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An Interview with Danny Choo

Date: Wednesday July 26th 2017 [15:27] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

One of the great things about writing for Otaku News is that you get to meet interesting people. At Hyper Japan we caught up with Danny Choo a professional otaku, entrepreneur, Japanese Cultural ambassador and inventor of the Smart Doll Fashion Doll.

Danny was born and raised in the UK and has been living in Tokyo since 1999. We managed to get an exclusive with interview him at his Smart Doll Booth and he revealed some interesting up products. Read on to find out more.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Sony DVD and Blu-ray Sales Down

Date: Friday February 3rd 2017 [15:50] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

We don't normally post about business news, but it's relevant to otaku. Sony have had to take a writedown on the value of it's movie business (PDF details here). One of the factors is faster than expected decline of DVD and blu-ray disc sales. People are switching to viewing titles via streaming services instead.

The Financial Times and BBC News have more details.

Source: The Financial Times

Seven Seas License Dragon Half Manga

Date: Friday January 13th 2017 [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

It seems that Christmas has come early for some manga fans as publisher Seven Seas Entertainment have just announced that they'll be releasing Dragon Half as a manga omnibus from December 2017.

Certain anime fans will be aware of the much loved crazy title that follows the adventures of half human half dragon Mink, who has fallen for male idol and dragon slayer Dick Saucer (yes, that is his name). The 1993 two episode OVA was mad cap to say the least for many it was an early introduction into how crazy anime can be. That and how you can reinterpret Beethoven's Symohony Number 7 and the joy of omelettes (you really need to watch the anime to appreciate this). Yum! Tamago! *ahem*

Even if you haven't seen the anime If you love Japanese RPGs, you'll want to get a hold of this title.

Read More... | Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

Original Ghost in the Shell Manga Re-release Details

Date: Saturday November 19th 2016 [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

While everyone's talking about the up coming live action Ghost in the Shell Movie starting Scarlett Johansson, lots of people will want to read Masamune Shirow's original source material. The good folks at manga publisher Kodansha Comics have just announced the release dates for Deluxe editions of the original manga. These editions will be in In the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time. They also include brand new bonus content.

This is all 3 volumes, The original Ghost In the Shell manga (labelled as The Ghost in the Shell 1 Deluxe Edition), The Ghost in the Shell 2, plus Ghost in the Shell 1.5 which fills the gaps between volume 1 and 2.
All three will be hard cover editions.

They'll also be releasing a movie tie-in edition, the contents of which is a bit vague. Is it just the first volume with a different cover? Or extra content? We're not sure yet.

All 4 volumes are due out on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

You can pre-order them now from Amazon.

The Ghost in the Shell 1 Deluxe Edition - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Ghost in the Shell 2 Deluxe Edition (Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface) - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The Ghost in the Shell 1.5 Deluxe Edition (Human-Error Processor) - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Ghost in the Shell 1 Movie Tie-In Edition - Pre order from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

They're definitely worth getting if you haven't already got any Ghost in the Shell manga, especially the first volume as this is one of the most influential manga titles ever written.

Source: Kodansha Comics

Sherlock: A Study in Pink Manga Release Date

Date: Monday September 12th 2016 [15:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Fans of BBC Series Sherlock will already know about the English language release of the manga adaptation we've covered before.

Currently Titan Comics have split the manga up into 6 comic books to sell the chapters separately. The full collected manga for Sherlock: A Study in Pink will be released on 31st January 2016 as a single book.

The book is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

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

Nintendo and Uniqlo Team Up for T-shirt Design Competition

Date: Sunday July 3rd 2016 [15:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Fans of Nintendo with an artistic streak will be interested to hear about Uniqlo's UTGP'17 T-shirt design competition. The grand prize is £7,000 and will be judged by Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto (along with a special team of judges). The design competition is open world wide. The theme is simply Nintendo. So if you've got an idea for a Nintendo themed t-shirt you've been itching to get made, now is the time to get submitting!

The winning t-shirts will be sold through Uniqlo in Spring 2017.

