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


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30th January 2006

Book now for Edinburgh Mini-Con 2006

Tickets for the annual Anime & Animation Society (AASOC) mini-convention at Edinburgh University are now available for 5 each through their website.  The event takes place on Saturday 18th February and starts at 11am and finishes at 11.30pm, events include anime showings, console gaming, Dance Dance Revolution machine, competitions and film showings in the University's theatre. 

Each visitor will received a free welcome pack and the deadline for bookings is 14th February.  Entry on the door is 6. 

Information on how to get there has been provided buy the AASOC:

Travel:
Most trains come in to Edinburgh Waverley station, and the con site is 10-15 minutes walk away. The coach station is also in central Edinbugh and only 20 minutes walk away from the site. There are many cheap airlines flying to Edinburgh from all over the UK and there are frequent buses running from the airport to Waverley Station from early until late. Also, Glasgow Prestwick airport has many cheap flights and it takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to get to Edinburgh.

Accommodation:
Edinburgh has a very good tourist information office (by Waverley train Station) who are really helpful with finding accommodation. However, there are several backpacking hostels located around central Edinburgh not far from the con site or the train and bus stations. They have dormitories of varying sizes so it should be possible to book a dormitory for your group only.

Source: AASOC  
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30th January 2006

Director of Cromartie High School to attend seminar in London!

As part of the Comic Proportions mentioned in the below news item, the director of the live-action version of Cromartie High School Yudai Yamaguchi will be amongst a panel of speakers at a seminar at the ICA (Institute Of Contemporary Arts) in The Mall, London.  The panel will be discussing the influence of manga on Japanese cinema and how popular the live-action versions have proved with critics and audiences. 

Also on the panel will be Yoko Ono (!) as well as manga expert Paul Gravett and Jasper Sharp, the adviser of the Comic Proportions season.  The seminar will be chaired by Julian Stringer, a lecturer at Nottingham University. 

The seminar start at 4.45pm this Friday (5th February), for travel information visit the ICA's website by clicking here

Source: Paul Gravett 
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26th January 2006

Cromartie High School to screen in Bristol!

This has to be the best news of the year!  As part of the Comic Proportions season of live-action manga adaptations the Watershed cinema in the centre of Bristol will be screening the live-action version of the brilliant hit manga Cromartie High School!  This film was only released in its native Japan a few months ago and features all the madness of gorilla, bullies, robots and Freddie Mercury lookalikes that made the manga so funny! 

Starting in the last week of February, slso showing as part of the season are the live-action adaptations of the manga series Blue, Nowhere Man (Muno no Hito), Fancy Dance and My House (Bokunchi).  Here is a list of dates and times:

Friday 24th February at 6pm - My House (Bokunchi)
Saturday 25th February at 3pm - Fancy Dance
Sunday 26th February at 3pm - Nowhere Man
Monday 27th February at 6pm - Cromartie High School
Tuesday 28th February at 8.20pm - Blue

For more information and directions to the Watershed cinema, visited their website by clicking here.  We advise booking early as the it is a small arthouse cinema.  We've already booked our tickets!

Other cinema across the UK are also showing the same season live-action films, the first being the ICA (Institute Of Contemporary Arts) in The Mall, London starting on 3rd February with My House.  Other cinemas showing the season are The Edinburgh Filmhouse (starting 10th February), The Cornerhouse in Manchester (starting 15th February) and The Showroom in Sheffield (starting 17th February).  It is also worth noting that The Showroom will be showing the excellent Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence on 20th & 21st February. 

Source:  Watershed, Paul Gravett
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25th January 2006

Win a Porco Rosso Biplane Ride!

Play.Com and Optimum Asia are currently running a competition to tie in with the forthcoming release of the superb Porco Rosso, offering one lucky winner the chance to fly in a Tiger Moth biplane!  To enter visit Play.Com and click on the small Tiger Moth competition link on the right hand side of the page, closing date is 5th February.

Source:  Play.Com
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24th January 2006

Anime on your iPod!

ADV Films have announced that you can download podcasts of the latest ADV trailers and previews of shows currently showing on Anime Network (a US cable channel).  Although this is only currently available through the American arm of ADV, it is surely only a matter of time before it comes to the UK.   

Source:  ADV Films
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21st January 2006

Final 2nd GIG Clips Released!

Manga Entertainment have released their two final clips from volume 1 of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG, this time focusing on episodes 3 and 4 respectively.  Please click on the links below to view the clips (all clips in Macromedia Flash format):

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To read our review of 2nd GIG vol 1 click here.  The DVD is out on Monday 23rd January.

Source:  Manga Entertainment
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17th January 2006

New Dragonball Game for the Nintendo DS

The amount of console games based on anime will increase once again on 3rd February, when Dragonball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 hits the shelves for the Nintendo DS.  To read our game preview please click here!

