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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

Rockin' Android to release doujin games for the PC

Date: 2009 March 26th Thursday [16:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > PC

We've just been sent an exciting press release from Rockin' Android about their plans to release doujin videogames (sometimes referred to as 'indie games') on the PC.
In a nutshell they've licensed and translated a great selection of indie games for release in the US, Canada, South America and Western Europe territories.

Don't forget to check their website to see a selection videos and interesting articles about the games they're going to release.

Read More... | Source: Rockin' Android

Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: 2009 March 8th Sunday [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime and merchandise naturally go hand in hand, with some titles just a thin excuse to create merchandise. Generally the more popular the series, wider and crazier the variety of merchandise available. With Neon Genesis Evangelion, regarded one of the most popular titles of all time, I thought it would be worth looking into the more unusual merchandise available from the franchise. When researching this article I expected to find some oddities, after all you can even get an Eva Unit-01 mountain bike. However I was really surprised by what's out there!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

London Lost Girls Signing - Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore

Date: 2008 August 14th Thursday [16:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We don't normally post articles of this nature, as it's got nothing to do with anime, manga, Japanese culture, but this will be of interest to some of our London readers.

Orbital Comics, will be hosting a book signing for Lost Girls the new work of Melinda Gebbie and Alan Moore

Date: 13th September 2008
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Orbital Comics
Address: 148 Charing Cross Road, London. UK

Source: Orbital Comics

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

UK division of Bandai announces Blu-Ray titles

Date: 2008 July 7th Monday [20:02] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

European arm of Namco Bandai announces two titles for release in November 2008 on Blu-Ray format

Read More... | Source: Beez Entertainment

PiQ To Stop

Date: 2008 June 17th Tuesday [17:31] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Culture

PiQ's July issue to be its last.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

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

Heroes Graphic Artist Jason Badower London Signings

Date: 2008 May 31st Saturday [17:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of the graphic novel version of Heroes who can get to London next week will want to head to Orbital Manga, just in-between Leicester Square and Covent Garden, where they'll be having a signing with graphic artist Jason Badower.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover Edition art book

Date: 2008 April 29th Tuesday [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've been sent details from UDON Entertainment about the new Street Fighter Tribute Hardcover artbook, which is now available for pre-order and features art from J.Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Penny Arcade's Gabe, lvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Omar Dogan and others.

Read More... | Source: UDON Entertainment

From Maids to Mothers

Date: 2008 April 15th Tuesday [16:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Mainichi Daily News have an interesting news story about the new craze in Otaku Cafe, the Mother Cafe.

Mother Cafe is in the new Mandarake outlet in Osaka (Mandarake are a chain of shops for anime and manga fans, and are evil as they are often packed full of delights to tempt otaku). Apparently the maids take on a maternal air, as they greet guests in motherly tones. Staff's age range from 19 to in their 40's, and they look older than they actually are. The aim is to become a therapeutic cafe, where people can open their hearts to the staff.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Uniqlo launch new manga t-shirt range

Date: 2008 April 14th Monday [16:43] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Retail

Japanese clothing firm Uniqlo have brought over several batches of their manga inspired t-shirt designs to the U.K. The women's range seems centred around Astro Boy whilst the men's is focused around celebrating fifty years of Shonen Mangazine and Shonen Sunday.
Shirts are £12.99 each or 2 for £20 for a limited time.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo

NANA live action movie US DVD release details

Date: 2008 April 8th Tuesday [16:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've been sent a press release from the nice folks at Viz about the US DVD release of the live action NANA film, based on the popular shojo manga. The manga has a proved very popular with fans, and it's good to see the DVD of the movie hitting shelves on April 8th 2008.

Although we haven't seen this film yet, we must admit the casting for Nana Osaki is excellent.

While Viz seem to be releasing some great live action titles on DVD at the moment. We do wish they would release the live action Train Man TV series.

Read More... | Source: Viz

Demon Prince: Children of Gaia book signing at Orbital Manga London

Date: 2008 March 31st Monday [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've been sent details from London based manga shop Orbital Manga about a book signing and art competition they're running.

