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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

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

South Bank Show Anime Special

Date: 2006 January 26th Thursday [18:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us a press release about an anime special South Bank Show, which is due to air on Sunday 19th of February. Some researchers for the South Bank Show even made the steps of visiting the London Anime Club to get the low down from British anime fans. Interestingly enough the press release also has some details about Jonathan Ross' recent Asian Invasion, stating that it got over 310,000 viewers, a BBC4 record (it's now clear however if this figure is for just the first screening of the show, or if the repeat screened later in the week is included too).

ITV4 will also be screening the original Ghost In The Shell movie on Saturday 4th March (we belive it's the dub version), so if you haven't seen it yet catch it!

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

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 girlís 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 Akamatsuís 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

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

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

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 Gainaxís 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

Studio Ghibli's Next Movie Will be Earthsea

Date: 2005 December 15th Thursday [17:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Studio Ghibli have officially announced their next movie, which is due to hit Japan in July 2006. Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) is based on Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea Collection. Controversially Hayao Miyazaki son, Goro Miyazaki will be directing the film.

Read More... | Source: Studio Ghibli

Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy On Long List for Oscars

Date: 2005 November 17th Thursday [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have just published a press release revealing the long list of ten films to compete for the Animated Feature Oscar. Three of the top films on the list will then go on to be nominated for the Oscar. Anime fans should be cheering for Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy.

It's clear to see that the competition is very tough this year, with Madagascar, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; also in the running.

Read More... | Source: Oscars.org

OEL Manga To Be Syndicated in the US Press

Date: 2005 November 10th Thursday [1:58] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Production

OEL manga Van Von Hunter and Peach Fuzz will soon be published in American newspapers including: Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Vancouver Sun and Seattle Post-Intelligencer, as part of a move by newspaper editors to encourage younger readers to start reading the papers.

Source: AOL news

Nana At the Top of Shoujo Manga List

Date: 2005 November 7th Monday [11:54] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Anime News Network, Oricon a Company that Ranks everything related to Japanese entertainment has conducted a survey in which ranled the top 10 Shoujo Manga.

The survey was published on their magazine Oricon Style on November 4th. In total 1137 respondents took part in this survey. Nana won the top spot as the most liked Shoujo Manga. Below is the full list:

1 NANA (Shueisha)
2 Hana Yori Dango (Shueisha)
3 Honey and Clover (Shueisha)
4 Nodame Cantabile (Kodansha)
5 Tenshi Nanka ja Nai (Shueisha)
6 Kareshi Kanojo no Jijyou (Hakusensha)
7 Renai Catalogue (Shueisha)
8 Glass no Kamen (Hakusensha)
9 Fruits Basket (Hakusensha)
10 Chibi Maruko-chan (Shueisha)

Source: Anime News Network

Miyazaki on TCM in January

Date: 2005 October 26th Wednesday [23:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Turner Classic Movies will be airing anime films by Hayao Miyazaki in January.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Swansea Animation Days 2005

Date: 2005 October 1st Saturday [11:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's almost time for SAND 2005, Swansea Animation Days, "a prestigious, international digital animation event that is establishing Wales as a premier location for leading animation business". Anime fans will be interested to know that Jonathan Clements will be there giving a talk entitled "Wrong About Anime"

The Western world has "discovered" anime half a dozen times since the 1960s. Jonathan Clements examines the history of our tempestuous relationship with Japanese animation, from hidden imports and secret deals, through the video nasty controversy, corporate subterfuge at toy corporations and political intrigues at the Oscars.

We've been to Jonathan's Newtype Anime Talk before and found it well worth attending.

Source: Swansea Animation Days

IMAF 2005 Lines Up Top Speakers and New Anime

Date: 2005 September 26th Monday [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With the competition deadline edging ever close, the nice folks at IMAF have sent us some more details for their London event.

Highlights include Sweatdrop Studios, a special screening of Millennium Actress, along with the Europe Premiere of Streetfighter - Alpha Generation. Even Garnier will be their with its Manga haircare range. The IMAF is certainly worth attending to see the wonderful range of entrants.

