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Beckii Cruel releases her first mainstream dance track

Date: 2011 October 11th Tuesday [2:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of pop idol Beckii Cruel will be pleased to hear that on Monday 24th October she'll be launching her first mainstream Dance Track - You Can't Kiss me 2011 featuring the Clones.

You Can't Kiss Me 2011 (YCKM) is available worldwide on iTunes from 24 Oct 2011.

Beckii is appearing at MCM Expo. Excel. London Docklands 29-30 October 2011 and is available in London 27 and 28 October 2011. Beckii will be attending DokiDoki Manchester on 13 November and is available in Manchester on Saturday 12 November 2011.

Otaku News interviewed Beckii Cruel at the May 2011 London MCM Expo.

Read More... | Source: Beckii Cruel

Namco Bandai to Demo Soulcalibur V, Dark Souls and Much More at London Comic Con

Date: 2011 October 10th Monday [14:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Regular readers will know about the London MCM Expo, which is scheduled for Friday 28th to Sunday 20th October 2011. The good folks behind it have sent us details of the games that'll be demoed at the Expo. Namco Bandai will be be demoing Soulcalibur V, Dark Souls along with some Naruto Shippuden and Dragon Ball Z based beat-em-up fun. Many other gaming companies will be there too including 2K Games, Capcom, Nintendo, PQube, Rising Star, Tecmo Koei, THQ, Ubisoft and WB Games

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Ryo Arai & ITARO - Essence of Edo-Tokyo Gallery display in London October to November 2011

Date: 2011 October 6th Thursday [16:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Japanese art and culture enthusiasts in London will want to pay a visit to the ICN Gallery to catch the Ryo Arai & ITARO - Essence of Edo-Tokyo exhibit. It's set to run from Thursday 27th October to Monday 19th November 2011.

Ryo Arai is a hariko artist (that's traditional Japanese paper mache) and ITARO is a netsuke and wood engraving artist.

The gallery can be found on 96-98 Leonard Street; London EC2A 4RH

Read More... | Source: ICN Gallery

London MCM Expo - Letraset Manga School October 2011

Date: 2011 October 5th Wednesday [18:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers will know that Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011 is when the London MCM Expo hits town. Letraset the creative company best known for their popular marker pens will be hosting a manga school at the Expo. They'll be running 15 classes throughout the weekend.

The classes are aimed at different abilities from beginners to advanced artists. The classes will be run by talented artists Morag Lewis, Nana Li and Irina Richards.

The class cost 2 to 3 per person and last up to 1 hour. For some classes you will have to supply additional materials.

Letraset will also be running a spooky competition under the theme of Ghouls, gobins and mad scientists oh my! where the winner gets over 120 worth of Letraset products, plus there are runners up prizes.

Letraset will also be promoting a new marker in their line up - the FlexMarker.

Read More... | Source: Letraset

Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival London November 2011 Details

Date: 2011 October 4th Tuesday [16:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese cinema and culture will want to head over to the ICA in from Friday 18th to Thursday 24th November 2011 for the start of Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival. We've been sent details of the film line up.

For it's London premiere and the festival's opening night they'll be showing KanZeOn, which looks at religious traditions in locations far from Tokyo. This screening on 6:30pm on Friday 18th November 2011 will be followed by a launch party with musicians from Japan.

Fans of avant-garde and experimental music will want to catch We Don't Care About Music Anyway... which documents the Japanese music scene on 5pm on Sunday 20th November 2011.

As always with popular screenings we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

Chiptune Invasion at London's Japan Underground

Date: 2011 October 4th Tuesday [15:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based readers who enjoy a good night out will want to keep Saturday 15th October 2011 free where the good folks at Japan Underground will be hosting a Chiptune Invasion from 3 of Tokyo's best.

This rare performance will feature 3 bands - Tokyo Pinsalocks, HONDALADY and GalapagosS.

The fun is set to start at 7pm at Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, London, WC1H 9EU.

