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GEN Manga releases Kamen Volume 1

Date: 2012 March 14th Wednesday [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just been sent details from the good folk at GEN Manga about their latest release - Kamen Volume 1. The title will be available across the US through all good Diamond Comic Distributors and on Graphicly. You can also download the title from the GEN Manga Website.

Fans of comic books will be interested to hear that Marvel artist Harvey Tolibao did the cover for Kamen.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: 2012 March 10th Saturday [13:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Manga UK have sent us details an eagerly expected title Mardock Scramble: The First Compression. The 18 Rated title is use out on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 16th April 2012.

We've reviewed a cinema screening of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

JManga.com celebrates going global with a second sign-up promotion

Date: 2012 March 9th Friday [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good people from JManga.com have just gone international. To celebrate the on-line manga service have launched a sign up promotion for new members.

From the Thursday 8th March 2012 to Wednesday 14th March 2012 if you sign up for a paid subscription you'll receive 5 books worth of bonus points with a $25 monthly subscription and 2 books worth of points a $10 subscription.

Read More... | Source: JManga.com

Tokyo Rockers ASIDBLOW Break Out of Japan to Make UK Debut

Date: 2012 March 8th Thursday [17:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of new Japanese guitar acts will want to head over to London on Saturday 24th March 2012 to catch ASIDBLOW at Japan Underground Club night. The popular club event is set to run at a newly established rock venue The Pipeline 94 Middlesex Street, E1 7DA (in Liverpool Street). The event is set to start at 7pm.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Distant Worlds: Celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy - London November 2012

Date: 2012 March 6th Tuesday [16:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Based fans of Final Fantasy will want to keep Friday 2nd November 2012 free as that's when the Distant Worlds: Celebrating 25 years of Final Fantasy concert hits the Royal Albert Hall.

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra plus choir will be performing. Arnie Roth is the Conductor and Nobuo Uematsu will be in attendance too.

Tickets will start from 25 to 65, plus there's a special VIP meet and greet ticket for 125 which gets you lots of great things.

We know the event is in November, so why are we mentioning it now? Tickets go on Sale on Thursday 15th March 2012 9am London Time. As always with popular events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment, but with this we can't emphasise this enough.

Read More... | Source: Distant Worlds music from Final Fantasy

JManga.com Extends Access Worldwide

Date: 2012 March 1st Thursday [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Readers outside the US who have been longing to legally get their hands on some digital manga will be extremely pleased to hear that JManga.com have extended their access world wide.

The site allows you to get manga using a points based system. If you sign up by Sunday 4th March 2012, you'll get double the amount of points as a welcome. The subscription costs either $10 or $25 a month. They also have a free subscription.

Read More... | Source: JManga.com

NEO Magazine Issue 95

Date: 2012 February 22nd Wednesday [15:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

The good folks from UK anime, manga and Asian pop culture publication NEO magazine have sent us the details of their latest issue. It's due to hit the shelves on Thursday 23rd February 2012 (available from WH Smith, Tesco and all good newsagents). It features their round up of the greatest anime movies of all time, with their own top 10 list, along with reader contributions.

Plus previews of anime, along with all the usual features and articles you'd expect. K-Pop fans will want to read the article on Korea's Japanese pop invasion with an analysis of the Oricon charts. We're interested in reading the report on the continuing aid efforts in Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

Read More... | Source: NEO Magazine

Sentai Filmworks licences K-ON! Season 2

Date: 2012 February 20th Monday [19:15] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

US anime licenser Sentai Filmworks has announced they have licensed the second season of popular anime TV series, K-ON!, for release later this year. The anime outfit has stated that the 26 episode series will get a DVD and Blu-Ray release.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

New games and anime magazine MyM to launch at Midlands Comic Con

Date: 2012 February 18th Saturday [15:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

UK anime and manga fans looking for more UK based magazines to read will be interested to hear about MyM Magazine.

