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VIZ and Cartoon Network Go Broadband

Date: 2006 April 27th Thursday [11:01] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ and Cartoon Network to launch new broadband site, Toonami Jetstream, to feature recent television hits and new shows not yet available.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Anime Forest.com Closing Down

Date: 2006 April 18th Tuesday [11:31] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bad news for American anime fans. Anime News Network has reported that Anime Forest.com, the popular on-line rental site, will be shutting down after three years of service. An e-mail was sent out to customers of the site informing them of the closing, though reasons as to why were not given. Per-rental services ceased on April 7th, while subscription services will end on April 30. Anime Forest thanks their customers for their support in the e-mail. They will be missed.

Source: Anime News Network

Battle Stadium D.O.N.

Date: 2006 April 14th Friday [15:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Fans of shonen fighting shows might want to sit up and take notice of Battle Stadium D.O.N. a fighting game which will let players fight as characters from Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto. The release date is July 20th in Japan the same date as Bleach 3 for the PSP. The game is set for Gamecube and PS2 release.

Source: Gonintendo.com

Bleach Debuts in September

Date: 2006 April 11th Tuesday [10:49] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Here's another update to the upcoming addition of the hit supernatural action series Bleach to the late night Adult Swim line-up. Anime News Network has announced that the show will premiere on a September date of this year. An official set date for the series has not yet been announced.

Source: Anime News Network

New Aniplex Studio to be Built in Japan

Date: 2006 April 8th Saturday [7:59] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Akadot, Aniplex has announced its plans to build a new animation studio in the Suginami district of Tokyo.

The studio will be a subsidiary of Aniplex, called "A-1 Pictures", and is slated for completion in October of 2006. In addition to 2D and 3D work, they intend to establish a digital animation unit to keep up with the current wave of full-3D animation production.

Source: Akadot

Lucky Eureka SeveN

Date: 2006 April 7th Friday [15:15] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bandai Entertainment announces major plans for TV and online release of Eureka SeveN in America.

Read More... | Source: Bandai Entertainment

Bleach to Air on Adult Swim

Date: 2006 March 30th Thursday [14:10] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Here's a follow-up to a piece of news from last week regarding VIZ Media's appointment as Master Licensor to the anime series Bleach in America and Europe. Anime News Network has announced that the anime series, based on the manga by Tite Kubo, will appear on Adult Swim as part of their fall roster. It will join other anime titles such as the returning Inu-Yasha and Eureka 7, which will debut this April. No premiere date for the series has been announced at this time.

Source: Anime News Network

Cosplay Cafe at Cafe Manga

Date: 2006 March 29th Wednesday [17:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Emily has just sent us some details about an event she's organising in London next month, Cosplay Cafe at Cafe Manga. Aimed at Cosplayers kameko (photographers) and their chums. It's set for Sunday 23rd April, 2pm-5.30pm, and includes fun activities like a photoshoot, a talk/workshop, a quiz, anime and live action screenings, along with a swap table. They'll even have goodies to give away too! ^_^

Read More... | Source: Cafe Manga

Honey and Clover News

Date: 2006 March 29th Wednesday [13:13] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Good News for Honey and Clover fans as Anime News Network state that the 2nd series of the anime will premiere in Japan this Summer. Also the Website of the Honey & Clover Live-Action is now online!

Source: Anime News Network

Tokyo Anime Center, Yet Another Reason to Visit Akihabara

Date: 2006 March 27th Monday [16:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Akihabara has always been a dream for every otaku with it's electronics and anime stores, but now there is another reason to visit. The Tokyo Anime Center promises to be the worlds first anime information outpost opened March 15th. The industry backed center is aimed for Japanese and overseas fans alike to get the most up-to-date information and also participate in events and even public radio recordings with industry figureheads like creators and voice actors! They'll also be selling merchandise! *drools*

The Akiba 3D Theater looks like a real treat too, which will screen popular titles and also preview the "latest visuals" too.