The artists from the graphic novel Demon Prince: Children of Gaia will be at Orbital Manga on 26th April 2008, from 1pm to 3pm. Along with limited edition pre-release copies of the graphic novel you'll be able to pick up limited edition A1 size posters too.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD Box set arrives early in the UK

Date: 2008 March 25th Tuesday [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Classic anime fans in the UK who can get to their local HMV are in for a treat. HMV have an exclusive deal on the Mysterious Cities of Gold DVD Box set. It's in stock in their stores, and on the HMV website too. Fans should note that the official release date for this DVD is 23rd June 2008, but the highstreet shop seem to have made some sort exclusive deal with the distributors. As far as we're aware, no other retailer has the DVD yet.

We are certain that this is not an error on their website, as we have visited our local HMV and seen copies on shelves to buy.

Many current anime fans will remember the French Japanese co-production with great nostalgia, and have been screaming for a DVD release for years, every so often a rumour would crop up, but never actually amount to anything, years of waiting many fans just assumed that the series would never get released in the UK, but finally it has. ^_^

Source: HMV

Easter UK Anime DVD Sale

Date: 2008 March 21st Friday [11:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Amazon UK are currently running a sale on anime DVDs.

Play.com are also have an Anime DVD sale, with many titles cheaper than Amazon (as Play already factor in postage).

Titles include:
- Cowboy Bebop
- Millennium Actress
- Read or Die
- Steamboy


With many titles going for under £5, it's worth looking around for a bargain or three.

Source: Amazon UK

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

TerraTag opens London Store

Date: 2008 March 9th Sunday [13:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

It seems that opening anime and manga themed stores in London are all the rage at the moment with Tokyo Toys opening a retail store at the back of Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus, design firm Terratag have now opened a store in Brick Lane.

Read More... | Source: TerraTag

Gwen Stefani's Death Note Perfume

Date: 2008 March 9th Sunday [13:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

While this isn't exactly, new I'm sure not all our readers keep up to date with perfume releases. Pop star Gwen Stefani has released a fragrance called L, under her L.A.M.B. line (Love. Angel. Music. Baby). The amusing thing is the choice of font used for the L line of cosmetics, it's the same as the L that appears in Death Note, when L is on screen.

We're wondering if this is a just a random coincidence, or if it's something else, as Gwen Stefani has sung about Harajuku Girls before, so she (or her PR people), would have at least a basic understanding of Japanese pop culture.

Visit the L.A.M.B Fragrance website to see lots of L's. ^_^

Source: L.A.M.B. Fragrance

Anime speed dating event in Central London

Date: 2008 February 12th Tuesday [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Our chum Emily has sent us the details for an event at Tokyo Toys store in Trocadero in central London.

It's a romantic maid cafe event, with speed dating for anime fans! You can be served by cosplayers dressed up as maids too, just like in Akihabara.

The event will be held on Saturday 16th February 2008, from 5pm to late. You don't have to take part in the speed dating to go along and participate in the maid cafe either.

Read More... | Source: Tokyo Toys

ADV Films UK DVD stock clearance sale

Date: 2008 January 21st Monday [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us details of their sale, due to "streamlining" they'll be having a stock clearout. Prices start from £1 while stocks last. So grab those titles while you can.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Viz reveal manga line up for the first quarter of 2008

Date: 2008 January 9th Wednesday [17:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folk at Viz have sent us the details for their new manga releases for the first quarter of 2008. They include:

Sand Chronicles
High School Debut
Ral Ω Grad
Monkey High
Honey and Clover
Switch

Plus they’ll be launching Library Editions of popular titles, these hard cover versions will be the first volumes of successful manga series including Bleach, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Inuyasha, Naruto and Ranma ½, and are intended to be a bit more rugged to withstand long term library use.

Read More... | Source: Viz

Perfect Piece Tachikoma Review

Date: 2007 December 31st Monday [10:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

With the holiday season coming to a close, some of you may have some extra cash to spend, this article might tempt some of that money away from you.

Anime fandom like most kinds of fandom is always susceptible to merchandising, and lets face it there is a lot of plastic tat out there, if you can print onto it, engrave it, or mould it, it's had some sort of anime merchandising. However every now and again something good comes along, so we thought it would be nice to do a product review to gauge our readers reactions and see if it's the sort of thing Otaku News readers want.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

Anime Insider Hits 50!

