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Kadokawa Buy Majority Stake in Yen Press

Date: Tuesday April 12th 2016 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Manga publishing imprint Yen Press have just announced that they have entered into an agreement with mega-content publisher Kadokawa. The Yen Press imprint will be span off to form a new company Yen Pres LLC. Kadokawa will own 51% of the new company while the original parent company of Yen Press, Hachette Book Group will own the remaining 49%.

This is interesting news. There are many reasons why a Japanese media giant like Kadokawa would want their own English language manga publisher. Industry watchers are already speculating about what Yen Press will do next.

The news was first announced on Anime News Network.

Read More... | Source: Yen Press

Kiniro Mosaic Manga Licensed in English by Yen Press

Date: Monday March 28th 2016 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Regular readers of Otaku News will know our editor has a soft spot for Kiniro Mosaic. It's the story of a British school girl called Alice who lives with her Japanese friend Shinobu in Japan. A few years ago we went to the the actual location used for the anime. The anime is based on a 4 panel gag manga with the same name. Yen Press have just announced that they've got the license for the manga. They announced the news at Sakura-Con 2016. As of yet, there is no scheduled release date for the manga by Yui Hara.

There is also a special episode of the anime in works too.

Source: Yen Press

Sherlock Manga Release Details Update

Date: Saturday March 26th 2016 [15:21] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've already published details about Titan Comic's up-coming release of the Sherlock Manga. As news is spreading we wanted to know more details about the actual release. So we go it touch with Titan Comics editor Andrew James to talk about the release.

Read More... | Source: Titan Comics

Viewster To End Omakase Subscription Box Service

Date: Monday March 21st 2016 [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've covered on-line streaming service Viewster and their Omakase Subscription merchandise box service before.

Last week Viewster announced that the Hatsune Miku Box will be the last. Viewster will continue to offer streaming anime, and it seems that this decision has not impacted their streaming service. Any subscribers to the service will get 2 months hi-definiton streaming, then the service will not renew the regular credit card charge. Viewster will still be offering anime streaming services, but will no longer be offering a premium merchandise box.

Read More... | Source: Omakase

Asian Kung-Fu Generation on NHK World Saturday 16th March 2016

Date: Thursday March 3rd 2016 [15:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Fans of Japanese music will want to tune into NHK World this weekend to watch Entertainment Nippon's coverage Asian Kung-Fu Generation.

The band has been running for 20 years, you may know their music from the hugely popular anime show Erased. Entertainment Nippon is due to air Saturday 5th March 2016 at 4:10, 11:10, 16:10 and 22:10 (UTC).

NHK World is a free to air station, and is broadcast dubbed into English or with English subtitles.

NHK World is available in the UK on the following
Sky Channel 507
Freestat Channel 209
Virgin Media Channel 625

They offer free live streaming if you don't have a service able to watch it.

It's also widely available around the world, so could be available in your region.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

Lone Wolf and Cub Motion Comic Project Kickstarter Details

Date: Thursday February 25th 2016 [16:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just been sent details of a new Kickstarter called Samurai Lone Wolf. It aims to turn the classic manga Lone Wolf Cub into a motion comic.

What's a motion comic? According to the Kick stater it's "...a term for a next generation of comics that takes realism of the medium to a new level, using digital processing techniques to enrich the original artwork by adding movement to the drawings that were inked by the hand of the artists themselves."

Basically it's moving manga. They intend to take the original artwork and animate it slightly. So characters lips will move. Characters arm movements will animated in key panels and so on.

Lone Wolf and Cub has won plenty of awards including an Eisner Award (Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material / Best Archival Collection/Project). It's been adapted into movies and a TV show in Japan. It's also known as Shogun Assassin in some places. The manga itself is hugely influential and held in high regard. We just wonder is there any demand for a motion comic? Part of the joy of reading manga is letting your imagination fill in the gaps. You can read it at your own speed, you can spend ages admiring the line work or speed through pages as you please. The goal has been set to $300,000 USD. We think this crowdfunding attempt is ambitious. So far $1,140 has been pledged with 29 days left, so there's plenty of time for it to reach it's goal.