Source: Tokyo Anime Center

J-Pop Go April

Date: 2006 March 26th Sunday [8:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London J-Pop fans should get out their Sailor Suits and Gakuran and head over to J-Pop Go this Saturday, where they'll be having a Japanese School Disco theme at the Cafe Manga Venue. The nice folk at ADV Films UK are sponsoring the events and as an appropriate tie in will be promoting Cromartie High School. The venue opens at 7pm and the party goes on to 1am. It sounds like fun and will certainly make a great anime weekend, with the London Anime Club the next day.

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

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2006 Gets Underway

Date: 2006 March 22nd Wednesday [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

The Tokyo International Anime Fair, Japan's largest animation fair is set to start this week from the 23rd of March to the 26th of March.

The Mainichi Daily News has an interesting article about the event which is every otaku's dream, with over 220 anime related companies and organizations, from animation studios, film and TV production companies and even toy and game makers, now all we need to do is get some plane tickets to Japan! ^_-

Source: Mainichi Daily News

VIZ Made Master Licensor for Bleach

Date: 2006 March 22nd Wednesday [10:04] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media becomes the official Master Licensor for anime and manga series Bleach.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media, LLC

Japanese Box Office Topped with Anime Films

Date: 2006 March 19th Sunday [5:08] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network have published an interesting article regarding 5 anime movies which are currently in the Top 10 of Japanese Box Office.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

New Japanese Animation Centre in Toyko

Date: 2006 March 16th Thursday [10:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

A new centre has opened in Japan designed to promote anime to both domestic and overseas investors. It will offer previews and information about projects currently underway. A new animation-training unit is also being launched.

Source: BBC News

Boku wa Imouto Ni Koi Wo Suru to become a Live-Action Feature

Date: 2006 March 13th Monday [12:41] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Manga News the controversial Manga "Boku wa imouto ni koi wo suru" which means "I love my younger sister" will become a live-action film and with Eikura Nana, age 17, a featured model in the fashion magazine Seventeen, playing the main role. The movie will be directed by Hiroshi Ando and is expected to open this Autumn.

The feature is about a pair of twin siblings that fall into a forbidden relationship and the story is based on the manga with the same title. The manga, created by mangaka Kotomi Aoki, started serialization in Shoujo Comic (Shogakukan) in 2003 and continued for a long 2.5 years. The story, centres on the pure feelings shared between the siblings in this dangerous, incestuous relationship has captured sympathy of many women. The manga has sold more than 5 million copies.

Matsumoto Jun, age 22, will be playing the challenging role of the brother in the incestuous situation. [Ed - This reminds me of a very bad pun about "twincest" @_@]

Source: Manga News

Captain Tsubasa to be donated to Iraq

Date: 2006 March 13th Monday [12:40] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Manga News the football anime Captain Tsubasa based on the manga by Youichi Takahashi will be dubbed into Arabic and donated to Iraqi Broadcasting Stations free of Charge. Captain Tsubasa is a popular 80's anime which follows the adventures of Captain Tsubasa and his journey to become a famous football (as in soccer for our US readers) player .

Source: Manga News

More Anime Screenings at the London Cafe Manga

Date: 2006 March 9th Thursday [13:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from ADV Films UK and Cafe Manga have sent us details of their special anime screenings which will be running throughout March. They'll be showing both subbed versions of Noir, Last Exile and Kino’s Journey at the Central London venue starting from Thursday 9th March. The Manga cafe also inform us that they've introduced happy hours during 6pm to 7pm where they'll be offering 25% discount off all drinks, note that if the staff are in doubt they will ask for ID. All titles screened are rated 12 and are uncut.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

More Tenchi on the Way

Date: 2006 March 8th Wednesday [10:20] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

The release dates for the next volumes of Tenchi Muyo are out, though fans will have to wait a while longer.

Read More... | Source: FUNimation

Me-Teru of Galaxy Express 999 becomes a Receptionist

Date: 2006 March 6th Monday [13:17] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Manga News there is an interesting article about a robotic version of Me-Teru from the famous manga Gingatetsudo 999, or Galaxy Express 999 as a receptionist. This robot is working at the airport of Kita-Kyushu (the home town of its creator Leiji Matsumoto), and it is reported that Me-Teru has been programmed to answer around 200 questions!

