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Howl For a Pound

Date: 2006 February 2nd Thursday [11:56] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Here at Otaku News we keep our eyes peeled on your behalf, we've noticed many of the branches of cinema chain Cineworld are now advertising Howl's Moving castle for only £1 as part of its Saturday movies for juniors promotion. Please note that over 12's need to be accompanied by a child to qualify for the offer!

Ghibli movies are always a treat especially at the cinema - so if you haven't seen Howl big screen yet go now!

Source: Cineworld

Manga Manufacturing at the Japanese Embassy London

Date: 2006 January 30th Monday [16:08] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The Japanese Embassy in Piccadilly, London is hosting a free to enter exhibition focusing on the production of manga from the rough through to the finished work. The exhibition focuses on the work of manga artist Kiriko Kubo.

It runs from 30 January - 24 February 2006 and is open Monday - Friday 9.30 am - 5.30 pm.

Source: Japanese Embassy

London MCM Expo Announce Anime London for 2007

Date: 2006 January 11th Wednesday [5:43] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

As goes the message I got in the mailing list this morning...

-----------------------------------------------------------
NEWSFLASH

The London MCM Expo is very happy to announce a pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture event for the UK to place in London, UK during July 2007 called 'Anime London'.

The ever growing London MCM Expo which takes place at Excel in London twice a year will still heavily feature ĎAnime Villageí bringing fans the best of Anime & Manga along with the many movie and TV related areas that it covers.

We now feel that it is time to bring a different kind event to the UK that will address the needs of the pure Anime, Manga & Japanese Culture
fan, this will not take away from existing Anime conventions or the
London MCM Expo but compliment them.

We have added a section to the London MCM Expo message board for you to
discuss the ĎAnime Londoní event.

A website is currently being designed for the event and will go live within the next few weeks.

We look forward to hearing from you with regards to the event.

Regards

London MCM Expo www.londonexpo.com
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Now isn't it about time someone made the brave attempt of holding a major anime event in London town!

Source: London MCM Expo

Matt Greenfield to Appear At Tomo-Dachi

Date: 2006 January 10th Tuesday [14:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The folks from Tomo-Dachi have just sent us their latest press release, which reveals that Matt Greenfield will be one of the guests. Matt Greenfield is best known to anime fans as the co-founder of ADV Films, and has directed the dubbing of Neon Genesis Evangelion (making sure that "Father I hate you!" sounds just right! ^_-).

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

Largest US Anime Conventions of 2005

Date: 2006 January 3rd Tuesday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Anime-Cons.com have just published an article with the attendance figures for the top 10 largest anime conventions in the US. This year Anime Expo gets the number 1 spot with 33,000 attendees including attendees, guests, staff, dealers etc). Otakon get place with 22,000 paid attendees., while third place goes to A-Kon with 10,000 paid attendees, which is a drastic difference from the top two places. What makes this article better than the average website post is that Anime-Cons.com actually go to the effort of explaining the figures, and how they got them, which allows you get a better idea of what each convention is counting. They also have a nice disclaimer stating that biggest does not always equal best, it just means that more people went.

Source: Anime-Cons.com

NewType USA to Serialize Seven Seas Manga

Date: 2005 December 28th Wednesday [12:25] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Manga

NewType USA to serialize Seven Seas Entertainment's Aoi House starting with January 2006 issue.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Ninja Tourist Tour

Date: 2005 December 18th Sunday [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running a story about a ninja skills roadshow taking place in Taiwan next month. Experts are from Iga in Mie, an area famed for the ninja art. The event is planned by the Iga tourist association aims to give demonstrations at hotels and department stores with blowgun darts and ninja starts. Apparently the ninjas will then use their skills to infiltrate further afield including South Korea, America and Europe. We have yet to hear if these ninjas will be wailing on their guitars, as this would be totally cool and by that we mean totally sweet. ^_-

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Tomo-Dachi a New Northern Ireland Convention

Date: 2005 December 3rd Saturday [11:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've got news of a new anime convention in Northern Ireland, at the University of Ulster's Magee Campus in Londonderry. Tomo-Dachi is set for 7th 8th and 9th of July 2006 and looks like it's going to be great! With guests including veteran voice actress Tiffany Grant and writer, translator and man of many talents Jonathan Clements. The convention is the first of it's kind in Northern Ireland and has some really nice touches like anime related presents in everyone's room! We reckon it's worth going to for the "What Stupid People Say About Anime" segment alone, since we've heard many people say stupid things about anime! So clear your calendars for that week and get over to Londonderry! ^_^

Read More... | Source: Tomo-Dachi

J-Pop Ho-Ho-Ho!