Remember the club night is designed around gamers and fans of Japanese pop culture, so it's a perfect otaku night out! The event as always is worth going to as as previous events have received recommendations in Time Out London, The Independent, Absolute Radio and many more.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Hyper Japan 2012 Spring Dates Confirmed

Date: 2011 September 26th Monday [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture will want to keep Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February 2012 free for Hyper Japan 2012 Spring. The successful J-Culture event returns for it's third run. Ever growing they'll be at a bigger venue - Earls Court - Brompton Hall.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Genki Gear London Expo Official October 2011 Exclusive T-shirt

Date: 2011 September 23rd Friday [14:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With the London Comic Con MCM Expo just over a month away things are starting to rev up for it. T-shirt company Genki Gear have just unveiled their exclusive design for the October event, which is set to run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011.

This is the exclusive t-shirt for the London Comic Con MCM Expo. The theme this time around is Ninja vs Kittens! The t-shirt is available for pre-order only, with a closing date of Thursday 20th October 2011. The design will retail for 16.99 for both men's and women's style.

With the classic debate of ninjas vs pirates, we know where we stand (we also reserve the right to change our mind depending on what we're reading or watching when asked, if you ask us when we're indulging in One Piece you'll get a different answer than if we're watching Naruto). However Ninja vs Kittens that's a whole different ball game. What kind of ninja is this? What kind of kittens? Are they related to Maru? These are all important questions that we need answering!

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Sci-Fi-London Anime All Nighter October 2011 Details

Date: 2011 September 21st Wednesday [17:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans who like staying up past their bedtimes will be interested in the famed Anime All Nighter at Sci-Fi-London. It's set to run from 11:30pm on Saturday 8th October 2011 and ends about 8am on the Sunday. The venue for this year is the Odeon Cinema Camden.

They'll be showing -

Trigun Badlands Rumble
Eden of the East: Paradise Lost
Welcome To The Space Show
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Tekken Blood Vengeance

There's a 350 seat capacity, so remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Source: Sci-Fi-London

Manga Workshops at Westminster Reference Library - Autumn 2011 dates

Date: 2011 September 19th Monday [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Readers in London who are looking to learn more about drawing manga will want to head over to Westminster Reference Library for the Autumn 2011 run of their Manga Workshops.

They've got 3 sessions

Comic brainstorming session - Thursday 22nd September 2011
Landscapes and comic layouts - Thursday 6th October 2011
Character creation and Letraset colouring - Thursday 13th October 2011

The sessions are free, but places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. To book e-mail rblack1@westminster.gov.uk or phone 020 7641 5250.

Read More... | Source: Westminster Reference Library

Original Ghost in the Shell showing tonight in Brighton

Date: 2011 September 16th Friday [8:14] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime > Film

Duke of York's Picture House in Brighton to show original Ghost in the Shell film on 16th of September.

Read More... | Source: The Grindhouse Project

Influential Japanese Group Set to Rock London's Raindance Film Festival 2011

Date: 2011 September 15th Thursday [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese music and movies will want to go to the Raindance Film Festival 2011 to catch Control Tower (Kanseitou). The film is inspired by music of the Japanese band Galileo Galilei. It's European premier at the festival on Thursday 6th October 2011.

Read More... | Source: Raindance Film Festival 2011

J-Pop Star Beckii Cruel to Perform New Single at London Comic Con

Date: 2011 September 15th Thursday [14:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of J-Pop Idol Beckii Cruel will want to head to the MCM Expo London Comic Con on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2011 to see her perform her new single You Can't Kiss me.

Beckii will be performing on both Saturday and Sunday at the Expo. We were lucky to catch up with her at the last Expo in May.

Read More... | Source: MCM Expo London Comic Con

AM2 Convention coming back to Anaheim

Date: 2011 September 14th Wednesday [12:58] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Events

The AM2 Convention in Anaheim in California is set to return in 2012 with more guests.

Read More... | Source: AM2 Convention

Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below London Screening Details

Date: 2011 September 10th Saturday [19:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

If you can get to London, you'll want to head over to the BFI London Film Festival to catch Makoto Shinkai's Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below on Tuesday 18th October 2011 at 18:15, or Saturday 22nd October 2011 at 12:45.

We've seen it and you can read a review here.

As always with popular film screenings, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Thanks goes to the good folks at AnimeUKNews.net for the tip off.

Source: 55th BFI London Film Festival

AmeCon 2012 UK registration opens Sunday 25th September 2011

Date: 2011 September 10th Saturday [7:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The UK Summer Convention season is coming to an end, but fear not as AmeCon will be opening their 2012 registration on Sunday 25th September 2011.