Source: Manga News

New Anime Premiere Dates

Date: 2006 March 6th Monday [13:08] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network has an interesting article regarding the airdates of anime that will premiere very soon.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

VIZ Launches Shojo Beat Home Video

Date: 2006 March 1st Wednesday [10:14] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ announces launch of new Shojo Beat video line for titles of related genre.

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

Anime Screenings at Café Manga London

Date: 2006 February 22nd Wednesday [10:25] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Café Manga will be screening Elfen Lied and Boogiepop Phantom on Monday 27th February with a repeat screening on Tuesday the 28th February.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Adult Swim Fix

Date: 2006 February 20th Monday [10:33] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Adult Swim to start featuring classic and new shows on website, seven days a week.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

50 New Anime Titles are Scheduled to Premiere in Japan Next April

Date: 2006 February 19th Sunday [14:00] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime Nation News, it is reported that 50 new anime are tentatively scheduled to premier in Japan this April. Titles include: Nana, XXX holic, Oh My Goddess 2nd Season and Tsubasa Chronicle 2nd Season.

Read More... | Source: Anime Nation

Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid OAV

Date: 2006 February 19th Sunday [13:58] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network a new Full Metal Panic: The second Raid OAV has been announced. The release is scheduled on the 26th of May and it will be titled: "Wari to Hima na Sentaichou no Ichinichi".

The OAV will be 30 minutes in long and will focus on a day in the life of Captain Tessa Testarossa. More information and an images of the new OAV can be found on the official webiste.

Source: Anime News Network

Triple UK Release for GITS2: Innocence

Date: 2006 February 15th Wednesday [7:30] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

Released on Monday 27th February are three editions of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment

FUNimation Grab Shin-chan

Date: 2006 February 15th Wednesday [4:50] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

The brilliant Crayon Shin-chan, has been licensed by FUNimation. The show has previously been aired on Jetix in an edited form, though still remained funny. This is great news for Shin-chan fans as hopefully previously unseen material such as the surreal Shin-chan move, will finally be available.

Source: Anime UK News

Stay Cool With Doraemon

Date: 2006 February 13th Monday [12:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Those enterprising folks at the 0123 have released a Doraemon portable fridge! Now you can get everyone's favourite atomic kitten to chill your orange juice, well at least that's what the advert seems to be about. It can also keep things warm. The only downside is this is a promotional item only available to people who use the 0123's services between a set period of time for a minimum amount of money. We hope this gets a mainstream release in Japan. ^_^ Check out the site for full spec and some cheesy adverts of the chiller in use!

Source: The 0123

The New Anime Encyclopedia

Date: 2006 February 9th Thursday [10:42] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Want to know more about your favorite anime series, or about ones you haven’t heard of yet? Anime News Network has announced that Stone Bridge Press will be releasing The Anime Encyclopedia 2 later this year. The new volume will contain new entries as well as updated information and added reviews to the already massive book. And given all the anime that has been released in the last five years, from Miyazaki’s latest film Howl’s Moving Castle to TV series such as Blood+ and Negima, it’s sure to be a lot.

Written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy and released in 2001, the first Anime Encyclopedia is a 545 page tome featuring information on every anime film, television series and OAV series ever released, including titles that have never been licensed and released in America. The information for each entry included the release date, original Japanese title, production studios and crew, story plot and a short review. Its been considered a must-have for any American otaku who has ever wanted to learn more about their favorite titles and about ones they’ve never heard of before. And with the new volume and its updated information on the way, they’ll be able to find out even more.

Source: Anime News Network

Live-Action adaptations Ranking

Date: 2006 February 6th Monday [10:20] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Manga News there is an interesting article regarding the top 20 titles that were adapted into live-action films. The survey was conducted by Goo Ranking and statistics calculated from between November 24, 2005 and November 26, 2005.

