launches New Anime Cel Website

Date: 2015 August 20th Thursday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from the Japanese Gallery in London have sent us details of a new website they've just launched. Cel-ga.com showcases anime cels that the gallery has for sale. You can buy them on-line and get them shipped to you. Alternatively, you can always walk into their London shop and buy it in the real world.

Read More... | Source: Cel-ga.com

Noragami UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 August 18th Tuesday [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us the details for Noragami The Complete Series Collection. The supernatural anime is directed by Kotaro Tamura (who was the Assistant Director on Wolf Children).

The series is due out on Monday 21st September 2015. You can pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk on DVD and Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Doraemon Arrives on UK TV

Date: 2015 August 16th Sunday [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans will be keen to hear that the Japanese cultural icon Doraemon will arrive on UK TV from Monday 17th August 2015. The blue cat from the future will make his UK debut on kids TV station Boomerang at 7:30 am. With new episodes airing after that daily. Boomerang is available on Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision and other TV services in the UK and Ireland.

In Japan Doraemon is huge, the manga started in 1969 and went on to sell over 100 million copies. He's had anime shows, feature films and (as you'd expect) plenty of merchandise. He quintessentially an example of Japanese children's manga. A true classic you should see.

The version being aired will be the 2005 version of the show.

Doraemon has recently been making inroads in the US since it's been showing on Disney XD.

Source: Wired UK

An Interview with Space Dandy writer Kimiko Ueno

Date: 2015 August 4th Tuesday [2:31] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > TV

As fans of anime, we often wonder how some of our favourite shows get put together by the staff. While it's true that directors, actors and character designers shape the look of the show, it's anime writers who tell the characters what to say.

One writer who is getting more exposure these days is Kimiko Ueno. Having written for long running shows such as Shin Chan, she's currently writing episodes for Space Dandy, the hit show from Cowboy Bebop creator Shinichiro Watanabe (released by Anime Limited) While in the UK for MCM Manchester Comic Con 2015, Miss Ueno was kind enough to sit down and have a chat with us about Space Dandy, Shin Chan and what she looks forward to when travelling abroad.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Karen's Bridge on Location with Kinmoza

Date: 2015 August 3rd Monday [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's no secret that our editor has a soft spot for moe anime show Kinmoza. We even took a trip to see Alice's house a while ago, revealing the location used to the world.

There are other locations used on the show that fans might be interested in visiting. Caron Cooper of Fosse Farm B&B has just told us about a local bridge featured on the show.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

AmeCon 2016 Registration Details Announced and Kitacon 2016 Details Revealed

Date: 2015 August 2nd Sunday [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We know UK anime fans like to keep up to date with convention news. As another Kitacon draws to it's end, at it's closing ceremony UK anime convention AmeCon have just announced when it will open for registration.

The AmeCon team revealed that their website will accept registrations on Monday 31st August 2015. The convention is set to run from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016 at the Warwick Arts Centre.

Kitacon 2016 is also due to run from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April 2016, once again at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole NEC. As of yet they've yet to announce when they'll open for registration.

It's normal for fan run conventions like this to take registration in advance, they often sell out quickly, so we advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are not sold at the door. Once they reach capacity, then anyone else wishing to attend is normally added to a wait list.

Source: Kitacon

Anime Limited Licenses Ping Pong The Animation

Date: 2015 July 24th Friday [16:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at UK Anime company Anime Limited have announced that they have the new licence - Ping Pong The Animation. It's based on the manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, who is also responsible for Tekkonkinkreet and more recently Sunny. The anime is direct by Masaaki Yuasa who did the excellent The Tatami Galaxy.

Anime Limited intend to release the title on DVD and blu-ray sometime in October 2015. We speculate that they've chosen this date to coincide with the huge October MCM London Comic Con.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 July 22nd Wednesday [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK anime label Animatsu have sent us details of their up coming release Love Chunibyo and Other Delusions. It's due out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 24th August 2015. From Kyoto Animation the studio that brought you The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and K-On, this fan favourite is making it's way to the UK.

As always you can pre-order the anime on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment UK

Inside The Industry: Anime Talk - Report

Date: 2015 July 14th Tuesday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's not often you get to see behind the scenes of the anime industry and find out what it's really like. This week the Japan Foundation in London hosted a talk called Inside The Industry: Anime.

The event brought together:
Hirokatsu Kihara who worked at Studio Ghibli before becoming a best selling author.

