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24th March 2009

New Genki Gear Designs!

Popular anime-inspired UK retailers Genki Gear have launched new t-shirt designs for Spring!  They contain designs similar to their successful 'Mis-use of Magic' tee, as well as a unisex version of their best seller 'Happy Plankton'.  Click on any of the below links to see the latest designs:

Masked Tofu (blue) - unisex
Masked Tofu (grey) - unisex 
Cupcake Of Doom - women's fitted tee
Happy Plankton (black) - unisex and women's fitted tee

Designs are £14.99 each and will be available at upcoming events Minamicon and Kitacon, as well as on the main Genki Gear website

Source: Genki Gear

6th March 2009

Blood The Last Vampire Trailer


Courtesy of Pathé, click here to read the press release!

Source: Pathé

1st March 2009

Manga to Release Ghost in the Shell 2.0

Both Amazon and Play.Com have listed a 3rd of August DVD and Blu-Ray release for Ghost in the Shell 2.0: Redux.  The film is a remastered edition of the original Ghost in the Shell movie, featuring re-recorded sound, retouched visuals and additional computer animation.  It has not previously been announced for a UK release.  Manga will also released the visually stunning Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence on Blu-Ray on the same day.

Source: Amazon/Play.Com

1st March 2009

Death Note on Telly!

The live action Death Note sequel, Death Note: The Last Name, is on Film4 next Saturday (7th March) at 11.20pm!  Get watching!

Source: TV Listings

1st March 2009

Manga to Release Panda Go Panda

Online retailer Amazon is listing Manga Entertainment as the distributor for the classic anime Panda Go PandaManga's acquisition of this title is somewhat surprising considering all of the other anime directed by Ghibli founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata's that are currently available in the UK have been released by Optimum Asia.

Source: Amazon

1st March 2009

February News Roundup

  • Registrations for UK anime conventions Ayacon, Alcon, Fuyucon and Tokonatsu are open, click here to sign up for Ayacon, here to sign up for Alcon, here to sign up for Fuyucon and here to sign up for Tokonatsu.

  • Panda Go Panda, an early anime title from Ghibli co-founders Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, was announced for UK release on the 16th of July.

  • UK release dates were announced for the live action manga adaptations Dragonball Evolution and Blood The Last Vampire, which are out on the 10th of April and 16th of June respectively.  The Blood The Last Vampire trailer can be seen on the this Youtube link.

  • It also emerged that the script for a sequel to Dragonball Evolution has already been written, and that the current film is likely to feature Goku's Oozaru (giant monkey) form.

  • Kunio Kato's anime short La Maison en Petits Cubes won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 81st Academy Awards.  Japan also won Best Foreign Language Film for the live-action Departures.

  • American anime voice actor Greg Ayres suffered a mild heart attack at a US convention, and is now recovering at home following a short hospital stay.

  • Manga distributor Yen Press nabbed the rights to Spice and Wolf, Crescent Moon Story, Isuna Hasekura and volume 6 of the excellent Yotsuba&!.

  • Udon Entertainment announced that they will re-issue Kia Asamiya's epic manga Silent Möbius, and release an additional three volumes not previously available in English.

  • Bandai acquired two manga series and one light novel series based on the mecha anime Gundam 00.

  • On another Gundam note, a new anime series was announced in Japan to tie in with the franchises' 30th Anniversary.  The new series is set shortly after the events of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, and features an updated incarnation of the original RX-78 mobile suit called the RX-78-7.

  • FUNimation picked up loads more anime titles for the US.  Titles licensed this month are Blassreiter, Bamboo Blade, Dragonaut: The Resonance, The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk, Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk, My Bride is a Mermaid and El Calzador de la Bruja.

  • Collectable toy manufacturer Triad Toys acquired the license to make premium figures and statues based on the long-funning samurai manga series Lone Wolf & Cub.

  • Japanese company Kadokawa started streaming two series of anime shorts based on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on Youtube.  To see the bizarre Melancholy of Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya and Nyoron Churuya-San check out Kadokawa's channel here.

  • A 10th Anniversary Edition of the Azumanga Daioh! manga was announced for Japan.  The new version is set to include brand new material too!

  • Manga authors Tomoko Ninomiya and Katsura Hoshino overcame their health problems and work on the popular series Nodame Cantabile and D.Gray-Man resumes.

  • Oscar winning anime director Hayao Miyazaki will be drawing a special factual manga about the creator of the Mitsubishi Zero fighter plane, and has started planning his next anime project.

  • Also in the works is a 14 (yes fourteen) hour making-of documentary for Hayao Miyazaki's most recent film, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

  • A new manga from Inu-Yasha author Rumiko Takahashi was announced by Shonen Sunday magazine in Japan, and VIZ Media snapped up the overseas distribution rights before any details of what it will be about have even been announced!

  • A new Street Fighter anime short featuring schoolgirl fighter Sakura has been made.  It is set to be shown after the ending credits of the live-action Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li film in Japan.

  • Japanese anime studio Gonzo and US distributor VIZ Media became the latest industry players to shed staff as the credit crunch bites in the Far East and America.

Source: Various