1. NANA
2. Kindaichi Shounen no Jiken-bo
3. Spiderman
4. Dragon Ball
5. Cutie Honey
6. Cat's Eye
7. Initial D
8. City Hunter
9. Bat Man
10. AKIRA
11. Ninja Hattori-kun
12. Pin Pon
13. Casshern
14. Hachimitsu to Clover
15. Sin City
16. Tetsujin 28-gou
17. Warau Michael
18. Fantastic Four
19. Dragon Head
20. Samehada-otoko to Momojiri On'na

Source: Manga News

Nana Anime: Update

Date: 2006 January 31st Tuesday [7:17] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Akadot there is an update as regards the popular comic series Nana. In fact it has been announced that Nihon TV will air the first episode of the Nana anime on 4/5 at 11:25pm. It was also announced that Madhouse will be responsible for the production, the same production team that took care of Paradise Kiss which is another Yazawa Manga. Right now auditions of over 400 people are taking place to determine the cast.

Source: Akadot

Anime Network at Top of Podcast Charts

Date: 2006 January 30th Monday [10:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime Network show "Digital Dojo" cracks the Top 20 on the podcast charts in North America.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Tokko to Become Anime Series

Date: 2006 January 25th Wednesday [7:24] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Service, Fujisawa Tohru’s Manga called Tokku will be adapted into an anime series. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon Magazine.

The Anime is to be aired on WOWOW in April 2006. The story is mostly about a Police theme and Anime Waves describes it in the following way: "Shindou just became a new investigator for Tokki: The Special Mobile Investigation Force. On the day of his graduation, he finally saw the half-naked girl that he had always saw in his dream in real life and finds out that she's part of Tokko: The Special Public Safety Task Force. Shindou ends up joining Tokko to revenge his parents' death who's bodies were ripped into pieces."

Source: Anime News Service

ADV Films Offers Anime Podcasts

Date: 2006 January 24th Tuesday [3:34] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Following on from offering torrents, ADV is now also offering selected content in podcast format. For those of you who don't have a portable media player you'll be pleased to know that the files are playable on an ordinary computer.

Source: ADV Films

Falsely Accused - Enzai The First Yaoi Game In The US?

Date: 2006 January 17th Tuesday [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > PC

We've just been sent the press release from JAST USA, about a rather novel PC game for a certain type of anime fan. Yep, we're talking Yaoi (or boys love). Appropriately for this kind of game, Enzai - Falsely Accused, the action takes place in a prison ^_- (our resident expert Spike's going to love this).

Read More... | Source: JAST USA

ADV Announces Valkyrie From Space

Date: 2006 January 16th Monday [10:07] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films announces release date information on sci-fi comedy UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Three Ghibli Shorts: An Interview with Hayao Miyazaki

Date: 2006 January 15th Sunday [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Studio Ghibli

The Daily Yomuiri have a very interesting interview with Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese cultural icon and the Oscar winning director of Spirited Away. He talks about three shorts which can only be seen at the Ghibli Museum. It also focuses on the films Miyazaki would like to animate, along with children's relationships with visual imagery. It also briefly touches on the tension between Miyazaki and his son Goro, although it's not exactly clear what the issues are between, although this doesn't stop fans speculating. The article concludes on a high note, stating that Studio Ghibli is the world's best studio in terms of potential, something that many fans had known, since they first saw Nausicaa, many moons ago.

Source: The Daily Yomuiri

Negima Voice Cast Announced

Date: 2006 January 12th Thursday [10:03] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Following up on a recent announcement of FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd's acquirement of Negima, the anime series based on Ken Akamatsu's latest manga about a boy wizard teaching English at a girl’s school in Japan, Anime Insider announced in their 2006 Preview issue some more of the cast for the English dub. The series is due out later this year, though there is no official date for the release.

Greg Ayres is still up to voice main character Negi Springfield, while Luci Christian (Full Metal Panic, Azumanga Daioh) will play his hot tempered student Asuna. Other actresses for the mostly female cast include Laura Bailey (Fruits Basket), Monica Rial (Excel Saga, Burst Angel) and Caitlin Glass (Fullmetal Alchemist). With the 30+ students in Negi's class (including fortune teller Konoka, shy bookworm Nodoka, haughty rich girl Ayaka, half-demon kendoist Setsuna, vampire girl Evangeline, ninja girl Kaede and many more) and Akamatsu’s plans to develop them all with their own storylines, Negima could very contain one the largest voice casts for an anime series, Japanese or English.

