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On location at Fosse Farm - Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza

Date: 2013 July 7th Sunday [8:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

For most otaku it would be a dream come true to be contacted by an anime studio wanting to use their home as a location in a new anime series. For Caron Cooper, it is just the latest unlikely chapter in her incredible life story.

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An Interview With Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama

Date: 2013 June 3rd Monday [15:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

April 2013, it's spring time in London, it should be warm and sunny, but instead it's snowing sideways. We're off to meet renowned anime direction Kenji Kamiyama, writer and director of hit titles like Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit.

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009 RE:Cyborg Cinema Review 2

Date: 2013 June 3rd Monday [14:58] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

We're not going to give you one, but two different takes on the latest anime cinema screening of 009 RE:Cyborg. We also have an interview with the film's director Kenji Kamiyama. Here's Eeeper's take on the title.

Working off the notion that all good remakes don't try and make sense of their origins, RE: Cyborg 009 is a fresh and funky look at a classic manga and anime. If you've ever read or watched Shotaro Ishinomori's original tale then you are missing out on a great thing. Despite having a cute exterior with cartoonish designs, Ishinomori's ideas in the background tackle things like racism, war, poverty and the brutal nature of the, then, growing military industrial complex that arose after the Second World War. Kenji Kamiyama's version takes all of these aspects and posits an interesting question? If after we stop fighting nations, ideologies and groups who is left to fight? Ourselves would be the main answer but what if it's not another person but our own values, beliefs and morals? While there is a definable enemy that the main heroes fight, the best way to describe them are antagonists who are created by the situation not by themselves.

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009 RE:Cyborg Cinema Review 1

Date: 2013 June 3rd Monday [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We're not going to give you one, but two different takes on the latest anime cinema screening of 009 RE:Cyborg. We also have an interview with the film's director Kenji Kamiyama. Here's Joe's take on the title.

Production IG's Latest movie is a big budget action adventure based on the manga Cyborg 009 that started in the 1960's. Since then it's had several incarnations with different twists. The film was released in Japan in October 2012 and has already made its way to the UK at the BFI as part of a special screening with a Q&A from director Kenji Kamiyama. It'll also show in Scotland soon before hitting UK cinemas in June 2013 thanks to the good people from Anime Ltd. We like such a speedy turn around and hope it becomes such a regular thing for top notch titles.

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 9

Date: 2013 June 2nd Sunday [9:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

The latest episode of the podcast sees a bumber crop of new shows and licenses, some recent news, reviews of Strike Suit Infinity, Code Geass and Majestic Prince. Full Metal Panic goes into the Hall Of Fame and then some brief discussions about the last series you really got into and the last game you finished.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 9

MP3 File:
29.3 MB
1 Hour 3 minutes 53 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7
Episode 8

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Another Look At The Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: 2013 May 12th Sunday [15:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

A while ago, we posted an article about the crazy world of Neon Genesis Evangelion Merchandise. It proved to be very popular with our readers. Checking now, we find that they still do make crazy merchandise. There's even a physical Evangelion store you can to in Harajuku in Tokyo-01 (in Eva speak).

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 8

Date: 2013 March 30th Saturday [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 8 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! Our intrepid podcasters return with some news on new licenses and online manga closures. We review Persona 4 The Animation, Thermae Romae and Heroman. Cromartie High School takes its place in the hall of fame and then it all goes a bit freeform with mentions of doujinshi and WiiU's new Street View app.

Rumour control - since recording, MVM have confirmed they are putting out Another here in the UK.

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 8

MP3 File:
16.2 MB
35 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
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You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5
Episode 6
Episode 7

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An interview with Production I.G.

Date: 2013 January 12th Saturday [15:28] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Anime

Returning for the second time in 2012, the fourth Hyper Japan festival in November welcomed thousands of visitors to Earls Court for a three day extravaganza of entertainment. The event flourishes every time with an array of Japanese cultural experiences, encompassing fashion, film, games, cuisine and of course anime and manga for people to see.

For anime fans, this Hyper Japan was host to an astounding public event - a panel chaired by Helen McCarthy in which Production I.G. President & CEO Ishikawa Mitsuhisa was joined by esteemed anime critic Hikawa Ryusuke. It was an exciting opportunity to gain unique insight into the Japanese animation industry from one of today's greatest studios and a major modern figure in Japanese cultural criticism.

