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Welcome to our News archive for August 2006 - to see this month's news please click on the button below.
 


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3rd September 2006

Anime on TV

A good start this month for TV showings!  As previously reported, Jonathon Ross' Japanorama returns to BBC3 on Thursday 7th September at 11pm and repeated the following day at 11.35pm.  Film 4 also continue their showings of Studio Ghibli films with The Cat Returns (read our review here) showing today (in dubbed English) at 3pm and again (in Japanese with subtitles) on Thursday 7th September at 3pm.  Film 4 will also be showing Princess Mononoke again (dubbed in English) on Friday 8th September at 6.25pm. 

Source: BBC, Film4
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31st August 2006

More Anime Games on the Way

Online retailer Play.com have listed three anime inspired PlayStation 2 games which are due for release by the end of the year.  First up is Saint Seiya: The Hades on 29th September, the second Saint Seiya game to be released here despite neither the corresponding anime or manga receiving a UK release.  Next, on 27th October, comes the sequel to the popular Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi, imaginatively titled Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2.  However, the best news is definitely the 3rd November release of Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, better known in gaming circles by its Japanese title of Naruto: Narutimate Hero.  The game is a little dated now (it was originally released in 2003), but its release paves the way for the more recent sequels to hopefully follow soon.

Source: Play.Com
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30th August 2006

Tokyopop Launch Web Exclusive Manga

Following an extensive redesign of their US website, Tokyopop have announced that several manga titles will be available exclusively through it.  The updated website is designed to be more of a 'community' site which focuses on bringing manga fans together, and Tokyopop feel that selling manga directly to this audience could be the way forward for a number of unconventional titles.  Despite offering some titles for reading online, Tokyopop's new strategy is focused more at selling physical manga books that will be unavailable in the shops.  As well as new series, older titles including Arm of Kannon, One, Neck and Neck, Soul to Seoul, Heaven Above Heaven, Sorcerer Hunters Authentic Relaunch, Dragon Head and Dragon Voice are no longer going to be available through standard retail chains like Borders and will instead have to be bought through the Tokyopop website.

Reading between the lines it looks like Tokyopop are trying to find a new way to sell some of their more unsuccessful titles, with a hope that word of mouth and recommendations will push these titles to new audiences.  The idea hasn't gone down well in some quarters in the US, with Ed Sherman of Californian retailer Rising Sun Creations labelling it 'an act of sheer desperation'.  Whether it is or not remains to be seen, but giving unsuccessful titles a second chance is preferable in our eyes to dumping them altogether, as other companies have done in the past.  It also remains to be seen what effect this will have on the UK market, but we would imagine that there will be some kind of link between the UK and US Tokyopop site to enable UK readers to get these new series.  We'll keep you posted...

Source: ICv2
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25th August 2006

Return of the Max

Older anime and manga fans may have a bit of a shock if they pick up the current issue of sci-fi mag Dreamwatch, as it comes with a free anime and manga supplement with the name Manga MaxManga Max was the 1990's equivalent of Neo Magazine, offering the latest anime and manga news and reviews, and containing contributions from the likes of Jonathan Clements and Hayao Miyazaki biographer Helen McCarthy.  The magazine was run by Titan Books and was very well respected before it finally closed down towards the end of the decade.  Now it seems it is back, albeit in very truncated form, and it may be that Titan are testing the waters for a possible relaunch.  The focus of the mini-mag is very much towards experienced fans, it covers import DVD reviews and seems to aim at a more hardcore audience than Neo does.  It will be interesting to see how it continues, as it would be a great sign of the strength of the UK market if it does return.

Source: WHSmiths
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25th August 2006

Classic Anime clips!

With the release of the Manga Essentials Boxset exactly one month away on 25th September, Manga Entertainment have released clips from the classic films that it contains!  The films in the boxset - Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Ninja Scroll - are all must haves for any self-respecting anime fan, if you don't believe us check out these clips!

Akira Clip 1 - High / Medium / Low
Akira Clip 2 - High / Medium / Low
Akira Clip 3 - High / Medium / Low

Ghost in the Shell Clip 1 - High / Medium / Low
Ghost in the Shell Clip 2 - High / Medium / Low
Ghost in the Shell Clip 3 - High / Medium / Low

Ninja Scroll Clip 1 - High / Medium / Low
Ninja Scroll Clip 2 - High / Medium / Low
Ninja Scroll Clip 3 - High / Medium / Low

Source: Manga Entertainment
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21st August 2006

DDR:UK theft

Although this news is not anime-related, we know that it would be of great interest to the anime community. 

Expo and convention regulars DDR:UK (Dance Dance Revolution UK) have sadly experienced a burglary which has seen them lose £25,000 worth of equipment.  Consoles, rare games, audio and visual equipment were all claimed by the criminals and have left DDR:UK currently unable to attend any future events until the equipment has been replaced.  You can read the full press release by clicking here

Consequently DDR:UK have set up a games donation drive where supporters can donate games, consoles or make a cash donation.  We urge you to donate anything you can as DDR:UK always bring excellent entertainment a convention/expo.  Click here to donate, using the comments box at the bottom of the page. 

