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Bryan Lee O'Malley Seconds UK Book Signing Details

Date: Tuesday 29th July 2014 [15:14] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Scott Pilgrim will be very pleased to hear about Bryan Lee O'Malley's new book Seconds. To celebrate it's launch Bryan will be in the UK for some book signings at Gosh! Comics in London on Thursday 14th August 2014, The British Library in London on Friday 15th 2014, plus Forbidden Planet in Glasgow on Sunday 17th August 2014.

We've already updated the Otaku Calendar with these details.

Update: More details the signings have been announced including Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Dublin.

If you can't make it to the signings, you can always pre-order Seconds from Amazon.co.uk.

Source: Raidomaru.com - Bryan Lee O'Malley's Website

The Daiwa Scholarship - Spend 19 Months in Japan

Date: Monday 28th July 2014 [15:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

UK readers will be very interested in a scholarship offered by the Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation.

"The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals. No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary."

So if you're a British Citizen about to graduate, or have graduated and are aged between 21 and 35 years of age as of 1 September 2015 you should investigate further!

Source: The Daiwa Scholarship

Ghost in the Shell UK Cinema and Limited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook Release Details

Date: Monday 28th July 2014 [15:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

UK Anime fans will be pleased to hear the news that Manga Entertainment UK have sent us. We've been told as it's the 25th anniversary since the original Masamune Shirow manga was released, the film will receive a limited theatrical run at select Picturehouse Cinemas from 27th September 2014. Following on from that on Monday 29th September the movie will get a HD Blu-ray release with a bonus 22-page booklet, in a limited edition steel book. Fans will note that this the first time the original movie has had a high-def release in the UK.

The limited edition Steelbook is available to pre-order now from the Amazon.co.uk now.

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

Hyper Japan Event Reminder - July 2014

Date: Thursday 24th July 2014 [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Japan looking for something to do this weekend will want to head over to Earl's Court for Hyper Japan. The Japanese Culture event is set to run in London from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014. As we've mentioned before, there's lots to see and do this weekend.

Source: Hyper Japan

New Directors From Japan - third windows Films Kickstarter Campaign

Date: Monday 21st July 2014 [15:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > Film

The good folks from UK based Eastern movie distributor Third Window Films have got in touch with us to tell us about their Kickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign. They plan to fund a Dual Format 3-disc Limited Edition release of New Directors from Japan. Basically this release will cover up and coming talent from Japan, with a unique and entertaining edge.

Update At the time of writing the goal has been met, and the campaign has been closed. We want stretch goals!

Read More... | Source: Third Window Films

Anime director Shingo Natsume to be guest of honour at MCM Scotland Comic Con 2014

Date: Friday 18th July 2014 [15:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

We've already mentioned that the MCM Manchester Comic Con is about to start, but planning ahead anime fans will be interested in the MCM Scotland Comic Con set to run at Glasgow's SECC from Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th September 2014. Otaku will pleased to hear that anime director Shingo Natsume will be the guest of honour at the September event. Director has an impressive CV and is currently directing Space Dandy alongside Shinichiro Watanabe.

As always, we've added details of the event to the Otaku Calendar.

Read More... | Source: MCM Scotland Comic Con

MCM Manchester Comic Con July 2014 Details

Date: Wednesday 16th July 2014 [15:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based anime fans and geeks in general will want to head to Manchester this weekend for the MCM Manchester Comic Con. The event is set to run from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th July 2014 at Manchester Central. Popular anime companies will be there including Manga Entertainment UK and Anime Limited will be there selling their wares.

So head over to stand number 811, to find Manga Entertainment UK, Anime Limited and MVM titles on sale.

They'll also be some voice actors at the show including Bryce Papenbrook (who'll be voicing Eren in Attack on Titan), DC Douglas, along with Vic Mignogna who is best known as voicing Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist (he's voiced loads).

Plus the MCM Manchester Comic Con will play host to the EuroCosplay Championships where on Saturday one talented person will be selected to represent the UK for the 2014 finals.

You can download the official show guide here.

Read More... | Source: MCM Manchester Comic Con

Manga Jiman 2014 Competition Details

Date: Saturday 12th July 2014 [15:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

UK based artists should get drawing as the Embassy of Japan in the UK have just announced details of the 2014 Manga Jiman competition. The manga competition is now in it's 8th year. The theme this time around is "ichi-go ichi-e", which can be translated as "once-in-a-lifetime meeting" or "a chance encounter".

