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Human Versus Machine Japanese Translation Mini Battle

Date: 2024 May 09 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The manga tech start up Orange Inc recently raised over 19 million USD in funding for machine translated manga. We were quite intrigued because machine translation hasn't always worked out in the past for manga titles. One recent example was the Ranking of Kings Manga that had to be pulled because the quality of the translations were so poor. What's worse was the lack of quality control from everyone involved in the publishing of the title.

As we were curious, we reached out to some professional translators to ask their opinions on the current state of translation.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News


Manga Tech Startup Orange, Inc. Raises JPY 2.9B (USD 19.5M) in Pre-Series A Financing

Date: 2024 May 09 20:06 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The people from manga tech start up Orange, Inc have sent us details about their latest fundraising. They've managed to get JPY 2.92 billion (approximately USD 19.5 million* ) fundraising in pre-series A financing.

The company pitches itself as a a manga localization technology company that uses deep learning models to translate manga. In a web comic they explain how it's not cost effective to get humans to translate the bulk of manga published in Japanese. As a result they claim less than 2% of Japanese manga has been translated.

The pitch also says they'll have skilled translators polish the output, while in reality, for a translator it's actually easier to translate directly than to tidy up machine translated text.

Machine translation does have it's place. It's frequently (and successfully) used to translate text with a consistent context, such as instruction manuals and technical documents. This text is often very dry, but also very limited in scope with fixed and repeated text. Once a human has corrected it the machine model can then use the preferred translation for that expression again and again, which makes sense in an instruction manual.

Manga however is a creative endeavour and as a result the translations have a very wide scope. Translators have to be creative, who is speaking? What's their background? What mood are they in? What's the context of what they're saying? Is it a pun? Are they speaking formally? Do they have a regional accent? This and many other factors have to be taken into account words don't always have a one to one mapping, as context and intent makes manga translation an art form unto itself.

We're reminded In an industry where companies are trying to lower translation costs at the expense of translators wages, it can make it difficult to earn money as a freelance translator when companies are trying to race to the bottom.

We're thinking if you gave the Otaku News Team 2.92 billion JPY, we wouldn't publish as much manga as Orange Inc are intending to, but we'd pay our translators, letters and other production staff a decent wage. So if any companies looking to send us almost 19.5M USD to publish, then please do get in touch. We've got a list of manga we'd like to license and translate!

On a more serious note, we reached out to a few professional translators to ask their opinion on the Orange Inc News and machine translation in general. We also got them to do a translation mini battle.

Read More... | Souce: Orange Inc


Crunchyroll Announce 3 More Titles for 2024

Date: 2024 May 08 19:40 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from streaming giants Crunchyroll have sent us details from CCXP Mexico, where they announced some new and returning titles to the service.

Coming some time in 2024 is Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister, while set for October 2024 we have Nina the Starry Bride along with the return of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 3. Re:ZERO has been hugely popular with anime fans and it's return is highly anticipated.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll


Spy x Family CODE: White Movie Review

Date: 2024 April 22 19:17 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Hugely popular anime Spy x Family is going to hit cinemas in the UK and Ireland from Friday 26th April 2024. To find a screening near you can visit spyfamilyfilm.co.uk.

But before you do, don't you want to know what we think about the movie?! Read on to read our review about the Forgers first cinematic outing.

Read More... | Souce: Otaku News


Tales of the Tendo Family Volume 1

Date: 2024 March 29 20:53 | Posted By:

Masato, a son of the Tendo family, is meant to marry Hojo Ran, the daughter of a baron. There's just one problem: she's a fake. The real Ran has fled after hearing that few make it out of the Tendo family alive. In her place is a young woman who says she will die if it means saving someone else's life.

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Crunchyroll Announces Spring 2024 Anime Streaming Line Up

Date: 2024 March 14 21:02 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from streaming giants Crunchyroll have just revealed their Spring 2024 anime line up.

The streaming service will be releasing some hotly anticipated titles. We're most looking forward to Kaiju No. 8. Based on the popular manga, the anime adaptation by Production I.G. is due out on Saturday 13th April 2024. Set in a world where giant monsters ravage Japan our hero wants to enlist in The Defence Force to help save humanity, action and a twist ensues.