Date: 2005 November 29th Tuesday [18:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those nice folks at J-Pop Go have sent us the details for their next event, which will take place on December 7th. They've got a real Christmas treat with Rie Fu, who will be performing live, resident DJs, DJ Take Off and DJ Kyukyusha will play a selection of top J-Pop and J-Rock tunes throughout the night as well. Cosplayers get a discount too! So be sure to turn up to their regular venue Fluid in London, for some Japanese music themed fun.

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

Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy On Long List for Oscars

Date: 2005 November 17th Thursday [18:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, have just published a press release revealing the long list of ten films to compete for the Animated Feature Oscar. Three of the top films on the list will then go on to be nominated for the Oscar. Anime fans should be cheering for Howl's Moving Castle and Steamboy.

It's clear to see that the competition is very tough this year, with Madagascar, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; also in the running.

Read More... | Source: Oscars.org

Sweatdrop Studios At Comic Expo Brighton

Date: 2005 November 15th Tuesday [17:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Those nice people over at Sweatdrop have sent us a press release for their appearace at the Comic Expo in Brighton. Tokyopop and Letraset will be there too. It's certainly worth a vist if you like your comics or want to be more active in the independent UK comic scene.

Read More... | Source: Sweatdrop Studios

IMAF 2005 Winners

Date: 2005 October 25th Tuesday [12:09] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The winners of this years IMAF have been announced. Michiru Morikawa's manga "Advent" and Sumito Sakakibara's animated film "Kamiya's Correspondence" will share the grand prize. Special congratulations go to our very own Voxie for wining the Student Childrenís Character Design category.

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Akihabara Entertainment Festival

Date: 2005 October 24th Monday [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Mainichi Daily News has some great photos from the Akihabara Entertainment Festival. It's set to promote Japanese cultural items like anime and video games! Apparently Sony was also showing off the PS3 there too, although it's rumoured that it was not a working version, but a mock-up. Pikachu made an appearance too!

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Miyazaki Features at The London Children's Film Festival

Date: 2005 October 17th Monday [18:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Otaku News have just discovered that the London Children's Film Festival will feature at least two excellent Miyazaki productions. My Neighbour Totoro, which is a simply magical feature that all children should watch will be screened on Sunday 13th November 2.15pm. Totoro was so popular, it because Studio Ghibli's logo, and is one of the most loved icons of Japan.

The Crimson Pig (better known as Porco Rosso in anime circles), is a film showing Miyazaki's love of aircraft and pigs. Much has been said about this excellent film. Younger children will enjoy it's light hearted comedy elements, while older children and adults will notice more in depth side of the story about a man sick of war and the rise of fascism. Porco Rosso will be screened on Saturday 12th November at 1:30pm, Sunday 13th at 2pm and Wednesday 16th at 4pm. For more in depth details on each film check out Nausicaa.net

Source: London Children's Film Festival

J-Pop Go October Details

Date: 2005 October 10th Monday [15:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Music otaku should note that October marks a double feature for J-Pop Go, which will be held at Fluid, their regular venue on Wednesday October 19th and also at the London Expo on Saturday October 29th.

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

Bootlegging Trader Evicted From Australian Con

Date: 2005 October 5th Wednesday [20:29] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Current Affairs

A trader was evicted from an Australian anime convention on charges of bootlegging, harassment, and misleading prices.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

ADV and Garnier at London Expo

Date: 2005 October 5th Wednesday [13:22] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The London Expo is nearly upon us (29th & 30th October 2005), and announcements are still being made regarding events, both ADV Films UK and Garnerís Manga hair will be back.

Read More... | Source: ADV UK

Gundam Art Exhibit in Japan

Date: 2005 October 4th Tuesday [4:57] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

For all those lucky otaku who are planning to go to Japan there will be an interesting Gundam art Exhibit called "Kitaru Beki Mirai no Tame ni," which has already been displayed in Osaka.

