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Kitacon Announces New Guests

Date: 2008 October 28th Tuesday [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've just been sent news from the good folks at Kitacon (the UK anime Convention in Northampton 17th-19th April 2009), informing us that they've got two more guests. Voice actors Laura Bailey and Travis Willingham will be attending the convention.

Read More... | Source: Kitacon

Gaming Cosplay World Record set in London

Date: 2008 October 28th Tuesday [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Following on from our earlier article about the Gaming Cosplay World Record we can confirm that they did break the record on Saturday 25th October 2008, for the largest gathering of people dressed up as video games characters. A total of 342 people were dressed as characters from games, narrowly beating the record set only last week in Germany with 337 people. These figures were verified by Guinness World Records.

Disappointingly the number for the London record could have been bigger, but some people were disqualified for dressing as characters that weren't primarily video games characters (we did warn about this), such as Lego Batman, or Indiana Jones. The question is how long will this record be held?

Source: BBC News

London Barbican Sword of the Stranger Screening

Date: 2008 October 27th Monday [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Following on from our Sword of the Stranger Review, the Barbican in London will be screening the feature on Tuesday 25th November 2008. This includes an introduction with anime expert Helen McCarthy, who always adds interesting bits of information to the screenings. As always with such events we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Source: London Barbican

Japanese Cars at the Science Museum in London

Date: 2008 October 19th Sunday [12:55] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of design, cars, science or just cool Japanese stuff in general will want to pay a visit to the Japan Car exhibition at the Science Museum in London, from 29th November 2008 until 19th April 2009.

The exhibition is set to focus on size, environment and "moving urban cells". It will also display cars along other elements of Japanese culture, including bonsai, art and design.

Read More... | Source: Science Museum

Gaming Cosplayers in London, be part of a world record.

Date: 2008 October 16th Thursday [16:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

A keen eyed Otaku News reader has sent us details of a world record attempt, for the largest gathering of people dressed up as video game characters, which will occur on Satury 25 October 2008 at the London ExCel centre for the London MCM Expo.

Cosplayers should note that the characters have to been in video games before other media.
Eg: Sonic the Hedgehog started out in a video game, so he's fine to cosplay as.
Batman however started out in a comic book, so he does not count.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

London Anime Club to Close Doors

Date: 2008 October 10th Friday [15:57] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Current Affairs

No, unfortunately not a cruel April Fools joke, David "Dragon" Cotterill has announced that there will be no further regular meetings of the London Anime Club. Although rumours of quarterly or possible anniversary meeting abound, nothing concrete has been set and there are no entries in the event schedule after the meeting on December 7th, which can probably be considered the last one.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Grand International Cosplay Ball

Date: 2008 October 7th Tuesday [15:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've got some exciting news about the Grand International Cosplay Ball, which is set for Sunday 30th November at the Clapham Grand, London, England.

This is the first event to our knowledge that is aimed at cosplayers, and not an event like an anime convention with cosplayers as a feature.

The event looks to be a sure fire hit, with live bands, DJs, ballroom dancing, a kimono fashion show, fire and burlesque performances and even an Alice-In-Wonderland themed photography area.

As always with such events we advise that you book soon to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Grand International Cosplay Ball

Kitacon Fan Choice Awards

Date: 2008 September 18th Thursday [18:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

UK anime fans looking for convention fun in April 2009 will be pleased to hear that Kitacon will be holding a Fan Choice Awards, where fans get to vote for their favourites, anime, manga, characters and more. They'll even be able to collect them on behalf of the nominees. This does sound like an interesting concept.

Read More... | Source: Kitacon

Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements London Book Signings

Date: 2008 September 15th Monday [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans in London who can get to the Barbican on Saturday 20th September 2008 will want to drop in between 3pm and 6pm where expert writers Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements will be signing their books.

While in the Barbican don't forget to enjoy the great Tezuka Movie Season that Helen's curating.

Source: Barbican

Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest

Date: 2008 September 5th Friday [18:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've received details about the ever popular Sci-Fi London Event, which returns for a special event scheduled for Friday 3rd October 2008 called Oktoberfest.

It's got a great line up of anime and other Japanese films.

Tickets are on sale now from the Apollo West End box office.
Tel: 020 7451 9944

As always with these events we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Sci-Fi London

Free Manchester Anime Screenings

Date: 2008 September 5th Friday [18:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK anime fans in Manchester are in for a real treat on Saturday 20th September 2008, where Urbis will be hosting free back to back screenings of 3 feature films from 11am to 5pm. In a nice twist Urbis are allowing people to vote for the final feature.