Issue 1 is due on Thursday 3rd May 2012. The magazine promises to bring great coverage of video games, anime and manga. The magazine's editor Tarik Alozdi will be at the Midlands MCM Expo on Saturday 18th February 2012 to show visitors what's to come.

We must admit we're very curious to see what content the magazine will have and how knowledgeable their writers will be.

Update: You can read our interview with MyM publisher Tarik Alozdi here.

Read More... | Source: MyM Magazine

From Japan to Hull: manga, anime and cosplay to feature at Platform Expos 2012

Date: 2012 February 18th Saturday [15:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based readers who can get to the University of Hull on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2012 will want to head over to Platform 2012 East Yorkshire's huge gaming and entertainment expo.

They've got an an interesting line up of experts from the gaming industry plus a few familiar faces from anime and manga fandom too.

They'll be some retro gaming fun, a masquerade on the cosplay stage and plenty of panels from expert speakers.

Award winning cosplayer Natasha Lee Tyler (Missy Tetra) will be there to answer all those cosplay questions at talks and panels. Professional comic artist Sonia Leong will be there to explain all about manga.

They'll be a lot to see and do at this event, so it's certainly worth going!

Read More... | Source: Platform 2012

Cakes with Faces - New T-Shirt for Hyper Japan

Date: 2012 February 16th Thursday [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring is all set to start on Friday 24th February and will run until Sunday 26th February 2012. One of the many things we like about the Japanese culture event is the all the different stalls and the wide variety of things they sell.

Every time you go you're always going to find something new and exciting. Graphic artist Amy Crabtree of Cakes With Faces will be there. You may have seen her stall at other events such as the London MCM Expo. At Hyper Japan she'll be launching an appropriately themed t-shirt called All the best stuff is from Japan. The colourful design is great to show off your otaku side.

The design is launched at Hyper Japan and you'll be able to pre-order at a special price and collect it at the event.

Read More... | Source: Cakes With Faces

Bunkasai - Japanese Festival London Sunday 11th March 2012

Date: 2012 February 6th Monday [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers looking for some Japanese culture should head over to the Bunkasai - Japanese Festival on Sunday 11th March 2012. The event is set to run from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Park Crescent Conference Centre. The event is to support the charity Aid for Japan, which aids survivors of the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. The Bunkasai will run on the first year anniversary

Cultural highlights at the Bunkasai include the Tea Ceremony, Engeki play, Traditional Japanese dance, martial arts demonstration, Taiko drumming, and cosplay.

Advance tickets are now on sale.

Read More... | Source: Bunkasai

Video Games in Japan: Past, Present and Future at The Japan Foundation in London

Date: 2012 February 4th Saturday [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

London fans of video games will be very interested in two events hosted by the Japan Foundation titled Video Games in Japan: Past, Present and Future.

Event 1 - The Past: Game Over? focuses on how to preserve video game culture and why it's important to do so. Is set to run on Tuesday 22nd February 2012.

Event 2 - The Present and Future: Progress to the Next Level? Covers where the Japanese Video Game Industry is heading and is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd February 2012.

Both events start at 6:30pm at the Japan Foundation in London at Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5EH .

Both events are free to attend, but booking via e-mail is required. E-mail event@jpf.org.uk with your name, details and those of any guests. As with all popular events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

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

Japanese Queen Tribute act at London's Japan Underground

Date: 2012 January 21st Saturday [8:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers in London wondering thinking - Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught reading this website should head over to The Pipeline in Liverpool Street London on Saturday 4th and Tuesday 7th February 2012 to catch one of Japan's hottest new Queen tribute acts. The band are called Queer (yes, that's actually their name) and will be playing a warm up set as part of Japan Underground, keeping in theme for the night the even will have DJ sets of famous rock hits covered by Japanese artists, plus an 80s themed dress code. The fun and games begin at 7pm and is set to run until midnight.