Read More... | Source: Lone Wolf and Cub Motion Comic Project Kickstarter

Sherlock Manga US and UK Release Details

Date: Friday February 19th 2016 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of a certain Baker Street Detective will be very pleased to hear that comic publisher Titan have announced that they'll be publishing the Sherlock Manga in the UK and US. Comic Book Resources revealed that Titan Comics announced at ComicsPro retailer summit that Sherlock: A Study in Pink will debut in June 2016.

The officially licensed Sherlock manga was published by Kadokawa Comics in Japan in 2012 in Young Ace magazine. It was published as a tankobon (standalone book) in Japanese in 2013. The manga closely follows the original BBC Sherlock episode featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

As of yet, it's not clear if Titan will be publishing the manga in it's original Japanese right to left format or if they'll flip it.

Source: Comic Book Resources

Hatsune Miku by iDoll x Nendoroid at Wonder Festival

Date: Tuesday February 9th 2016 [16:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Fans of collectable anime figures will already be aware of winter Wonder Festival 2016. It's always interesting to see what figures have been launched and how stressful it will be on your wallet. The good folks from Yukai Engineering Inc have sent us details of their latest concept project. A collaboration with figure firm Good Smile The iDoll x Nendoroid combines the Yukai Engineering iDoll with Good Smile's popular Nendoroid figure. They've created a singing dancing Hatsune Miku figure that interacts with a smart phone app.

Yukai Engineering Inc are not new to making otaku products they were also involved in the necomimi, those brainwave reading cat ears.

Read More... | Source: iDoll x Nendoroid

KISS x Ukiyo-e Project

Date: Tuesday February 9th 2016 [15:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

With the release of Miss Hokusai Ukiyo-e prints are in the spotlight. Iconic band KISS have launched the KISS x Ukiyo-e Project which involves a collaboration with Japanese traditional Ukiyo-e art creators the Ukiyo-e Project. It features the KISS iconic style thrown into the world of traditional Japanese woodblook prints.

The Sunset Marquis/Morrison Gallery Hotel in Los Angeles will be hosting a KISS retrospective exhibition which will showcase the debut of the collaborative Ukiyo-e art pieces from Saturday 13th February 2016.

This is not the first time KISS have collaborated with Japanese culture icons, they've collaborated with Japanese super star Hello Kitty for KISS x Hello Kitty, which had a line of clothes and cool vinyl figures (this was one of our favourite collaborations with Hello Kitty since she teamed up with Gloomy Bear). KISS also teamed up with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z.

Read More... | Source: KISS

Omakase Announces Limited Edition Hatsune Miku Subscription Box

Date: Wednesday February 3rd 2016 [15:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We've just got news from the good folks at Viewster about their latest Omakase goody box. The concept is simple, every two months they release a new themed box with merchandise from that series / theme. Along with a box of stuff, you also get access to Viewster's high definition ad-free streaming service. They'll ship to the United States, Canada and the UK.

The next box which is due out in March will feature Vocaloid Hatsune Miku and include exclusive Piapro Character Items. The box will retail for $29 USD (plus shipping and handling, which does vary where it's sent).

Previous themes have included Naruto and Kill La Kill.

Read More... | Source: Omakase

MCM Event List for 2016

Date: Saturday January 30th 2016 [14:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

As 2016 has just started it's time to plan ahead for those geek events. We've got a list of the MCM Comic Cons for 2016.

The MCM Event Calendar kicks off on 13th February with the MCM Midlands Comic Con. There's plenty more to follow throughout the year. The events always have something good to offer for anime fans too and often feature a guest or two from the anime and manga industry. The schedule is as follows:

13 February: MCM Midlands Comic Con
12-13 March: MCM Liverpool Comic Con
19-20 March: MCM Birmingham Comic Con
27-29 May: MCM London Comic Con
25-26 June: MCM Belfast Comic Con
2-3 July: MCM Ireland Comic Con (Dublin)
30-31 July: MCM Manchester Comic Con
23-24 September: MCM Scotland Comic Con (Glasgow)
28-30 October: MCM London Comic Con
19-20 November: MCM Birmingham Comic Con

The folks at MCM have also sent us details of two new events in Germany and Brussels. MCM Hannover Comic Con coming to Hannover Messe on 4-5 June 2016 and MCM Belgium Comic Con taking place at Brussels Expo on 11-12 June.

