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27th December 2009

ALCL runs again in February 2010!

Following a successful event last month, Animeleague Club London (ALCL) will return for a second event on 6th February 2010. 

Held at The Slug & Lettuce American Square, Tower Gateway in London, ALCL bills itself as a mini-con - offering everything a weekend convention in one day and for just 5.  There will be special guests, anime screenings, gaming, pub quiz, cosplay masquerade, artists alley, a party and much more! 

For further information, read the full press release be clicking here

Source: ALCL

21st December 2009

Evangelion 2.0 premiere plus 1.0 and Ponyo showings at Glasgow Film Festival

Writer Jonathan Clements has confirmed on his blog Schoolgirl Milky Crisis the date of the UK premiere of Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance

It will be shown on 15th February 2010 at Glasgow Film Theatre, as part of the Glasgow Film Festival.  There will also be an introduction to the film by Clements. 

The first film - Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone - will be showing prior to the second (read our review here) on the same day, with an introduction by BBFC examiner Emily Fussell.  She will follow the introduction with a talk on anime certification. 

Also showing as part of the festival is the excellent Ponyo, the latest Studio Ghibli masterpiece, which will be showing on 7th February.  Animetion urges you to catch it in the cinema while you can!   

For information on location, times and prices visit the Glasgow Film Festival website here

Source: Schoolgirl Milky Crisis/Glasgow Film Festival

14th December 2009

Auchinanwa 2010 dates announced!

Auchinawa - the anime convention and main anime event of Scotland - have now confirmed dates for their return on 2010! 

It will run from 19th - 21st November 2010 and will be held at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel in Edinburgh, which is only a short distance from the Haymarket train station. 

Registrations for the event have yet to open but more information will be following soon.  Keep an eye on the Auchinawa website here and their Twitter feed here for more information. 

Animetion enjoyed the last Auchinawa and we are looking forward to the next!  To see what we thought of the last one, held in 2008, click here to see our feature. 

Source: Auchinawa

13th December 2009

WOTA London this Friday!

Animetion have been sent a press release from WOTA London, for their anime party this Friday.  Please read the following press release for more information:

'WOTA London will be taking over the basement of Juno Shoreditch on Shoreditch High Street (5 min walk from Liverpool Street station) from 9pm - 3am on Friday 18th December.

Party the night away to the latest J-pop, game and anime mixes. If you arrive early, you could even take advantage of Juno's Happy Hour from 5-8pm!

This time, resident DJ Piloru will be joined by guest DJs Snap (Kitacon) and Genkiboi (J-Pop Go!). VJ Namimono will be on hand providing astounding anime visuals.

Cosplay is encouraged but not compulsory.

For more info and directions search for 'WOTA London' on Facebook or check out the website:


This is a great chance for a last-minute Christmas meet-up, so join us on December 18th and invite your friends!'

Source: WOTA London

6th December 2009

Tatsunoko vs.Capcom Ultimate All-Stars Press Release

We've been sent through a press release for Capcom's forthcoming fighting game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars!  The game is due out in January for the Nintendo Wii, and features a mix characters from Capcom's roster of games and Tatsunoko Productions' anime projects.  Having played the arcade version of it we really can't wait for the home version, especially as we're getting more characters than the Japanese release!  For the full press release click here.

Source: Capcom

6th December 2009

New MVM Release Dates

Amazon have listed a several new releases from MVM for 2010, including release dates for Romeo X Juliet and Rozen MaidenRomeo X Juliet is a futuristic adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy, which was a pretty big license for MVM, whilst Rozen Maiden is a sumptuous gothic fantasy featuring extravagant costumes that have made it a firm cosplay favourite.  The two are hitting our shelves on 1st February and 1st March respectively, check out our release schedule for more info.

Source: Amazon

6th December 2009

New Code Geass Project Announced

A teaser message on Bandai's Japanese mobile phone website has confirmed that a new Code Geass project has been green-lit.  No details are available as yet (the message states that more info will be released in 2010) but the message does refer to it as a 'rebirth', which could mean a sequel or maybe a re-imagining.  Code Geass creators Sunrise do have previous history of both with their long-running Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, but more news as we get it.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

5th December 2009

Ponyo Eligible for Golden Globe

Hot on the heels of its Oscar long list entry, Hayao Miyazaki's latest film Ponyo is amongst 15 films submitted for the Best Animated Feature Golden Globe.  Like the Oscars the Golden Globes will whittle the list down to five actual nominees, and Ponyo faces tough opposition from the likes of Coraline, Fantastic Mr Fox, Pixar's hit Up! and Disney's new 2d animation The Princess and the Frog.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

5th December 2009

Toriyama & Katsura to Collaborate

Shueisha have announced that Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama and Video Girl AI creator Masakazu Katsura are to collaborate on a manga mini-series for Weekly Young Jump magazine.  The manga is called Jiya and is set to run in three instalments in the between 24th December and 7th January.  The creators have indicated that it will be a sci-fi story featuring an 'alien of justice', sounds interesting...

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

5th December 2009

Inu-Yasha Shop to Open in Japan

Japanese fashion department store Parco has announced that a shop selling character goods based on Rumiko Takahashi's Inu-Yasha will open in its Kichijoji branch on 16th December.  The shop is only set to be open until 4th January and will sell rare and limited edition items, some of which are also available on Parco's website.  It may seem odd that a shop is being opened to promote an anime and manga series that have both ended, but it nicely coincides with the Inu-Yasha: The Final Act anime release - a straight to DVD anime adaptation of the manga's final chapters.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

15th November 2009

Amecon 2010 Dates & Venue Announced!

Amecon - one of the biggest UK anime conventions - have announced the dates and venue for Amecon 2010.  It will be held on the weekend of 13th - 15th August 2010 at Keele University in Staffordshire.  Registrations will be opening shortly on the Amecon website, which you can find here

Animetion can't wait to attend Amecon again next year, as it certainly has great parties!  To read about the previous Amecon, read our feature here

In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on the Amecon website as registrations could fill up quickly once they open.  We recommended everyone reading to attend!

Source: Amecon Facebook group

1st December 2009

November News Roundup

  • Major J-Pop star Hikaru Utada announced a gig in London as part of her forthcoming tour, the  Evangelion 1.0 singer is set to play the Islington O2 Academy on 12th February 2010.  The gig has already sold out.

  • Dates and venues for Amecon 2010 were announced, the UK's main anime convention will be held on the weekend of the 13th - 15th August 2010 at Keele University in Staffordshire.  Check out the website for further details and registrations.

  • The Grand International Cosplay Ball in London's Clapham Grand has been and gone, featuring unexpected singing performances by artists Sonia Leong and Emma Vieceli, as well as an appearance from Italian cosplayer and singer Giorgia Vecchini.

  • Hayao Miyazaki's latest film Ponyo and the new CGI Astro Boy film are two of twenty animated films submitted for Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Feature category.  Only five films can be shortlisted for the prestigious award.

  • It was announced that popular manga comedy romance The Wallflower is set to become a live action TV series in Japan.  The anime version of the series was released briefly in the UK by ADV Films.

Source: Various