Tickets can be bought for 5 in advance, or for 7 at the door for each show.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Hironobu Sakaguchi at the MCM Midlands Comic Con February 2012

Date: 2012 January 18th Wednesday [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based gamers will want to head over to the MCM Midlands Comic Con in Telford on Saturday 18th February 2012 to see World famous videogame developer, director and producer Hironobu Sakaguchi. Best known as the creator of Final Fantasy Series he will be attending the comic con to talk about his career along with his latest project Nintendo's The Last Story for Wii which is due for launch on Friday 24th February 2012.

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

GEN Manga Issue 8 out now

Date: 2012 January 14th Saturday [15:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest Issue GEN 8.

It features a new story Let's Eat Ramen by Nagumo, the author of the seriesRadio de Go!

The on-line manga publisher distribute their monthly collection of doujinshi using a subscription model. You get to download and keep the PDF file for each issue too.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Anime On Demand to simulcast LAGRANGE THE FLOWER OF RIN-NE

Date: 2012 January 10th Tuesday [8:36] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Anime on Demand to simulcast new XEBEC series in January.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Japan: Kingdom of Characters UK Exhibition

Date: 2012 January 4th Wednesday [17:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime and manga fans will want to make a trip over to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. From Saturday 4th February 2012 until Sunday 24th June 2012, the venue will be hosting Japan: Kindom of Characters, a new manga exhibition that takes you inside the world of Japanese characters and asks you to consider what they represent.

It follows on from a tour of highly successful showings in cities such as Manila, Sydney and Madrid. Human-size 3D models of characters such as Ultraman and Pikachu welcome you into this colourful and substantial show. Over eighty graphics, photographs and films trace the history of cartoon characters by decade from the 1950s to the 2000s and provide insight into their fascinating backgrounds.

The event is organised in co-operation with the Japan Foundation. Admission is free. The event is daily and open from 10am to 9pm.

The Sainsbury Centre is the sole UK venue for this exhibition.

Read More... | Source: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Tatsumi UK Cinema Details

Date: 2012 January 3rd Tuesday [16:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks at Soda Pictures have sent us details of their latest UK cinema release. Tatsumi is an animated feature inspired by the life and work of manga artist Yoshiro Tatsumi, who is well known for this work A Drifting Life.

The animated movie is in Japanese with English subtitles. It's been produced in Singapore by an international team of animators (Phil Mitchel is one of the founders of Mainframe who are best known for Reboot and Transformers - Beast Wars).

The film is due out in cinemas on Friday 13th January 2012. It's been rated 15.

Read More... | Source: Soda Pictures

Maids with Music at WOTA London - January 2012

Date: 2012 January 1st Sunday [12:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Maid Cafes and Anime/gaming/vocaloid/Japanese music and clubbing will want to keep Sunday 22nd January 2012 free when WOTA London returns. From 13.30 to 18.00 the event will be a Maids & Butlers Cafe run by Maid Planet, then at 18.00 until 22.00 it will be an Anison and A-Pop Dance Party. The venue this time around is B1F Royal George, 133 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EA, near Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

You can buy tickets on-line for a discount, either paying 4 for a Maid pass or 6 for a day pass. Alternatively you can turn up and pay 6 for a Maid Pass, 3 for a WOTA Pass or 8 for a day pass.

The event is for over 18's only.

Read More... | Source: WOTA London

GEN Manga Issue 7 out now

Date: 2011 December 20th Tuesday [13:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of seinen manga will be pleased to hear that GEN Manga have just released GEN 7.

The on-line manga publisher distribute their monthly collection of doujinshi using a subscription model. You get to download and keep the PDF file for each issue too.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Grave of the Fireflies

Date: 2011 December 1st Thursday [16:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received news from US Anime Distributor Sentai Filmworks that they've licensed Grave of the Fireflies. The Ghibli classic is emotional story of the cold realities of war, and often forgotten victims, the children.

