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Japan's Toys for the Elderly

Date: 2006 May 2nd Tuesday [18:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

In a rather interesting story, following on from their earlier story about declining birth rates in Japan, BBC News have posted an interesting story about Japan's toys for the elderly. It covers Tomy's new product, a doll for the over sixties designed to be similar to a small child, the doll will welcome the owner back home and even weights the same as a small infant.

The article states that due to the falling birthrate Japans population could decrease by as much as 28 million people by 2050. As a result Tomy is keen on developing toys not just for children.

'"We go for teenagers, we go for people in their twenties and thirties, we go for housewives, families and for older people too. It's a strange culture but we are very lucky," Mr Tomiyama says'

The article goes to mention Nintendo's success with it's Brain Training Game. It ends with a the suggestion that games for adults are nothing new in Japan highlighting pachinko as an example, although it doesn't mention that games for adults are played in other countries too, such as pool, snooker, darts, lawn bowls etc..., it just seems odd that they highlight the Japanese adults love of games when almost every country in the world has games enjoyed by grown-ups. ^_^

Source: BBC News

Dark Horse Teams up with Adidas

Date: 2006 April 30th Sunday [14:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Retail

Dark Horse is teaming up with Adidas to support the Comic Book Legal Defence fund by issuing a limited number of jackets and hoes with Dark Horse characters. The jackets include characters from several well known Japanese artists whose work is published with the company including Katsuhiro Otomo and Katsuya Terada.

Source: ICv2.com

Anime Forest.com Closing Down

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

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

Source: Anime News Network

Mobile Manga on the Rise

Date: 2006 April 14th Friday [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The Mainichi Daily News is currently running an interesting article on the rise of Mobile Manga - manga displayed on users mobile phones.

The subscription service is seen by many as good value for money and more convenient than paper based manga. Comic Site, a service set up by telephone company NTT, has had over 10 million downloads since starting in August 2004. Mobile manga also adds effects not found on it's paper equivalent, with pages that can make the readers phone vibrate when they are a reading a shooting scene. The future looks promising for mobile manga in Japan, and it seems from the article it is DRM free, as it mentions that school girls share their favourite manga files.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

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

Lucky Eureka SeveN

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

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

Read More... | Source: Bandai Entertainment

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children DVD Details

Date: 2006 April 6th Thursday [16:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Otaku rejoice! The popular RPG game series Final Fantasy has stolen many hours of our lives, especially Final Fantasy VII, which is why a CGI movie was made. It's set two years after the events of the game, and features everyone favourite Cloud and Sephiroth. It's due for UK release on DVD and UMD on April 24th and April 25th in the USA, it looks like it's going to be good.

Update: We now have a review of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Read More... | Source: Sony Pictures

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

Eva 01 Bicycle

Date: 2006 March 27th Monday [16:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Just when you thought you've already got every bit of merchandise possible for Evangelion, Gainax go crazy and release a load of stuff for the tenth anniversary for the series. TechJapan have discovered that Media Magic have teamed up with Gainax to produce the Eva 01 Bike. For 47,000 Yen it can be yours too (that's about $405 USD / £230 GBP). Apparently it's a front suspension style mountain bike that uses 6 speed gears, currently there are no plans to release this bicycle in other Eva colours. We find this ironic, as otaku aren't famed for their physical fitness and are not frequently seen on bikes.

Source: TechJapan

VIZ Made Master Licensor for Bleach

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

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

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

Totoro Out in the UK from 27th March

Date: 2006 March 20th Monday [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Next week is a date to for UK Anime fans to mark in their calendars, it's when My Neighbour Totoro gets it's UK DVD release. It's the first time the film has been released in the UK, it's had the odd cinema screening, but until now it has not been available to buy officially. We've already reviewed the UK edition for you, and suggest you get it when it hits the shelves on the 27th of March.

Source: Otaku News Totoro DVD Review

Amazon UK 40% Off Manga

Date: 2006 March 20th Monday [7:11] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Retail

Here at Otakunews we're always keen to point fans in the way of a bargain. Amazon UK currently has 40% off a range of manga and graphic novels, titles include: .Hack, Dragon Ball, Yu Gi Oh and Akira.

Source: Amazon UK

Otaku News Launch T-Shirt Shop

Date: 2006 March 19th Sunday [15:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

When we go to conventions and other anime relelated events, we always tend to wear Otaku News T-shirts, they've generated a lot of interest with people asking where can they buy them, we always felt bad telling people that they can't. So after a lot of hunting around we've found a good on-line t-shirt seller to team up with to sell t-shirts for both guys and gals, along with other items.