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Amecon Interview with Brad Swaile

Date: 2013 January 6th Sunday [11:49] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Back at Amecon last August thanks to the convention committee we got to spend lunch with voice actor Brad Swaile. It's taken me a bit of time to get the interview written up as Brad made a lot of interesting points and I didn't want to miss anything.

Read More... | Source: Voiceacting.co.uk

Tentacular! An interview with Toshio Maeda

Date: 2012 December 9th Sunday [12:17] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Features

October 2012's London MCM expo was the most successful ever. It included a stall by influential and controversial manga artists Toshio Maeda. Creator of the the renowned Urotsukidoji and La Blue Girl. We caught with the manga artist and were lucky enough to interview him at the Expo.

NSFW Content Warning. This article contains content that is not safe for work. This article contains an interview with the creator of a certain tentacle based genre of manga.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

Date: 2012 November 10th Saturday [14:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 5 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! On this episode of the Otaku News podcast we discuss recent licenses and news, Colin talks forever about some of the new shows in the Autumn 2012 season, the feature topic is shows that defy your expectations, Azumanga Daioh gets the Hall of Fame treatment and we answer some questions.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 5

MP3 File:
57.7 MB
1 hour 3 minutes

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can also get the following episodes here -
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

Date: 2012 September 25th Tuesday [16:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 4 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! The fourth podcast sees our otaku views on some recent news and Amecon 2012. Reviews of Planzet, Yurei Attack and Ninja Attack and the first third of Dragon Ball Z Season 2. Overman King Gainer also goes into the Hall Of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 4

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42.8 MB
46 minutes 45 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can get episode 1 here, episode 2 here and episode 3 here.

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 3

Date: 2012 July 31st Tuesday [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 3 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! This episode our podcasters cover the recent otaku influenced news stories, give a brief round up of some of the new summer 2012 anime, put Dragon Half and Megas XLR into the Hall Of Fame and answer some listener questions.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 3

MP3 File:
54.9 MB
50 minutes 52 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can get episode 1 here and episode 2 here.

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 2

Date: 2012 July 20th Friday [16:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

Episode 2 of the Otaku News Podcast is now live! Rebecca, Spike and Colin cast their eyes over some recent news, there are reviews of Steins;Gate, Haiyore Nyaruko-san and the Rampage/Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya. Also Hare & Guu gets inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 2

MP3 File:
32.9 MB
35 minutes 57 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
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or reach us via Twitter at @OtakuNewsCast
Disagree with us? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact us!

Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

You can get episode 1 here.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An interview with director Kazuya Murata and producer Masahiko Minami of Fullmetal Alchemist - The Sacred Star of Milos

Date: 2012 June 26th Tuesday [16:08] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Anime

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi or Hagaren for short) is a series that has made a significant mark on anime fans across the world. With the conclusion of the manga and the anime adaptation Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood over the past year, it is with great excitement that we are once again given the chance to join the Elric brothers on their second cinematic adventure - Hagaren the Movie 2011 - The Sacred Star of Milos.

For fans of the series they will enjoy return to the world of their favourite characters. Mystery, intrigue and all converge in this epic that calls into question the bonds of blood and national loyalty. The film was made to slot into the timeline of the Brotherhood series narrative. This new adventure, however, has a very different look and feel to the Hagaren previously produced by Studio Bones (株式会社 ボンズ Kabushiki Kaisha Bonzu).

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Otaku News Podcast Episode 1

Date: 2012 June 16th Saturday [5:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Podcast

We're pleased to announce Episode 1 of the Otaku News Podcast. Hopefully this will be the first of many. It features the talents of Azure, Little Wooden Boy and Spike.

Please do download it and let us know what you think!

Download Otaku News Podcast Episode 1

MP3 File:
94.9 MB
41 minutes 28 seconds

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Contact the Podcast crew at:
podcast@otakunews.com
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Note general site enquiries should go as usual to Joe at webmaster@otakunews.com

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ICN Gallery Part 1 What is Ukiyo-e? Event report

Date: 2012 April 21st Saturday [13:46] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Art

The ICN gallery London opened this month with the first in a series of exhibitions exploring the iconic historic Japanese artist movement, Ukiyo-e. The works explore the tradition and an influential legacy that has shaped the face of modern Japanese artistry.