Sentai Filmworks will begin digital distribution of the title this winter and a digital restored DVD will be released next year.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

Genki Gear 2011 Christmas Cards

Date: 2011 November 30th Wednesday [13:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Genki Gear the company best known for their t-shirt range have released a selection of Christmas Cards. A pack of five costs 3.50.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Beckii Cruel in the Music Charts

Date: 2011 November 30th Wednesday [2:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

We've received news from Beckii Cruel's team about her current chart success with the single You Can't Kiss Me.

This week the single is number 2 in the Music Week Club Chart Breakers, with Chase and Status coming in number 1. The chart tracks the up and coming music which is getting played in the clubs. The DJ's pick up on it and feed in the amount of play it is getting.

Read More... | Source: Beckii Cruel

Harajuku Night in London Sunday 4th December 2011

Date: 2011 November 29th Tuesday [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese themed clubbing can start of the Christmas season at the Harajuku! Winter Ball on Sunday 4th December 2011. The popular event returns to Proud in Camden. This time around they'll be 9 rooms, projectors and plasma screens for a fun Japanese themed night. The fun is set to start at 7pm and will run until late.

You can book your tickets here. Cosplayers, Lolitas and other fans of Japanese fashion will be pleased to hear that if you go in themed dress your tickets are cheaper!

Read More... | Source: Criminal Records

Digital Manga Inc Launch Anime Cel Art Shop

Date: 2011 November 25th Friday [14:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've received some rather interesting news from Digital Manga Inc. They've just opened a new site Anime Cel Art, which like the name implies is dedicated to selling anime cel art. They've currently got Naruto, Bleach and One Piece cels for sale.

Collectors should note, that these are not production cels used to make the anime as production now is digital. These are officially licensed reproductions. They are hand painted, and made exactly the same as production cels, but these images have never been used to make anime. As a result you get more for your money. You get a high quality image along with a background for a reasonable price.

Read More... | Source: Anime Cel Art

Cosplay Competitions at Hyper Japan 2012 in London

Date: 2011 November 18th Friday [13:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's not even the end of 2011 yet, but it still doesn't hurt to plan ahead, Hyper Japan 2012 is set to run on 24-26th February 2012 at Brompton Hall in Earl's Court.

They've sent us the details of two cosplay competitions they'll be hosting during the weekend. The World Cosplay Summit and the European Cosplay Gathering.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

GEN Manga on Graphicly.com

Date: 2011 November 16th Wednesday [6:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Independent Manga publisher GEN Manga have sent us news that they're now on Graphicly.com.

Graphicly.com distribute comics on Apple, Android, PCs and Macs, along with the Barnes & Noble Nook.

We caught up with GEN Manga in their New York offices earlier this year. One of the things they mentioned was their intention to expand from the main monthly volume. They've just done this releasing the first 6 volumes as a single anthology with over 900 pages of content in one file for $2.99.

They've also release the whole of the moe title VS Aliens as a complete standalone collection for $0.99.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Sun Fish Moon Fish from Sweatdrop Studios

Date: 2011 November 12th Saturday [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

UK-based independent publisher and comic collaborative Sweatdrop Studios have sent us details of their latest publication. Sun Fish Moon Fish by Morag Lewis. The 256 page volume is a self contained story and is available now from Sweatdrop Studios' online shop and Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 Screening in London

Date: 2011 November 8th Tuesday [16:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Hatsune Miku fans in the UK will want to visit London's Apollo Cinema Piccadilly for an exclusive screening of the vocaloid's exclusive premiere event. They'll be showing Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 39's Live in Sapporo, which features a holographic light show of the virtual diva.

The Sapporo performance was recorded in August 2011. It's set for a London screening on 28th November at 6.30pm and 29th November at 8.30pm.

The same venue will also be screening L'Arc-en-Ciel in December 2011.

Read More... | Source: Apollo Cinemas

L'Arc-en-Ciel 20th L'Anniversary Live Details and World Tour

Date: 2011 November 8th Tuesday [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of the hugely popular band L'Arc-en-Ciel will probably already know all the details of their 2012 world tour.