The Exhibit will be open from November 6th till the 25th December and will be held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. The three main themes covered in Gundam on which the exhibit will be focused are war, evolution, and life. For pictures of items that will be exhibit visit: http://plusd.itmedia.co.jp/games/articles/0507/14/news104.html

Source: Anime News Network

Swansea Animation Days 2005

Date: 2005 October 1st Saturday [11:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

It's almost time for SAND 2005, Swansea Animation Days, "a prestigious, international digital animation event that is establishing Wales as a premier location for leading animation business". Anime fans will be interested to know that Jonathan Clements will be there giving a talk entitled "Wrong About Anime"

The Western world has "discovered" anime half a dozen times since the 1960s. Jonathan Clements examines the history of our tempestuous relationship with Japanese animation, from hidden imports and secret deals, through the video nasty controversy, corporate subterfuge at toy corporations and political intrigues at the Oscars.

We've been to Jonathan's Newtype Anime Talk before and found it well worth attending.

Source: Swansea Animation Days

Japanese Manga and Cultural Politics Lecture

Date: 2005 September 29th Thursday [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Author and anime expert Jonathan Clements has sent us details of the SOAS Japanese Manga and Cultural Politics Lecture and Discussion in London. This is due to take place at 7pm Tuesday 11th October, with free admission at the The Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS. Since it's hosted by The School of Oriental and African Studies, you know it should be good.

Read More... | Source: SOAS

IMAF 2005 Lines Up Top Speakers and New Anime

Date: 2005 September 26th Monday [17:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With the competition deadline edging ever close, the nice folks at IMAF have sent us some more details for their London event.

Highlights include Sweatdrop Studios, a special screening of Millennium Actress, along with the Europe Premiere of Streetfighter - Alpha Generation. Even Garnier will be their with its Manga haircare range. The IMAF is certainly worth attending to see the wonderful range of entrants.

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Aichi Expo Last Days

Date: 2005 September 24th Saturday [11:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The Mainichi Daily News are running an interesting story about the last few days of the Aichi Expo in Nagoya. As covered previously on Otaku News the Expo features the house from Totoro, along with Japanese companies showing off their robotic technology. The Expo has proved so popular that people are willing to queue overnight to enter. This Saturday 34,500 people queued outside the expo before it opened at 8:20 am. Some people have even been more than 50 times! With attendance like this it's clear to see that the Expo has proved hugely successful.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Neo Awards - Time To Vote

Date: 2005 September 20th Tuesday [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

UK Anime Magazine Neo, are currently taking votes for their first Neo Awards "the only UK awards ceremony to celebrate the best in Asian Pop Culture" which will be held on Saturday 29th October.

Neo rightly point out that what makes the awards important is that the winner of each category is voted by the fans.

To vote all you have to do is download this PDF file, print it out, fill it out and post it to the address on the form. All voting forms have to be sent in by Friday 7th October to be counted.

Please note that the form is in PDF format, so if you have problems printing the file try downloading Adobe Acrobat.

Source: Neo

Tokyo Games Show Cosplayers

Date: 2005 September 18th Sunday [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

With the Tokyo Games Show well under way, so are the cosplayers that have invaded the event. The Mainichi Daily News has some excellent photos of the people there, including some really good Final Fantasy Advent Children and Naruto Cosplayers.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Tokyo Game Show 2005

Date: 2005 September 17th Saturday [13:45] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Itís that time of year again when Otaku go all misty eyed- the Tokyo game show. So far the biggest announcement has to be from Nintendo, who has finally revealed the design of the Revolution's controller. It looks like a remote control but is totally wireless; games are controlled by pointing at the screen- and curiously will also work sideways when playing NES games. Sony disappointed though, as no PS3 games were yet playable.

Source: Gamespot

Exclusive Howl's Moving Castle Preview Screening Offer

Date: 2005 September 15th Thursday [18:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

With Howl's Moving Castle being launched in the UK from September 23rd every British anime fan is counting the days until they can see it on the big screen. It's already had a few special art house and festival showings in the UK, but these sold out ridiculously quickly. For our UK readers in the Hertfordshire area, we've managed to get exclusive preview screening tickets.

The good people at Cineworld in Stevenage have decided that Otaku News readers can come to this advanced screening for free! All you have to do is download this flyer, and be able to get to Stevenage Cineworld on Wednesday 21st September 2005 for 8:15pm. Present the flyer to the Cineworld staff to attend the screening. Please note that seats are subject to availability so turn up early if you really want to see Howl's Moving Castle!