We've covered previous Manga Jiman competitions before. The top prize this year is 2 return tickets to Japan, second prize is a laptop, and third a rather nifty digital camera.

They've also got an interesting category for 11 to 13 year olds, Yonkoma Manga covering 4 panels.

Read More... | Source: The Embassy of Japan in the UK

An interview with Japan Camera Hunter

Date: Wednesday 9th July 2014 [14:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

Normally on Otaku News, when we talk about otaku we mean fans of anime and manga. There are plenty of other areas worth exploring. Today, we'll introduce you to someone who loves cameras.

With the world going increasingly more digital, the photography scene around the world is seeing a resurgence of film and there is a demand among amateur and professional photographers alike for good film cameras. Film photographers enjoy the tangible nature of the photos and the fact that film slows the whole process down. Developing the picture is something to look forward to, it doesn't give instant gratification like a digital camera.

Certain cameras are now regarded as classics of their era. Japan is the natural place to go if you want a nice film camera because the country is ubiquitous for photography and cameras with so many camera brands being Japanese. While in other countries things are going on-line, physical camera shops both for new and second hand goods are a thriving business.

Bellamy Hunt lives in Tokyo. He runs a website called Japan Camera Hunter. He's passionate about photography and film. If you want a decent camera sourced from Japan, he's your man.

Our editor Joe caught up with him over a coffee in Shinjuku.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ambassadors of Cute

Date: Sunday 6th July 2014 [4:43] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Culture

What are these strange cute mascots, who are they, and what do they do?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan Event Details - July 2014

Date: Thursday 3rd July 2014 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture including anime, manga, food, J-Pop, cosplay and more traditional things will want to head to London on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014 for Hyper Japan.

The annual J-culture event returns promising to be it's biggest Hyper Japan yet.

It'll have all sorts of fun things to see and do. Including a game and anime park, fringe market, a section of pure kawaii, plus much more!

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Fairy Tail The Movie: Phoenix Priestess UK DVD and blu-ray release details

Date: Tuesday 1st July 2014 [15:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

UK Anime fans of the Fairy Tail series will be pleased to hear the news from Manga Entertainment UK. They've sent us details of the upcoming movie release on DVD and blu-ray. Fairy Tail The Movie: Phoenix Priestess will be released on Monday 28th July 2014.

You can pre-order the blu-ray or DVD from Amazon.co.uk.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg in London July 2014

Date: Sunday 15th June 2014 [13:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from The Japan Foundation in London have got in touch to tell us about an up coming event that'll be of interest to manga fans. They'll be hosting Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg on Tuesday 1st July 2014 from 6:30pm at their London Office.

Seiichi Hayashi is know for his highly regarded alternative manga. If you think manga is all shonen and want to expand your horizons. There is so much to manga and different forms of sequential art.

The talk is free to attend but booking is essential. To book e-mail event@jpf.org.uk

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation, London

Transformers x Evangelion - Optimus Prime with Eva Unit 01 Colours

Date: Monday 9th June 2014 [14:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Fans of giant robots will be pleased to hear the news from the Big Bad Toy Store. Takara Tomy Toys the folks behind Transformers in Japan have teamed up with Gainax to produce an Evangelion Unit-01 coloured Optimus Prime. This forms part of the Transformers x Evangelion project.
Optimus' trailer comes with NERV branding too. Optimus himself sports the distinct purple and green colour scheme. While the Autobot Matrix of Leadership has been made to look like an S2 Engine.

Only 1,000 will be sold in Japan.

Fans of transformers merchandise will know that this is essentially a repaint of the MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure. Big Bad Toy Store are taking pre-orders at $314.99 (USD).

Read More... | Source: Takara Tomy

An interview with Blue Exorcist Movie Staff Takamitsu Inoue and Atsushi Takahashi

Date: Wednesday 4th June 2014 [16:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

A few weeks ago two of the production staff behind the Blue Exorcist Movie were visiting the May 2014 MCM London Comic Con. They were there to promote Manga Entertainment's UK release and catch up with fans. We were lucky enough to meet and interview Takamitsu Inoue the film's Producer and Atsushi Takahashi the director.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

MCM London Comic Con smashes attendance record, tops 100,000 visitors

Date: Thursday 29th May 2014 [16:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The MCM London Comic Con for May 2014 has just finished. We're still recovering from the huge event. So much always happen at them! The good folks from the Comic Con have sent us details of the attendance figures. The May 2014 event attracted 101,600 addendies, up from 88,000 in October 2013, and just over 70,000 people in May 2013.

