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ADV Films Shuts down

Date: 2009 September 2nd Wednesday [17:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

US based Anime company ADV have closed. A detailed write up can be found on Anime News Network.

Apart from the asset transfers to other companies registered in Texas (where ADV was based), the details are still coming to light.

Below we've included the press release from ADV along with the press release from Section23 Films.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Anime Expo 2009 Guest of Honor - Seiji Mizushima

Date: 2009 May 18th Monday [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Los Angeles, California anime fans who haven't already marked July 2nd to 5th 2009 on their calendars may really want to do so now. Anime Expo have anime director Seiji Mizushima as their official guest of honor.

Read More... | Source: Anime Expo

Beez at the London MCM Expo May 2009

Date: 2009 May 8th Friday [14:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at Beez have sent us details of their plans at the London MCM Expo on the 23rd to the 24th of May 2009. Highlights include plenty of discounted DVDs, as they'll be shifting to a 3 part release model. Along with some Gurren Lagann posters to give away.

Read More... | Source: Beez

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Book Competition

Date: 2009 March 5th Thursday [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've teamed up with the good folks at Titan Books to give away copies of the new book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in The Anime And Manga Trade. The book written by Jonathan Clements reveals in inner workings of the anime and manga business.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Helen McCarthy on RightStuf's Anime Today Podcast

Date: 2009 January 20th Tuesday [16:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans will want to check out RightStuf's latest podcast. It features an interview with anime expert Helen McCarthy who promotes her book 500 Essential Anime Movies. In the podcast she explains how she narrowed down her choices in the book to just 500 shows. Along with how anime production and writing about anime has changed over the years.

Source: RightStuf Anime Today Podcast

Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Blog

Date: 2008 December 5th Friday [18:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Anime expert Jonathan Clements has just launched a blog to promote his new book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade, which is due for publication in early 2009.

The blog has some interesting insights that will no doubt also appear in the book, even an article about writing the index for the book proves to be amusing.

Source: Schoolgirl Milky Crisis Blog

Revelation Films 2009 Q1 anime UK DVD release schedule

Date: 2008 October 21st Tuesday [16:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The nice folks at Revelation Films have sent us details of their 2009 Q1 line up. For the first three months of 2009 promises to see the UK release of:

Fullmetal Alchemist Season One Part One - January.
Spiral The Complete Series Box - February
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (the final instalment) - March
Tsubasa The Complete Series Box Set - March

What's interesting in the press release is that it actually states sales figures, something you rarely see for the anime industry. It'll be nice if all anime companies releases sales figures for their titles. However this is valuable information for sales and marketing teams, which is why most companies like to keep this these details secret.

Read More... | Source: Revelation Films

An interview with Kari Wahlgren

Date: 2008 September 7th Sunday [11:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Thanks to go the great folk at AmeCon 2008, we were able to interview their main guest, voice actress Kari Wahlgren. You may have heard her in the American dub of FLCL as Haruko, or Robin in Witch Hunter Robin or Scarlett in Steamboy to name a few of her roles. As well as many video games you've probably played.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News / Voiceacting.co.uk

Fanboys wanted for MTV's True Life

Date: 2008 August 19th Tuesday [16:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Our US based readers who like the idea of appearing on TV should consider this request from MTV who are keen to do a True Life episode on Fanboys.

Read More... | Source: MTV True Life

500 Essential Anime Movies by Helen McCarthy - out now

Date: 2008 August 5th Tuesday [18:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details regarding anime expert Helen McCarthy's new book 500 Essential Anime Movies. It's out now in the UK and will be released in the US in a few weeks. You can buy it Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

We've always recommend Helen's books for several reasons - they're well written and they're well researched that and they're enjoyable to read. ^_^

Helen goes to a lot of effort to check the facts and details when writing books and it does show. We also recommend Helen McCarthy's publications when researching anime and manga, especially for academic purposes, you can never go wrong citing her work.

Read More... | Source: Ilex Press

The Pirate Anime FAQ Returns

Date: 2008 August 3rd Sunday [16:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

8 years ago, I wrote an FAQ about piracy in anime, and how to avoid buying pirate goods. It started off as a simple guide as part of a site called Anime Digital, but evolved and improved over the years. It's generally regarded as the most comprehensive guide to pirate goods in anime fandom. A mini version has been printed at many anime conventions and distributed among convention staff to quickly spot pirate goods. The anime industry also use it to make anime fans aware of bootleg goods.