To warm up they'll be screening a special performance (recorded live from May 28th and 29th 2011) around the world.

London based readers will want head over the Apollo Piccadilly to catch the screenings on the following dates:
5th December 2011 - 6:30pm
Tuesday 6th December 2011 - 8:30pm

Details of screenings at other countries can be found on this official site.

Full details of the world tour is are still to be announced, but we have been sent details of the following locations and dates -

Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Asia World-Expo Arena - March 3rd, 2012 (Saturday)
Bangkok, Thailand - Impact Arena - March 7th, 2012 (Wednesday)
Shanghai, China - Mercedes-Benz Areana - March 10th 2012 (Saturday)
Taipei, Taiwan - TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall - March 17th 2012 (Saturday)
New York, USA - The Theater at Madison Square Garden - March 23rd, 2012 (Friday)
London, UK - indigO2 - April 11th, 2012 (Wednesday)
Paris, France - Le Zenith de Paris - April 14th 2012 (Saturday)

As always with popular events, we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: L'Arc~en~Ciel

Clannad Complete Collection US Blu-ray out now

Date: 2011 November 8th Tuesday [14:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Just a quick reminder for those in the US (or those who can buy DVDs and Blu-rays from the USA). Section 23 films have sent us details of the Blu-ray release of Clannad. The complete collection is out now.

Buy Clannad now from Amazon.com.

Read More... | Source: Section23 Films

NEO Magazine launches Cosplay Idol competition at London Comic Con

Date: 2011 October 26th Wednesday [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

NEO Magazine will be launching a Cosplay Idol Competition this weekend at the London Comic Con from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011. The winner gets a great load of swag including a laptop, pride of place in the NEO Cosplay Calendar, a dedicated feature in the magazine, plus a NEO goody bag. There are prizes for runners up too. So get sewing!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Breathe Deeply - a new graphic novel from One Peace Books

Date: 2011 October 26th Wednesday [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've received details of a new manga title just out. Breath Deeply is a controversial medical thriller with a dash of romance. It's written by the husband and wife team known as Doton Yamaaki. Published in English by One Peace Books the company suggest readers forget what they know about manga when approaching this title. It's out now from your favourite book sellers.

Buy from Amazon.com
Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Update: We've now have a reviewed Breathe Deeply.

Read More... | Source: One Peace Books

London Comic Con MCM Expo Details - Games and Dolls

Date: 2011 October 21st Friday [18:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

In London this time next week (Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011) the London Comic Con MCM Expo will be well under way. As it builds up it seems like every other press release we get sent is about the Expo.

We've just received two press releases from them.

Square Enix will be showcasing the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 game, along with Hitman Absolution.

Screaming Matriarch will be showcasing a new limited edition Little Apple Doll.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds US DVD and Blu-ray release details, plus on-line movie marathon details

Date: 2011 October 21st Friday [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Viz have sent us details of the up coming US release of Naruto Shippuden The Movie: Bonds which is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday October 25th 2011.

To celebrate US based readers can watch on-line for a limited time a marathon of all five Naruto movies! The stream is avaiable this weekend until Sunday October 23rd 2011.

Read More... | Source: VizAnime.com

Zipangu Fest reveals full programme: nuclear reactions, retro, animation and horror

Date: 2011 October 16th Sunday [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our earlier coverage of the Zipangu Film Fest, we've just been sent the details of the full programme. The festival kicks off in London at the ICA from Friday 18th to Thursday 24th November 2011.

They've got lots of interesting things to watch. If you fancy some alternative animation then Beyond Anime: The Outer Limits will appeal.

Shirome has been described as somewhere between the Blair Witch Project and the X-Factor!