Please note that the flyer is in PDF format, so if you have problems printing the file try downloading Adobe Acrobat.

Source: Cineworld Stevenage

J-Pop Go Date Change

Date: 2005 September 11th Sunday [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Paul from J-Pop Go has sent us the latest details for the event. Apparently it looks like the date for the next London J-Pop Go is going to change. -

"Unfortunately the premiere of the new Ghost In The Shell film is on the same day (I only discovered this today) so the 28th is unlikely to happen."

They plan to push back until October, making sure the event doesn't clash with anything else.

Additionally J-Pop Go will also be providing music at the party for the forthcoming London Expo. - "Following on from the success of last year's event, this year's Expo continues to be a celebration of a variety of pop culture interests including film and TV. The Expo will see special guest stars, displays and a dealer's section. The event will also house a special Anime Village featuring a Cosplay Masquerade and exclusive big screen presentations. The Expo runs on the weekend of 29th/30th October".

It's good to see that the J-Pop Go Organisers are aware of other anime events and are proactively avoiding any calendar conflicts.

Source: J-Pop Go

Anime/Manga Exposure Wanted for Geisha Event in 2006

Date: 2005 September 11th Sunday [15:15] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Culture

Following a post made at the Anime Cafe organisers have mentioned plans saying that they will be "the first people to bring real geisha to England"! Geisha being a standard unique to Japanese culture, curious otaku will now have access to this experience without paying the plane fare!

The event is not until May next year. Apart from the chance to view the beautiful kimono, there are also other Japanese-related events to be be held, including calligraphy and martial arts. More information, including prices and availability, are now on the organisers' website.

And finally, at present the organisers are welcoming venture from others, including maybe a mini manga/anime expo! If you're interested in having a workshop, table to sell your works, or even cosplaying, contact the organisers via the website link above, or email them directly: katie_c@tiscali.co.uk

Source: Anime.org.uk

Time Out UK Magazine Give Away Howl Tickets

Date: 2005 September 5th Monday [15:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Courtesy of Optimum Releasing, Time Out Magazine have 200 Howl's Moving Castle tickets for a special preview screening to give away! To enter read the instructions on their website and send a Stamped Address Envelope to them by the 13th of September.

Source: Time Out

Firecracker Showcase 2005

Date: 2005 August 30th Tuesday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

Jonathan Clements has sent us details of the Firecracker Showcase 2005 in London, which will be screening Studio Ghibli's excellent Howl's Moving Castle, Appleseed, along with a Sonny Chiba triple bill featuring the live action version of Golgo 13 too (otaku will know Sonny plays Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill).

Read More... | Source: Firecracker Showcase 2005

Godzilla Uncut for the UK

Date: 2005 August 30th Tuesday [14:13] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Anime > Film

An uncut version of the original 1954 classic Godzilla will be released on 14th October for the first time uncut in the UK on DVD and for a limited run at selected cinemas. If youíve seen the original Godzilla dubbed itís likely to be the American re-edit which also featured Raymond Burr, so the uncut version is definatly worth a look for a darker take on everyones' favourite giant monster.

Source: BFI

J-Rock Group Electric Eel Shock on Tour in UK

Date: 2005 August 28th Sunday [22:06] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Events

Hardcore J-rock and Visual Kei fans alike may want to listen in on this, Electric Eel Shock are on an international tour. This includes the UK, with gigs held from London to Glasgow.

The next gig will be on 30th August, in London.

A full list of the dates, times and venues can be seen on the official website, and are subject to change.

Source: EES Official Website

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

J-Pop Go September Details

Date: 2005 August 27th Saturday [12:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The people behind J-Pop Go have sent us the lastest details for the next event in September. The venue will be the same as the previous J-Pop Go, Fluid in London.

So keep Wednesday 28th September free!

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

KyuuCON 2006

Date: 2005 August 25th Thursday [4:41] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

2006 looks to be a busy year for fans with the announcement of a third convention in the UK. KyuuCON 2006 will run from the 2nd - 4th of June at the Plymouth Pavillions. The convention will have a capacity of 1500 with the weekend price being £50.

Read More... | Source: Kyuucon 2006

Otaku Unite Launch TOKYOnoRADIO

Date: 2005 August 18th Thursday [17:46] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Fandom

Weíve just been sent details from Otaku Unite, on their new project TOKYOnoRADIO, which will be selling a number of albums from various Japanese underground groups, including the 5.6.7.8's who are famous for the "woo-hoo" song heard in Kill Bill.