For the last 8 years the Pirate Anime FAQ was hosted on the London Anime Club's web server. Unfortunately it's been unavailable since April because of server problems so we have decided to host the guide on Otaku News instead. We'd like to thank the London Anime Club for hosting the Pirate Anime FAQ for the last 8 years.

The Pirate Anime FAQ has been translated into French and German, thanks to the kind help of anime fans. I'll put the French and German translations up soon. However I've made a few small changes to the FAQ to make sure it will fit with the formatting of Otaku News. As a result the translations will need to be updated too.

The old content from Anime Digital is not lost and we're currently deciding if we should integrate the articles into Otaku News, or archive them as a separate site.

So please update your bookmarks, the new URL for the Pirate Anime FAQ is http://www.otakunews.com/piratefaq.php.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

An interview with Makoto Shinkai

Date: 2008 June 22nd Sunday [18:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Otaku News went to a BFI screening of Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second and was lucky enough to get an exclusive chance to have a private chat with Mr Shinkai, the writer and anime director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Bandai Visual USA to be liquidated

Date: 2008 June 4th Wednesday [19:44] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Current Affairs

Bandai Namco Holdings has announced the liquidation of the American division of their Bandai Visual releasing arm effective July 1st 2008.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

King's College London Japan's Manga and Anime Industries seminar

Date: 2008 May 1st Thursday [17:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers who can get into London on Friday 16th of May 2008 will want to get to King's College London, from 1pm to 6pm to attend a seminar on Japanese comic book and animation industries.

The line up of speakers looks good, but Yoko Ono is not THAT Yoko Ono. It'll be interesting if they mention the difference between manga and manga style artwork in the talks too.

To go to the talk you will need to register via e-mail.

Read More... | Source: King's College London

GONZO make progressive metal music video

Date: 2008 March 31st Monday [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Gonzo

We've been sent some interesting details about anime studio GONZO, who have produced a music video for progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Read More... | Source: Dream Theater

Chinese Manhua and the state

Date: 2008 March 14th Friday [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

BBC News are currently running an interesting story about Chinese comics or Manhua and how the publications in the Chinese mainland have to be government approved.

Source: BBC News

Momiji Competition - (Vote for Wing)

Date: 2008 March 12th Wednesday [18:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The folks at Don't Panic are currently running a competition to design your own Momiji message doll. Manga style artists are popular with these designs and Joanna Zhou created her own Momiji set last year.

Anyone one can enter this competition, and our artist chum Wing Yun Man has entered too, so please show your support and vote for her.

Source: Don't Panic

LDMS now distrubting ADV titles in the UK.

Date: 2008 March 11th Tuesday [19:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received a press release from LDMS who will be now be distributing ADV DVD titles in the UK, after ADV closed their UK offices. The press release details the release schedule up until May 2008.

After ADV UK closing down it's good to see that their titles will be still be distributed, but it's sad to see that ADV UK had to shut shop, the UK staff there were more than just people doing their jobs, they were actual anime fans with a passion for what they were doing which does make a difference. ADV UK's presence at anime events will be sorely missed. They were more than just another company, they were actually part of the UK anime scene. It was a shame to see these people lose their jobs. We wish them the best of luck in finding a new careers.

It will be interesting to see if LDMS will be active in anime fan circles as ADV UK was.

Read More... | Source: LDMS

Five Girls Name Moe talk now on-line

Date: 2008 January 10th Thursday [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Jonathan Clements' talk "Five Girls Name Moe: The Anime Erotic", from Swansea Animation Days, is now up on-line as a web stream. You can watch his talk on-line, while it's up. As we've come to expect from Jonathan it's amusing, informative and backed with solid figures and statistics.

Source: Five Girls Name Moe: The Anime Erotic

Wired for manga

Date: 2007 November 6th Tuesday [19:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

This months (November 2007) issue of Wired Magazine has an excellent feature called Japan Ink about the manga industry, the impact dojinshi has on the copyright of manga and how an unspoken agreement benefits fans and companies alike, suggesting that the model can be spread out to other media industries like the music biz.