Source: Anime Insider

More Manga to be Adapted into Anime

Date: 2006 January 11th Wednesday [8:08] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Manganews more manga titles will be adapted into anime. These titles include Air Gear, Shounen Onmyoji and also a second season of School Rumble.

Source: Manga News

London MCM Expo Announce Anime London for 2007

Date: 2006 January 11th Wednesday [5:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

As goes the message I got in the mailing list this morning...

-----------------------------------------------------------
NEWSFLASH

The London MCM Expo is very happy to announce a pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture event for the UK to place in London, UK during July 2007 called 'Anime London'.

The ever growing London MCM Expo which takes place at Excel in London twice a year will still heavily feature ‘Anime Village’ bringing fans the best of Anime & Manga along with the many movie and TV related areas that it covers.

We now feel that it is time to bring a different kind event to the UK that will address the needs of the pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture
fan, this will not take away from existing Anime conventions or the
London MCM Expo but compliment them.

We have added a section to the London MCM Expo message board for you to
discuss the ‘Anime London’ event.

A website is currently being designed for the event and will go live within the next few weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you with regards to the event.

Regards

London MCM Expo www.londonexpo.com
-----------------------------------------------------------

Now isn't it about time someone made the brave attempt of holding a major anime event in London town!

Source: London MCM Expo

Matt Greenfield to Appear At Tomo-Dachi

Date: 2006 January 10th Tuesday [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The folks from Tomo-Dachi have just sent us their latest press release, which reveals that Matt Greenfield will be one of the guests. Matt Greenfield is best known to anime fans as the co-founder of ADV Films, and has directed the dubbing of Neon Genesis Evangelion (making sure that "Father I hate you!" sounds just right! ^_-).

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

Top 10 Anime Movies of 2005: Howl's Moving Castle at Number 1

Date: 2006 January 8th Sunday [10:35] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, Howl's Moving Castle was the top grossing anime movie of 2005.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

The Ultimate Hayao Miyazaki DVD and Book Sweepstakes

Date: 2006 January 5th Thursday [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The nice folks over at Turner Classic Movies have sent us the following details about their Miyazaki movie season and their Sweepstake. Details as follows -

For the month of January, Turner Classic Movies will be airing Hayao Miyazaki anime films every Thursday beginning at 8pm EST. In conjunction with these airings, TCM is offering fans an opportunity to enter The Ultimate Hayao Miyazaki DVD & Book Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will receive a gift collection featuring works by legendary Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki. 50 first prize winners will receive a book and a DVD from the Miyazaki collection. To enter the sweepstakes please have you Miyazaki fans click the following web address: www.turnerclassicmovies.com/sweepstake/index.jsp

Source: Turner Classic Movies

New Anime Book Out in May

Date: 2006 January 4th Wednesday [10:44] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network has announced that a new book containing essays on anime will be due this May from publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Titled Cinema Anime, the book will contain nine essays with an overall theme of dismantling the distinction between high and low culture and offering compelling arguments for the value and importance of the study of anime and popular culture as a key link in the translation from the local to the global, according to Palgrave's website.

The nine essays featured in the new book will have such titles as "The Americanization of Anime and Manga: Negotiating Popular Culture"; "Excuse Me, Who Are You? Reality and Fantasy in the Anime of Kon Satoshi" (anime director Kon is the mastermind behind such films as Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress and the television series Paranoia Agent); and "The Robots from Takkun’s Head: Cyborg Adolescece in FLCL". A hardcover version of the book will be published at £25.00. No details for a softcover version have been announced.