Source: DDR:UK; eyeonanime
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20th August 2006

Latest ADV Newsletter

We have received the latest press release from ADV which reminds you all that there is still time to check out The Place Promised In Our Early Days and Area 88 at the NFT (National Film Theatre), both are running until 24th August.  Click here for details on how to reach the NFT and click here to check out our review of The Place Promised In Our Early Days

The following titles are also released tomorrow:

Saiyuki Requiem (click here for our review)
Elfen Lied vol 4 (click here for our review)
Cromartie High School vol 3 (review coming this week)
DN Angel vol 7
Getbackers vol 8
Burn Up Excess Complete Collection

Source: ADV Films
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17th August 2006

Third Naruto clip!

Just four days to go until Naruto Unleashed Series 1 vol 1 hit the shelves (roll on Monday!) and Manga have tantalised us further with a third clip of the uncut series!  Check out our review and the following clip, and make sure you enter our competition while you're at it!!

Naruto Unleashed Clip 3 - High / Medium / Low

Source: Manga Entertainment
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16th August 2006

Voice artists announced as guests at next London Expo

Excellent news! Three voice artists have been confirmed to appear at the next MCM London Expo this October: Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Sasuke in Naruto), Tara Platt (voice of Temari in Naruto) and Aaron Dismuke (Alphonse in Full Metal Alchemist). 

All three artists will be appearing on both days of the Expo (28th & 29th October) and will no doubt be giving free signings as previous voice artists have.  This is the highest amount of voice artists to appear in the anime village and hopefully more will be announced. 

Source: MCM London Expo
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14th August 2006

Win a Terratag t-shirt!

Popular UK artist Terratag is currently running a competition to win a super-rare Tetsujin 28 Vs Terratag T-shirt (read our review here).  To enter you must download the Tetsujin 28 model kit from the Terratag website (click here), build your model and then customise it with your artwork.  You must then upload your effort to Terratag's Myspace profile and also e-mail an image to Terratag.  Visit Terratag's Myspace profile by clicking here, for further information. 

The Tetsujin 28 Vs Terratag t-shirt is very rare as it was never on sale and only a promotional item, so this competition is quite an opportunity. 

Source: Terratag
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13th August 2006

Amecon Beez & ADV Films Panel News

More Amecon news, courtesy of AnimeonDVD forum poster DanjBeez didn't announce anything new but did give some info on their forthcoming titles.  Panda Z is to be released in two volumes, the first coming with a stuffed toy.  They also have boxset releases planned for Witch Hunter Robin and the Gundam movies, and a double pack of Planetes vol 1 & 2 before the year is out.  The Beez English-language website is apparently going to go live later this month (it has been 'under construction' for several years), and Beez did confirm they were interested in Scrapped Princess and could 'neither confirm or deny' interest in the superb Gunbuster.  Unfortunately they also confirmed that the bizarre romantic comedy Midori Days remains in limbo, and won't come out any time soon.

ADV Films were really the only company that had a lot of news, and the most exciting of all was that the forthcoming Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum boxset (out in November) will be crammed with extras, including some things that weren't in the US release.  Only about 2000 will be produced.  ADV also confirmed a load of new licenses:

Area 88 OVA
Comic Party Revolution
Godanner
Jinki:Extend
Maburaho
Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
Nanaka 6/17
Sister Princess
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

There are also three more licenses in the pipeline that couldn't be announced yet, here's hoping we'll hear about them at the October MCM London Expo!

Source: AnimeonDVD
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12th August 2006

Grave of the Fireflies on FilmFour

Cheers to ShayMarx, who has spotted that Isao Takahata's animated masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies is on FilmFour tonight!  The screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles, but you better keep the coffee handy - it's showing at 2.05am!  A second screening is taking place on Monday, at the slightly (we stress the slightly) more hospitable time of 12.45am.  Grave of the Fireflies is probably the best anime film of all time, and although it is on late we highly recommend that you watch it.  If you can't stay up make sure you set the video!

Source: FilmFour
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12th August 2006

Subtitled Anime on Telly!!

We were surprised to find today that FilmFour's screening of My Neighbour Totoro is in Japanese with English subtitles!  It may be that all of the Ghibli screenings on the channel this week will be in Japanese, so if you want to catch them in their original language now's the perfect opportunity!

Source: FilmFour
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12th August 2006

Amecon Panel News

Unfortunately we couldn't attend Amecon (we're skint at the mo after paying for our holiday to Japan), so we tip our hats to AnimeonDVD forum poster Danj who is posting in-depth report on all of the industry panels!  License news from the Manga and MVM panels is very thin on the ground but they have promised to makes some announcements at the next MCM London Expo in October.  Manga have hinted that they would like to release the She, The Ultimate Weapon OVA and also that they would like to get Bleach, but there are no plans to pick it up at the moment.  Much of the release news was about already announced series, with the second volume of Karas slipping back to 2007, and the original Astro Boy being released in a series of budget 7 episode volumes.