Also don't forget Comic Con Copenhagen 24-25 September 2016 and Comic Con Stockholm on 4-6 November 2016,

As always we've also updated the Otaku Calendar with details of these events.

Read More... | Source: MCM Comic Con

Libra of the Vampire Princess: Visual Novel English Release Kickstarter Details

Date: Monday January 18th 2016 [15:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Do you like visual novels? Do you want one translated into English? Well the good folks from MiKandi Japan have sent us details of their latest Kickstarter to bring and English language adaptation of visual novel game Libra of the Vampire Princess. They've already hit their Kickstarter goal, but are keen to add some stretch goals too. It looks very moe. We're told a few or our readers like this sort of thing.

At the time of writing they have just over a day left to meet this goals. So go take a look if you're interested.

Read More... | Source: Libra of the Vampire Princess: Visual Novel English Release Kickstarter

Omakase featuring Naruto Shippuden

Date: Saturday December 19th 2015 [5:06] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming company Viewster have sent us details of their latest Omakase goodie box. This time around the box is filled with Naruto Shippuden goodies, and also includes a $40 coupon to US Anime convention AX 2016.

For those curious we reviewed the first Omakase Box, which featured Kill la Kill goodies.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

acttil to release Ray Gigant for PS Vita and PS TV in America and Europe in 2016

Date: Monday December 7th 2015 [17:46] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

It's nice to get game news into the Otaku News office from time to time and we've heard from US-based publisher acttil about their plans to release Bandai Namco's Ray Gigant RPG on PS Vita in Spring 2016 with cross compatibility for the PS TV system. The release will be available in both US and EU territories.

Read More... | Source: acttil

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses My Girlfriend is a T-Rex

Date: Friday December 4th 2015 [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've just heard from the good folks at Seven Seas Entertainment about a new manga they've licensed. It's called My Girlfriend is a T-Rex. No, it's not a typo. It's an actual manga. According to the press release:

"My Girlfriend is a T-Rex-like Monster Musume but with a very prehistoric twist!". So that explains the influence and the target audience.

If you like your anime girls carnivorous and cold blooded then this title is clearly for you. You might have to wait a while to get your hands on it as Seven Seas have states that it will be released on 1st November 2016.

We're thinking this is a must to add to your manga / graphic novel collection.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

The Osamu Tezuka Story - A Life in Manga and Anime Book Details

Date: Monday October 19th 2015 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from publishers Stone Bridge Press have just sent us details for a new book out in July 2016. They'll be publishing The Osamu Tezuka Story A Life in Manga and Anime by Toshio Ban & Tezuka Productions. This is going to be a huge book weighing in at over 900 pages, it covers the entire life of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and man seen as the founding father of modern manga and anime.

This book is translated by Frederik L. Schodt. He's known for many things in including translating the original Ghost In the Shell manga into English (with Toren Smith). He's also written numerous award winning books books on manga. He knows his stuff!

You can pre-order the book from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Stone Bridge Press publish high quality books on Japanese culture, anime and manga. They're the publishers behind the The Anime Encyclopedia.

Read More... | Source: Stone Bridge Press

Viewster Launch Omakase Streaming and Merchandise Service

Date: Saturday October 17th 2015 [8:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Streaming Service Viewster have just launched a new package aimed at anime fans. Omakase includes a subscription to their HD Ad-free service, plus a bimonthly box of goodies, including merchandise, music and comics. The boxes will feature limited edition and exclusive stuff. Their launch box will feature exclusive Kill la Kill merchandise.

The Omakase service will be available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

A subscription currently costs $29 (USD) for 2 months, plus shipping and handling.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

The Japanese Gallery in London Launches New Anime Cel Website

Date: Thursday August 20th 2015 [15:54] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from the Japanese Gallery in London have sent us details of a new website they've just launched. Cel-ga.com showcases anime cels that the gallery has for sale. You can buy them on-line and get them shipped to you. Alternatively, you can always walk into their London shop and buy it in the real world.