We've set up two seperate shops, one for our US Readers, and another for our readers in the UK and Europe, so if you're interested select and shop and have a good, look. We've also produced some t-shirts with witty slogans on, which are ideal for anime conventions!

Otaku News US Shop

Otaku News UK / Europe Shop

Source: Otaku News Shop

Naruto Makes Top 30

Date: 2006 March 14th Tuesday [12:23] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Latest volume of Naruto cracks the Top 30 of USA Today's best seller list.

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

Howl's Moving Castle Out This Week

Date: 2006 March 12th Sunday [18:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

While our US readers where treated to the DVD release of Howl's Moving Castle last week, our UK and Australian readers might want to take a look at our review of Howl's Moving Castle. Optimum and Madman really have put a nice lot of extras on this release, and it's good to see that along with a sub and a dub version they've also supplied subtitles for the English Language track.

The gap between the Japanese and US/UK release of this title was less than 5 months instead of 2 years compared to the UK DVD release of Spirited Away, it really shows you how much more mainstream anime has now become! It's also impressive to note that the US/UK/AU DVD releases are in the same two weeks, a first for a Ghibli English language DVD release! UK fans might want to hunt around for cut price bargains online and also consider that Amazon UK have an exclusive cover.

Source: Otaku News Howl's Moving Castle Review

More Tenchi on the Way

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

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

Read More... | Source: FUNimation

VIZ Launches Shojo Beat Home Video

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

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

Read More... | Source: VIZ Media

ADV UK DVD Releases for April 2006

Date: 2006 February 27th Monday [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good folks at ADV Films UK have sent us the details of their April 2006 DVD releases. The following titles are due to hit the highstreets:

- Cromartie High School: Cromartian Rhapsody (1 of 4)
- Elfen Lied - Vector Two (2 of 4)
- DNAngel: The Darkside Of Love (5 of 7)
- Parasite Dolls

We recommend Cromartie High School, for a taste for something totally different. If you like something a very bloody, then go for Elfen Lied.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

New Manga Collector's Club + Manga Events with Ottaker's

Date: 2006 February 26th Sunday [8:28] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Manga

After getting a heads up from Anime Artists UK on bookshop Ottaker's new Manga Collector's Club, I searched around and found that Ottaker's Coventry branch will also be holding a small manga evening on April 6th in association with Tokyo Pop.

Read More... | Source: Ottakers

Howl and Totoro Get a UK DVD Release This March

Date: 2006 February 21st Tuesday [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

March marks an important month for UK Ghibli fans. Howl's Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki's latest film gets a very swift UK DVD release, we're really impressed at how quickly it took for Optimum to bring this title to market, especially since it was only released on DVD in Japan in November 2005, previously there has been a great gap between Ghibli DVD releases outside of Japan. Optimum will be releasing a two disc set packed with extras.

Many more anime fans will be excited to hear that My Neighbour Totoro finally gets an official UK DVD release, after many years of waiting. The film was a great success in Japan and as a result became Studio Ghibli's mascot and was incorporated into their logo. It's an excellent film and one of my all time favourite anime titles. It's a charming feature of children and adult alike, one of those real rare gems of a movie and a must have for any anime fan.

Read More... | Source: Optimum Releasing

Studio Ghibli Opens Clothing Store

Date: 2006 February 16th Thursday [10:18] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Retail

Following on from our earlier story Anime News Network has reported that Studio Ghibli, the popular animation studio which have released a number of films directed by Hayao Miyazaki, has opened its flagship store of Shitateya Studio Ghibli.

The store opened on February 11, at Omotesando Hills, the new shopping complex designed by architect Ando Tadao, in Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The shop is located on the 2nd floor of the main building.

Shitateya Studio Ghibli is the studio's men's clothing business that is began in 2004. It was started in collaboration with fashion designer Masaki Matsushima and clothing companies Primegate Enterprise Ltd and Hayashida Co., Ltd. A few Shitateya Studio Ghibli shops have been opened so far, and no word has been given so far as to plans for future shops.

Source: Anime News Network

PC Case For Real Otaku

Date: 2006 February 13th Monday [14:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Even here at Otaku News, every now and then we find something that just screams hardcore otaku. It's normally something odd that only an otaku would want, but not just a everyday otaku, someone who wants to scream out to the world that they are a more extreme breed of otaku. Shuttle PC cases are cool, but can you image one with an anime paint job on the case? The example here is based on the hentai game Gift (although you wouldn't guess it's hentai from looking at the case), retailer Fast Online have a few other models too.