To cope with this huge growth the people running the event booked more floor space at the London Excel Centre and even arranged for extra cash machines to be brought in to cope with all the demand.

At this current growth rate it'll interesting to see how big the October 2014 MCM London Comic Con is!

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

Netflix licenses Harlock CG film for all territories

Date: Saturday 24th May 2014 [12:55] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Netflix announces streaming rights have been acquired for 2013 Captain Harlock CG feature film.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Anime Limited licence Wings of Honneamise

Date: Thursday 22nd May 2014 [15:04] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

UK anime distributor licenses classic 1980's anime feature film from Studio GAINAX and directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

ShootTokyo Kickstarter Photo Book Campaign

Date: Sunday 18th May 2014 [14:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Art

Tokyo is an iconic city, and many amazing photos of have been taken there. Tokyo based photographer and blogger Dave Powell runs the website ShootTokyo. He captures moments in the city and does lots of street photography. He's well known in the photographic blog scene and his site regularly attracts thousands of visitors daily. A photo speaks a thousand words and his photos speak for themselves.

Read More... | Source: ShootTokyo Kickstarter Campaign

VIZ Media US licences entire Sailor Moon anime library

Date: Saturday 17th May 2014 [16:19] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

VIZ Media announce the licensing of the Sailor Moon animated library for streaming and home video release in North America.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Patema Inverted Quad Poster Give Away

Date: Saturday 17th May 2014 [13:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Patema Inverted is out now in selected cinemas across the UK. To celebrate, we've got a very nice quad poster of the anime film to give away. What's a quad poster? Well film buff would already know, it's the standard size poster used in UK cinemas to promote films. They are 40 inches by 30 inches in landscape format.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Ghost In The Shell Blu-ray - Limited Edition Steelbook now available for pre-order from Amazon UK

Date: Wednesday 14th May 2014 [16:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK anime fans keen to get their hands on the hi-def release of the original Ghost in the Shell Movie, will be pleased to hear that Amazon.co.uk are now taking pre-orders for the title on blu-ray. The limited edition steelbook is due out on Monday 29th September 2014.

Source: Amazon.co.uk

Patema Inverted UK Kickstarter funded in 5 hours

Date: Wednesday 7th May 2014 [16:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Once again Anime Limited have proved to be masters of the Kickstarter Campaign, by meeting their crowdfunding target for the definitive edition of Patema Inverted in 5 hours! Not 5 weeks, or even 5 days, but 5 hours! As a result, they've had to add extra rewards too.

The movie is also now out at select UK cinemas. So check out www.patema.co.uk for a screening near you.

Read More... | Source: Anime Limited

The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition release details

Date: Wednesday 7th May 2014 [15:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime expert Jonathan Clements has just updated his website revealing that The Anime Encylopedia will have a third edition and is schedule for publication in December 2014.

The popular book written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy has been expanded with over 1,000 new entries, over 4,000 updates and corrections. This book is one of those amazing multiple purpose references. If you're an anime fan you should own a copy. If you're an academic it's essential. If you're running a website dedicated to news for fans of Japan (just like this one), you'll already have the first and second editions and regularly use them to fact check and research, so you'll be keen to get your hands on the third edition.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Remember that Amazon's pre-order price promise means you'll also pay the lowest price offered by Amazon, so if the price dips between now and when it's released, you'll only pay the lowest price.

Source: Jonathan Clements Website - Schoolgirl Milky Crisis

Create your own Kaburimono headgear at the Japan Foundation in London

Date: Tuesday 6th May 2014 [16:05] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from the Japan Foundation in London have sent us details of an upcoming event set to run at the end of May 2014.

Details as follows:

At the end of this month, The Japan Foundation will be hosting three workshops with Japanese artist Norio Nishihara, renowned for making bizarre and outlandish headgear known as "kaburimono". In the workshops, participants can make their very own Kaburimono similar to Nishihara's creations, using newspaper and coloured tape. They can also take their inspiration from almost anything - even their favourite anime or manga characters. The workshops will be held at the Japan Foundation in Russell Square, on the 30th May (3:00pm) and the 31st May (11:00am and 3:00pm).

This event is free, but booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment as there are a limited number of places.