There's plenty more to enjoy, including some horror, retro films.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Voice Actors at the London Comic Con - October 2011

Date: 2011 October 14th Friday [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

As the London MCM Expo gets nearer we always get sent more details about the event. It's set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011. This time the good folks there are reminding us about the top voice acting talent that'll be attending. Vic Mignogna, Gideon Emery, Adam Howden and Philip Shahbaz are all confirmed guests at the event. They'll be there to host panels, meet fans and sign autographs, so get your DVD and game boxes for them to sign!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

GEN Manga Issue 6 out now

Date: 2011 October 12th Wednesday [2:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of alternative manga will be pleased to hear that publisher GEN Manga Entertainment's latest release GEN 6 is out now priced $2.99 for the digital copy.

If you're heading to New York Comic Con you can visit the GEN Manga at booth 2030.

We interviewed GEN Manga recently and asked them about their take on the manga publishing industry.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Beckii Cruel releases her first mainstream dance track

Date: 2011 October 11th Tuesday [2:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of pop idol Beckii Cruel will be pleased to hear that on Monday 24th October she'll be launching her first mainstream Dance Track - You Can't Kiss me 2011 featuring the Clones.

You Can't Kiss Me 2011 (YCKM) is available worldwide on iTunes from 24 Oct 2011.

Beckii is appearing at MCM Expo. Excel. London Docklands 29-30 October 2011 and is available in London 27 and 28 October 2011. Beckii will be attending DokiDoki Manchester on 13 November and is available in Manchester on Saturday 12 November 2011.

Otaku News interviewed Beckii Cruel at the May 2011 London MCM Expo.

Read More... | Source: Beckii Cruel

Namco Bandai to Demo Soulcalibur V, Dark Souls and Much More at London Comic Con

Date: 2011 October 10th Monday [14:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Regular readers will know about the London MCM Expo, which is scheduled for Friday 28th to Sunday 20th October 2011. The good folks behind it have sent us details of the games that'll be demoed at the Expo. Namco Bandai will be be demoing Soulcalibur V, Dark Souls along with some Naruto Shippuden and Dragon Ball Z based beat-em-up fun. Many other gaming companies will be there too including 2K Games, Capcom, Nintendo, PQube, Rising Star, Tecmo Koei, THQ, Ubisoft and WB Games

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Ryo Arai & ITARO - Essence of Edo-Tokyo Gallery display in London October to November 2011

Date: 2011 October 6th Thursday [16:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Japanese art and culture enthusiasts in London will want to pay a visit to the ICN Gallery to catch the Ryo Arai & ITARO - Essence of Edo-Tokyo exhibit. It's set to run from Thursday 27th October to Monday 19th November 2011.

Ryo Arai is a hariko artist (that's traditional Japanese paper mache) and ITARO is a netsuke and wood engraving artist.

The gallery can be found on 96-98 Leonard Street; London EC2A 4RH

Read More... | Source: ICN Gallery

London MCM Expo - Letraset Manga School October 2011

Date: 2011 October 5th Wednesday [18:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers will know that Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011 is when the London MCM Expo hits town. Letraset the creative company best known for their popular marker pens will be hosting a manga school at the Expo. They'll be running 15 classes throughout the weekend.

The classes are aimed at different abilities from beginners to advanced artists. The classes will be run by talented artists Morag Lewis, Nana Li and Irina Richards.

The class cost 2 to 3 per person and last up to 1 hour. For some classes you will have to supply additional materials.

Letraset will also be running a spooky competition under the theme of Ghouls, gobins and mad scientists oh my! where the winner gets over 120 worth of Letraset products, plus there are runners up prizes.

Letraset will also be promoting a new marker in their line up - the FlexMarker.

Read More... | Source: Letraset

Chiptune Invasion at London's Japan Underground

Date: 2011 October 4th Tuesday [15:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers who enjoy a good night out will want to keep Saturday 15th October 2011 free where the good folks at Japan Underground will be hosting a Chiptune Invasion from 3 of Tokyo's best.