Michihiko Suwa who works as Chief Producer at the Animation Department of Yomiuri TV and credits include Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) anime.

Aya Suzuki a British/Japanese Layout artist, 2D Character/FX animator and occasional animation lecturer. Projects worked on include (but are not limited to) Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises at Studio Ghibli, plus Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children.

Stephen Cavalier acted as chair, bringing his two decades experience in the animation and games industries along with authoring a book on The World History of Animation

The event ran on Monday 13th July 2015. It was free to attend and it was so popular there was waiting list. The audience was a mix of anime/manga fans along with animation students and animation industry professionals.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Space Dandy's Kimiko Ueno to be Anime Guest of Honour at Manchester Comic Con 2015

Date: 2015 July 8th Wednesday [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con frequently has top notch anime guests of honour. It seems now that the good people at MCM are expanding and bringing an anime guest of honour to their MCM Manchester Comic Con event. Space Dandy's Kimiko Ueno will be the guest of honour at the event which is set to run from Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th July at Manchester Central.

She's a script writer for anime Space Dandy and also written scripts for favourites such as Crayon Shin-chan.She'll be their signing autographs and presenting an on-stage panel on how anime screenplays are developed. This is an interesting part of anime production that will be good to gain insights on!

Space Dandy Season 2 will be available in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 3rd August 2015.

Read More... | Source: MCM Manchester Comic Con

NHK World Launch Video On Demand Service

Date: 2015 July 7th Tuesday [16:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

International Japanese TV Station NHK World has just launched a new Video on Demand Service. The on-line streaming service is free to use and is perfect for those viewers who missed something on the station or are unable to receive the free to air satellite station.

The service shows content about Japan (and how awesome the country is) in English. Content is either shown with subtitles or dubbed into English. A lot of the shows have English speaking hosts too. They've got all sorts of content for every kind of fan of Japan. They've got Kawaii International for those interested in the latest cute fashion trends. Core Kyoto focuses on ancient capital, while Tokyo Eye 2020 helps you discover what's happing in Tokyo in time for the Olympics. For the anime, manga and gaming fan imagine-nation is a must.

Source: NHK World Video On Demand

Summer Explorers! - Children's Anime Screenings in London

Date: 2015 July 3rd Friday [15:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Readers with children who enjoy anime will be interested in the UK Japan Foundation's Summer Explorers! Japanese Anime Screenings. The screenings are set to take place on Saturday 1st August 2015 at Bafta 195 Piccadilly in Central London.

They'll be showing a selection of films from 11:30am until 6:30pm. The screenings are free, but booking is required. As always with events like this, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Koma Neko The Curious Cat is a film suitable for children aged 2+, while the other features are either suitable for children aged 8 and above or children ages 10 and above.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation London

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 1: Beginnings and Part 2: Eternal UK Blu-ray and DVD Release Details

Date: 2015 June 29th Monday [15:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their up and coming release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 1: Beginnings and Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 2: Eternal. Both movies are due out on Monday 10th August 2015. They form a recap of the dark magical girl TV series and feature new scenes and improved animation.

You can make a contract (but not with Kyubey, with Amazon). and pre-order it from Amazon.co.uk. You can pre-order both Part 1 and Part 2 on Blu-ray or Part 1 and Part 2 separately on DVD.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Knights of Sidonia Complete Series 1 Collection UK DVD and Blu-ray Release Details

Date: 2015 June 24th Wednesday [16:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from UK anime label Animatsu have sent us details of their latest release. Knights of Sidonia Complete Series 1 Collection is due out on DVD and blu-ray on Monday 17th August 2015.

The show is also currently available on Netflix.

As always you can pre-order the series on DVD and blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Animatsu Entertainment UK

Anime Limited Summer 2015 DVD and Blu-ray Release Highlights

Date: 2015 June 21st Sunday [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Let's take a quick look at Anime Limited's up and coming line up. Fans who like their anime in a tangible format will be interested in the company's releases.

They've got tome interesting releases in the pipe lines:

Many will be keen to get their hands on Sword Art Online II which be released on blu-ray and DVD on Monday 17th August 2015. Anime limited state the collectors box is limited to the first print run of the title. So get it while you can. You can pre-order the DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

We're excited about Season 2 of Space Dandy. That's due out on Monday 3rd August 2015. Again you can pre-order it on DVD and blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

We know many fans are excited about Tokyo Ghoul, which Anime Limited will be releasing on Monday 28th September 2015. Pre order it now on DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.