Read More... | Source: IMAF

CPM Outlanders Fan-Casting Contest Begins

Date: 2005 September 24th Saturday [10:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The nice people at Central Park Media have sent us details of their Outlanders Fan-Casting Contest. More details can be found on-line here along with the chance to win some Outlanders goodies.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

Franz Ferdinand to Provide Paradise Kiss Ending Theme

Date: 2005 September 19th Monday [22:23] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

I've had my eye on the manga for years, and when hearing the recent news of the anime being in production, well, now I've got to read the manga ASAP!

Anyway, the anime is being produced by Madhouse, and th site recently opened the music section. UK anime fans might be happy to hear British rockers Franz Ferdinand's hot single "Do You Want To", will be the ending theme for this highly anticipated series!

Source: Paradise Kiss TV Official Website

Anime Novels Big Sellers in Japan

Date: 2005 September 19th Monday [20:25] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Anime-related novels turn out to be big sellers in American bookstore market.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Antarctic Press Release How To Break Into Comics Guide

Date: 2005 September 4th Sunday [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks over at Antarctic Press have sent us the details for their new guide to becoming a professional comic book creator. It covers all aspects from writing, drawing and submitting comic book work. We think it's worth a look into since it's only $2.99, and concise at 22 pages long.

Read More... | Source: Antarctic Press

Honey & Clover Live Action Movie in Production

Date: 2005 August 28th Sunday [19:34] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime > Film

Having watched and enjoyed the anime series Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Clover) recently at the London Anime Club, I was shocked to read that the series has been highly successful in Japan and that there are now reports of a live action movie on the burner!

The film is currently set for nationwide theatrical release (Japan) Summer 2006.

Source: Memento

Press Blow Oldest Anime Claims Out of Proportion

Date: 2005 August 23rd Tuesday [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Following on from our report of the oldest anime in Japan, it appears that it is more press hype than solid fact.

Anime expert Jonathan Clements sent us an e-mail with his take on the situation and highlights that most of the reports are merely speculative. Apparently the press have over exaggerated Matsumoto's guess into facts, currently their is very little evidence to support the claim that the film dates to 1907

Read More... | Source: Jonathan Clements

Millennium Actress to Feature Atlantic Accents

Date: 2005 August 22nd Monday [17:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

It seems that Millennium actress will have Atlantic accents according to reports from Eyeonanime.co.uk. Itís a bit of a shame for fans that were genuinely excited to see a real British dub, but it seems that Manga Entertainment feel that it will be too jarring to hear English voices on a dub.

Source: Eyeonanime.co.uk

Range Murata talks about the US Release of Robots Vol 1

Date: 2005 August 5th Friday [7:16] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

Everyone has heard about the genius designer of Art & Fashion Range Murata who left a mark on the design world of today. His portfolio of works include: media, anime character design, art books to fashion and industrial design.

Here is a summary of the Akadot Interview to Range Murata where he talks about the US release of his upcoming comic / art book Robots Vol 1 where he plans to conquer the manga world as well.

Read More... | Source: Akadot

eigoManga Teams Up with Viz

Date: 2005 August 2nd Tuesday [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks at eigoManga have sent us the details of their partnership with Viz Media. Apparently eigoManga will produce the English language versions of Basara and Flame of Recca. The press release is very thin on details and doesn't really explain what they mean by producing. It's uncertain if they'll be translating it directly or hiring a third party company or individual to do all the work and if they'll manage the logistics such as printing and so on.

Read More... | Source: eigoManga

ICE Kunion Brings Manhwa to the US

Date: 2005 July 12th Tuesday [15:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just got a press release from ICE Kunion, a joint enterprise between Korean publishing companies Sigongsa, Seoul Cultural and others. They mention their October line up, which includes Angel Diary, Chocolat, The 11th Cat and Bring It On, which have sold a combined total of almost a million copies in Korea alone.

The Otaku News crew note that this press release is interesting, since Korean comic books are normally incorrectly marketed as manga to people who automatically assume it is from Japan. ICE Kunion are marketing their titles are Korean and are taking pride in it claiming that "Korean Manhwa has taken over Japanese Manga to be the hottest books in the market".