Wired have also made manga their cover feature for this month and have produced an article in manga format about the history of manga in America, although it's very biased towards Viz, being written by a former Viz senior editor, it practically ignores the fact fandom exists.

Source: Wired

Five Girls Named Moe at Swansea Animation Days 2007

Date: 2007 October 18th Thursday [17:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans who can get to Swansea Animation Days 2007, will want to see anime expert Jonathan Clements' talk called Five Girls Named Moe, which focuses on "the history and development of erotic animation in Japan: business practises, technology, censorship and market forces". It even promises to explain what fan service is and looking from the talk description it seems like it will have a few examples too. It's good to see Jonathan doing a talk on this subject, as unlike many people jumping on the anime bandwagon claiming to be "experts" Mr Clements is really an expert who knows what he's talking about, having co-written the Anime Encyclopedia and numerous other well researched books on the subject. We wonder how much moe his appropriately named talk will contain. ^_^

Source: Swansea Animation Days 2007

Manga is conquering Britain

Date: 2007 October 17th Wednesday [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Times on-line are currently running an article written by Paul Gravett, about how manga is conquering Britain. It focuses on how groups outside of Japan are creating works in a manga style and calling it manga (in a subject frequently debated by fans, if the artist isn't Japanese does that make it manga). The article also mentions up and coming Sweatdrop Studios and how manga style artwork is increasingly being produced in the UK. The article mentions a few titles, but it is rather short on sales figures, so it's hard to measure how successful the local publications are.

Source: Times On-line

Dark Horse and CLAMP Team Up For New Title

Date: 2007 August 3rd Friday [20:17] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Dark Horse signs CLAMP to make new manga for 2009!

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Father of Sodoku

Date: 2007 June 16th Saturday [4:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have an interesting feature on the father of Sodoku - Maki Kaji who runs a successful puzzle magazine Nikoli.

The article reports on Kaji's discovery of sodoku and also the refinement of puzzles by the magazines readers, who generate 80% of the content for the magazine.

Source: BBC News

An Interview with Stuart Claw

Date: 2007 June 4th Monday [17:50] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > TV

From this Sunday anime fans with Sky in the UK will be be able to tune into Anime Network on Propeller TV (Channel 195). The slot runs from 8pm to 10pm, and currently consists of Coyote Ragtime Show, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Guyver and Elfen Lied. We sat down with one half of Anime Network UK's dynamic presenting duo Stuart Claw at the official launch, gazed rather too hard at the candles (and indeed Joe's camera flash) and took a look at the past, present and future of anime both in Stuart's life as a fan and the general future for wider anime community.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Pure platinum Gundam figure to be unveiled in Japan

Date: 2007 May 13th Sunday [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The Mainichi Daily News is reporting that a pure platinum Gundam figure is to be unveiled in Japan. It was officially unveiled at a jewellery show in Switzerland last month. The pure platinum figure is 12.5cm high and weighs 1.4kg. The "camera eye" in the robot's head is built with a 0.15 carat diamond.

It's called a Gundam Fix Platinum, and we highly doubt they'll be using any Gundam marker pens on it. It costs 30 million yen (just under $250,000 USD or just over 125,000), consists of 89 separate parts. The figure took 2 years to build and is not for sale. It will be unveiled to the general public in Japan at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba on August 18th and 19th. Afterwards, it will go on display at various Tanaka Kikinzoku stores and other locations overseas.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Anime Encyclopedia signing in London

Date: 2007 April 18th Wednesday [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details regarding a book signing in London. Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy will be signing copies of the new updated version of the Anime Encyclopedia next week on Tuesday 24th April 2007 at Farringdons book store in the Barbican from 19:00-19:45. Then from 20:30, Helen will be giving a talk, on "Urban Mythmaking Tokyo Style", followed by a screening of Karas: The Prophecy.

So if you want to get a signed copy of the Anime Encyclopedia and meet the authors then swing by.

Source: Barbican

Miyazaki's New Movie

Date: 2007 March 22nd Thursday [22:06] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Hayao Miyazaki currently working on his latest movie!