Source: Anime News Network

Largest US Anime Conventions of 2005

Date: 2006 January 3rd Tuesday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime-Cons.com have just published an article with the attendance figures for the top 10 largest anime conventions in the US. This year Anime Expo gets the number 1 spot with 33,000 attendees including attendees, guests, staff, dealers etc). Otakon get place with 22,000 paid attendees., while third place goes to A-Kon with 10,000 paid attendees, which is a drastic difference from the top two places. What makes this article better than the average website post is that Anime-Cons.com actually go to the effort of explaining the figures, and how they got them, which allows you get a better idea of what each convention is counting. They also have a nice disclaimer stating that biggest does not always equal best, it just means that more people went.

Source: Anime-Cons.com

IGN Seek Otaku Writers

Date: 2006 January 3rd Tuesday [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Unfortunately for us hugely popular gaming site IGN aren't seeking the Otaku News Crew, but they are seeking freelancers who love anime and manga! So if you live in the US, are over 18 and fancy being a freelance writer, why not drop them a line, they'll even pay you! If on the other hand you want to work for free and support grassroots anime fandom then why not contact us! We can't pay you, but we can always give you a sense of satisfaction that is better than money, (honest) and since we're also a lot slacker about deadlines too! ^_-

Source: IGN

2005: Words From the UK Anime Industry

Date: 2006 January 3rd Tuesday [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Paul over at Anime UK News.net has sent us the low down on a very interesting article they've just put on-line. Getting the views from the major players in the UK anime industry, the article recaps 2005 and gets various companies views on 2006. It's interesting to see all their separate takes on the achievements of the last 12 months.

The Otaku News Crew consider 2005 a very important year for the UK anime industry since it's the year that anime really went in the public eye, with more stores willing to stock it, more news papers writing positive and factually correct articles. Even Howl's Moving Castle got good fair write coverage too, while manga continues to be more easy to obtain in the UK. Taking into account where the UK anime scene was 3 or 4 years ago things have really progressed.

Source: Anime UK News.net

Top 10 Anime Theme Songs of 2005

Date: 2005 December 22nd Thursday [11:25] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, Oricon has posted an article with the top 10 selling Anime Theme songs of 2005.

Thirty-seven anime theme songs broke into Oricon's top 10 charts this year, compared to 24 in 2004 and only 8 back in 2000.

This year's top 10 anime theme songs were:

1) *~Asterisk from Bleach (TV), by Orange Range - 628,329 copies sold.
2) Gekkouka from Black Jack, by Janne Da Arc - 321,977 copies sold.
3) Sukiyanen, Osaka/Oh! Enka/Mugendai from Nintama Rantarou, by Kan Johnny 8 - 238,826 copies sold
4) Link from Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala, by L'Arc-en-Ciel - 235,751 copies sold
5) Pride from Gundam Seed Destiny, by High And Mighty Color - 223,208 copies sold
6) vestige from Gundam Seed Destiny, by T.M. Revolution - 176,028 copies sold
7) Metamorphoze from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation -Heirs to the Stars-, by Gackt - 156,709 copies sold
8) Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru from Gundam Seed Destiny, by See-Saw - 156,172 copies sold
9) Kuroge Wagyuu Joushio Tanyaki Roppyaku Hachijuu En from Black Jack, by Ai Ohtsuka - 149,134 copies sold
10) Wings Of Words from Gundam Seed Destiny, by Chemistry - 140,969 copies sold

Source: Anime News Network

Evangelion Character Contest

Date: 2005 December 22nd Thursday [9:49] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Gainax, the anime studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion (currently airing Thursday nights on Adult Swim), has announced a new contest for the latest video game spin-off for the hit series. The contest is calling for fans to design a new character for the second part of Neon Genesis Evangelion Supplementary Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a game designed for cellular phones.

The guidelines for the contest can be found on Gainax’s website. Unfortunately for American Evangelion fans, they are in Japanese. The few guidelines that are known is that the character must be female, and must be in the same class as EVA pilots Shinji, Rei and Asuka. Contestants will not simply be limited to only submitting designs for the physical appearance of the new character, but can also create her personality, manner of speech, and so on. There is no explicit statement saying that the contest is only open to Japanese residents. Other rules and guidelines, such as a final submission date, are not known at this time.

Source: Anime News Network

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