Read More... | Source: ICE Kunion

Planet Tokyo Talks Anime Business Blues

Date: 2005 July 1st Friday [18:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Planet Tokyo have posted an interesting article called Talking Anime Business Blues, it covers the current concern about the boom on anime in the USA, and the double edge sword that is fansubbing, which both creates a hype for a series and also takes away DVD sales since fans would already have it on fansub (this is a long running debate in anime fandom and most fans operate on the policy that if they have the fansub and like it, they'll buy the DVD, otherwise they'll delete it).

Source: Planet Tokyo

Highlander: The Anime

Date: 2005 June 17th Friday [18:36] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

The Highlander is back. And this time, heís anime. Anime News Network announced that a 43-second trailer for a new anime film based on the cult sci-fi classic is available at Highlander-official.com. The 80-minute film, entitled "Highlander: Vengeance", is animated by Madhouse and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It is expected to come out in spring of 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

No Spirited Away Special Edition In The UK

Date: 2005 May 9th Monday [18:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've just heard from Optimum Releasing who inform us that there will be no Spirited Away Special Edition as they are "sadly unable to release it due to the difficulty of acquiring new extras".

The Otaku News Crew had heard rumours about Optimum intending to release such a special edition of Spirited Away to tie in with the Cat Returns in June, however we decided not to publish sketchy information, preferring to wait until we could get more solid details. The Special Edition would have been made exclusively for the UK (and perhaps Australia too through Madman Entertainment), it would have not been a reauthored US DVD like many UK anime DVDs.

Source: Optimum Releasing

Geneon Release Anime On PSP

Date: 2005 May 9th Monday [18:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime News Network are currently highlighting a story on Modojo.com about anime on Sony's PSP Handheld system, Geneon Entertainment plan to release Appleseed and Samurai Champloo on UMD on July 5 in North America. Appleseed will be priced at $19.95 only a few cents less than the DVD version, while Samurai Champloo will be $14.98, with the DVD version around $23. It should be noted that the UMD versions will not have the extras that the full DVD versions will have. For more details check a full report on Video Business Online

Source: Anime News Network

ANN Interview Yoshitoshi ABe and Yasuyuki Ueda

Date: 2005 April 3rd Sunday [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Those nice people over at Anime News Network have just published an interview with Yoshitoshi ABe and Yasuyuki Ueda. ABe is best known for Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei, while Ueda the producer has been involved in everyone of ABe's shows.

Source: Anime News Network

Idols Everywhere!

Date: 2005 March 31st Thursday [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Japan Today have just published an article that explains the inner workings of the Japanese Idol industry. This fascinating read highlights the fact that the Japanese industry is the reverse of the "western" industry, where Japanese Idols are hired and trained by agencies who give them a percentage of their earnings. It mentions a selection of agencies each with their own speciality in the market place. Interestingly enough agencies also teach their employees something that many western celebrities should have lessons in "things like how to hold their alcohol, how to spend money wisely".

Source: Japan Today

ADV Manga Job Cuts

Date: 2005 March 16th Wednesday [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Anime News Network have brought to our attention problems caused by a saturated anime market, this may be good for otaku with plenty to choose from and more anime than you can possibly buy in a month (unless you've got a very big disposable income), according to Publisher's Weekly ADV's manga unit has had to make some cuts. Rumours are that as many as 40 employees have been either transferred to their publishing division (which also produces Newtype USA) or made redundant.

Read More... | Source: Publisher's Weekly

Global Anime And Manga Market Worth US$100 Billion

Date: 2005 February 20th Sunday [11:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

J-Marketing.net have just published a story reporting that globally the anime and manga market is worth a massive US$100 billion! Yes, you read that right one-hundred billion US dollars. The article also states that products based on characters from anime and manga always prove very popular.

Source: J-Marketing.net

An Interview With Frederik L. Schodt

Date: 2005 February 17th Thursday [18:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Animation Insider have published their interview with Frederik L. Schodt and experienced Japanese language interpreter, manga translator, and author, Schodt has written some very excellent books on manga, translated both volumes of the Ghost In The Shell manga as well as many other projects. Schodt is highly respected in the anime and manga community and has even worked the late Osamu Tezuka (who is often regarded as the founder of modern anime and manga). The interview has lots of great bits of information and we really recommend reading it.