Read More... | Source: Cel-ga.com

Viewster Opens Los Angeles Office to Drive Revenue Initiatives

Date: Friday June 19th 2015 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

It's always interesting to keep up to date with industry news. The good folks from streaming service Viewster have sent us details of their new office. It seems that they'll be setting up in Los Angeles. This means they'll be expanding and perhaps getting some additional interesting licenses too.

Viewster also intend to start a premium service soon. This makes sense, as they currently have a free to view option that is add supported. Services like Crunchyroll have proven that some anime fans are willing to pay for an ad free offering.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Viz Media To Release Print Edition of One-Punch Man

Date: Saturday June 6th 2015 [16:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of smash hit manga One-Punch Man (pun intended), will be pleased to hear that Viz Media will be releasing a print copy of the title in September 2015. The title is already available digitally, but we know some of you like physical tangible manga too. We've got a review of Volume 1 here.

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

How The Cookie Crumbles - Hotei Tomoyasu's Latest Single

Date: Friday May 29th 2015 [16:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Are you a fan of the Hotei Tomoyasu? If so you'll be pleased to hear that the artist behind Battle Without Honor or Humanity (the iconic music in Kill Bill) has got a new single out featuring Iggy Pop (you know that guy Yelgrun from Star Trek DS9 and also those purple insurance ads). The single is out on Monday 15th June 2015.

Read More... | Source: Hotei Tomoyasu

Viewster Launches New Video Streaming Mobile App

Date: Monday May 18th 2015 [9:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks at Streaming Website Viewster have sent us details of their new mobile app for iOS and Android. They've got a great selection of anime so you can now watch it on the move.

You might want to watch The Heroic Legend of Arslan or The Rolling Girls, both shows we've mentioned here before.

Read More... | Source: Viewster

Hello Kinmoza Simulcast and License Details

Date: Tuesday April 7th 2015 [15:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The Second Season of Kinmoza is now airing. No sooner than the first episode of season 2 was simulcast on Crunchyroll, US anime firm Sentai Filmworks announced that they have the US rights to the second season.

The second season is called Hello!! Kinmoza, and appears to more of the same moe anime as the first season. The show follows the gentle everyday adventures of Alice a British schoolgirl living in Japan with her best friend Shino. They go to school and talk about how blonde Alice's hair is. The show is based of a 4 panel manga.

We must admit that the Otaku News Team have a soft spot for the show. While it's light and fluffy content wise, the animation studio did it's research in the UK and found a location suitable for Alice's house. Otaku News had the world exclusive revealing the British location for Kinmoza as B&B Fosse Farm.

Kinmoza Season 1 is available to buy from Amazon.com on DVD and Blu-ray.

Readers (include those in the UK) can watch Kinmoza season 1 and 2 on Crunchyroll.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

Coluboccoro Kickstarter Details

Date: Tuesday March 31st 2015 [16:40] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Crowd soucing is all the rage now, so it makes sense that more and more anime could be supported by backers paying up front. Kenji Itoso the director behind Santa Company will launch a new Kickstarter to fund his latest production Coluboccoro. The Kickstater will go live on Wednesday 1st April 2015.

Read More... | Source: Coluboccoro Kickstarter

Yen Press NYCC licence roundup

Date: Saturday October 11th 2014 [10:07] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Manga

Yen Press announce their 2014/2015 licences at New York Comic Con.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Sailor Moon Now Streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus

Date: Monday May 19th 2014 [15:56] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

North American based readers who are fans of classic anime Sailor Moon will be pleased to hear that you can now watch it streaming on Hulu and Hulu Plus. VIZ Media will premiere SAILOR MOON Episodes 1-4 (subbed) today on its free NeonAlley.com.

Those readers outside North America will note that the streams are geo-locked. So you'll have to find your own local legal rights holder to watch Sailor Moon.

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

First MCM Ireland Comic Con Details - April 2014

Date: Thursday April 3rd 2014 [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Irish Anime fans in Dublin are in for a treat on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014 as that's when the first ever MCM Ireland Comic Con is set to run at Dublin's RDS.

The event regularly attracts huge crowds around the UK and this April it's Dublin debut marks it's first time in Ireland. Anime fans will be well catered for with two top voice actors - Maile Flanagan, the voice of Naruto, and Bryce Papenbrook, who plays Eren Yeager in Attack On Titan. Plus lots of cosplay goodness including a masquerade.