Read More... | Source: The Japan Foundation, London

Ghost in the Shell UK Limited Edition Blu-ray Steel book details

Date: Saturday 3rd May 2014 [10:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good people from Manga Entertainment UK have just sent us some more news about the up coming release of Ghost In the Shell on Blu-ray. They'll be releasing the original film in hi-def (not the 2.0 version), on a worldwide exclusive limited edition steel book. Manga Entertainment UK have proved very popular with fans with their previous releases of Akira and Ninja Scroll on Blu-ray.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Dragon Ball Season 1 UK DVD Competition

Date: Friday 2nd May 2014 [19:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

UK based anime fans will be pleased to hear that the good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have given us one copy of Dragon Ball Season 1 on DVD to give away.

Read More... | Source: Manga Entertainment UK

Con Report: MCM Comic Con Ireland 2014

Date: Tuesday 29th April 2014 [17:09] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Fandom

Our report is nearly derailed by con flu but here's the rundown from MCM Comic Con 2014 in Dublin!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Anime Limited launch Kickstarter campaign for Patema Inverted UK Definitive Edition

Date: Monday 28th April 2014 [14:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Anime Limited have sent us details of their soon to run Kickstarter. This is to enable the company to produce a definitive edition of the movie for UK home release.

The film will be hitting select UK cinemas from Friday 2nd May 2014.

Producing an ultimate edition like this with so many awesome extras can be risky, as it can be hard to gauge the demand for this kind of release. Launching a Kickstarter is a sensible way to figure out the demand. Anime Limited are not new to Kickstarter. They recently ran a hugely successful campaign for Mai Mai Miracle, that smashed stretch goal after stretch goal.

Read More... | Source: Patema Inverted Kickstarter

Explore the East at MCM London Comic Con - JapanEx expands and rebrands as PopAsia

Date: Friday 25th April 2014 [14:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The big London event the MCM London Comic Con is a month away. It'll run at the Excel Centre from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May 2014. The good folks running the Comic Con have just got in touch to tell us that their JapanEx section is expanding to include Korean Pop hits and Indonesian films such as The Raid. As a result they're going to rebrand it to PopAsia.

They'll also have extra sections to temp people including the cute sounding Kawaii Alley. As always they'll have tasty food from the Far East on sale in PopAsia.

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

Anime Limited hints at possible licence for Giovanni No Shima

Date: Wednesday 23rd April 2014 [4:48] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Anime

Twitter rep for Anime Limited drops hint of possible licence confirmation of Production I.G. theatrical film

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Hyper Japan 2014 Event Details

Date: Thursday 17th April 2014 [17:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

UK based fans of Japanese culture will be excited to hear about the return of Hyper Japan. The popular event which celebrates everything J-Culture related, including Japanese street fashion, cosplay, anime, manga, Japanese cuisine and of course the more traditional side of Japanese culture is back at London's Earl's Court One.

The event is set to run from Friday 25th July to Sunday 27th July 2014.

Read More... | Source: Hyper Japan

Japanese Theatre at artsdepot in North London

Date: Monday 14th April 2014 [16:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Cultured readers in North London will be interested in hearing about the latest performances at the artsdepot in North Finchley. On Sunday 18th May 2014 at 11am and 2pm, there will be performances of Tales from Old Japan. The family performance has been created for children aged 5+ and their families. It focuses on 3 traditional Japanese tales.

While on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th June 2014 the artsdepot will host the UK premiere of Super Premium Soft Double Vanilla Rich, a darkly humorous look at Japanese consumerism.

Read More... | Source: artsdepot

1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Date: Monday 14th April 2014 [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good people from Project 6060 have sent us news of their Kickstarter Campaign for Stories of Modern Manga (1952-2012). The title of the book is self explanatory, with each double page spread tackling a year in the history of manga.

They aim to make the book as accessible as possible, it sounds like a great coffee table book, something you can just pick up and dip into.

The campaign aims to to raise $18K (USD) to publish the book. At the time of writing they've currently raised $3,693. However it's still early days and we know it's the last few hours that really count for a Kickstarter campaign.

Read More... | Source: 1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Attack on Titan UK DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: Friday 11th April 2014 [14:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from Manga Entertainment UK have sent us details about the UK DVD and blu-ray release of this fan favourite. We've been told that Attack on Titan Part 1 will be coming to DVD, Blu-ray and as a Blu-ray Deluxe Collector's Edition package on 15th September 2014. Part 1 will include episodes 1-12 of the series.

We interviewed WIT Studio the company behind the Attack on Titan anime at the October 2013 MCM London Comic Con.

For UK anime fans who can't wait, you can always watch it (legally) on Crunchyroll.

You can pre-order the Attack on Titan blu-ray or DVD from Amazon UK.

Source: Manga Entertainment UK

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