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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.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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.

Read More... | Source: Beez Entertainment

An interview with Kari Wahlgren

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

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

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

An interview with Makoto Shinkai

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

London Expo October 2007

Date: 2007 October 26th Friday [13:19] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Events

A look at the recent London Expo (featuring cosplay photos).

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Review: Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone

Date: 2007 October 11th Thursday [15:57] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > Film

Schoolboy Shinji Ikari is summoned by his estranged father to the vast city of Tokyo-3, however the tearful reunion he was hoping for does not materialise as his father has a far more nefarious reason for wanting his son by his side again. Led down into the underground labyrinth of NERV headquarters, he learns that he is one of only a few children that can pilot one of the enormous Evangelion robots against a terrifying enemy. For as Shinji was being transported to Tokyo-3, it was under attack from the terrifying Angels, creatures of an unknown origin bent on penetrating the city and laying waste to anything they find. Throwing caution to the wind to save an injured girl, Shinji boards one of the massive robots and is launched to his destiny. However there are greater forces at work behind the scenes, and is the true enemy the angels, NERV, the mysterious SEELE, or the demons held within the hearts of the people involved?

Read More... | Source: Cinema Sunshine, Ikebukuro

Otakunews Special: Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria Review

Date: 2007 October 10th Wednesday [17:58] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

It's been a while since our last games review, though we urge you to remember the anime and manga reviews in the column on the right. If you've read all those you'll want to know we're also back with a games review.
This time it's the turn of platformy RPG Valkyrie Profile 2 for the venerable PS2. Does this odd mix of RPG and side scrolling work? Find out on Otakunews.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special: Tales from Earthsea Review

Date: 2007 July 24th Tuesday [17:53] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Optimum are releasing the latest Ghibli Feature Tales from Earthsea in the UK on a limited number on cinema screens on August the 3rd this will be followed by a DVD release. We take a look at the dubbed version of Goro Miyazaki's debut film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special: Chocobo Tales Review

Date: 2007 June 29th Friday [17:42] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Hot on the heels of my Spectrobes review (well not so hot but work with me here) comes this review of another DS title, this time by Square Enix. The charming mini game RPG Chocobo Tales. Which stars Final Fantasy's bird mascots.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special: Spectrobes Review

Date: 2007 June 12th Tuesday [14:55] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

With the new Pokemon close to arriving in the UK we take a slightly late look at Disney's attempt at the catch-em-em all RPG Spectrobes on Nintendo DS.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview with Stuart Claw

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News special: FFXII Review

Date: 2007 April 29th Sunday [17:17] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

We suspect if you haven't got this already those of you with Playstation 2 or even dare we say it PS3s will probably be thinking about buying FFXII. So we decided someone (i.e. me) ought to review it, I know it was released in the UK a while ago now, but this being Final Fantasy hours of levelling up and Chocobo riding were required before I felt confident giving a proper review.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

FFXII London launch report

Date: 2007 February 25th Sunday [14:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Friday 23rd of February 2007 was the official launch day of Final Fantasy XII in the UK (and the rest of Europe). The PS2 game has generated a lot of buzz in fandom. To celebrate Square Enix had teamed up with HMV to hold a launch event at their flagship HMV store on Oxford Street, central London. The first people to buy the game at 9am were able to collect special wrists bands which would in turn let them queue to meet makers of Final Fantasy XII, Akitoshi Kawazu (executive producer) and Hiroshi Minagawa (director).

The event was attended by at least 500 fans, all eager to get their games autographed. It was hosted by an MC and various questions were asked, the most important of which was regarding the PS3 technical demo, based around Final Fantasy VII, both guests mentioned that they were considering producing a full version of the game for the PS3, however it's still early days yet, so we can't really confirm anything solid.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special: Manga Studio Review

Date: 2006 November 8th Wednesday [6:32] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Art

We're aware that many of our readers will at some point try to create their own "manga" and now so are several software publishers who are eager to fill the the gap in the market for Manga creation software. In this review I look at Manga Studio 3.0 Debut and create my own page to see just how useful it actually is.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Interview with Monica Rial and Chris Patton

Date: 2006 September 21st Thursday [4:18] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime

Thanks to those lovely people at Amecon as well as the voice actors themselves donating their time, I was able to interview voice actors Chris Patton and Monica Rial.