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

Ranma 1/2 US High definition release details

Date: Tuesday March 18th 2014 [16:10] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Anime fans after a true classic will be very pleased to hear about the new high definition release of Ranma 1/2 on blu-ray and DVD. The good folks from Viz Media have sent us details about the up coming release. The title is due to hit the shelves on March 25th 2014.

Volume 1 will feature everyone's favourite cursed gender bending boy, in original Japanese broadcast order.

You can see footage of the original release vs. this current High Def release and Blu-ray set Debut.

Pre-order Blu-ray from Amazon.com
Pre-order DVD from Amazon.com

Read More... | Source: Viz Media

Mai Mai Miracle UK and US Release Kickstarter Update

Date: Saturday February 8th 2014 [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The big news in anime circles this week has been from Anime Limited and their Kickstarter campaign to bring Mai Mai Miracle to home video.

Within the first 18 hours the Kickstarter hit it's $30K (USD) funding goal. So now they're going for a stretch goal. If they hit the goal of $60K, they'll be able to fund a dub. At the time of writing (with 26 days left on the Kickstarter), they have reached just over $54K. You can keep up to date with news about the Kickstarter here or check out Anime Limited's own website.

Source: Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter

Plastic Blue a LGBT Yuri tale continues the return of GEN Manga monthly

Date: Tuesday February 4th 2014 [16:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Indie Manga publishers GEN Manga have sent us details of their newest releases. Plus an all new season of their manga collection has just launched. All their titles are available to download from their website and are DRM free.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

GEN Manga returns with Let's Eat Ramen 3

Date: Monday January 6th 2014 [16:15] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest release. They're back with volume 3 of Let's Eat Ramen. Their GEN Manga monthly indie manga has also returned.

We caught up with GEN Manga a few years ago to hear their thoughts on seinen and indie manga.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Christmas 2013 at Fosse Farm the Home of Alice from Kinmoza

Date: Thursday December 19th 2013 [15:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Press Releases

Without doubt one of our most popular articles this year was our on location coverage of Fosse Farm - Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza. Key scenes in the anime set in England used Fosse Farmhouse as Alice's house.

Caron Cooper who owns and runs the B&B has just got in touch with us to let us know about a special Christmas offer for Otaku news readers -

Double or twin bedrooms in The Stables Cottage (Alice and Shino's Hanafuda house) 99.00 per room per night B&B.

Available from 20/12/2013 - 26/12/2013 inclusive.

Plus a few spaces remaining for our delicious 4 course Christmas Day lunch at 48.00 per person.

Please email caron@fossefarmhouse.com for further details/booking.

Of course if you can't make it to Fosse Farm over Christmas, they do take bookings around the year too!

Source: Fosse Farm

Wolf Girl - The Princess Mononoke fan film

Date: Saturday September 14th 2013 [11:05] | Posted By: Franki Webb
Category: > Fandom

Any filmmaker will tell you that producing a movie is- hard work. The time, effort and sometimes budget issues can get in the way of making a vision a reality. That challenge is only intensified when it's a fan-based film, reaping no financial rewards at the end and with only the love of the story to keep them going. But that's exactly what filmmakers, Nate Drake and Georgie Donovan are doing, currently in the works is Wolf Girl, a movie about a modern teenage girl struggling to save the forest she calls home from humans, who are cutting down the trees for their own needs. She then joins forces with wolves in a bid to defend her home.

Read More... | Source: Wolf Girl Movie

Maid Cafe NY - Grand Opening - August 18th 2013

Date: Thursday August 8th 2013 [16:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

We've covered maid cafes before in both New York and London, but until now they've all been pop-up cafes set to run for a single day or weekend at time. We've been sent some interesting details about New York's first dedicated Maid Cafe, called Maid Cafe NY. It opens on Sunday August 18th 2013 at 150 Centre Street, Downtown, NY. The grand opening is set to run from 11am to 3:30pm.

Read More... | Source: Maid Cafe NY

PBS Idea Channel - Does it Matter What Evangelion's Creator Says?

Date: Tuesday August 6th 2013 [15:17] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The good folks from the PBS Idea Channel have brought to our attention a rapid fire video, asking the question Does it Matter What Evangelion's Creator Says?