Seeing these movies on a big screen is great and a must see for every anime fan at least once!

Read More... | Source: Urbis

Japanese Cultural Workshop in London

Date: 2008 September 5th Friday [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture will want to head to Orbital Manga in-between Leicester Square and Covent Garden where they'll be having a Japanese Cultural Workshop by Akemi Solloway. The event is scheduled for Saturday 20th September 2008, with two sessions starting at Midday until 2pm, and then 2:30pm until 4:30pm.

Read More... | Source: Orbital Manga

Tuiteru Cosplay Night in Tokyo

Date: 2008 August 31st Sunday [12:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Crossplaying readers or indeed those interested in photographing crossplayers in the Tokyo area should be interested to know about a special cosplay event on 2008 September 27th Saturday to promote a new game called TUITERU by C:Drive.

What's also interesting is the venue chosen, Studio Snappy. A venue to photograph cosplayers. It seems that someone in Japan will cater to the every demand of the otaku market!

Read More... | Source: Tuiteru Cosplay Night

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

Festival of Japan, Durham Botanic Gardens

Date: 2008 August 14th Thursday [14:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK fans of Japanese culture should head over to Durham from the 5th to the 7th of September 2008 to enjoy the Festival of Japan, which will have lot of fun events including a cosplay masquerade, traditional taiko drumming, koto playing, martial arts demonstrations, butoh dance, and even some geisha and maiko!

Read More... | Source: Festival of Japan

Totoro Forest Project

Date: 2008 August 12th Tuesday [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Studio Ghibli and those concerned with conservation will be interested to hear about the project to save Sayama Forest, which is also known as Totoro Forest. The project aims to auction off original artwork and sell a book with the collected art, in order to raise money to protect Sayama Forest.

"A fund-raising exhibition / auction to benefit the Totoro No Furusato National Fund, the Japanese non-profit foundation established by Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, which is leading efforts to preserve and protect the Sayama Forest. The auction will feature original art created by internationally-acclaimed artists in the fields of animation, comic books, and illustration."

Fans will have to travel to Pixar Animation Studio in Emeryville, California.

Source: Totoro Forest Project

Kami-shibai - Japanese Paper Theatre in the UK

Date: 2008 August 12th Tuesday [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've received some interesting details about a very special Kami-shibai showing in the UK. The paper theatre performances from Japan used to entertain children in an age before television. This is form of story telling had a direct influence on the evolution of manga.

Fans in the UK should keep their September free to attend at least one of these extremely rare events:

Friday 19 September: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin www.cbl.ie
Saturday 20 September: Urbis, Manchester www.urbis.org.uk
Sunday 21 September: Liverpool Biennial 08 at "Atelier Bow Wow" www.biennial.com/content/LiverpoolBiennial2008MADEUP/Artists1.aspx
Monday 22 September: Japan Foundation Language Centre, London workshop for Japanese language teachers
Tuesday 23 September: Barbican Centre, London, as part of "Osamu Tezuka 80th Anniversary Season (18 - 23 Sept 2008)" www.barbican.org.uk/ilm/series.asp?id=600

As always with popular events we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Japan UK 150

Back from AmeCon 2008

Date: 2008 August 10th Sunday [17:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

I've just got back from AmeCon. Some of the the other Otaku News Crew are still there, having a great time.

We've got a few juicy bits of information that will make some excellent articles once we type them up.

Spike's just sent us details directly from the closing ceremony. Apparently, there won't be an AmeCon next year (2009), there'll be an AyaCon instead, with AmeCon taking a break for a year, while they plan to return for 2010.

To summarise, it was an enjoyable and successful convention to say the least, with lots of work put in by various members of the anime community. With artists supplying artwork, tons of fans in cosplay, plenty of fans volunteering to run panels and others helping out as gophers. Also don't forget dealers supplying eager otaku with goods (yay for merchandise), and a well organised convention committee putting in a lot of effort in behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly.

We'll be interested to hear your convention stories from AmeCon 2008, and will publish the best ones if you e-mail them to us. ^_^

Source: Otaku News

London Manga and Anime Art Exhibition

Date: 2008 August 1st Friday [16:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

We've got some details from an Otaku News reader about Manga and Anime Art Exhibition in London, which will run from August to November 2008. The exhibition will be held at at Westminster Reference Library and St John's Wood Library. It's a great opportunity to exhibit work by new an established artists. Highlights include talks by Akemi Solloway on How Manga and Anime's costume is connected with Japanese traditional Culture, plus traditional Japanese dancing, music, and origami.