Shuttle have a good reputation for producing barebone systems with a smaller form factor, and have excellent build quality. Looking at the photos the artwork looks really nice and we're actually tempted to buy one since they're 39,800 JPY (which works out at $340 USD or £195 GBP), but then again, we're not into hentai.

Source: Fast Online

Stay Cool With Doraemon

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

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

Source: The 0123

Sweatdrop Shop

Date: 2006 February 12th Sunday [14:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Those artistic people from Sweatdrop Studios have dropped us a line to tell us about their new on-line shopping system. They take Paypal too, which is useful for those who don't have or want credit cards. We recommend you grab a copy of Sugardrops if you haven't already, since it contains artwork from a selection of the Sweatdrop Crew. The press release they sent us also has a discount coupon. ^_-

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

The New Anime Encyclopedia

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

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

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

Source: Anime News Network

Anime Network at Top of Podcast Charts

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

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

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

'Death Note' Art Books Galore

Date: 2006 January 25th Wednesday [7:40] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Manga

According to Manga News Amazon.jp has posted information about the Death Note art book Blanc et Noir and DEATH BOX, Blank et Noir will be sold for 4935 yen, while DEATH BOX will sell for 18900 yen.

Read More... | Source: Manga News

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: JAST USA

ADV Announces Valkyrie From Space

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

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

Read More... | Source: ADV Films

Record Handheld Sales for Nintendo

Date: 2006 January 6th Friday [15:47] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Sales of the Nintendo Ds have reached 13 million worldwide, with Nintendo hailing it as the fastest selling games console ever in Japan. This has meant that stocks are low in Japan, much like the struggle to get the Pink variety pre Christmas in the UK.

Gamasutra.com is also reporting that eight out of ten games in the Japanese mutl-format charts is for the DS.

Source: Gamespot

New Anime Book Out in May

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

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

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

Source: Anime News Network

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

MVC Calls in Administrators

Date: 2005 December 28th Wednesday [7:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Troubled UK CD / Video Shop MVC have gone into administration, meaning that many stores will be closing down. This is a bad day for UK anime fans as they had a very good stock of anime titles compared to other highstreet retailers and as a result MVC gift vouchers were always a welcome addition to any otaku's Christmas stocking, espically from relatives who thought that anime was only pokemon. At least MVC will be having a closing sale, with huge discounts on their existing stock. We advise our readers to get down to their local MVC while stocks last to get some anime titles and spend their gift vouchers while they still can!

Source: MVC

Play.com Anime Sale

Date: 2005 December 26th Monday [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Our British based readers who have been given some money to spend for the holiday season might want to take a look at the Play.com Anime DVD sale. They've got plenty of anime titles to choose from!

Including Spirited Away or Grave Of The Fireflies for for £8.99 and the Cowboy Bebop Movie or Memories for £5.99. There are many good deals to be found, so go take a look!

Source: Play.com

USB Heated Goodies

Date: 2005 December 20th Tuesday [17:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

With the winter nights closing in and it getting colder (at least for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere), you'll probably want something to keep your feet warm. Well the Inventive people at Thanko have come up with just the thing - USB Powered heated slippers! As discovered by Crisscross (formally Japan Today), these slippers simply plug into a spare USB port to get that warm snugly feeling. Thanko also have a range of intriguing and bizarre USB products, such as the USB heated gloves, and the surefire hit a coffee warmer.

Source: Crisscross

ADV UK DVD Give Away!

Date: 2005 December 17th Saturday [7:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Otaku News have teamed up with the generous folks from ADV Films UK who are giving our readers the chance to win the complete series of Last Exile or the complete series of Divergence Eve on DVD.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

Del Rey to Publish Gundam SEED Destiny

Date: 2005 December 16th Friday [11:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

Del Rey Manga will publish the manga adaptation of Gundam SEED Destiny starting in 2006.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Outlanders Coming to DVD

Date: 2005 December 12th Monday [10:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Central Park Media announces DVD release of sci-fi comedy Outlanders.

Read More... | Source: Central Park Media

Final Fantasy Drink: Potion

Date: 2005 December 11th Sunday [11:46] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Retail

According to Akadot, Square Enix announced earlier this month the development of a new drink based on the PS2 game Final Fantasy XII. The drink called "POTION" will be produced by Suntory and will be on sale from March 2006.

Suntory commented that the idea for producing the item which in FFXII is used to restore character's health, came up because many of their workers are Final Fantasy Fans.