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L'Arc-en-Ciel World Tour - London Report

Date: 2012 April 13th Friday [17:55] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Events

There are few bands that make the list of "must see in my lifetime". The Japanese band L'Arc-en-Ciel have been top of this chart for as long as I have been a fan of their music. Having never had the chance to see them in the UK before, I was thrilled to see London on the line up of performance locations for the band's 20th Anniversary Tour.

The band played in London on Wednesday April 11th 2012.

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Interview with MyM publisher Tarik Alozdi

Date: 2012 March 25th Sunday [12:40] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Culture

Publisher for new UK/Ireland magazine MyM gives an interview to Otaku News and discusses the magazine, it's upcoming launch and it's content and direction.

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An Interview with Vic Mignogna

Date: 2012 January 18th Wednesday [14:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Features

We got a chance to chat to well known voice actor Vic Mignogna at the last MCM London Expo. We discuss a range of topics from getting into voice acting, dubbing anime songs, voice acting inspirations, and of course Full Metal Alchemist.

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

Interview with Manga UK representative Jerome Mazandarani

Date: 2012 January 16th Monday [23:58] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Audio interview with Manga UK representative Jerome Mazandarani where we talk about Manga UK's upcoming releases, their plans for blu-ray anime releases, streaming rights (yes, I ask a K-On! question) and more.

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Interview with Kazé UK representative Andrew Partridge

Date: 2012 January 10th Tuesday [22:57] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Audio interview with Kazé UK representative Andrew Partridge where we talk about Kazé UK's origins, their plans for blu ray anime releases, Anime On Demand and more.

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An Interview with Helen McCarthy

Date: 2011 November 27th Sunday [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Nostalgia

We're going all nostalgic here at Otaku News and have decided to dig up some old articles from our archive that are not published on-line, either because they were originally for print or from websites that are now off-line.

Just because they're old doesn't mean they're not relevant to today's otaku.

Before Otaku News, we used to run Anime Digital, a website hosted by the London Anime Club. In October 1999, we were lucky enough to interview Helen McCarthy, who is an anime expert, author, speaker and so much more. Although the interview is over 10 years old, it's interesting to see how many things are still the same in the industry and fandom. We've reprinted this article with Helen's permission. Readers familiar with Helen's work will note that she did write an award winning book about Tezuka in the end!

Update: Helen has also blogged about this article.

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Letraset Screentone Review

Date: 2011 October 30th Sunday [5:08] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Art

All my life I've been drawing, and I've appreciated the manga style for most of my life. But I've always been adamant to delve into the world of screentone. I've never really figured out why this is, however perhaps I'll find out today. I've been handed two kinds to look at, a Letraset Screentone MT23 pack, and a pack of Letraset Safmat Self-Adhesive Printing Film. I've only worked with digital screentone before, so this is a bold adventure for me!

Read More... | Source: Letraset

An Interview with GEN Manga

Date: 2011 September 25th Sunday [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eBooks and eBook readers have taken off, with Amazon's Kindle, the Nook and iPad all popular must have gadgets for reading. Currently there's a lot of attention on digital manga. Several companies have sprouted up offering legitimate manga to download and read. The two big boys are JManga and VizManga. They have been criticised for many reasons, including DRM, complex pricing models and region locking. JManga is run by a consortium of 39 manga publishers, so you can easily say they're the biggest digital manga distributor out there. A lot of people are complaining about these manga companies getting it wrong, but has anyone got it right?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otakon Roundtable Podcast Part 1

Date: 2011 August 28th Sunday [19:11] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Features

Otaku News and Eeeper's Choice Podcast present part 1 of our Otakon Roundtable talk with our staff member Eeeper plus Elliot Page from UK-Anime.net and Gerry from Anientity.co.uk

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Interview with manga translator William Flanagan

Date: 2011 August 25th Thursday [10:05] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Features

Otaku News is happy to present our interview with manga translator William Flanagan in conjunction with the Fumi Yoshinaga month at the Moveable Manga Feast.

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Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo)

Date: 2011 August 3rd Wednesday [18:25] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > DVD

The story centres on Asuna, a girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her father as a memento. However, she embarks on a journey of adventure to meet a boy again, and thus comes to know the cruelty and beauty of the world, as well as loss.