Read More... | Source: Akemi Solloway

British Theme for Fuji Rock Festival 2008

Date: 2008 July 27th Sunday [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

BBC News have an interesting article about this years Fuji Rock Festival, which has a British theme, to celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Japan.

With Union Flags flying everywhere, the article states that many are wearing British themed outfits.
"British acts including The Courteeners, Hard-Fi, Primal Scream and headliners Underworld shared the main stage with Japanese performers on Saturday."

The article also highlights that the Fuji Rock Festival was inspired by Glastonbury.
"We call it the Fuji experience. It is like Glastonbury, but has been perfected in that Japanese way," says the festival's international organiser, Johnnie Fingers (also known as the founding member of The Boomtown Rats).

Source: BBC News

AmeCon 2008 Competition

Date: 2008 July 20th Sunday [10:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With Leicester based UK anime convention AmeCon less than a month a way, they've decided to launch a great competition where you can win two tickets to the convention, plus free accommodation for the length of the convention.

The press release also details the guest for this year will be voice actress Kari Walgren, who has done a large variety of voice work, including the American dubs for a few anime series - Haruko in FLCL, Scarlett in Steamboy, Robin in Witch Hunter Robin and Lavie in Last Exile.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon 2008 Competition Page

London Barbican Osamu Tezuka Season

Date: 2008 July 17th Thursday [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've received some exciting news from the London Barbican about a special Osamu Tezuka Season they'll be running from Thursday 18th to Wednesday 24th of September 2008.

The season is curated by anime expert Helen McCarthy (who's written tons of good books and articles on anime and manga). The line is up a great showcase of Tezuka's work, with The Film Is Alive: Osamu Tezuka Filmography looking especially interesting, as it we're certain Helen will bring an informative take on the panel with the event.

Osamu Tezuka is the granddaddy of anime and manga, without doubt the most influential and inspiration artist, as always with these events we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Barbican

London anime screenings add more seats for the weekend

Date: 2008 June 20th Friday [19:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Following on from our article on the BFI Southbank London Anime Screenings for this weekend (20th to 22nd of July 2008), we're pleased to report that due to popular demand they've increased the capacity of some of the screenings by moving them to larger cinema screens in the venue. So in other words, if you tried to book for a screening or were unaware of the screenings, then try booking now if you fancy a seeing some great anime.

Source: BFI Southbank

Manchester Cosplay Competition

Date: 2008 June 5th Thursday [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Cosplayers who can get to the Urbis in Manchester will want to visit on Saturday 28th of June for a cosplay competition with a unique prize, a manga portrait of the winner.

Read More... | Source: Urbis

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

London Barbican Metropolis screening introduced by Helen McCarthy

Date: 2008 May 21st Wednesday [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Barbican in London have sent us details for a screening of Metropolis on Tuesday 24th June 2008 at 8:30pm. Anime expert Helen McCarthy will introduce the feature, making it even more worthwhile to see than a standard screening she adds interesting bits of information and insight. As always with these events we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: London Barbican

Bleach Creator Tite Kubo to attend 2008 San Diego Comic-Con

Date: 2008 May 21st Wednesday [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've got some exciting news for American anime fans who can get to the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International, where Tite Kubo the creator of Bleach will be making an appearance from July 25th.

Read More... | Source: Viz

London Anime Screenings at the BFI Southbank

Date: 2008 May 14th Wednesday [8:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've got some great news for anime fans who can get to London on the weekend of the 20th to 22nd of June 2008. The BFI Southbank will be showing a great line up of anime features. Including a special screening of 5 Centimetres per Second with the director Makoto Shinkai!

The line up is as follows:

Friday 20th June:
Paprika
5 Centimetres per Second

Saturday 21st June:
Death Note (Live action)
Death Note 2 - The Last Name (Live action) - Special double tickets available for both Death Note Movies).
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Tekkonkinkreet

Sunday 22nd June:
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Appleseed: Ex Machina
Vexille

This line up is fantastic, we recommend going to see at least one of these films if you can. As always this screenings are likely to sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: BFI Southbank

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terratag at the Urban Art Show

Date: 2008 April 29th Tuesday [16:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The artistic folks at Terratag have sent us details of their artwork which will be displayed at the Urban Art Show in The Old Cinema from the 2nd to 15th May 2008.