Date: 2007 October 26th Friday [9:32] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Fandom

Anime Insider, the anime and manga oriented spin-off of Wizard, has just reached its 50th issue! And they're going all out to celebrate. In addition to their regular monthly features (including articles about the new season of Black Lagoon and the upcoming Pumpkin Scissors), the commemorative issue sports a ranking of the 50 best anime ever (check to see where and if your favorite title made the list), and a cover featuring two of the beauties of Evangelion, pilots Rei Ayanami and Asuka Langley Soryu offering a special cake.

Anime Insider is also offering their biggest contest to date with this issue. For a huge grand prize of a pack of anime goodies worth over $1500, all you have to do is write a haiku. That's right, the Japanese-style poem of three lines and 17 syllables (5, 7, 5). The poem can be about the magazine, fandom, giant robots, or your favorite character. Winners will be chosen from each category, with one grand prize winner for the big one. Grab a copy of the magazine for rules and entry form. And also enjoy the magazine in general.

Source: Anime Insider

Ghost In the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor manga release details

Date: 2007 October 15th Monday [18:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

UK fans of Ghost in The Shell will be pleased to hear the details Titan Books have sent us about the release of Ghost In the Shell 1.5 Human-Error Processor. The manga is due out in the UK on 23rd November 2007. It bridges the gap between the Ghost in the Shell 1 and 2 manga (hence the 1.5 name). We've been waiting for this to come out as one book ever since we heard about it and highly recommend it to Ghost in the Shell fans.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

Sweatdrop launch self-help manga

Date: 2007 September 18th Tuesday [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Sweatdrop crew have always been inventive with the titles they've released and they've sent us details for some titles due in April 2008 and June 2008 (that's a while away isn't it? We don't normally get details for titles that are 6 months ahead anyway...).

They'll be releasing 4 books next year:

- Be creative by R. Bevan, J. Middleton & T. Wright
- Find true love by S. Dosani, L. Helmanis and P. Cross
- Beauty secrets for babes by L.Helmanis
- Sort out your money by J. Middleton

All the lovely artwork will be done by Sonia Leong, and we'll be curious to see how they do this.

Will they have an otaku take on things? Eg: Sort out your money - buy less DVDs and manga to save money. Beauty secrets for babes - wear cat ears. Be creative - draw more stuff. Find true love - ermmm, otaku aren't exactly good at that, erm, join a relatives house which happens to be populated by lots of hot babes and enjoy the hilarity that ensues.

We look forward to seeing what these guides will look like next year.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

Manga shares gain in Japan

Date: 2007 September 13th Thursday [8:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

As a slightly strange side effect of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his exit, shares in manga retailers in Japan have surged with speculation that manga fan Taro Aso is the leading candidate to replace Mr Abe.

According to BBC News, Mr Aso is a big promoter of manga abroad. They cite the rise of manga publisher Broccoli gaining 71% and Mandarake (a retail store in Japan which is a treasure trove for otaku), jumping 13%.

The article states that Mr Aso served as foreign minister, and suggested that embracing Japanese pop culture was an important step in cultivating ties with other countries. If this is the case the Otaku News crew would like an invite to Japan to meet with Mr Aso to help promote manga and anime. ^_-

Sadly the BBC gets some facts wrong about anime and manga stating that they have "psychedelic colours and outlandish story lines", and emphasises the more explicit side of anime and manga. They also manage to mention Spirited Away and Quentin Tarantino in the same sentence, which I'm sure can lead to all sorts of associations for those who haven't actually seen the wonderful family film that is Spirited Away.

The article also states that Mr Aso created an International Manga Award to honour non-Japanese cartoonists.

Source: BBC News

Paprika and Tekkonkinkreet UK DVD release details

Date: 2007 September 12th Wednesday [17:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear that Satoshi Kon's latest masterpiece Paprika will be released on DVD on 24th September 2007, Tekkonkinkreet also hits the shelves too and we look forward to catching it.

To be honest, we can't recommend Paprika highly enough, it's the best English language anime release of 2007. This is one you must simply add to your collection, especially if you like Kon's other works (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paranoia Agent), then you'll really get a kick out of Paprika, Kon's on top form here (as always), and uses animation in his usual mind bending ways.