Laid Back Camp returns for Season 3, we're looking forward to seeing more of this comfy camping slice of life show. We've got more of Rin, Nadeshiko and friends riding around Japanese country side. What's not to like.

While also interestingly we've got an old favourite returning. Spice and Wolf returns. The fan favourite is an interesting franchise about trading economics and a wolf girl.

There's so much to pick from this season, but one you shouldn't overlook is a new adaptation of Bartender, this version is called Bartender Glass of God. It's about bar hidden away in Tokyo, where only those truly in need seem to find it. While there the bartender just happens to make the perfect drink to sooth your worries. Each episode a different drama unfolds and we're treated to a new drink recipe.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll


Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron Wins An Oscar

Date: 2024 March 12 17:41 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron has won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film 2024.

The highly coveted gold statue is considered the biggest award in Hollywood circles. Miyazaki is not only the first and only Japanese director to have won in this category, but he has also won it twice! Spirited Away won the Oscar in 2002.

Miyazaki's other movies Howl's Moving Castle and The Wind Rises have been nominated in the past, but did not win. While other Ghibli movies The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There and The Red Turtle have all been nominated previously too.

This is an exceptional achievement and marks another award on the shelf for The Boy and the Heron, which also won a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA.

Souce: The Oscars 2024


Dan Da Dan To Stream on Crunchyroll October 2024

Date: 2024 March 10 21:47 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us details about Dandadan arriving on Crunchyroll. The anime version will be adapted by Science SARU, who also recently made Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! and Tatami Time Machine Blues.

The quirky nature of the manga makes it an excellent fit for the type of show Science SARU normally create, it feels like a natural pairing.

The show is due to hit the streaming service this October 2024. Interestingly, Crunchyroll are calling it Dan Da Dan, while manga publishers Viz have localised it as Dandadan (without the spaces).

You can watch the the official subtitled trailer on YouTube.

We're really looking forward to this series as Science SARU always produce such amazing anime.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll


Akira Toriyama Manga Legend and Creator of Dragon Ball Dies at 68

Date: 2024 March 08 07:34 | Posted By:

Category > Current Affairs

It's been announced today on X (the site formally known as Twitter) and on the official Dragon Ball site that Akira Toriyama passed away on 1st March 2024 due to acute subdural hematoma. He was 68 years old.

It's a massive understatement to call Toriyama a legend, the popularity and influence of the Dragon Ball Series by itself is huge. He's also had success with other projects including the artwork and character design for video games Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger. The up coming game based on his work Sand Land is due to be released on multiple formats this April too.

You can read the official statement from the Dragon Ball Official Website, BBC News, The Guardian also pretty much every news outlet has an obituary of some kind.

Akira Toriyama work was iconic and his passing will surprise many fans around the world. As news of his death spreads around internet many industry professionals are posting condolences and also admit that it's because of him they first got into manga and anime in the first place.

Souce: Dragon Ball Offical


Crunchyroll Announces the Winners of The Anime Awards 2024

Date: 2024 March 04 21:14 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from anime giants Crunchyroll have announced the winners of The Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2024.

Winners of the coveted award include Jujutsu Kaisen for Anime of the Year, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc for Best Animation, and SPY x FAMILY Season 1 Cour 2 for Best Comedy.

The awards have been running 2017, this annual event has recognized and celebrated anime's finest series, films, and the talented people who make them. Fans from around the world, along with a global panel of judges, cast their votes in a variety of categories, and the results are revealed at our live awards show.

Our editor Joe Curzon (that's me), was on the judging panel this year.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll Anime Awards


Tales of the Tendo Family Manga Release Details

Date: 2024 February 27 20:57 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The good folks from One Peace Books have just sent us details for an up coming manga Tales of the Tendo Family. Created by Ken Saito the historical-romance shojo is due out on April 9th 2024.