Read More... | Source: ICv2

UK MP fears reduction of British children's TV

Date: 2007 March 19th Monday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Guardian are reporting on British Conservative MP John Whittingdale's recent speech at the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers conference. Mr Whittingdale is the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. He's rather worried about a children's TV and the impact of pulling food advertising from children's TV - "[It will] have a damaging effect on children's broadcasting that will lead to money going out of it, the effect will be fewer children's programmes produced in this country except for the BBC," the main concern he stresses is increase in imported Children's TV - "There will be a growth of the likes of Japanese anime cartoons and American animated content which is something we are concerned about and may need to be addressed as part of challenge of maintaining public service plurality."

So in a nut shell he's worried that there won't be enough British produced children's TV, as ITV has been reducing it's children's output. The Otaku News crew want more TV greats like Danger Mouse. ^_^

Source: The Guardian

Anime Encyclopedia UK release details

Date: 2007 March 14th Wednesday [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've been sent a press release from the folks at Titan Books. They'll be releasing a new updated edition of the Anime Encyclopedia for the UK on 27th April 2007. This edition has a black cover, along with over 40% new material. The Anime Encyclopedia is a must for otaku, as it's a accurate and well researched guide to the subject unlike a few other books which are nowhere near as good. Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy know their stuff and we highly recomend this guide. Hunting around on Amazon.co.uk will produce a bargain price below the suggested retail price. You'll save money by reading about the type of anime you'd want to avoid, but the only trouble is you'd want to watch more of the titles you've discovered by reading it.

Read More... | Source: Titan Book

Geneon Spot audio podcast

Date: 2007 February 24th Saturday [18:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've just got an e-mail from the pioneering folks at Genoen who'd like to let us know that they've posted up the latest Geneon Spot audio podcast, featuring an interview with Taliesin Jaffe (the ADR director of R.O.D -The TV-, Hellsing, Hellsing Ultimate, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, etc.), who talks about script adaptation work and the realities of being an anime voice actor.

Source: Geneon Spot audio podcast

Naruto DS game will hit American shores soon

Date: 2007 January 10th Wednesday [14:37] | Posted By: Dallas Marshall
Category: > Gaming

Owners of the Nintendo DS will finally be able to get their hands on a brand new Naruto game. TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher of America, INC. (D3PA for short) today announced the upcoming release of Naruto: Ninja council 3 for the Nintendo DS. Expected to be brought to America in the spring of 2007.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Service

Afro Samurai Set for January Release

Date: 2006 November 2nd Thursday [9:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Afro Samurai set to make its debut in January on Spike TV.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

YouTube take down nearly 30,000 Japanese Clips

Date: 2006 October 20th Friday [12:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

BBC News and many other news sources are currently reporting that 29,549 clips have been removed from YouTube after the Japanese media companies complained of copyright infringement. The popular video hosting site (recently bought by Google for $1.65bn USD) frequently had clips from Japanese TV shows along with some anime as well.

It is not clear from the article what content has been removed, if it's Japanese TV programmes, more extreme quiz shows, comedy sketches and skits such as Matrix Pong, users of YouTube will have to discover that for themselves. What will be interesting to find out is if YouTube will automatically take down any future content or if the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) will have to file more requests.

Source: BBC News

Kiddy Grade: The Sequel

Date: 2006 October 13th Friday [11:26] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Kiddy Grade sequel in the works!

Read More... | Source: ICv2

Anime Popular Around the World

Date: 2006 October 5th Thursday [11:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Regular readers of Otaku News will no doubt be unsurprised to find that anime is popular around the world. The Yomiuri Shimbun has an interesting article that reports on how popular anime is, with Captain Majed the soccer anime (better known as Captain Tsubasa) being a big hit in Iraq. The Japanese government used Tsubasa's popularity by putting his image on Japanese supply trucks in Iraq, this proved popular with Iraqi children and it shows that anime characters can be goodwill ambassadors.

The article then moves to Simona Stanzani Pini an Italian translator of manga, who states that she grew up watching anime on her local television, and how Japanese animation has become a part of Italian culture.

Interesting facts are also revealed, with an Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry estimate stating about 60 percent of the worlds animation coming from Japan. Which leads on the Japanese companies moving into foreign markets, mentioning that in 2004 Toei Animation Co, (now 50 years old), opening local offices in Los Angeles and Paris acting as a direct sales contact instead of through a third party. It's interesting because many industry insiders in the west have predicted that anime companies would one day cut out the middle man and sell directly to their foreign markets.