AmeCon 2012 is set to run 10th - 12th August 2012, at Keele University, Newcastle-under-lyme. Registration will be on-line using the standard first come first served basis.

Read More... | Source: AmeCon 2012

Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival London November 2011

Date: 2011 September 5th Monday [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of cutting edge Japanese cinema will want to head over to the ICA from Thursday 17th to Thursday 24th November 2011 for the return of Zipangu Fest Japanese Film Festival. The festival will then move around the UK.

They'll have lots of treats lined up, including two titles that have never been shown in the UK, one being especially subtitled for the festival.

Read More... | Source: Zipangu Fest

London's Japan Matsuri 2011 Details

Date: 2011 September 2nd Friday [17:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japanese culture will want to head over to London's County Hall on Sunday 18th September for the Japan Matsuri 2011. This year it's at County Hall next to the London Eye.

They'll be over 130 stalls with lots of lovely Japanese things, from food and drinks to clothes and textiles, art, travel companies, tableware and so much more.

Entry to the event is free. It's set to run from 10am to 8pm.
Don't forget that the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September is the Open House London, many great places open to visit in the city.

Read More... | Source: Japan Matsuri 2011

Cosplay Ireland Roundtable

Date: 2011 September 2nd Friday [9:51] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Events

Organisers and performers for the Cosplay Ireland event in Dublin talk about the event.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Japan Underground to Organise Free Asian Cinema All-Dayer

Date: 2011 August 24th Wednesday [22:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese cinema will want to keep Saturday 3rd September 2011 free for the Free Asian Cinema All-Dayer at Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EU. It's organised by the good folks behind Japan Underground to raise awareness and support for the independent Asian film companies that lost their stock when the Sony DADC centre was burnt down in the England riots on 8 August.

Third Window Films and Terracotta Distribution are confirmed for the screenings.

Japan Underground have also sent us details about Unshin a Japanese pop/rock band based in the UK who'll launch their debut album at Japan Underground. This is event is scheduled to run 7pm-3am Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EU after the Free Asian Cinema screenings.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Hatsune Miku Arcade Game Debuts at 2011 J-Pop Summit

Date: 2011 August 24th Wednesday [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

San Francisco based readers looking for something to do this weekend (Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th 2011) will want to head over to J-Pop Summit Festival 2011. They'll also debut of the Hatsune Miku Arcade Game which has been shipped in from Japan especially.

Read More... | Source: New People

Mardock Scramble showing at Scotland Loves Anime Festival

Date: 2011 August 19th Friday [19:22] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Events

Scotland Loves Anime Festival returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh in October with Tow Ubukata's Mardock Scramble.

Read More... | Source: Scotland Loves Animation

Cosplay Ireland announce first event

Date: 2011 August 18th Thursday [20:06] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Fandom

Cosplay Ireland website announces a cosplay event in Dublin in early September. Attendees are encouraged to cosplay but event is open to all aged 18 and up.

Read More... | Source: Cosplay Banter in the Attic

JETRO Japanese Multimedia Seminar @ HYPER JAPAN 2011

Date: 2011 August 8th Monday [16:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from Hyper Japan have sent us details of the JETRO Japanese Multimedia Seminar held at this years Hyper Japan on Friday 22nd July 2011.

JETRO is the Japan External Trade Organization, who would like to help people build a business with Japanese multimedia content.

We've been sent a link to videos of the seminar on YouTube.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

The Maids of England

Date: 2011 August 7th Sunday [12:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

We've been sent details from the Maids of England (cleverly named as they're abbreviated as MOE). They'll be at Ayacon on 19th to 22nd August 2011. They'll also be running events every 2 to 3 months in London.

Plus they're also available for events to run a full maid cafe or a simple bake sale.

Their next event is on Saturday 3rd of September 2011 at Cafe VN, there are two time slots 12:00 - 4:00pm and 4:00pm - 8:00pm tickets are 7 in advance and 10 on the door. More details can be found on their Facebook page.

Read More... | Source: Maids of England

Harajuku! Autumn Ball August 2011 Details

Date: 2011 August 7th Sunday [11:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Are you in London on Saturday 20th August 2011 and looking for a night of Japanese themed clubbing? Well the folks from Criminal Records are happy to oblige, with the return of the popular Harajuku! Autumn Ball. It's scheduled to start at 7:30pm and runs until late at The Miller, London Bridge, London - 96 Snowsfields Road, London, SE1 3SS.