Chris Patton has played roles such as Sousuke Sagara in Full Metal Panic and Sasame in Pretear; Monica has played many characters including Towa in DNAngel and Hyatt in Excel saga she also writes ADR scripts for anime such as DNAngel and Madlax.

Read More... | Source: Voice Acting Alliance/Otaku News

London Expo Report

Date: 2006 June 5th Monday [9:39] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The anime & manga events calendar is becoming increasingly full, last week saw the third London Expo to feature a dedicated 'anime village' we were of course there to report back. I attended the expo which included a large amount of Konoha ninjas, a handful of prize wining manga artists and several Oban Star racers.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Preview - Initial D: Driftracer

Date: 2006 May 9th Tuesday [20:19] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Anime > Film

The slopes and turns of Mount Akina have long been the haunts of local illegal racing teams, using a technique called 'drifting' to slide round corners at top speed and jousting with opposing teams for the honour of being the top team. The teams enjoy a status of being the envy of young wannabe drivers everywhere until one day during a race an unknown driver storms the course leaving the pros in his wake, just who is this 'Akina Racing God' and where did he come from? The driver is in fact local boy Takumi 'Tak' Fujiwara making a tofu delivery run for his father who would rather spend time with his love interest Natsuki than worry over cars or races, but how will he react when his new secret identity is revealed...

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Magna Carta Review

Date: 2006 April 22nd Saturday [6:03] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

We take a look at the manhwa styled fantasy RPG Magna Carta. Is it worth your hard earned cash with so many other anime and games out? RPG fans find out.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Otaku News Special Christmas Gaming Reviews

Date: 2005 December 18th Sunday [6:15] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

It’s nearly Christmas and no doubt some of you are still undecided what to get, so as a special Christmas bonus we’ve got two PS2 game reviews.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Howl's Moving Castle Review

Date: 2005 September 19th Monday [6:00] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

Howl’s Moving Castle is due to be released in the UK on the 23rd of September, and to celebrate we have an early review. Please note that since the film is being compared to the book in places there are small spoilers throughout for both versions, though we’ve tried to keep them to a minimum.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Convention Report: Ayacon 2005

Date: 2005 August 27th Saturday [19:33] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Events

Ayacon, one of the longest running UK Anime conventions, has repeated itself after a one year absence due to Amecon last year, and has certainly come back with one hell of a bang. Spanning three days from the 19th to the 22nd of August at Warwick Arts Centre just south of Coventry, this convention provided not only a bountiful selection of Anime, a masquerade and of course karaoke but also panels from a large variety of different sources, a pub quiz, two parties and even a concert from gothic j-rock group Blood. Boredom was never going to be an option...

Read More... | Source: Ayacon

A&I Exhibition Report

Date: 2005 July 28th Thursday [5:52] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Last weekend saw this years Artists and Illustrators exhibition. The A&I is a regular event, but this year was the first in which anime and manga style art was highlighted. There were stands from art retailers Copic and Letraset, as well as UK manga style art studio Sweatdrop.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Review: Shadow Hearts 2 - Covenant on PS2

Date: 2005 March 10th Thursday [18:12] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

We’ve got something a little bit special here at Otaku News, a review of the PS2 RPG Shadow Hearts 2: Covenant. The question is; is the game worth your hard earned cash (pounds, dollars, zenii or otherwise)? Read on to find out.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

UK DVD - Cowboy Bebop Volume 1 First Impressions

Date: 2005 January 3rd Monday [11:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

The Otaku News Crew have been sent a review copy of the UK edition of Cowboy Bebop Volume 1. Content wise it's mainly the same as the US Edition, featuring the first five episodes on disc one, English and Japanese Stereo tracks, and English subtitles. This hit series has been in the US since the year 2000, so some UK anime fans have had to wait almost five years to get hold of this show (or of course they imported the US edition, or a bootleg three disc edition commonly found from bad on-line retailers).

UK fans who haven't already got the US edition or taped it off cable TV when it first broadcast will probably want to know is the UK edition worth buying or should they go for the US edition instead? Read On to find out!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An Interview With The Reading Agency

Date: 2004 December 7th Tuesday [18:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Following our previous news items about the educational value of manga in the UK, that appear in both the Times Education Supplement and the Daily Mail, we've managed to get an interview with the organisation that created the campaign designed to get kids reading using manga - The Reading Agency.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

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

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

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

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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