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An Interview with Voice Actors Ben Diskin and Brian Beacock

Date: 2011 July 25th Monday [16:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

Every now and again at Otaku News, we like to interview voice actors, the very people who provide the voices for anime. At the May 2011 MCM London Expo we were lucky to catch up with Ben Diskin and Brian Beacock.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Murakami makes his mark at the Gagosian

Date: 2011 July 14th Thursday [15:42] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Art

This article features coverage of the Takashi Murakami Exhibition at London's Gagosian Gallery.

Due to the nature of some of the artwork on display in this article, we issue a NSFW content rating.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Arrietty London Screenings - Review

Date: 2011 July 10th Sunday [13:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

On Wednesday 6th July 2011 we went to the London Barbican sell out screenings of the latest Ghibli movie to make it over to the UK.

Arrietty is due for a wider cinema release in the UK on 29th July 2011.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Gen Manga - new English manga magazine launches in US

Date: 2011 June 24th Friday [21:44] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

A new magazine, Gen Manga, for seinen and doujinshi works, launches with free first online issue with a monthly schedule to follow.

Read More... | Source: Gen Manga

Why every UK anime fan should say thanks to Australian otaku

Date: 2011 June 22nd Wednesday [17:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We're going all nostalgic here at Otaku News and have decided to dig up some old articles from our archive that are not published on-line, either because they were originally for print or from websites that are now off-line.

Just because they're old doesn't mean they're not relevant to today's otaku.

We start with an article originally published in the AmeCon 2007 Conbook about why UK anime fans owe a debt of gratitude to their Australian counterparts. Please note that it was written for a UK anime audience in mind, Australian readers might find it interesting to know how important they are to the UK industry and how the UK industry helps Madman out.

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After school tea time with Beckii Cruel

Date: 2011 June 8th Wednesday [16:35] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Culture

As an avid follower of Japanese popular culture and a regular anime viewer, I am more than familiar with the style of dance routines that have become inseparable from so many titles and credits sequences. From classics such as Urusei Yatsura and more recently popularised by Kyoto Animation's iconic series Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, shows have taken to inserting dances at any available opportunity to arrest a fan following with catchy tunes and infectious dance moves. The indigenous para para dance style steps are synonymous with series such as Super Gals! where character Kotobuki Ran regularly regales audiences through her hyper rhythmic routines.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Redline (2010)

Date: 2011 May 19th Thursday [0:12] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

Red Line is about the biggest racing game of the universe and it's only held once every 5 years. And naturally everyone wants to take part. Follow the racing skills of men and women alike.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Figure Sculptor Momiji

Date: 2011 February 27th Sunday [14:00] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Production

Last year, the second annual MCM London Expo returned to bring together a myriad of media and popular culture exhibitors and merchants. It is an exciting occasion for anime fans who attend to meet, mingle and fight their way through the melee of merchandisers and organisers.

Expo is an event that I attend on the front line behind the dealers' tables as an assistant for sales. I am predominantly positioned ready and waiting to serve customers who are on the hunt for anime, manga and figures from the store United Publications. It is an intense and demanding event and catering for the volume of visitors is often a challenge that affords little time to explore the wonders of the wider event. This time, however, I had to make the exception for a remarkable appearance amongst October's exhibitors.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan 2010 Report

Date: 2010 October 31st Sunday [17:04] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Events

For Japanese culture fans, October began with a bang at Hyper Japan, a new and highly anticipated event on the UK otaku calendar for 2010. Hosted by Eat-Japan (the number one site for Japanese food, sushi and sake), the show was a sensational success, drawing in excess of 15,000 visitors over the 3 days, a remarkable feat for what was the debut of this cultural festival. The event was located in the heart of London's Shoreditch at Brick Lane, an area well known for its offbeat character and for the eclectic, hip and chic. Standing in the line with the eager attendees, the atmosphere was alive with the building excitement as cosplayers, anime fans and the culturally curious all assembled to enjoy a different class of convention. The preshow campaign, organised and delivered by a Japanese enterprise was loaded with ample incentive for any fan of Japan to take a look at what the exhibitors had to offer. I, in my cosplay guise as Queen's Blade's spectral maid Airi, lined up with the happy crowds all eager to meet and greet, eat and shop! After conquering the queue and ascending the staircase in my heels, a veritable treasure trove was to be found, serving the many delights of Japanese culture and cuisine.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Using eBook Readers for Manga

Date: 2010 October 24th Sunday [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

eReaders have started to move from that realm of expensive gadget, to a more affordable and practical solution to lugging books around. The benefit of such a tiny device able to hold thousands of books versus having to actually carry many books around is clear. They're great for printed text, but what about manga? Are eReaders suitable for reading manga on?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Reni Mimura NYAF interview

Date: 2010 October 15th Friday [16:51] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Reni Mimura, a cosplayer and singer living in New York, was performing at this years New York Anime Festival. Despite her busy schedule, she found the time to sit down and chat with us for a brief time about her reasons for taking her work to New York, what she thinks of her fans and which she prefers: cosplay or singing!