The competition is due to close on Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Read More... | Source: Uniqlo

Fakku Publishing and Toshio Maeda Running Kickstarter to publish Legend of the Overfiend in English

Date: Wednesday June 22nd 2016 [16:02] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Sitting on a train travelling home, a man wearing a trench coat walked past me, I couldn't see his face, it was covered by the brim of his hat, I could see he had a moustache. I thought this was strange attire for the middle of June. I didn't know who he was, but he clearly knew me. Just as the train pulled into the next station he passed me a plain brown envelope and left the train before I could process what happened.

I waited until I got home until opening the envelope, just in case, as it's not everyday mustachioed stranger delivers a letter on public transport. The letter was from on-line retailer United Publications, they wanted to tell us that they've started stocking books for *ahem* mature readers from publisher Fakku. The letter said Fakku are company driven by fans, something United Publications are keen to support.

Not wanting to stop, the letter carried on.

"We know you've met renowned hentai master Toshio Maeda, but are you aware of the Kickstarter to get his most famous work Legend of the Overfiend published in English?"

We weren't aware of this Kickstarter, but now we are. Thank you, kind trenchcoated stranger.

The Kickstarter is due to end on Wednesday 20th July 2016. As of the time of writing $32,919 has been pledged towards the $47,000 (USD) target.

Source: Fakku Kickstarter

An Interview with Anime Director Michael Arias

Date: Monday June 6th 2016 [15:59] | Posted By: Lee
Category: > Features

Lots of anime fans aspire to join the anime industry. Very few from the west make it. Even fewer people go on to direct well known titles like Tekkonkinkreet, or produced the Animatrix. Michael Arias was a guest at the MCM London Comic Con this May 2016. We were lucky enough to catch him for an exclusive interview, while he was here to promote Harmony, his latest feature film, it's due for a home video release in the UK sometime in Q4 2016 thanks to Anime Limited.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork Auction Sale Results

Date: Wednesday June 1st 2016 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

We've already mentioned the Sotheby's auction that contained artwork from Osamu Tezuka and Akira Toriyama. What we haven't covered is how much each item went for.

The prices listed below are the hammer price with the buyer's premium.

The Tezuka artwork went mostly within the estimated prices.

Lot 231 was estimated to sell for 8,000 to 10,000 EUR. It went for 8,750.

Lot 232 was estimated to sell for 3,000 to 4,000 EUR. It went for 3,625.

Lot 233 was estimated to sell for 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 1,750.

Lot 234 was estimated to sell for 2,500 to 3,000 EUR. It went for 2,750.1

Akira Toriyama's drawing was Lot 235 with an estimated sale price of 2,000 to 3,000 EUR. It sold for 15,000. That's 5 times the original estimated price.

Source: Sotheby's

Ray Gigant (PS Vita) Review

Date: Tuesday May 10th 2016 [15:46] | Posted By: Guest Contributor
Category: > Features

Today we're posting a guest review by Ashley McNeil who is an actual scientist and blogs about comics, games and other awesome nerdy subjects at http://www.sciencepunk.co.uk.

Ash is reviewing Ray Gigant from Experience Inc.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Sotheby's to Auction Tezuka and Toriyama Artwork

Date: Thursday May 5th 2016 [15:37] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Manga fans with cash to splash will want to head over to famous auctioneers Sotheby's for their bandes dessinées auction (drawn strips). The collection of sequential art is mainly European and American artists. However manga fans are in for a treat with manga master Osamu Tezuka artwork for sale with prices ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 EUR. They've also got an original Akira Toriyama drawing too, which is estimated to sell from 2,000 to 3,000 EUR.

The auction will take place on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 2pm in Paris. You can bid on-line, but note that first-time bidders must pre-register 24 hours in advance of the sale in order to be approved by Sotheby's.

Thanks to Deb Aoki for the tip off on this story.

Read More... | Source: Sotheby's

Ozarin: Anime Japan 2016 - An Adventure in Odaiba!