Read More... | Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Video Games Live Album

Date: 2007 September 9th Sunday [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

The good folks from Video Games Live have sent some exciting news about an album - Video Games Live: Greatest Hits – Volume One. Due to hit the shelves on October 15th 2007, it contains medleys from some of popular games including Zelda, Mario, Halo, Warcraft, Sonic and of course Final Fantasy.

Read More... | Source: Video Games Live

Touchy, Feely Ad

Date: 2007 August 30th Thursday [18:56] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

New game ad allows customers to feel up a cardboard cutout. Really.

Read More... | Source: Wizard Magazine

Amazon UK anime sale

Date: 2007 August 25th Saturday [6:39] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > DVD

I just got an e-mail from Amazon UK telling me that they are having a studio Ghibli DVD sale. After looking closer I've dug up a plethora of other anime DVDs on sale, because we're nice people we've listed a few titles you might have missed on sale.

Why Amazon leave all the hard work to us I don't know, aren't you glad we're here?

Read More... | Source: Amazon UK

HMV London UK Anime Sale Day this Monday 20th August 2007

Date: 2007 August 15th Wednesday [17:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The good folks from ADV Films UK have sent us details about the HMV Anime sale day next week on Monday 20th August 2007, from 1pm until 6pm at the Oxford Street branch in London. ADV Films UK also mention there competition where two lucky anime fans can win lots of anime DVDs for the rest of the year. There will also be spot prizes and give-always throughout the day.

Along with live performances from Japanese bands Electric Eel Shook and Miso Soup. The British Kendo Association will be there too. Fun can also be had at the video game tournaments, with Atari, Sega and Ubisoft also showing off some new games.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

September 2007 Shojo Beat magazine features Yuu Watase cover

Date: 2007 August 14th Tuesday [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The folks at Viz Media have sent us details about a special Yuu Watase Absolute Boyfriend cover for the September 2007 issue of Shojo Beat Magazine.

Read More... | Source: Shojo Beat

Afro Samurai Limited Edition DVD out now in UK

Date: 2007 August 9th Thursday [17:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Our UK readers who caught Afro Samurai on Bravo, or perhaps even didn't catch it, but want to see it anyway, have a chance to get the Samuel L. Jackson anime title on DVD, known as the Afro Samurai Bravo Numbered Limited Edition DVD, it is an exclusive to Amazon.co.uk. The 18 rated DVD contains the following:

- Individually Numbered DVD Case
- Babes, Blades, Blood and Beauty trailers by GONZO
- RZA Soundtrack Promo
- RZA Music Production
- Spike US TV Promos
- Five Collectible Art Cards

The details don't say how many are being produced, only that they are individually numbered.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

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

Australian soap to target Japanese tourists

Date: 2007 June 27th Wednesday [4:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC News are currently running a story about a new Australian soap opera that is set to target a Japanese audience. With Yoshino Kimura getting the main billing, the soap is going to focus on a group of Japanese students living near the sunny beaches of Queensland. The idea is basically to create a 30 minute long advert to why it's good to go to Australia. The article draws parallels to the success of Neighbours in the UK and the effect it had to increasing the amount of British tourists to Australia.

The article states that Japanese tourism is worth A$1.98bn ($1.68bn USD) to the Australian economy each year, with 624,000 visitors annually.

Personally I've travelled to Queensland, and I'd rather the Australian government don't promote themselves, as I would prefer that places like Noosa were kept a secret. ^_-

Source: BBC News

Laughing Man Logo T-shirts

Date: 2007 June 11th Monday [14:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of Ghost in the Shell: SAC will be pleased to hear the news we've received from Terratag, who have just released t-shirts with the Laughing Man logo in 4 different colours.

For fans interested to know the background to the design you might want to read the interview we did with the creator of the Laughing Man Logo, Paul Nicholson.

Source: Terratag

Invent your own ending to Guyver

Date: 2007 June 3rd Sunday [16:09] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Anime

For anime fans with the animator in them, the online community site Bebo are inviting users to invent the ending to a volume of Guyver, the clip can be seen on thewir website.

Source: Bebo 'U DIRECT' Guyver Competition

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales UK Nintendo DS details

Date: 2007 May 21st Monday [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Just a quick reminder for our Final Fantasy loving readers in the UK. The nice folks at Square Enix have sent us details for the new Nintendo DS game Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, it's due out in UK this Friday 25th May 2007.