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Hyper Japan 2010 Mini report

Date: 2010 October 3rd Sunday [13:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The London J-Culture scene is an interesting one, with new events popping up every year. October 2010 marked the first run of a 3 day Japanese cultural event called Hyper Japan.

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Interview with Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori the creators of the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series

Date: 2010 June 13th Sunday [13:46] | Posted By: Dallas Marshall
Category: > Gaming

On the memorial day weekend at Fanimecon, a bay area anime convention in San Jose California, I had the privilege of sitting down with both Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori of ARC System Works. The studio that brought you the Guilty Gear series and BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and the soon to be released BlazBlue:Continuum Shift.

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Tokyo Bento Shopping Guide

Date: 2010 May 2nd Sunday [14:59] | Posted By: Helephant
Category: > Retail

Bento, beautiful and healthy lunchboxes, is an otaku passion that keeps niggling at the edges of mainstream consciousness. The New York Times ran an article on it recently, some of the most amazing photos made the Flickr blog last week and there has been an explosion of books (US, UK) about the topic.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Comiket 77

Date: 2009 December 30th Wednesday [7:30] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Events

A man sits in the corner of the busy square caressing his gun then pointing it at a bunch of schoolgirls who shriek in excitement and begin flashing the cameras, while another man beside him dressed elaborately in leather swishes his cape to an amused crowd of photographers. Welcome to Comiket!

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London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide

Date: 2009 May 11th Monday [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

London has a some great places for otaku to visit. The trouble is finding them. Using our London Otaku News Correspondents we've assembled a list of good places for anime and manga fans to visit while in London.

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Is Mikado Pocky? A Taste Comparison

Date: 2009 April 26th Sunday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

UK readers might have noticed adverts on TV, for a product called Mikado, which looks strikingly like the favourite otaku snack Pocky.

In this article we'll do a taste comparison and reveal the differences, and answer the question, is Mikado Pocky?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Dragonball Evolution Review

Date: 2009 April 8th Wednesday [14:35] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Anime > Film

Here's a review of the the live action film based on Akira Toriyama's manga Dragonball. The story follows Son Goku as he tries to finad the seven Dragonballs in order to defeat the evil Piccolo.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

An interview with Andrew Driver

Date: 2009 February 13th Friday [17:19] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

In April 2009, Alma Books will publish an English translation of Yasutaka Tsutsui's novel Paprika. The basis of Satoshi Kon's award-winning animated film of the same name, the English translation was handled for Alma by Andrew Driver. Otaku News can now present an interview with Mr. Driver which he graciously agreed to do with Eeeper on behalf of Otaku News in which he talks about his work on the novel.

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How to be a Cosplayer

Date: 2008 December 16th Tuesday [15:48] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Fandom

A large runway divides the room. People sit patiently waiting for the stars to strut their stuff. The lights flicker on and the crew members speak with words of comfort to the jittery stars taking centre stage. This is a long way from Paris Fashion Week and the get-ups are far from Milano. As soon as you see a replica Lara Croft swagger down the platform with screaming cheers, your gut instinct is to head for the nearest exit. The outfits that follow only get more absurd; with capes trailing behind and swords that make an audience roar with excitement.

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Advanced Preview: Sword of the Stranger

Date: 2008 October 13th Monday [11:24] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > Film

Set during the Senkoku period in Japan, Sword of the Stranger follows a young boy Kotarou as he is cruelly separated from his father and goes on the run from the army of the Ming dynasty. While living in an abandoned shrine and stealing food Kotarou chances upon a nameless and masterless samurai, and while initially mistrustful of him, Kotarou is forced to hire him as a bodyguard and guide when his dog, Tobimaru, is injured during a fight with Ming soldiers. Now the two must fight their way through the mysterious Ming and find the reason for Kotarou's importance to them, as the samurai battles his own inner demons.

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