Source: Animation Insider

Jonathan Clements Interview By AnimeOnDVD.com

Date: 2005 February 6th Sunday [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Incredibly nice guy Paul Jacques over at AnimeOnDVD.com went out to a pub with Jonathan Clements (writer, translator, anime expert etc...), so as well as drinking many beers (as the photo's show ^_-) Paul decided to interview Mr Clements about anime and it's good to see that as always Jonathan is refreshingly honest with his opinions.

The interview is devided into three parts:

Part 1 - in which they try to determine who buys anime, and why there were only 500 people at 1990s conventions when Overfiend sells in the tens of thousands. Jonathan also mentions a new show "Magical Princess Fluffy Tosspot", we belive this is like Schoolgirl Milky Crisis! ^_-

Part 2 - in which they discuss the values of television and ask whether the quality of anime is not strained.

Part 3 - in which they talk of critics and the mediaís strange habit of redefining "anime" to mean whatever they need it to mean on any given day.

Source: AnimeOnDVD.com

Time Warner to Co-Produce New Anime

Date: 2005 February 2nd Wednesday [14:36] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Production

American based Time Warner and Japanese based Itochu Corporation have announced a joint venture to create a new Anime series to be broadcast at the same time in both America and Japan. While few details are currently known about the new series, the budget for this project is set to be around
20 million Yen ($US 190,000) per episode, which is a good deal higher (up to 50%) than most other animated series. The companies in question will hoping to reclaim the outlay by tying in marketing deals with toy companies and other merchandising elements and possibly marketing the series to
broadcasters abroad.

Source: Anime News Network

Skwigly talk to C.H.A.S.E

Date: 2005 January 13th Thursday [12:30] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Art

Skwigly magazine have an interesting article about C.H.A.S.E, the group behind the IMAF festival. It details a little more about the group's ambitious aims in the international anime industry, as well as talking to Dr Andre Singer the Creative Director of Chase.

Source: Skwigly

End of an Era? Anime Industry In Crisis!

Date: 2005 January 2nd Sunday [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Otaku News Crew are still in holiday mode, which explains our rather relaxed coverage recently (I am aware that a few of the crew have had far too much eggnog and mulled wine over this holiday season). This doesn't mean that the news stops however.

As if it was timed to coincide with Sky Cinema's UK Screenings of Spirited Away the alert folks over at AnimeUKNews.net have discovered that The Telegraph Arts Section has a very interesting article on the future of anime, Hayao Miyazaki's future retirement (Princess Mononoke was supposed to be his last film, as was Spirited Away) and how little an animator in the Japanese animation industry earns.

It explains that animators start as passionate otaku wanting to be part of the industry of their childhood dreams and by the time they are thirty or so realise that most supermarket clerks earn more than them so as a result decide to leave for a better paid job. It then goes on to mention the danger of foreign influences leading to anime it loosing it's appeal and it's soul.

The article has quotes from anime expert, translator and writer Jonathan Clements.

An another interesting part of the article is the bullet point at the end stating that Howl's Moving Castle will be released in the UK in the autumn. The Otaku News Crew look forward to this and will bring you more news on the subject when avaible. ^_-

Source: Telegraph Arts Section

Move Over, Mickey Mouse-san

Date: 2004 December 12th Sunday [17:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Associated Press have a good write up on the Success of anime in the US, it features John Ledford of ADV Films, who describes ADV as the "anti-Disney". Since it's syndicated, it appears on quite a few news sites. Well known store Wizzywig Collectibles gets mentioned too. We recommend that you check out The Sun Herald's copy of it, even if you don't live in the South of Mississippi. ^_-

Source: The Sun Herald

The Laughing Man - Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex's Hacker Logo

Date: 2004 November 29th Monday [11:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

The hit series Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex, features a logo for hacker and cyberterrorist "The Laughing Man", in the show he is only identified by his logo which forms a distinct part of the Standalone Complex imagery. I discovered that Paul Nicholson of Terratag designed the logo for Production I.G.

Join us as Otaku News interview Paul about creating an icon in anime!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Confirmed - James Cameron To Direct Battle Angel Alita Movie

Date: 2004 November 19th Friday [19:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Ever since the domain name BattleAngelAlita.com was registered in March 2000 and pointed to Foxmovies.com rumours of a live action Hollywood version of Battle Angel Alita (or Gunnm which translates as Gun Dream) started to fly. James Cameron (one of Hollywood's most sought-after directors thanks to films like Aliens Terminator, Terminator 2 and Titanic) was one of the names that was suggested to direct the movie and now according to Ain't it Cool News he has confirmed that it is indeed his next movie.