Cosplayers, Lolita's etc are all actively welcomed and encouraged. Tickets at 6 in advance.

Read More... | Source: Criminal Records

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui TeZukA - Dance Work in London

Date: 2011 August 1st Monday [15:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Tezuka, the arts and dance will be pleased to hear about London's Sadler's Wells' up coming production TeZukA. The world premiere dance work is set to explore Tezuka's fascinating world with help of cast of 10 performers, two musicians and a calligrapher. They'll cover a wide range of his work, including Astro Boy and Buddha.

So keep Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th September 2011 free and head over to London.

On Thursday 8th September 2011 at 6:15pm they'll also be a special pre-show director's conversation.

Read More... | Source: Sadler's Wells Theatre

Hyper Japan Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July 2011

Date: 2011 July 19th Tuesday [17:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Just a quick reminder for those who can get to London and are looking for something fun to do this weekend. Don't forget Hyper Japan 2011 is set to run on Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July 2011 at Olympia Two.

Source: Hyper Japan

Arrietty Kids' Club preview at Bath Little Theatre Picture House Cinema

Date: 2011 July 18th Monday [18:04] | Posted By: Molly Drury
Category: > Anime > Film

The Little Theatre in Bath is having a preview screening of Studio Ghibli's Arrietty on Saturday 23rd July at 1 PM for their Kids' Club, a week before the nationwide release!

General audiences can see Arrietty on the Friday 5th August at the Little Theatre.

Source: Bath Little Theatre

Free London Anime Screenings at Canary Wharf - August 2011

Date: 2011 July 18th Monday [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

London based anime fans looking for something to do at the beginning of August will be pleased to hear that there will be some free screenings at Canary Wharf.

Manga Entertainment UK and the folks at the Barbican have teamed up to show these titles.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Tuesday 2nd August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

Professor Layton and The Eternal Diva - Wednesday 3rd August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

Summer Wars - Thursday 4 August 2011, 6.30pm, FREE
Review

As they're free screenings we suggest you arrive early to avoid disappointment. If you're coming to Canary Wharf from Central London, we suggest you take the DLR from Bank or Tower Gateway. DLR Trains going to Lewisham will stop at Canary Wharf. The Jubilee Line also goes to Canary Wharf, but we advise you to take the DLR if you've got the choice.

Please note space is unreserved and sometimes limited. Portable furniture, glass bottles or glasses are not permitted.

Source: My Canary Wharf

Arrietty kids' club preview at Cambridge Picture House

Date: 2011 July 18th Monday [13:06] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Events

The Cambridge Arts Picture House is having a kids' party and preview screening of studio Ghibli's Arrietty on Saturday 23rd July a full week before the nationwide release of the film. The doors open at 10 with the screening at 11:30, and will include a range of events including a Borrowers fancy dress party. The best dressed Borrowers may even win a prize.

Source: Cambridge Picture House

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

Manga Jiman 2011 Competition now open for entries

Date: 2011 July 14th Thursday [14:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Following on from our earlier story, we've just been sent the official details about this years Manga Jiman Competition run by the Embassy of Japan in the UK.

This years theme is "New Beginnings". Prizes first prize is a return trip for 2 to Japan courtesy of All Nippon Airways. While other great goodies such as a laptop, or digital camera is also up for grabs for the winners.

Further details terms and conditions can be found on the Manga Jiman Website.
Please note that The closing date for the submission of entries is Tuesday, 1st November 2011.

Source: Embassy of Japan in the UK

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

Square Enix to Host Cosplay Battle at Hyper Japan 2011

Date: 2011 July 3rd Sunday [12:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Japanese culture event Hyper Japan 2011 is less than a month away. Cosplayers will be pleased to hear that Square Enix will be hosting a cosplay battle on Sunday 24th July 2011 at 12pm. It'll be open to anyone dressed as a character from Square Enix releases (including older Square and Enix titles). Winning cosplayers will be treated to a selection of prizes such as plush toys, figures and CD soundtracks from Square Enix games.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Manga Jiman 2011 Competition Details

Date: 2011 July 3rd Sunday [11:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based artists will be pleased to hear that the Embassy of Japan in the UK will holding another Manga Jiman competition this year. Details are yet to be formally announced, but they're keen to get the word out. The theme for this year is 'new beginnings', the deadline for receiving entries is 1 November 2011.