Set in the Meiji Period it tells the story of a girl who poses as the beautiful young noble Hojo Ran, who in turn is seeking to escape a marriage into the notoriously bloody Tendo family. Our hero gets pulled into the twisted world of the Tendo family.

Ken Saito is a mangaka best known for the heartwarming series The Name of the Flower. Tales of the Tendo Family will be translated by Matt Schley (Multi-Mind Mayhem, NHK, Netflix). The series will be released every 3-4 months.

Read More... | Souce: One Peace Books


Studio BONES Turns 25! Crunchyroll Produces Documentary to Celebrate

Date: 2024 February 12 19:45 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us details of a new Studio BONES Documentary. The celebrate the anniversary Crunchyroll have produced a new 4 part documentary to capture the history behind such hits including Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (the Cowboy Bebop Movie), My Hero Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and much more.

BONES 25: Dreaming Forward will be available from Tuesday 13th February 2024 and will coincide with the launch of Studio BONES new anime, Metallic Rouge.

You can check out a trailer of the documentary on YouTube.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll


Attack on Titan x Game Beauty Makeup Collection Volume 1

Date: 2024 February 11 15:06 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

We do like a fun collaboration. The good folks at US firm Game Beauty have teamed up with Kodansha to create a limited-edition Attack on Titan makeup collection.

"Embrace the strength of the heroes with four natural-toned lip glosses, each capturing the essence of a beloved character: Eren's unwavering courage in a brick red, Mikasa's fierce loyalty in a fiery red, Levi's icy precision in an almond pink with silver shimmers, and Armin's strategic brilliance in a peachy nude with golden shimmers..."

Game Beauty is female-owned business that aims to bridge the two worlds of makeup and virtual-reality by offering high-quality beauty products inspired by your favourite video game and anime concepts.

The make up collection is available to pre-order now from Game Beauty until 7th March 2024.

Read More... | Souce: Game Beauty


Follow Otaku News on Bluesky

Date: 2024 February 07 21:01 | Posted By:

Category > Websites

Social media is everywhere, we're not that big on on it. We have an active presence on Twitter, but now we're also on Bluesky. We've had a account there for a while with an invite code. Now that Bluesky is open to everyone we thought it's time to share our details, so if you want to follow us find us under @otakunews.bsky.social.

If you're new to the service and want to follow some other interesting people in anime and manga circles then why not follow:

@debaoki.bsky.social
Deb Aoki is a manga and anime journalist and expert who writes for Comics Beat & Publishers Weekly.

@mattalt.bsky.social
Matt Alt. Translator, author and NHK World Host.

@tristiger.bsky.social
Tristan Felix B. / Emily Balistrieri, Japanese translator. Translations include Kiki's Delivery Service, Tatami Galaxy and much more.

@glider.bsky.social
Helen McCarthy the author of many anime and manga books and a key driving force in kick starting UK anime fandom.

@benapplegate.com
Ben Applegate isdirector of publishing for the Kodansha print manga program

@zackdavisson.com
Zack Davisson is an Eisner-winning Translator/Writer/Lecturer.

There's so many more accounts we'd like to mention but sometimes if fun to discover others by exploring social media itself. It also feels very reductive just writing a single sentence summary about all these great accounts!

Souce: Otaku News Bluesky Account


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training- Movie UK and Ireland Release Details

Date: 2024 January 21 16:19 | Posted By:

Category > Anime > Film

The good folks from streaming giant Crunchyroll have sent us details about the special world tour of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training-.

The film combines episode 11 of the Swordsmith Village Arc which concludes the story arc and then follows on with Episode 1 of the Hashira Training Arc.

It'll hit the UK and Ireland from Friday 23rd February 2024. A special screening will be held on Sunday 25th February 2024 at BFI IMAX in London featuring guests Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Kamado's voice actor) and producer Yuma Takahashi. Tickets will be available soon.

The movie will be released across various countries / territories this February 2024. Read on to find out more...

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll


Delicious in Dungeon Social Media Giveaway

Date: 2024 January 10 21:11 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from Kadokawa have sent us details about a great little social media campaign they're running to promote the new Delicious in Dungeon anime that's now streaming on Netflix.