This rare performance will feature 3 bands - Tokyo Pinsalocks, HONDALADY and GalapagosS.

The fun is set to start at 7pm at Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU.

Remember the club night is designed around gamers and fans of Japanese pop culture, so it's a perfect otaku night out! The event as always is worth going to as as previous events have received recommendations in Time Out London, The Independent, Absolute Radio and many more.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring Dates Confirmed

Date: 2011 September 26th Monday [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture will want to keep Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2012 free for Hyper Japan 2012 Spring. The successful J-Culture event returns for it's third run. Ever growing they'll be at a bigger venue - Earls Court - Brompton Hall.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Genki Gear London Expo Official October 2011 Exclusive T-shirt

Date: 2011 September 23rd Friday [14:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With the London Comic Con MCM Expo just over a month away things are starting to rev up for it. T-shirt company Genki Gear have just unveiled their exclusive design for the October event, which is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011.

This is the exclusive t-shirt for the London Comic Con MCM Expo. The theme this time around is Ninja vs Kittens! The t-shirt is available for pre-order only, with a closing date of Thursday 20th October 2011. The design will retail for 16.99 for both men's and women's style.

With the classic debate of ninjas vs pirates, we know where we stand (we also reserve the right to change our mind depending on what we're reading or watching when asked, if you ask us when we're indulging in One Piece you'll get a different answer than if we're watching Naruto). However Ninja vs Kittens that's a whole different ball game. What kind of ninja is this? What kind of kittens? Are they related to Maru? These are all important questions that we need answering!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Play.com sold to Japanese group Rakuten

Date: 2011 September 21st Wednesday [16:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Popular UK on-line DVD retailer Play.com have been bought by Japanese group Rakuten. Play.com is the UK's biggest seller of DVDs online with estimated annual sales of about 500m. It has 14 million registered users and a staff of 500.

It was sold to Rakuten for 25m. Play.com have been successful due to a tax loop-hole that allows purchases under 18 to be VAT free when shipped from the Channel Islands to the UK mainland thanks to EU rules drafted almost 30 years ago. In November 2011, the government will reduce the amount for VAT free purchases to 15 and intend close this loop-hole totally by March 2012. The sales tax issues along with declining DVD sales is why Play.com was sold for 25m and not considerably more. The Guardian article states that DVD UK sales dipped 6% last year, while downloading and streaming rose 18%.

Play.com is popular with the UK anime fans and is often the first port of call along with Amazon.co.uk when buying DVDs and Blu-rays.

Rakuten are keen to increase their global presence, which is why they've purchases Play.com along with the French site PriceMinister and German site Tradoria.de.

Source: The Guardian

Robotech: The Complete Series on DVD UK Release Details

Date: 2011 September 19th Monday [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Nostalgic mecha fans in the UK will be pleased to hear that the Robotech the complete series is set for release on DVD on Monday 14th November 2011.

The 18 disc boxset features all 85 episodes of the series, plus over 10 hours of bonus material including a brand new documentary on creator Carl Macek.

For many the show was an introduction into anime and mecha shows. Lots of anime fans look back to Robotech as the series that helped them discover anime. Robotech itself is interesting, as it started life as three separate shows that were edited together for the American market.

The DVD's RRP is 69.99, we've found it for a pre-order price of 51.70 on Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

GEN Manga Issue 5 out now

Date: 2011 September 18th Sunday [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of alternative manga will be pleased to hear about publisher GEN Manga Entertainment's latest release. GEN 5 is out now, priced $2.99, and available to download on PDF. Issue 3 is now free to download.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Influential Japanese Group Set to Rock London's Raindance Film Festival 2011

Date: 2011 September 15th Thursday [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese music and movies will want to go to the Raindance Film Festival 2011 to catch Control Tower (Kanseitou). The film is inspired by music of the Japanese band Galileo Galilei. It's European premier at the festival on Thursday 6th October 2011.

Read More... | Source: Raindance Film Festival 2011

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