Source:  Atari/Bandai
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14th January 2006

Anime at McDonalds

If you want to add some cheap merchandise to your collection, McDonalds are currently giving away Sonic X & Hello Kitty toys with their Happy Meals.  The Sonic X toys are racing launchers which come in four various styles - Sonic, Tails, Knuckles & Shadow.  The Hello Kitty toys are not strictly toys but are a pink bag, pencil set and a purse.   The toys can be purchased separately if do not want to order food. 

Source: McDonalds 
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14th January 2006

Latest ADV News

ADV Films haves provided us with their latest press release which contains full details on new release Elfen Lied and on the next volumes of Neon Genesis Evangelion (Platinum Edition) and DN Angel.  Most interestingly of all though is that the release also contains details of the film Boogiepop and Others, the live-action counterpart to the hit series Boogiepop Phantom

All titles are released on 20th February, to view the press release in full click here

Source: ADV Films 
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13th January 2006

Manga Release Second Preview Clip of Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG

The second clip of the eagerly awaited sequel series to the superb Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex has been released by Manga, with the focus this time shifting to the second episode on volume 1.  To view the clip please click on the links below (all clips in Macromedia Flash format):

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To read our review of 2nd GIG vol 1 click here.

Source:  Manga Entertainment
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12th January 2006

Sneak Peek at Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG!

Those good people at Manga Entertainment have offered a Ghost of the Shell fix to those eagerly awaiting the January 23rd release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG vol 1!  Over the next few days a series of preview clips of the forthcoming series will be released and you can watch all of them here without paying a penny!  Clip 1 was released today and shows the agents of Section 9 in full-on ass-kicking mode, click on the links below to view (all clips in Macromedia Flash format):

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To read our review of 2nd GIG vol 1 click here.

Source:  Manga Entertainment
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11th January 2006

New Manga DVD Release Info!

Manga Entertainment have released information regarding their latest batch of titles (due in march, refer to our Release Schedule for dates).

  • Futuristic police actioner Heat Guy J seemingly kicks off with a two disc first volume, a running time of 200mins suggesting 8 episodes for just 19.99.  Click here to view the cover art.
     

  • Fun looking supernatural teen actioner Tokyo Underground is seeing a boxset release which will contain the entire 26 episode first series for just 39.99.  Click here to view cover art.
     

  • Both episodes of the underwater actioner Submarine 707R come on a single disc with a standard retail price of 19.99.  Click here to view the cover art.

Source:  Manga Entertainment
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6th January 2006

New BBC4 Mini-Series To Cover Anime

Jonathan Ross continues to be an anime fan's best friend in his new BBC4 mini-series, Jonathan Ross' Asian Invasion.  The popular presenter and film critic will focus each of the series' three episodes on the cinematic output of a different Asian country, with the episode focusing on Japan including an interview with seminal anime director Mamoru Oshii and clips of Ghost in the Shell.  Jonathan Ross has always been a vocal supporter of anime and Asian cinema so make sure you show your appreciation by tuning into BBC4 on January 10th at 10pm.

Source:  BBC Press Office
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6th January 2006

Petition to Bring Mysterious Cities of Gold to DVD!

Retro cartoon website www.80scartoons.co.uk have launched an online petition in an attempt to secure a DVD release the classic French Japanese co-production Mysterious Cities of Gold.  The classic 39 episode series was one of the best of the 1980's, combining a rich ongoing plot with great animation (from Japan, naturally), memorable music and a surprising degree of historical accuracy.  The series has been given impressive boxset releases in both France and Germany, sadly without any English language audio or subtitle options, but the UK rights are in limbo.  To sign the petition click here.

Source:  80's Cartoons.co.uk
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6th January 2006

Free Manga In Waterstones!

If you are thinking about picking up the latest volume of your favourite manga then pop down to Waterstones, as they have been giving away a free Tokyopop Sneaks book with every manga purchase.  Tokyopop Sneaks 2005 vol 2 is a compilation of chapters from various recently released Tokyopop manga titles, and reading it is great way to get a feel for a new series before deciding which to buy.  Many genres are covered so no matter your taste there is likely to be something to appeal to you.  Ask at your local store to check if they are participating in this promotion, and if so make sure you take advantage!

Source:  Waterstones
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3rd January 2006

Article Of The Year & The Next - The Big Companies Interviewed

Happy New Year!  The good people at Anime UK News have informed us of an extenstive article on their site which features companies ADV, Manga Entertainment, MVM, Beez & Neo Magazine.  The article compiles the plans and expectations of each company for 2006 and a look back at what they achieved in 2005. 

You can view the article by clicking here and is well worth a look. 

Source: Anime UK News
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