Otaku Unite also inform us that they will be taking pictures of cosplayers at Otakon for their Otaku Unite DVD a documentary on anime fandom in the US.

Read More... | Source: Otaku Unite

Amecon and Auchinawa Convention Details

Date: 2005 August 17th Wednesday [16:59] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Those of you attending Ayacon and planning on attending next year's conventions Amecon 2006 (August 11th - 13th, 2006) and Auchinawa(November 23rd -
26th, 2006) will be interested in a joint registration scheme which will be running during Ayacon this weekend. The scheme will allow con goers to pay for one con in full and a deposit for the other at the same time.

Read More... | Source: Auchinawa Committee

Kamikaze Girls to Hit U.S. Box Office

Date: 2005 August 11th Thursday [21:25] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media, LLC, has announced that they will be releasing the award winning Japanese film Kamikaze Girls theatrically in several major North American cities. The film follows others such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away (which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and most recently Howlís Moving Castle. Kamikaze Girls will make its debut on September 9 in New York City at the Village East Cinemas, followed on September 16 at Los Angelesí Landmarkís NuArt Theater, with additional bookings in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities.

Based on the hit novel by Novala Takemoto, which is set to be translated and released by VIZ Media in February 2006 as part of their Fiction Imprint line, Kamikaze Girls follows the adventures of two mis-matched girls, a Lolita-type named Momoko and a tough high school biker named Ichigo, whose strong personalities initially clash but eventually bind them together as they embark on a quest to find a legendary embroiderer. Starring hot young J-Pop talents Kyoko Fukada as Momoko and Anna Tsuchiya as Ichigo, the film became an immediate cult favorite in Japan with its complex, multilayered plot and eccentric and infectious brand of humor. It has also won several awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actor at the Yokohama Movie Awards, and Best New Director at the Fujimoto Awards. Further information about the film can be found at the website, www.kamikazegirls.net.

Source: VIZ Media

The Tokyo Beach Scene

Date: 2005 August 10th Wednesday [18:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

With the summer heat kicking in everyone wants to hit the beach. So in Tokyo sunbathers can visits the sands of Shibuya, where an artificial beach has been made available to the public for 9 days. 1,000 tons of white sand was imported from China to make this beach which has even has a special volleyball area. Built at a cost of 500m yen, it will also feature a concert, films and a fashion show. This original concept was inspired by the artificial beach made in Paris last year, and is a publicity stunt for SKY PerfecTV! who are hoping to attract around 200,000 eager visitors.

Source: BBC News

Digi Charat Singing Group Auditions

Date: 2005 August 9th Tuesday [10:24] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Synch-Point is holding auditions for an American version of DUP ( Dejiko, Ususa Puchiko) Digi Charat singing group. The deadline is tight but if you live in LA itís certainly worth giving a shot.

Read More... | Source: Synch-Point Blog

London Anime Club is Next Weekend

Date: 2005 August 6th Saturday [11:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

A quick reminder to our London based readers, the London Anime Club which is normally held on the first Sunday of every month, will be on 14th August so not to clash with the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow which has an anime events run this weekend.

Source: London Anime Club

Japan Manga Tour

Date: 2005 August 4th Thursday [16:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

UK Travel company Japan Journeys have sent us details of their package holiday Japan Manga Tour a package departing from London to Tokyo. The highlights include a visit to the fantastic Ghibli Museum, the historical Meiji Shrine, the fashionable Harajuku and the Aladdin's cave of an anime store that is Mandarake.

All of the above places are worth visiting for one reason or another from the cultural value, to the outright wacky. The Otaku News Crew suggest you add the locations to your list of places to visit, for when you're in Tokyo next! ^_-

Read More... | Source: Japan Journeys

ADV to Screen Anime at Interation

Date: 2005 August 3rd Wednesday [8:02] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

ADV Films UK have announced they will be screening a variety of anime at Sci-Fi convention Interaction. Interaction is running in Glasgow from August 4th-8th. This is a high profile convention which also boasts events such as the Hugo awards. ADV are also providing the centrepiece presentation for a talk by anime expert and author Jonathan Clements. We recommend you make time to see Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Full Metal Panic, Voices of a Distant Star and if you still havenít seen it Evangelion.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

AmeCon 2006 Details

Date: 2005 August 2nd Tuesday [17:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

With AyaCon about to kick off in a few weeks, the AmeCon Crew have sent us the details of their Leicester based convention. Set to run from Friday 11th August to late on Sunday 13th in 2006 the convention looks like it's going to be good. The press release they've sent us has the full details and covers pretty much all the questions you could ask at this stage. It's great to see they've got the details sorted out even a year before the events set to run.