Date: Friday April 22nd 2016 [16:11] | Posted By: Bryoz
Category: > Features

I was lucky enough to attend Anime Japan, a massive entertainment focused event in Odaiba, to check out some of the latest and upcoming Japanese animation!

Read More... | Source: Ozarin

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

Ocha & Co - Matcha By Mail Order

Date: Saturday April 9th 2016 [14:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

While taking a day off from being an otaku I was browsing the stalls at the London Coffee Festival looking for ways to feed my never ending caffeine addiction. You never really switch off from being an otaku, as I stumbled upon a Japanese tea company Ocha & Co who are promoting themselves to coffee connoisseurs.

Many of our readers are fans of Japanese matcha powder and loose leaf Japanese tea, so naturally I was curious. The staff at Ocha & Co explained that they source directly from one tea producer in Shizuoka. The organic certified tea is then shipped quickly to them and then on again directly to the customer. They're keen to get the tea directly from the plantation to your cup in the shortest possible time. You can also buy their matcha and teas direct from Japan using Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Source: Ocha & Co

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

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

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

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

Viewster Omakase Kill la Kill Box Review

Date: Tuesday November 24th 2015 [17:19] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

The good folks from streaming anime company Viewster have just sent us a complementary Omakase box to review. The service itself is an interesting one. You pay $29 USD (plus shipping and handling, which we're told is $19 USD to the UK, brining it up to $48 USD) for a 2 months on-line access to Viewsters HD ad-free anime streaming service, plus they'll send you a box full of goodies. Currently the service is available in the US, Canada and the UK. For UK based readers the customs charges are already factored into the shipping and handling costs, so the price you pay to ship is the price you'll pay to receive the anime goodies.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

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

Gundam Zeonic Toyota Auris

Date: Friday October 2nd 2015 [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Gundam fans who have got it all will be interested in this latest cross over. Bandai Namco have teamed up with Toyota to produce a special Zeonic Toyota Auris. The car is available in forms the racy red MS-185H-CA02, which matches Char Aznable's own mech paint scheme, they also have a "PROCUCTION MODEL" that matches the classic Zaku green colour scheme.

This is a simple colour and transfer release, the cars actually have custom detailing including mech like fins on the rear, special front and rear bumpers, new mech-like wheel arches and air intakes too. It even includes red alloy wheels, along with Zeonic Toyota branded sport seats, gear stick. There's a ton of extras included too, such as the sat-nav using the Gundam voice actors Shuuichi Ikeda and Keiko Han.

The car retails around 2,900,000 to 3,700,000 JPY (which is about 15,900 to 20,300 GBP or 24,150 to 30,800 USD), depending on which options you get for it. You can read more details about this Auris on the Toyota Japan website.

You can also watch various promotional videos on YouTube.

As cars sold in Japan are right hand drive, we're wondering if any British Gundam fans would import this car?

Read More... | Source: Toyota UK Blog

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

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

Convention Season - A Quick Reminder About Pirate Goods

Date: Saturday May 16th 2015 [10:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

With convention season kicking off it's time for us to issue our regular reminder to everyone to keep an eye out for pirate goods. Do you know if the event you are going to has a pirate goods policy? Do you know how to spot and avoid pirate goods? We find that pirate goods are still present at some events. If you haven't already, please read the Pirate Anime FAQ and learn how to avoid dodgy merchandise.

Source: The Pirate Anime FAQ

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

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Australian release details

Date: Thursday October 2nd 2014 [17:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > DVD

We don't normally post Australian anime news (but we do want to change that and post more). Australian Fan of Studio Ghibli are in for a treat the December. Anime company Madman Entertainment will be releasing The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. It's a behind the scenes documentary at Studio Ghibli, you can see the masters of animation at work and get some inside details of Miyazaki making his last feature film The Wind Rises. It's due out in Australia on Wednesday 10th December 2014 and is set to retail for $29.95 (AUD).

If you've enjoyed any kind of DVD extra on behind the scenes at Studio Ghibli, you'll want to see this insightful film focusing on the creative process behind the scenes.