Read More... | Source: PBS Idea Channel

New Cyborg 009 Graphic Novel Coming from Archaia

Date: Friday July 12th 2013 [16:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good people from Archaia Entertainment have sent us details of their new upcoming release an original hardcover graphic novel based on the manga classic Cyborg 009.

Produced directly in conjunction with Ishimori Production Inc. in Japan, this is version has clearly been produced with a more US Comic book feel that the original. The art has clearly been influenced by anime and manga, but it has a very western feel still.

Advance copies will debut at San Diego Comic-Con on July 19th, also known in Japan as Cyborg 009 Day, commemorating the date Ishinomori's original manga was published in Japan in 1964. For those not able to be at Comic-Con, the book goes on sale Sept. 11 2013.

Read More... | Source: Archaia Entertainment

Win a night at Alice Cartalet's house from Kinmoza

Date: Sunday July 7th 2013 [10:16] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

To celebrate the launch of Kinmoza we've teamed up with Fosse Farm who were a key location in the show. You can win a chance to spend a night in Alice's Bedroom in the show!

Read More... | Source: Fosse Farm

NHK World at the Japan Expo 2013 Paris

Date: Tuesday July 2nd 2013 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of their latest European adventures.

They'll be at the Japan Expo 2013 in Paris from 4th to 7th July 2013. NHK world will have a host of events at the Expo, highlights include a Shironuri Makeup Session with leading shironuri artist Minori.

We've been told that they'll also be at Hyper Japan 2013 in London on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July 2013.

For the latest event schedule, please visit their Japan Expo 2013 Website.

UK based readers will be pleased to hear that you can now watch NHK World on Virgin Media Channel 625, along with FreeSat Channel 209 or on Sky Channel 507.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

Voice Acting Open Auditions at Anime Expo 2013

Date: Friday June 28th 2013 [17:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production

The good folks from Bang Zoom Entertainment have sent us details of an open audition they'll be holding for an up coming anime title. The auditions will be held at Anime Expo 2013 from July 4th-7th 2013. The anime title up for audition is yet to be revealed. They will be in search for talent with a variety of voices.

It's not every day you get a chance to audition for an anime voice acting role and be a part of the anime industry! It should be noted that Bang Zoom have been involved with a lot of major anime titles. Recent credits include Sword Art Online and Blue Exorcist.

Read More... | Source: Bang Zoom Entertainment

Anime streaming site Daisuki.net to simulcast Monogatari Series Second Season

Date: Friday June 21st 2013 [17:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

The good folks from new anime streaming site Daisuki.net have sent us details about their latest upcoming streams. They'll be simulcasting Monogatari Series Second Season and offering streams of the previous series - Bakemonogatari, Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari (Black).


Monogatari Series Second Season and Nekomonogatari (Black) will be avaiable for simulcast in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. While Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari will be available in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa.

They've also got 1,000 prizes to give away to anyone who registers on the site and applies for their give away.

Read More... | Source: Daisuki.net

San Francisco 2013 J-POP Summit Festival Details

Date: Monday June 17th 2013 [15:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

US based readers who can get to San Francisco should get ready for the 2013 J-POP Summit Festival. It's set to run in Japan Town in San Francisco on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2013.

Get ready for weekend of Japanese Harajuku Fashion Culture, street styles and kawaii!

Read More... | Source: J-POP Summit Festival

Samurai Pizza Cats: The Complete Series US DVD Release Details

Date: Monday June 17th 2013 [14:29] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

US Anime fans (and those who can watch Region 1 US DVDs) longing for a bit of nostalgia will be interested to hear about the US release of Samurai Pizza Cats The Complete Series from Discotek Media. This is a the dubbed edition with all the original crazy US dubbed dialogue and edits. It's available to pre-order on Amazon.com and direct from Discotek. It's due for release on July 30th 2013. The 8 disc set contains all 52 episodes. The Saturday morning show was a cult classic, but had a very limited release on DVD and VHS in the past. Where do you go when you want some pepperoni?! ^_^

If you want the original version in Japanese, with the original script, Discotek have already released it under the original title of Kyatto-Ninden Teyandee: Complete Uncut Japanese Language Collection. The subbed only version is available to buy on Amazon.com.