Entries should be 6 to 8 pages, A4 portrait size and read from left to right. Apparently the judges are getting strict on this last point.

Details on the prizes are to follow.

Source: Embassy of Japan in the UK

Something for the weekend - Japanese Art Festival

Date: 2011 July 2nd Saturday [10:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Just a quick reminder to all those who are looking for something to do this weekend (2nd and 3rd July 2011) in London.

On Saturday and Sunday you'll want to head over to the Japanese Art Festival, where they'll be lots of cosplay fun, fashion shows, manga, martial arts demonstrations along with a selection of other cultural fun. It's at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, WC1R 4R (nearest tube is Holborn).
Open times are as follows:

Saturday 2nd July: 10:30am - 9:00pm
Sunday 3rd July: 10:30am - 4:00pm

Tickets
Saturday: On the day: 10 / Advanced 7 /After 17:00 5
Sunday: On the day - 10 / Advanced 7

Source: Japanese Art Festival

Hyper Japan 2011 Event Details

Date: 2011 June 27th Monday [15:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

With less than a month to go until Hyper Japan at London's Olympia Two they've started to rev up and reveal to the world what will happen on 22nd to 24th July 2011.

They've sent us the details, highlights include the Eat-Japan Sushi Awards, a Sake Seminar, Nintendo unleashed. Along with a Taiko Master, Cosplay competitions and much more.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Reni's Maid Show and Cafe - NYC June 26th 2011

Date: 2011 June 13th Monday [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

New York fans of fans of singing cosplay maids will be pleased to hear that Reni will be performing on Sunday June 26th , 12pm Amber Village NY, 432 6th Avenue (9th & 10 St). There's a $15 at Door charge, $10 in Cosplay.

They've also got a special guest this time around, geek stand up comedian Uncle Yo.

Read More... | Source: Reni's Blog

London MCM May 2011 attendance details

Date: 2011 June 6th Monday [17:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The London MCM Expo is over for May 2011, we've just been sent some details about it. The Expo attracted almost 60,000 visitors, with the outside show attracting crowds 5,000.

The next Expo is set to return to the same venue on Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011, where it will be paired with Memorabilia London for the first time.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

AM2 to screen Mai Mai Miracle for passport holders only

Date: 2011 May 31st Tuesday [17:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

US readers who can make it to Anaheim, California should head over to AM2 on July 1 to 3 2011 get a chance to view a special Passport holders only screening of Mai Mai Miracle.

We've seen Mai Mai Miracle, and must say it is worth seeing, especially on the big screen. It's everything you'd expect from a high budget Madhouse production. It's one of those films screaming out for a Blu-ray release. It's a title making the effort to get out and watch. It's in instant classic.

Read More... | Source: AM2

Manga Entertainment UK at the London MCM Expo - May 2011

Date: 2011 May 24th Tuesday [18:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Everyone's getting ready for the London MCM Expo this weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2011) at the ExCel Centre in London.

The good folks at Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details of their plans at the London Expo. They've got two stands, a treasure hunt, plenty of bargain priced DVDs and Blu-rays.

Voice actors Ben Diskin (voice of Sai in Naruto Shippuden and Syzal in Bleach) and Brian Beacock (voice of Walter Yumasaki in Durarara!!) will both be at a panel and QA at the London MCM Expo too.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Letraset Art Competition at the London MCM Expo - May 2011

Date: 2011 May 24th Tuesday [18:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Everyone's getting ready for the London MCM Expo this weekend (Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May 2011) at the ExCel Centre in London.

This includes the good folk at Letraset who make the popular markers that many artists love. They've sent us details of the art competition they'll be running at the Expo. The theme for this year is Running Late for a Very Important Date. The winners will get a lot lovely Letraset goodies.

Source: Letraset Blog

Tezuka Dance event in London 2011

Date: 2011 May 22nd Sunday [12:10] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Culture

Sadler's Wells Theatre in London will be showing a interpretive performance based upon the works of Osamu Tezuka, the Eisner Award winning visionary manga and anime creator.