MVM were even less forthcoming, being unable to announce anything more than they have eight titles in the pipeline.  The only real announcements were that a Haibane Renmei boxset is due for 2007, as is La Portrait de Petite Cossette and Saiyuki Reload (the sequel series to Saiyuki, which isn't available here!).  A double pack of the two Ranma 1/2 movies Big Trouble in Nekonron China and Nihao My Concubine is on the cards too.  More news to come once the Beez and ADV panels have taken place, click here to see Danj's full report!

Source: AnimeonDVD
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12th August 2006

Second Naruto clip!

Manga Entertainment have released the second of their series of Naruto clips as the August 21st release of Naruto Unleashed Series 1 vol 1 fast approaches.  Check out our review and the following clip, and make sure you enter our competition while you're at it!!

Naruto Unleashed Clip 2 - High / Medium / Low

Source: Manga Entertainment
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12th August 2006

ADV and Amecon News

The biggest dedicated anime convention on the UK calendar - Amecon - takes place this weekend in Leicester, and ADV Films are supporting it in a big way.  A number of anime titles being screened by ADV at the convention have yet to be announced for UK release, and they are promising several new anime licenses.  Obviously we will add info as soon as it's available, but This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, E's Otherwise, Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Nanaka 6/17, Papuwa, Princess Tutu, Sister Princess, Sorcerer Hunters OAV, The Super Milk-Chan Show, Hakugei, Godanner, Those Who Hunt Elves and Shadow Skill are all due to be screened.  ADV have said that there may be some surprises in store too so watch this space for updates!

Source: ADV Films
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12th August 2006

ADV Classics Range Launches

ADV have announced that their forthcoming Burn Up Excess Complete Collection, which is released on 18th September, is to be the first of a new 'Classics Collection' range.  Don't be fooled into thinking that this just means repackaging though, the Classics Collection is a budget range and the four disc Burn Up Excess Complete Collection costs just £19.99!  The Classics Collection seems to be modelled on the US Essential Anime range, which means that we could potentially see budget re-releases for the likes of Dragon Half, Martian Successor Nadesico and Bubblegum Crisis 2040.  Watch this space!

Source: ADV Films
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5th August 2006

Animetion MySpace Site Launches!!

Yep, we've followed current trends and have signed up to MySpace!  Our new sister site - www.myspace.com/animetion - is going to be run in tandem with this one, and will be updated with links to our latest reviews and news as well as a continuing weblog.  Eventually we aim to expand it to include trailers and clips as well as videos we took ourselves in Japan and at various anime events.  We will not be neglecting this main site however, and will continue to upload reviews, news and features as often as we can!

Source: Us!
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5th August 2006

Full FilmFour Anime Season Details

The Studio Ghibli fansite Nausicaš Net has obtained the full provisional listing for the FilmFour Studio Ghibli Season.  It looks like only films directed by Hayao Miyazaki will be shown.  It's a shame that Isao Takahata's films are omitted, especially the amazing Grave of the Fireflies, but the lineup is still awesome:

Friday 4th August, 4.55pm - Castle of Cagliostro
Saturday 5th August, 4.45pm - Kiki's Delivery Service
Sunday 6th August, 4.30pm - Princess Mononoke
Monday 7th August, 4.55pm - Laputa, Castle in the Sky
Tuesday 8th August, 5.10pm - My Neighbour Totoro
Wednesday 9th August, 4.45pm - Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind
Thursday 10th August, 5.15pm - Porco Rosso
Friday 11th August, 4.45pm - Princess Mononoke
Saturday 12th August - 5:05pm - My Neighbour Totoro
Sunday 13th August - 4:55pm - Laputa, Castle in the Sky
Monday 14th August - 5:05pm - Kiki's Delivery Service
Tuesday 15th August - 4:45pm - Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind
Wednesday 16th August - 4:45pm - Porco Rosso
Thursday 17th August - 5:10pm - Castle of Cagliostro

Source: Nausicaš.net
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3rd August 2006

FilmFour Anime Season Details

FilmFour's season of anime films kicks off tomorrow at 4.55pm with Hayao Miyazaki's action-packed Castle of Cagliostro, and TV listings have shown a schedule of Hayao Miyazaki for the first week.  The details, according to the listing magazine TV Quick is as follows:

Friday 4th August, 4.55pm - Castle of Cagliostro
Saturday 5th August, 4.45pm - Kiki's Delivery Service
Sunday 6th August, 4.30pm - Princess Mononoke
Monday 7th August, 4.55pm - Laputa, Castle in the Sky
Tuesday 8th August, 5.10pm - My Neighbour Totoro
Wednesday 9th August, 4.45pm - Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind
Thursday 10th August, 5.15pm - Porco Rosso
Friday 11th August, 4.45pm - Princess Mononoke

Source: TV Quick
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1st August 2006

First Naruto clip!

Manga Entertainment have released the first of a series of clips in the run up to the release of Naruto Unleashed Series 1 vol 1 on 21st August.  The series is a firm fan favourite all over the world, and Manga are bringing it to us in its full uncut glory!  Check out our review and the following clip, and make sure you enter our competition while you're at it!!

Naruto Unleashed Clip 1 - High / Medium / Low

Source: Manga Entertainment
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