They've got more too, but you can always read about them on the Otaku Calendar.

Source: Anime Limited

Viewster Opens Los Angeles Office to Drive Revenue Initiatives

Date: 2015 June 19th Friday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

It's always interesting to keep up to date with industry news. The good folks from streaming service Viewster have sent us details of their new office. It seems that they'll be setting up in Los Angeles. This means they'll be expanding and perhaps getting some additional interesting licenses too.

Viewster also intend to start a premium service soon. This makes sense, as they currently have a free to view option that is add supported. Services like Crunchyroll have proven that some anime fans are willing to pay for an ad free offering.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Animeigo planning Kickstarter campaign for classic Riding Bean OVA

Date: 2015 June 3rd Wednesday [11:05] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

U.S. label slips in news of summer campaign to restore and release classic 80's OVA from Gunsmith Cats creator Kenichi Sonoda

Read More... | Source: Animeigo (via Kickstarter)

Animeigo launches Kickstarter campaign for Otaku No Video blu ray

Date: 2015 June 2nd Tuesday [13:14] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

U.S. anime label starts new campaign for classic anime title after successful campaign of restored Bubblegum Crisis blu ray.

Read More... | Source: Animeigo (via Kickstarter)

An Interview with Hidetaka Tenjin Mechanical Illustrator and Mecha Designer

Date: 2015 June 1st Monday [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

As children we've often spent our time drawing giant robots and fighter jets. Many of our readers would still do this for fun now and again. But what if you want to do it professionally? We were lucky enough to meet one such man - Mecha Designer Hidetaka Tenjin. He's does technical illustrations and designs cool mechanical things. He's done technical illustration for Macross Zero, Macross Frontier, Macross Frontier: The False Diva and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Goodbye.

He's got a few art books to his name too. Plus he also does lots of box art for model kits.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Hidetaka Tenjin at the May 2015 MCM London Comic Con where he was invited by streaming service Viewster to be the anime guest of honour.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Uniqlo Launch Manga T-shirt Collections

Date: 2015 June 1st Monday [14:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of anime and manga who like to declare their fandom on t-shirts will be pleased to hear about Uniqlo UK's latest range of Manga T-shirt Collections.

The global Japanese fashion retailer have designs from Ghost In the Shell Arise, Taiyou Matsumoto + Nicolas de Crécy and Osamu Tezuka.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo UK

Win a Trip to Tokyo with Viewster

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming Service Viewster are currently running a competition for users to win a trip to Tokyo. They're offering the chance for the ultimate fan (and one of their friends) an all expenses paid trip to Tokyo. For a chance to win you have to show them you're the ultimate fan of Japan. The competition closes on Sunday 31st May 2015, so get thinking and get posting on social media!

Source: Viewster

Hyper Japan July 2015 Details

Date: 2015 May 27th Wednesday [14:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture will be interested in Hyper Japan. The regular Japanese Culture event is set to return to London, this time at The O2.

The event is set to run from Friday 10th to Sunday 12 July 2015. As always it's listed on the Otaku Calendar.

There'll be lots to see and do there, highlights include as always all the food, plus anime music singer Eir Aoi, best known for her work on Sword Art Online and Kill La Kill. Anime is also well represented with anime director Kobun Shizuno. They'll be lots of gaming goodness too, plus things like Japanese clothes, and music.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Channel 5 Documentary Seeks Single Male Anime Fans

Date: 2015 May 26th Tuesday [12:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

It's unusual to ask our readers this! Are you a UK based single male anime fan, looking for romance? A production company making a documentary for Channel 5 are looking for eligible bachelors who are interested on going out on a date for the documentary with another anime fan. The lady in question is an anime fan and loves attending conventions.

So if you're looking to find a like minded individual, a bit of romance, while on TV, now's your chance!

Read More... | Source: ITN Productions

Using an Anime Image Tool to Upscale Traditional Japanese Prints

Date: 2015 May 21st Thursday [11:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

John Resig is not normally a name you'd expect to see on Otaku News. He's a JavaScript Guru and the creator of the hugely popular jQuery JavaScript library. While he's not being awesome with JavaScript he is also busy working on a Database of Japanese Prints.

In a recent blog post he explains how he's been tinkering with a tool called Waifu2x to enlarge low res images of wood block prints. Waifu2x was originally designed to enlarge anime and fan art, but as John explains it can be used with Japanese Prints (with some trade offs).

Source: John Resig's Blog

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