Apparently Gally/Alita will be a Computer Generated character, and the film will be shot in 3-D.

Source: Ain't it Cool News

Ghost In The Shell 2 Eligible for Oscar

Date: 2004 November 5th Friday [17:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that eleven animated films are eligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards.

The BBC have published an article about all the features that are running. Anime News Network also have more details.
This year Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the only anime eligible, the eleven films will compete for a maximum of three nominations, to be announced in January. One of the three nominations will then win the Oscar.

This is the forth year for the best animated feature Oscar, which was first awarded to Shrek in 2001. Then anime history was made with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away winning in 2002, making it the first anime title to ever win an Academy award. Finding Nemo won in 2003.

Source: BBC News

More Anime and Manga Write ups in Mainstrem Press

Date: 2004 October 23rd Saturday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Some publications have discovered anime and it seems that they want to write lots of details about it. The on-line edition of Australian Newspaper The Age (registration required) have just published a great article covering recent events in Japanese anime, it has quotes from various figureheads in the industry and mentions Mamoru Oshii, Production I.G, Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki too. This one of those articles that is good to show to your friends who think that anime and manga is not taken seriously by the mainstream press.

Source: The Age

Animex 05 Bookings Now Open

Date: 2004 October 22nd Friday [18:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Those of you in the animation industry should pay a visit to the next Animex International Festival of Animation. This will be the sixth Animex now, and every time it just gets bigger and better. Animex will run from 31st January to 4th February at the University of Teesside in Middlesbrough in the North East of England.

This year the emphasis on animation in gaming seems to have increased and as always attendees get a chance to discuss details with industry professionals such as Robin Linn, Director of Animation Production for the Digital Character Group at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Source: Animex

Jonathan Clements Launches New Website

Date: 2004 October 16th Saturday [13:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Jonathan Clements, writer, translator, co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia, The Erotic Anime Movie Guide, The Dorama Encyclopedia and I Love My Tamagotchi (under the name of Bronwen Komatsubara), has just e-mailed with some details regarding his new website -

"Don't know if this counts as news or not, but if it does, there is much anime goodness to be found at my website, including the English version of my Afterword to the deluxe edition of Akira, the unpublished Afterword to the Anime Encyclopedia, and several anime columns from Newtype and the Sci Fi channel."

Considering how much Jonathan Clements has done in the anime industry, I think it does count as news, so go on and have a look at his website. I'm off to find Schoolgirl Milky Crisis.

Source: Jonathan Clements

Second Naruto Film Announced

Date: 2004 October 15th Friday [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Animaxis have posted some news about the second Naruto Movie, basic plot details are quite thin on the ground at the moment, but the film seems to be about Sasuke "being led astray" and as a result Naruto has to save the day!

Source: Animaxis

Anime Fans At Gaming Convention Worry About Going Mainstream

Date: 2004 October 4th Monday [15:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

After my recent post about newspapers becoming more aware of anime and it becoming more mainstream, another article has been posted this time by the Corvallis Gazette-Times. It starts by explaining what anime is and the raises a very good point that the previous articles haven't yet - the fans interviewed in the article are afraid of anime going more mainstream and becoming diluted in popular culture.

Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times

Nintendo May Produce Anime

Date: 2004 October 1st Friday [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

According to Animaxis, at a recent press conference former Nintendo chairman and current advisor Hiroshi Yamauchi revealed that he is urging Nintendo to expand into the anime industry.

Yamauchi plans to formally propose this during the October general management conference. Now there is speculation that Nintendo would produce their own anime in the near future.

Source: Animaxis

The Rise Of Madman Entertainment

Date: 2004 September 26th Sunday [10:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The Age have just posted an interesting article about the accomplishments of Australian Anime DVD firm Madman Entertainment. It mentions their success with Neon Genesis Evangelion and how the founders won the Ernst & Young's Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. UK fans will also note that MVM team up with Madman now and again to co-produce DVDs, saving costs and sharing resources.

Source: The Age

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