The film will also be showing as part of Madman's The Tale of Studio Ghibli Showcase theatrical event

Source: Madman Entertainment

Hyper Japan 2014 Report

Date: Thursday August 7th 2014 [15:04] | Posted By: Lucy
Category: > Features

So Japanese Culture event Hyper Japan was the 25th -27th July 2014 this year, a few of us went & this is a run down of the goings on at this awesome event!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

An interview with Japan Camera Hunter

Date: Wednesday July 9th 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 July 6th 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

Transformers x Evangelion - Optimus Prime with Eva Unit 01 Colours

Date: Monday June 9th 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

ShootTokyo Kickstarter Photo Book Campaign

Date: Sunday May 18th 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

The Anime Encyclopedia, 3rd Revised Edition release details

Date: Wednesday May 7th 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

1952-2012 : Stories of Modern Manga Kickstarter Campaign

Date: Monday April 14th 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

Pirate Anime FAQ Updated

Date: Sunday April 6th 2014 [10:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

The Pirate Anime FAQ is regarded as essential reading. We've just done a minor update adding a section about Anime Conventions and similar events to it. Geeky events like this are a great place to buy stuff from, but we urge caution as some will have excellent policies in place to stop dealers from selling pirate goods. Other events we are aware of however will not have any policy or if they do not enforce it. Often their concern is if they've sold enough tables to make a good profit. This does not just apply to small events. Bigger events also have this problem too.

Source: Pirate Anime FAQ

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

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A look at the local Australian anime section

Date: Wednesday March 12th 2014 [17:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

We've highlighted before to our UK readers how they're connected to the Australian anime market. So today we'd thought we should share you with you an example of how established the market is down under.

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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.

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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.

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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

London Shopping Guide Updated

Date: Monday September 2nd 2013 [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

We've just updated our London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide. Japanese department store Mitsukoshi has now closed, so it's been removed from our listing. We've heard rumours that they might open elsewhere in one form or another. All is not lost though as the bookshop in Mitsukoshi's basement JP Books now has it's own dedicated shop on Denman Street, just North of Piccadilly Circus.

We've also had to remove the much loved retro gaming shop Gaming Focus, along with the Muji on Oxford Street. There are still other Muji shops around London.

Also, we like to remind people when shopping for anime goods anywhere to watch out for pirate goods. We suggest you stay informed and read The Pirate Anime FAQ. There are still plenty of places out there that do stock pirate goods.

Source: Otaku News - London Anime and Manga Shopping Guide

Cosplayers Unite - A Kickstarter Project

Date: Sunday August 25th 2013 [7:01] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Fandom

Cosplay photography circle SCG have launched a gutsy project Cosplayers Unite on crowd funding web platform Kickstarter. The project seeks to immortalise some of the world’s finest female cosplayers in a series of portraits to provide a unique "multi-media cosplay experience" for backers.

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An interview With Anime Director Shinichiro Watanabe

Date: Saturday July 27th 2013 [16:38] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Features

It's not every day you meet an anime director, yet alone one from one of the most highly regarded anime series of all time. Thanks to good folks at Anime Limited we were able to catch up with Shinichiro Watanabe, who is best known as the director of Cowboy Bebop. He has also directed the hip-hop samurai mash-up Samurai Champloo and more recently the jazz anime Kids on the Slope.

We caught up with Shinichiro Watanabe at the May 2013 London MCM Comic Con. He was in town to promote the new release of Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray along with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Kids on the Slope.

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Evangelion Store Tokyo 01 - Harajuku

Date: Wednesday July 17th 2013 [16:17] | Posted By: Priss
Category: > Features

In the April of 2013, I made my first visit to Japan. On my many travels, the second excursion to Harajuku was not for the stores featuring Japan's most iconic and eccentric fashion trends. It was not even to torture myself with the price tags in Lolita fashion wonderland. I passed the stores and sparklingly sweet crepe stands by. I was on a reconnaissance mission to visit The Evangelion Store - Tokyo One.

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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

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.

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