Terratag will be showing 4 large hand-painted canvases and 4 silk screen printed A2 art prints.
Other featured artists include:

Ben Allen
Cat James
Colin Brown
Dan McCarthey
Gabriel Moreno
Public
Inkfetish
Superoboturbo

The Old Cinema
160 Chiswick High Road
London W4 1PR
Nearest tube: Turnham Green

Source: Terratag

It Came From Japan - May 2008 music dates

Date: 2008 April 29th Tuesday [15:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've received details about the latest Japanese Music gigs for around the UK in London, Bournemouth, York and Liverpool.

Read More... | Source: ICFJ

BFI Southbank London Anime Weekend in June 2008

Date: 2008 April 13th Sunday [12:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

We've received some details about about an up coming anime weekend planned for 20th-22nd June 2008 at the BFI Southbank in London.

The programme hasn't been published yet, and won't be on sale until the end of the month, but the line up looks so good, it's worth mentioning now so you can keep the weekend free. ^_^

They'll be screening:

- Paprika
- 5 Centimetres Per Second,
- The Girl who Leapt Through Time
- Vexille
- Appleseed Ex Machina,
- The Place Promised in our Early Days
- Tekkonkinkreet
- Death Note/Death Note 2 (live action versions)

Anime fans should also keep the 20th June free, as they'll be hosting a very special guest, Makoto Shinkai, who will be giving an interview to accompany the screening of 5 Centimetres Per Second.

As mentioned before booking isn't open yet, but this even is likely to sell out quickly, so as always we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.

Source: BFI Southbank

ICFJ at The Great Escape festival in Brighton

Date: 2008 April 13th Sunday [11:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans who can get to Brighton on 17th May 2008, will want to go to Brighton's Great Escape Festival, for a Japanese segment of the event which will be hosted by ICFJ or "It Came From Japan".

They'll have a selection of Japanese bands playing, along with free sushi and anime visual provided by the folks at Manga Entertainment.

Read More... | Source: ICFJ

Manchester anime screenings

Date: 2008 March 9th Sunday [14:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK Anime fans who can get to Manchester from 3rd July to 20th September 2008 are in for a treat as Urbis will be showing 31 films over 36 days as part of their new exhibition - How Manga Took Over the World.

Highlights include:
Steamboy
Cowboy Bebop
Kiki's Delivery Service
Jin Roh
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Princess Mononoke
Howl's Moving Castle
Millennium Actress

They'll be showing plenty of other films worth watching too. As always we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Urbis

Largest gathering of gaming cosplay - March 18th London

Date: 2008 March 4th Tuesday [13:07] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The Guiness book of records is planning to try and break the record for biggest number of people dressed as games characters in London on March the 18th at 11am. To take part you need to e-mail them via the address on their site and tell them who you will be cosplaying as and they will confirm the venue.
The site does mention anime fans, so we're guessing they'll allow you to enter your anime costumes if they've been in a game.
They'll be a lot of ninjas then.

Source: Kotaku

Neo Nohcon adds Japanese Performing Arts

Date: 2008 February 23rd Saturday [12:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime fans who can get to Amherst in New York, will want to go to Neo Nohcon on March 7th to 8th 2008. They've got an interesting line up of guests and events including Taisho-Koto and traditional Japanese Dance.

Read More... | Source: Neo Nohcon

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

Yamato Drummers new show UK premiere

Date: 2008 February 7th Thursday [5:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Yamato Drummers of Japan will be performing the UK premiere of their new show Shin-on in London from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 30th of March. Fans of the traditional Taiko drumming will certainly be in for a treat, and if you haven't seen such a performance before, this is a rare chance to see such a special show. Performances will be in the Peacock Theatre, and as always with popular events, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Peacock Theatre

Book Signing at Orbital Manga, London

Date: 2008 January 23rd Wednesday [10:15] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Manga

Those intending to buy the latest volume of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, might want to turn up at the Orbital Manga store on 23rd February. Four of the artists featured in the book Karen Rubins, Chie Kutsuwada, Nana Li and John A Short will be present.

There will also be a chance to get signed illustrations from the artists themselves, as well as an art competition!

Read More... | Source: Digital World Tokyo

Don't forget your dancing shoes at next LAC!

Date: 2008 January 23rd Wednesday [9:31] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

The upcoming London Anime Club meeting will be featuring the DDR crew once again, with even more games to play this time, including DDX, with everything on freeplay of course.