Toei has also created an anime version of the Powerpuff Girls, giving them a distinctly Japanese look. Called Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z, the series is currently showing on TV Tokyo and is scheduled to be shown worldwide on Cartoon Network in the near future.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

All New Evangelion For 2007

Date: 2006 September 18th Monday [11:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Four all new Evangelion movies are in the works, with the first to be released summer 2007.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Japanese Animation and the World of Koji Yamaura. Free Event

Date: 2006 September 1st Friday [16:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

London based anime fans will want to head over to the Japan Foundation for their free event Bringing Pictures to Life - Japanese Animation and the World of Koji Yamamura. It's set to run on October 16th at 6:30pm, although it's free, booking is essential (if you do book don't forget to mention you found this through Otaku News). Anime expert Helen McCarthy will also be giving a talk about Japanese animation.

It's good to see that the Japan Foundation will be doing this, and hopefully they'll be having other events like this in the future.

The Japan Foundation is near Russell Square Tube station, a short walk from The British Museum and Gosh comics, which is known to stock a nice selection of manga.

Read More... | Source: Japan Foundation

Earthsea Scores Big in Japan

Date: 2006 August 5th Saturday [11:40] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Tales From Earthsea tops Pirates of the Caribbean at Japanese box office.

Read More... | Source: ICv2

IMAF 2006 Launches

Date: 2006 July 20th Thursday [15:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The good folks from IMAF have got in touch with us to tell everyone about their third International Manga and Anime Festival, which will run on Friday 10th to Tuesday 14th November 2006, at the usual venue of County Hall, Westminster, London.

If you're like me and can't draw you can go and look at all the lovely artwork submitted. On the other hand if you are artistically talented you can enter for a chance to win part of the $85,000 overall prize fund! Entrants take note, the deadline is 30th September, 2006, no later than 5:30pm. This is a real chance to show how skilled you are and can lead to even things. So get scribbling!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Mainichi Daily News Release Manglish - Manga in English

Date: 2006 July 3rd Monday [8:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Mainichi Daily News have started to release Manga in English on their website. They've called it Manglish (manga in English), taking talents from their MangaTown site, and providing an English translation of the original text by rolling your mouse over the Japanese text.

The debut story is called Six Feet Girl, about a 16 year old girl who is 180cm tall (which actually makes her 5"9'). Apparently she gets depressed every time she starts a new school when the other students laugh at her height. The manga is by Gyugo (or Jugo) Hazuki. Looking at the site it's not clear how good the translation will be, especially if English speaking readers are used to a certain standard, it appears to by translated by a Japanese speaker into English. Currently MDN have posted two pages, and will add a new page each weekday.

Billingual Manga for Japanese people wishing to learn English isn't that uncommon and is frequently sought after by English speaking collectors outside of Japan. However this marks an interesting start - a Japanese publisher releasing free daily manga direct from Japan, some industry analysts predicted this a few years ago and it's good to see that MDN are now publishing manga in English, hopefully more Japanese firms will start soon too.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Death Note Manga Proves Popular

Date: 2006 June 18th Sunday [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Mainichi Daily News is currently running a story about the popular manga Death Note in their national news section, they state it's now established as one of Japan's greatest-ever manga. The 11 volume series of books have already sold a combined total of 18 million issues.

Unusually little is known about the author and artist Tsugumi Oba, not even his/her gender as Tsugumi can be use by a boy or girl.

The story focuses on Raito, a boy who finds a notebook that gives him the ability to kill people by simply writing their name down in it, along with how they die. Anime and video game versions are currently in production.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Tomo Dachi Northern Irish Anime Covention Coming Soon

Date: 2006 May 11th Thursday [14:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those good people at Tomo-Dachi have just sent us there latest press release, it contains more details about the Northern Irish convention set for 7th July to 9th July. Highlight's include US guests Tiffany Grant and Matt Greenfield, they'll both provide an interesting insight into the anime industry. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons anime and manga expert Jonathan Clements had to pull out, but has promised to attend the 2007 Tomo-Dachi.