The guests include Monica Rial who was a real hoot at last years Amecon and interviewed really well, along with fellow voice actor Greg Ayres.

The AmeCon Crew have also decided to host a Cosplay Ball, which sounds exciting and attendees are advised to wear cosplay or formal wear (which basically means cosplay as Tuxedo Mask ^_-). The Otaku News Crew were at the first AmeCon and we've already paid the deposit for next years.

Read More... | Source: Amecon

Cosplay Parade at Nagoya

Date: 2005 August 1st Monday [10:40] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Mainichi Daily News about 100 cosplayers including nine foreign women surprised shoppers at Nagoya when they appeared in a cosplay parade at an Arcade in advance of the World Cosplay Summit 2005 to be held Aug. 7 at the Aichi Expo.

The Cosplayers left shoppers at the Osu Shopping Arcade delighted who gave them a sight they would normally not see everyday.

Ilsa, a 28-year-old woman working at the Expo's Belgian Pavilion and one of the cosplayers who hit the arcade, spoke up loudly for the costume culture.

Ilsa said "cosplay is now a word commonly used throughout the world." She added, "in Europe, cosplaying is not regarded as an activity only for otaku geeks."

Source: Mainichi Daily News

NFT Screenings - Japanese Animation: Manga to Miyazaki

Date: 2005 July 28th Thursday [17:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

It's always nice when you mention events before the press release is sent out, as we did with the Japanese Animation: Manga to Miyazaki season at the National Film Theatre.

The films selected are all a real treat, and anime who can get to London are spoilt for choice this August, Satoshi Kon's work is great and almost everyone would have heard about Hayao Miyazaki's superb films.

The Otaku News Crew will be attending a few of the screenings too, so if you see us (and know what we look like ^_-) don't be afraid to come up to us and say hello!

Read More... | Source: National Film Theatre

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

Makoto Shinkai in London

Date: 2005 July 27th Wednesday [11:57] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

Makoto Shinkai will be in London on August 12th to attend a screening of Voices of a Distant Star and She and Her cat at the NFT, which will be followed by a talk by the creator himself. VODS was animated, written and directed by Shinkai himself. We highly recommend it. For those who canít make it the DVD is still available from ADV UK.

More information on the screening can be found on the NFT website . As we previously reported the NFT are screening several other anime as part of an anime season. For more information on the film click read more for the ADV Films UK press release.

Read More... | Source: ADV Films UK

International Manga and Anime Festival Launches and Calls For Entrants

Date: 2005 July 25th Monday [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

This years IMAF has just launched. They're looking for international talent in the form of artists and animators to identify the best. Entrants have a chance to win some of the $75,000 prize fund which is divided between the categories. The best overall entry will win a generous $30,000!

The Otaku News Crew advise that our talented readers get to work, you've got until the 30th September 2005 to get your entries in!

Read More... | Source: IMAF

Save ConnectiCon

Date: 2005 July 23rd Saturday [21:41] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Events

Anime News Network has announced some bad news for ConnectiCon, the Connecticut-based multi-genre convention dedicated to anime, gaming, webcomics, science fiction, fantasy and more. Thanks to some last minute changes caused by "a series of misunderstandings", the organizers of the convention have incurred over $30,000 of personal debt.

Luckily for ConnectiCon, help is on the way. A group of webcomics, including Apple Geeks, MacHall, VG Cats and more, have organized a drive called "Save ConnectiCon" to help raise funds to help the convention with its financial troubles. The drive is based at a website, which has a members only section for individuals that donate $5.00 or more. This exclusive section includes artwork/wallpapers and other content from the webcomics involved. Also, according to Ananth Panagariya at Apple Geeks, some webcomics will also be putting original art on auction to help in raising money to save the event.

Donations are currently being accepted at the Save ConnectiCon website via Paypal. The drive has already managed to raise over $14,000 in under three days.

Source: Anime News Network

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