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22nd October 2009

New Genki Gear Range!

Just ahead of the upcoming MCM London Expo, the increasingly popular t-shirt retailer Genki Gear have sent Animetion images of their brand spanking new range.  Click on the description of each design to open an image in a new window:

Ghost Game (Design by Jess Bradley, Women's Fitted, 14.99)
Ghost Game (Design by Jess Bradley, Unisex & Kids, 14.99, long-sleeved 17.99)
Giant Robot (Women's Fitted, 14.99)
Giant Robot (unisex 14.99, long-sleeve 17.99, hoodie 24.99)
Lilith (Design by Wing Yun Man, Women's fitted 14.99)
Lilith (Design by Wing Yun Man, unisex 14.99, jacket 19.99, hoodie 24.99)
Mochi (black, Women's fitted 14.99, hoodie 24.99)
Mochi (pink, Women's fitted 14.99, hoodie 24.99)
Mochi (raspberry, vest top 14.99)

Christmas card range (80p each, 3 for a pack of 5)

To purchase any of the above, go direct to the Genki Gear website here or check out their stall at this weekend's MCM London Expo!  You can also purchase their t-shirts on Play.com!

Source: Genki Gear

22nd October 2009

Win cosplay party tickets!

London based sushi restaurant Moshi Moshi are looking for 100 cosplayers to take part in a flash mob promotion event.  Those taking part will win free tickets to a cosplay party at the restaurant!  For full details, read the press release below:

'Calling all cosplayers! London-based Japanese restaurant, Moshi Moshi, is planning a flash-mob style promotion in Liverpool Street station and is looking for 100 cosplayers to take part.

Everyone taking part will be rewarded with tickets to a cosplay party at the restaurant on the evening of Saturday 7th November, including free buffet style food and drink!

What do the cosplayers have do?

It's easy! You just have to walk around Liverpool Street station in groups of 2 or 3 and ask members of the public 'Where's Moshi Moshi restaurant?'

There will be two sessions on Friday 6th November, from 12 - 2:30pm, and 5 - 7:30pm; and one session on Saturday 7th November from 2:30 - 5pm. We'll meet at the restaurant 45min before, for a briefing on what to do.

How do I take part?

Just email with your name, age, a photo / picture of your costume and which session you are available for. 

As there are limited places for each session, please say if you are available for more than one (this will help to guarantee you a place).

All kinds of costume are welcome. But as there will be alcohol at the party, you must be 16 years old or over to take part.

We hope it will be a fun day for everyone involved, and press are also expected to attend the promotion. Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Moshi Moshi team

For more info, please contact Nicky Rohl: nicholas.rohl@gmail.com'

Source: Moshi Moshi

28th September 2009

We're Off to Japan!

Yes, Animetion is decamping to the Land of the Rising Sun for a couple of weeks!  Look out for some articles about our trip over the coming months, but in the meantime you can keep up with us through Webmaster Tom's Live Journal

Source: Animetion

1st October 2009

September News Roundup

  • Manga Entertainment announced the acquisition of D.Gray-Man and Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone on their Twitter page.  Both a slated for a February 2010 release.

  • UK anime convention Amecon is set to return in 2010 after making way for Ayacon this year.

  • MVM & Beez announce that Sailor Moon is not set to be re-released and that no-one currently has the rights to release Akira on Blu-Ray in the UK.

  • MVM are set to release the live action film Geishas vs Ninjas in 2010.

  • There were double delays for UK Ghibli fans to get annoyed about - the release of both Ponyo and Ocean Waves was pushed back to February 2010.

  • Short lived anime TV channel Anime Network was resurrected in the UK as a subscription based streaming service.  The www.theanimenetwork.co.uk website allows subscribers to stream several anime series for just 4.95 per month, with some episodes also offered for free as tasters to non-subscribers.

  • The Bandai Channel streaming service is set to launch in the UK next year.  It is currently being trialled in Japan.

  • Prices were slashed on a host of anime DVDs on Play.Com, with some DVDs dropping to just 3 and some 7-disc boxsets going down to just 23.99.  Check the full list of offers here.

  • Retailer Tokyo15 announced that UK artist Sonia Leong will be appearing in their shop in Manchester on 12th September.

  • Film magazine Empire featured a six-page article on the films of Hayao Miyazaki, including comments on each film from the great man himself.

  • Quentin Tarantino revealed that the anime segment from Kill Bill vol 1 will be significantly lengthened in the forthcoming combined final cut Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair.  The extra footage will focus on Lucy Liu's character O-Ren Ishii hunting down the man who killed her father.

  • Live-action J-Horror film Grotesque was banned by the BBFC after a long deliberation.  It was only the fourth film banned in the last four years.

  • It was revealed that Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and all-female manga artist powerhouse CLAMP have created costume designs for the forthcoming console game Tekken 6.  Check them out here and here.

  • The toll of drawing for a weekly anthology seemingly proved too much for D.Gray-Man author Katsura Hoshino.  After a second prolonged hiatus prompted by the author's health, Japanese manga anthology Akamaru Jump has announced that the popular series will be moved to the monthly Jump Square magazine from November onwards.

  • The Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game was awarded a world record for being the Best Selling Trading Card Game.  22,587,728,173 cards had been sold as of April 2009.

  • Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata revealed that his forthcoming film - his first for ten years - will be based on the Japanese folk tale Taketori Monogatari.  The story focuses on a mysterious princess who is discovered as a baby inside a bamboo stalk.

  • The official Japanese website for the forthcoming One Piece: Strong World film started streaming the trailer, check it out here.

Source: Various