"The drink has tentatively been named FINAL FANTASY XII POTION. A FINAL FANTASY XII POTION PREMIUM BOX will also go on sale - this box includes original design POTION bottles and a card. The drink is still being developed, but will contain "divine" herbs, and is to have a refreshing taste."

Source: Akadot

Japanese Xbox 360 Sales Slow

Date: 2005 December 10th Saturday [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

BBC News are running a story on the launch of the Xbox 360 in Japan. Apparently it hasn't been a huge sell out success like in the USA and Europe. Japanese consumers are waiting to see if the new console will take off, with only a limited selection of games compared to other countries and the limited sales of the original Xbox means that many are still waiting for the launch of the new PlayStation 3.

Source: BBC News

DVDs of Honneamise

Date: 2005 December 8th Thursday [11:13] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

Bandai announces new DVD label Honneamise, to distribute anime in North America.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

ADV UK DVD Releases for January 2006

Date: 2005 December 2nd Friday [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The good people from ADV Films UK have sent out the details for their January DVD releases. They really do want to start the new year with a bang quite literally by releasing the latest incarnation of Full Metal Panic!, entitled Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU, this 12 episode spin off series focuses more on Sousuke's and Kaname's adventures at high school and is based around the FMP "light novels".

In January 2006 ADV Films UK will be releasing the following:

- Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Pandemonium! (1 of 4)
- Peacemaker: Gunning For Trouble (3 of 7)
- Chrono Crusade: Devil's Advocate (6 of 7)

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

VIZ and TokyoPop Team Up For German Manga Launch

Date: 2005 December 1st Thursday [11:05] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

VIZ Media B.V. announces team-up with TokyoPop Germany to publish hit manga for the German market.

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

ADV UK DVD Releases for December 2005

Date: 2005 November 22nd Tuesday [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

Those nice folk from ADV Films UK have sent us the details of the December DVD releases.
They'll be releasing the following:

- Divergence Eve Volume 3 (Final)
- DNAngel Volume 3
- Neon Genesis Evangelion - Platinum Edition 0:6
- Last Exile Volume 7 (Final)

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

New Gundam Mahjong Game

Date: 2005 November 21st Monday [12:34] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Gaming

Good News for Gundam Fans this Christmas as Bandai is releasing a new Mahjong Game inspired to Gundam. Haro Ichiza Gundam Mahjong, for the Nintendo DS is expected to be released on the 29th December and it will feature various characters from Gundam. Those who preorder the game in will get a "Gundam Mahjong New Year's grab bag", including a Gundam mahjong card game, a Haro Ichiza New Year's card and a character profile list. For more details check out the official website.

Source: Anime News Network

Paradise Kiss Store Open in Japan

Date: 2005 November 21st Monday [12:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Anime News Network, a temporary store focusing exclusively on Paradise Kiss opened in Tokyo's Odaiba district. The store is set to remain open until the 31st March and features items for sale that are related to the Paradise Kiss Anime and Manga.

There is also a Paradise Kiss online store which features items on sale in store including a recreation of the Butterfly Ring featured in the manga. Plus a clothing line inspired by the Manga.

The store’s Grand opening Party is open to the General Public and will feature as guest star Tommy February, singer of the anime's theme song.

If you can read Japanese why not check out their on-line store?!

Source: Anime News Network

Executive Impact: English OK

Date: 2005 November 14th Monday [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Japan Today have a good feature on English OK, a website dedicated to enabling Japanese companies to sell their products and services to English speaking customers based in Japan. It's an interesting concept, since everyone loves Japan and wants to visit (well at least we do ^_-), but the language barrier can prove tricky, since Japanese isn't always the easiest language to pick up.

The article makes a good read not only from a cultural perspective but also a business one. It's nice to know that some companies are keen to sell to gaijin.

Source: Japan Today

Mattel To Produce "Zatch Bell!" Toys

Date: 2005 November 14th Monday [9:57] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC announced that they have made a deal with toymaker Mattel to produce toys based on hit anime series "Zatch Bell!".

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

Tokyo Motor Show 2005

Date: 2005 November 3rd Thursday [19:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

UK TV Station Channel 4 have just posted some excellent coverage of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Weird and Wonderful section is worth looking at for futuristic concept cars, the Mitsuoka Orochi Nude just sounds interesting because of it's name! Amusment can also be found with the Mini coverage, with it's slogan "Go British", we're not exactly sure what it means! Sadly there seems to be no sign of cars that change into robots.

Source: Channel 4

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