The anime follows the story of a group of adventures who have failed on their quest. With Laios the hero down on his luck and against the clock as his sister is slowly getting digested by a red dragon. He has to return to the dungeon to rescue his sister, but is flat of our money and resources to buy food, so resorts to eating dungeon monsters!

The comedy series is animated by Studio Trigger, who have also down the fantastic Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, BNA, Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia to name a few of their titles.

The manga is availble in English from Yen Press.

Anyway, the competition in question is a follow the X (formally known as Twitter) accounts and repost the giveaway post in order for your chance to win some signed goodies.

Read More... | Souce: Delicious in Dungeon Social Media Giveaway Post


Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron Wins Golden Globe Award

Date: 2024 January 09 21:24 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Animated 2024. The coveted award forms part of Hollywood's Award season. Miyazaki is the first Japanese director to have won this category (which was established in 2007).

Anime has been nominated in the past (such as Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai and Masaaki Yuasa Inu-Oh), but has until now failed to win. This year the film went up against Makoto Shinkai's Suzume, Wish , The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Elemental.

The Boy and the Heron was also nominated for Best Original Score - Motion Picture for Joe Hisaishi's work, however he Ludwig Göransson won this category for the Oppenheimer score.

The Boy and the Heron has been shown in the US and UK will probably get a wider release due to award win.

Hayao Miyazaki was also the first Japanese Animation director to win an Oscar for Spirited Away.

Souce: The Golden Globes


Voidol3 Anime Style Voice Changing Software Release Details

Date: 2024 January 06 12:47 | Posted By:

Category > Retail

The good folks from Japanese software firm Crimson Technology have sent us details about their English language launch of Voidol3. This is real time voice conversion software primarily aimed at streamers, v-tubers and people who have the need to change their voice in real time.

We reviewed Voidol2 when it came out a few years ago.

This new version is available for Windows and macOS. You can purchase the standard version for $270 (USD) or upgrade from Voidol2 for $170 (USD).

Read More... | Souce: Crimson Technology Voidol3


Square Enix Manga Release Their First Humble Bundle

Date: 2023 December 18 20:38 | Posted By:

Category > Manga

The good folks from Square Enix Manga and Books have just released their first Humble Bundle Package.

The bundle is available to readers worldwide until Saturday 6th January 2024. The pay what you want bundle is divided into tiers of 4 items, 12 items or all 28 titles depending on how much you're willing to spend.

Titles include e books 1-3 of the popular A Man and His Cat and My Dress-Up Darling, along with guilty pleasures such as The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated. This a great way to sample a load of manga at a heavy discount as it would normally cost $271 USD to buy these separately. Square Enix Manga and Books have also partnered with Binc Foundation a nonprofit helping the employees and owners of bookstores and comic shops with unforeseen emergency financial, medical and mental health service need. Each purchase from the bundle will go towards the foundation. At the time of writing they've already raised over $2,200 USD for the cause.

UK readers should note that Humble Bundle is available in the UK in GBP too, so you won't get any pesky foreign currency charges if you purchase ebooks from there.

You can visit the Humble Bundle page to find out more.

Read More... | Souce: Square Enix Manga and Books Humble Bundle Page


Crunchyroll Unveils Winter Season of Anime for the Start of 2024

Date: 2023 December 14 20:22 | Posted By:

Category > Anime

The good folks from streaming giants Crunchyroll have just sent us details for their Winter 2024 line up. As 2023 winds down, they've got some great titles to lined up to start the new year.

Headlining on 29th December 2023, Burn The Witch returns and we'll get more adventures in Reverse London.

While 6th January 2024 sees the continuation of One Piece, and we're introduced to new series Solo Leveling and A Sign of Affection. We've covered Solo Leveling before when it had a special London screening. We're also very curious about A Sign of Affection as the romantic series looks promising.

We're most excited about the confirmation that Frieren: Beyond Journey's End will be continuing too. We've really been enjoying this story of Elf Mage Frieren who's quest has finished and has started to figure out what to do next.

Read More... | Souce: Crunchyroll


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