A map for the LAC can be found on the London Anime Club website.

Source: DDR:UK

How Manga Took Over the World - exhibition in Manchester

Date: 2008 January 16th Wednesday [13:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

Starting from March later this year, the Manchester's huge exhibition center will be displaying it's own "How Manga Took over the World" exhibition on Level 1 of the venue.

The event will be running from 13th March to 27th September 2008.

Read More... | Source: Urbis

Projector animation:stimulation Festival

Date: 2008 January 10th Thursday [17:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've received details about Projector animation:stimulation Festival at Dundee Contemporary Arts which has some events of interest to anime fans. The whole festival runs from 30th January to 2nd February 2008.

On Thursday 31st January 2008, they'll be screen Satoshi Kon's excellent anime film Paprika (which comes highly recommend by the Otaku News crew), seeing it on DVD is one thing, but the film has to be enjoyed on a big screen for full effect.

On Friday 1st February 2008, the festival will be running a master class with anime expert Jonathan Clements on Japanese Animation on the Digital Age, which will cover the rise of digital animation in Japan. This should be an excellent talk, and we recommend going if you can.

You can buy a festival pass for 50 (or 40 for students), alternatively single screenings cost 5, with a masterclasses costing 10.

The only thing we wish Projector would have is an HTML version of their website for accessibility and ease of use.

Source: Projector animation:stimulation Festival

Video Games Live - Meet the Mario Maestros

Date: 2007 December 10th Monday [13:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Wired Magazine are currently running an article on Video Games Live called Meet the Mario Maestros. VGL is the music event that's toured around the world, bringing music from video games into venues that traditionally play classical music. The article focuses the struggles they faced getting started, on it's currently success and it's cross over appeal to gamers and even the orchestra that plays the music.

Source: Wired

AmeCon 2008 Update

Date: 2007 December 4th Tuesday [17:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our earlier story, it seems that the Leicester, UK based anime conventions AmeCon, is now almost full, with over 1,190 registered members, it's getting close to their maximum capacity of 1,300. Fans keen to get to the event from the 8th to 10th of August 2008 should sign up now to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon

The Slants to play at Sakura-Con

Date: 2007 November 29th Thursday [18:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've received a press release from The Slants an Asian dance/rock band from Portland, Oregon who will be playing at Sakura-Con 2008 the anime convention in Seattle, Washington state. This will be the 11th annual Sakura-Con and is set to run from March 28th to 30th. With attendance figures of over 10,000 at the 2007 convention, it proves that the convention is popular, and we recommend going to a large anime convention at least once. ^_^

Read More... | Source: Sakura-Con

AmeCon 2008 registrations filling up quickly

Date: 2007 November 26th Monday [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We mentioned before that AmeCon 2008, the UK anime convention, running for it's forth time is now open for registration. As expected it's filling up quickly with over 950 members registering already, and at this current rate they'll be full soon (their capacity is 1,300 fans). We advise any fans who want to go to a great fan run anime convention in August to 2008 to book soon to avoid disappointment. This year registration has been made easier by using Google Checkout too, so you don't have to mail them a cheque (although you still can if you prefer too).

Source: AmeCon

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).

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Amecon 2008 registrations open this November

Date: 2007 October 19th Friday [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK anime fans will be pleased to hear that we've received news from the Amecon Crew about the next anime convention set to run at Leicester University from August 8th to 10th 2008. Registrations will open on 18th November 2007. Guests as of yet haven't been confirmed (it's still a bit early for that), voice actress Monica Rial has already expressed an interest. At the moment it looks like they may have more live music, plenty of cosplay and the usual interesting selection of industry and fan run panels.

We look forward to the convention (many of the Otaku News crew have been to the previous three Amecons and had a blast) and we advise to book early to avoid disappointment as popular anime conventions in the UK tend to be fully booked quickly.

Read More... | Source: Amecon

Five Girls Named Moe at Swansea Animation Days 2007

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

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

Source: Swansea Animation Days 2007

Spooky Happenings at J-Pop Go

Date: 2007 October 11th Thursday [15:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those good people from J-Pop Go have sent us the details of their spooky Halloween themed j-pop gathering in London. It'll be on Saturday 20th October at Cafe Manga by County Hall, near Westminster Tube. The fun is set to start at 7pm, tickets will be 5 (with discounts for flyers and cosplayers). As always they've got a good line up, along with some great prizes from ADV. Readers should also note that this event is for over 18's only.

Read More... | Source: J-Pop Go

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