Source: Discotek Media

Osamu Tezuka's The Crater goes live on Kickstarter

Date: Sunday May 19th 2013 [10:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from the Kansai Club have sent us details of their Kickstarter to get Osamu Tezuka's The Crater published in English. They intend to publish it as a limited edition run of 2,000 high quality copies.

This is not the first of Tezuka's works to be crowd funded for an English release. Last year DMP ran a successful Kickstarter to get Unico funded.

Read More... | Source: Kansai Club's Kickstarter page

GEN Manga Announces the Release of Alive Collection 1

Date: Sunday May 5th 2013 [11:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks from GEN Manga have sent us details of their latest publication. They've just released their seinen title Alive into a single Tankobon - Alive - The Complete Series. Priced at $2.99 (USD) for a DRM free PDF download.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

On-line Manga Site JManga to shut down it's retail and viewing services

Date: Thursday March 14th 2013 [17:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

On-line and legitimate manga streaming service JManga will be shutting down it's retail and viewing services on May 30th 2013. In other words it's shutting down in it's current form. The site started offering manga to view on-line from 27th December 2010. It was formed by an industry group of 39 Japanese publishers.

They launched in North America on August 17th 2011, and later expanded out globally in February 2012.

They worked on a subscription model, allowing readers to buy points in order to redeem manga.

All JManga Members will be issued Amazon Gift Cards for use on Amazon.com as a substitute the amount of unused JManga Paid Points (terms and conditions apply).

Read More... | Source: JManga

GEN Manga go Manhwa and Sorako release details

Date: Tuesday February 19th 2013 [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

The good folks Gen Manga have sent us details of their latest publication. The publisher bringing us Indie Manga from the Tokyo Underground has branched out to Korean Manhwa, releasing Gen Manhwa featuring a title called Stone Collector.

Gen also tell us they intend to branch out to monthly one shot tankobon type titles. That and they've just released Sorako as a complete digital collection and intend to publish it as a printed edition with some help from a Kick Starter campaign.

Read More... | Source: GEN Manga

Evangelion Camera - Pentax Q10 Limited Edition

Date: Tuesday January 29th 2013 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Otaku photographers who want to tell the world they love Neon Genesis Evangelion will be pleased to hear about the new PENTAX Q10 Evangelion model. Available in 3 colour schemes - Unit 01, Asuka and Rei. They'll be released this April 2013.

The cameras are special limited edition models, with only 1,500 of each colour scheme produced. They all have NERV branding and will only be available in Japan. We suspect they'll be perfect for photographing Evangelion cosplayers! We've covered Evangelion merchandise before and can report that this isn't the craziest product tie in.

Read More... | Source: Pentax Japan

K-On movie US DVD and Blu-ray release details

Date: Thursday January 24th 2013 [16:41] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Moe anime fans who like the adventures of a certain light music club will be pleased to hear that Sentai Filmworks have the license for K-On the movie. The anime series proved to be hugely popular with fans and even caused an increase in demand for certain electric guitars. The movie will be released in the US on DVD and Blu-ray on May 21st 2013. The DVD retails for $29.98 while the blu-ray retails for $39.98. Both discs will be subbed and dubbed.

Read More... | Source: Sentai Filmworks

Crunchyroll releases Xbox 360 streaming video app

Date: Thursday December 20th 2012 [17:25] | Posted By: Eeeper
Category: > Press Releases

US-based anime streaming company Crunchyroll announces release of app for Xbox 360 game console.

Read More... | Source: Crunchyroll

NHK World December 2012 Highlights

Date: Friday December 7th 2012 [17:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

The good folks from NHK World have sent us details of their December 2012 highlights have sent us details of their December Highlights.

The works of surreal comedian Kentaro Kobayashi should be of particular interest to all!

The station broadcasts content in English and is free to access. It's available in many countries.

In the UK if you have Sky you can access NHK World on Channel 507. If you've got FreeSat you can access it on channel 209.

Failing that, you can also watch the show on-line on the NHK Website, JIB TV, or on the NHK World App on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc) and Android Devices.

Read More... | Source: NHK World

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