The event, directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, draws from Tezuka's creations such as Buddha and his most famous creation Astro Boy. Using musicians, dancers, a caligrapher and an actor it will explore the world's of Tezuka. Tickets go on sale from Monday 23rd May 2011 from the Sadler's Wells Theatre and website. The show, titled TeZukA, will run from the 6th through to the 10th of September.

Read More... | Source: Sadler's Wells Theatre

Genki Gear launch new t-shirt designs at London MCM Expo May 2011

Date: 2011 May 16th Monday [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

The May London MCM Expo is almost here it starts on Friday 27th May and will run until Sunday 29th May 2011. As tradition demands T-shirt company Genki Gear will be releasing a new range for the season.

They've got 5 new designs in ready for the Expo.

Read More... | Source: Genki Gear

Japan Underground May 2011 Details

Date: 2011 May 13th Friday [18:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London based fans of Japanese culture, gaming and clubbing will want to head over to Japan Underground at The Kingpin Suite, Bloomsbury Lanes, Bedford Way, WC1H 9EU. Near Euston / Russell Square. The event is set to run on Saturday 28th May 2011 from 7pm onwards.

They've got Bentley Jones a British artist signed to a major Japanese Record Label. Japanese violinist Masa Futagami will be performing a very special video game-themed live session. You can buy tickets on-line.

Nintendisco the retro gaming club will also be there. Plus the regular selection of rock, punk, metal, visual kei and electronic tunes that Japan has to offer, as well as live music and karaoke.

Read More... | Source: Japan Underground

Beckii Cruel at the London MCM Expo

Date: 2011 May 11th Wednesday [14:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Everyone's revving up for the London MCM Expo at the end of the month from the 27th to 29th May 2011. The good folks at the event have sent us details about their latest guest, Beckii Cruel, the schoolgirl from the Isle of Man who became an internet sensation and then a Japanese Pop Idol. She was also the subject of a BBC Three TV documentary. She'll be appearing on the indoor and outdoor stages of the Expo on Saturday 28th May 2011.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

London Barbican July 2011 Anime Screenings

Date: 2011 May 10th Tuesday [15:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

London anime fans have got a lot to look forward over at the Barbican. They'll be showing the latest Ghibli movie - Arrietty on Wednesday 6th July 2011 at 7pm which is the UK Premier and on Saturday 9th July 2011 at 11 am (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

On Thursday 7th July 2011 the Barbican will be showing -
Laputa: Castle in the Sky at 6pm. It'll be introduced by anime expert and Ghibli fan Helen McCarthy.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble will be shown at 8:45pm. Both films are part of the We Love Anime Tour.

More lovely Ghibli features can be seen at the Barbican throughout July -

Saturday 9th July 2011 - 2pm - Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Sunday 10th July 2011 - 4pm - Princess Mononoke

Saturday 16th July 2011 - 11am - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

Saturday 23rd July 2011 - 11am Kiki's Delivery Service (all adults must be accompanied by a child to this screening).

Saturday 30th July 2011 - 2pm - My Neighbour Totoro

Sunday 31st July 2011 - 2pm - My Neighbours the Yamadas

Sunday 31st July 2011 - 2pm - Spirited Away

I've you've never seen any of these films before, or never seen a Ghibli feature on a proper cinema screen, then now's your chance. These movies are special and always deserve watching in the cinema.

The Barbican have a full listing of all the Ghibli features this July here.

As always with such features, we advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

Source: Barbican

Reni May and June 2011 Tour Dates

Date: 2011 May 8th Sunday [12:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

US fans of singing maids in cosplay are in for a treat, as Reni will be touring select venues in New York, along with dates in June for MA and VA. It seems that she's getting busy due to popular demand!

Read More... | Source: Reni's Blog

London Lolita Through the Looking Glass Exhibition

Date: 2011 May 5th Thursday [18:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

London Lolitas are in for a treat on Saturday 14th May 2011, where they should head over to the Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser St, Bethnal Green, E2 9RF from 1pm until late for the Lolita Through the Looking Glass Exhibition

The event will celebrate Lolita fashion and its offshoots. Artwork from our very own Wing Yun Man will be on display too (she does the Otaku News Post Cards and wallpaper).

They'll also have other events such as a swap and buy sale, along with DJs throughout the day, a photo booth, plus a fashion show and a panel discussion.

Read More... | Source: Lolita Through the Looking Glass Exhibition Facebook Page

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