Read More... | Source: Square Enix

More details on Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK launch event

Date: 2007 May 16th Wednesday [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our article on the Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details, we've received some more news from Manga Entertainment.We've been informed that Dave Wittenberg, the US voice of Kakashi will be making an appearancelaunch event on Monday 21st May 2007, at the Oxford Street, London, Branch of Virgin Megastore, where fans will be able to meet Dave and get their copy of Naruto Unleashed Series 2 Part 1 signed from 4.30pm onwards.

We've also go more details for Cosplayers and the prizes you can win.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment

Akira Club art book UK release details

Date: 2007 May 15th Tuesday [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

UK publisher Titan Books have sent us details about the UK release of the Akira Club artbook. It's one of those nice additions for fans of the movie and manga collection. It's due to hit the shelves on the 27th July 2007 and is priced at £24.99. Hunting around Play.com have it on pre-order for £14.99.

Read More... | Source: Titan Books

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

Naruto Explosion

Date: 2007 April 27th Friday [10:19] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

No, the hero of the popular manga and anime series isn't going to die in a fiery death. But his fans may want to start saving their money over the summer. Starting this September and through December, VIZ Media plans to release not 1, but 3 new volumes of the Naruto manga a month. With a total of 12 volumes, 16 to 27, that means fans will have 3 years worth of new material in those 4 months, as opposed to simply 1 volume every 3 months as in 2006.

The reason for the boost is to catch the American releases up with their original Japanese counterpart before a new storyarc begins in Volume 28 of the Naruto manga. Set 2 years after the storyline ending in Volume 27, the storyline will focus on an older, wiser and taller Naruto and his new adventures. This move will enable American fans to enjoy the series with a bit of surprise without getting a hold of spoilers from the internet.

Source: ICv2

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

Flammable Electronic Toilets

Date: 2007 April 16th Monday [13:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

In one of the more bizarre stories we've covered, it seems that a popular Japanese toilet manufacturer is offering repairs on it's toilets after a few caught fire! BBC News reports that Toto is offering free repairs on 180,000 eligible toilets from the Z series after 3 of them caught fire! (Hhhhmmm, toilets, fire, Z, I'm sure we could find a Dragon Ball Z joke somewhere here).

The article states:
"Fortunately nobody was using the toilets when the fire broke out and there were no injuries," apparently "The fire would have been just under your buttocks," which isn't really reassuring if you do use a Japanese toilet.

Japanese toilets commonly have extra electronic features such as heated seats, bidet, automatically opening and closing lid along with allsorts of other novelties. Although the toilet isn't sold outside of Japan, we are aware of a few otaku who have imported these, which includes British TV and radio celebrity Jonathan Ross.

Source: BBC News

Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2 UK release details

Date: 2007 April 11th Wednesday [14:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've received some details about the UK launch of Naruto Uncut Boxset Volume 2, from Manga Entertainment UK. On Monday 21st May 2007, fans should go to either the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street, London, or Virgin Megastore in Arndale Centre in Manchester. Apparently there'll be tons of freebies and goodies for the first 100 people to arrive in costume! So get those costumes ready cosplayers! They'll also have a nice selection of goodies, give aways and prizes too. So get to the simultaneous launch from 6pm!

More details can also be found on the Official Naruto Unleashed UK Website.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Gunslinger Girl UK DVD boxset release details

Date: 2007 April 3rd Tuesday [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We've been sent some details from Revelation Films about the UK DVD release of the Gunslinger Girl boxset. All three volumes will be released in a collectors boxset on 21st May 2007, Catalogue Number FUN72700. It retails for around £29.99, but if you hunt about Play.com are taking Preorders for £23.99.

Source: Revelation Films

Hokusai's Mount Fuji

Date: 2007 April 2nd Monday [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

The nice people at Abrams have sent us details of a new book they're publishing Hokusai, the artist who created one of the most famous bits of Japanese artwork, often called Tsunami by Hokusai or The Under the wave off Kanagawa. The book is printed excellent quality paper. At £15.95 it's superb value for money especially considering it's all in colour. It's due out 30th April 2007. We only wish the book was bigger so that they could print the artwork larger, but I guess we've been spoiled by looking at anime artbooks all these years. The book has some great examples of Japanese culture in the period and come highly recommend by the Otaku News crew.

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