The convention also promises a great selection of panels, workshops and other cool anime events. They'll also be playing a selection of traditional Japanese games such as Go and Shogi . Booking closes on May 30th, so get moving if you're interested! ^_^

Read More... | Source: Tomo Dachi

Neon Genesis Evangelion Features

Date: 2006 May 9th Tuesday [17:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running an interesting set of features about Neon Genesis Evangelion, they contain all sorts of great bits of information. Be warned there a lot of spoilers in each article!

Evangelion Special: From phenomenon to legacy - Forms an overview of the series and how it differs from previous anime titles, along with the impact Eva had on the Japanese media and public.

Evangelion Special: For producer Otsuki, success not always a bed of roses - Interviews producer Toshimichi Otsuki who talks about some of the history of Evangelion and the difficulties in being a producer, along with how influential Eva is.

Evangelion Special: Genesis of a major manga - Focuses on the history of Gainax and the origins of Evangelion, fans of Gunbuster will already know that this is referred to as it's original Japanese title Top wo Nerae!" (Aim for the Top).

Then they have the episode synopsis which form a brief outline of each episode.

Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 1 to 5
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 6 to 10
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 11 to 15
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 16 to 20
Evangelion Episode Synopsis - Episodes 21 to 26

Source: Mainichi Daily News

The Success of Dragon Quest

Date: 2006 April 26th Wednesday [3:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Although it's a few weeks old we haven't found anyone else that's covered it yet, the Times On-line have published an interesting article about the popular RPG Series Dragon Quest, released in the US and Europe. The article mentions that the game series was so popular that in 1988 Japanese parliament passed a motion that requires the games makers to limit new releases to school holidays, as too many schools kids were skipping school to buy it!

The article goes on to mention Yuuji Horii the creator of Dragon Quest who was originally a freelance manga story writer, and was inspired to create the game after buying his first computer.

Part of the games success is down to the regular collaborators such as Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who provides the character designs for all the Dragon Quest Games. This helps keep the game consistent through out its 20 years of releases.

The article also explains why Horii has been reluctant to release it in the UK, apparently because the game is caption based lots of the games success depends on the language you use. In Japanese Horii can phrase things to match the character on screen, but things could be lost in translation, so to avoid this voices have been added to the character captions, so the accents can emphases key character traits (the Japanese version has no voices).

Refreshingly the voice talent used for this game are British rather than American, after a lot of consideration Horii thought it would be worth the risk and hired English actors to speak in regional accents.

Source: Times On-line

Paranoia Agent Volume 3 Cut in UK

Date: 2006 April 9th Sunday [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

As many anime fans may have heard, the BBFC have made a cut from the UK DVD edition of Paranoia Agent Volume 3, the scene in question involves a girl attempting to hang herself, which goes against the BBFC policy, as a result compulsory cut of 1 minute and 20 seconds was made. An interview with Sue Clark from the BBFC can be found on aNIme, which goes into more details about the cut.

Source: aNIme

Italian Police Raid Firm Selling Pirate Anime

Date: 2006 April 3rd Monday [15:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

According the Mainichi Daily News, Italian police have raided firms in the first European case of pirated anime DVDs. As the author of the Pirate Anime FAQ, I've been aware of pirated anime DVDs ever since the format was released, however, it seems that the Italian authorities have started to clamp down on them, seizing around 400 titles, which included Naruto, New Getter Robo, Hinotori and Mazinger. The company raided originally sold leg anime, but started to sell Hong Kong bootlegs in 2002. Around 20,000 to 30,000 copies were sold each month for 25 euros each. The article states that the company and other companies being investigated are accountable for 90% of all pirated copies on the Italian market, as well as 60% of the legitimate market! It also shows that these companies make huge profits, (900,000 euros a year apparently), and that the companies in question are also being investigated for tax evasion.

This article is interesting since I've always had trouble getting solid figures for pirate anime merchandise, as a result it's been hard to gauge how much it's been hurting the anime industry. These figures present an insight to how much anime fans are being ripped off by pirate DVD companies and the retailers that sell them. Apparently this is the first time authorities have exposed a case of pirated Japanese anime Europe, I have a list of many other retailers and will be happy to pass them on the authorities if requested.

Maybe this is the first of many such raids, a sign of things to come to those other bad anime retailers out there, but I also hope that the authorities do not mistake legitimate import DVDs from other countries (often called grey imports) as pirate DVDs.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

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

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