Last week, MangaUK announced that they have licensed critically acclaimed series Angel Beats for a UK release. The anime, which aired in Japan in the spring of 2010, will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray – despite MangaUK’s previous misfortune with blu-ray releases. The announcement falls in line with the company’s new blu-ray strategy…(Read More.)
On Sunday 13 November 2011, Manchester is hosting Doki Doki The Manchester Japanese Festival, a unique event that will celebrate both traditional and modern Japanese culture. Throughout the day, there will be talks, demonstrations, parades and other events showcasing manga, anime, fashion, martial arts, film, music and other aspects of Japanese culture, past and present, as well as retail stalls, artist stands and a games area. Hot and cold Japanese food from a number of local retailers will also be available to festival-goers both inside the venue and restaurants nearby…Read More.
This morning Beez Entertainment, the european branch of Namco Bandai confirmed via Twitter that it has lost its UK stock that was housed in Sony’s London Warehouse that was burnt to the ground during rioting in Enfield, North London. The warehouse was a distribution centre for a number of other UK businesses, and an independent record label.
“We’d like to apologize to fans just now – there will be a slowdown in stock dispatch due to our warehouse burning down in the riots. The important thing is that at least from reports no workers were hurt. We’re working as quickly as possible to find solutions but it will take a little bit of time to fix, thanks for your patience on this.” …(Read More…)
A year on from its Japanese release, and we are finally being gifted a chance to view Arriety (or Kari-gurashi no Arietti, if you like) on the big screen. 12 months is a long time, and my initial excitement ebbed and wayned torturously until the fateful day in which I could see the much anticipated “new Ghibli film”, that was guaranteed to draw anime fans of all varieties and see them herald it as a fantastic movie, like all their formers. I took my seat in the half-filled independent cinemas screen and braced myself, with now middling expectations, to be overawed or disappointed… (Read More…)
The Embassy of Japan has launched its Manga Jiman Contest for 2011. The contest, for entrants who are aged 14 or over by 1st January 2012, boasts prizes of: 2 return air tickets to Japan, A Toshiba laptop, and a Ricoh digital camera, for first, second and third places respectively.
A selection of Runners Up will also receive a range of Manga publications available in the UK, amongst other prizes.
If that wasn’t enough, the winning entries will be displayed in a special exhibition at the embassy of Japan. …(Read More.)
A quick recap to the anime industry panel at the MCM Expo, on 28th May, where Andrew Partridge, of Kaze Entertainment, Jerome Mazandarani, of Manga UK, and Tony Allen, of MVM fed back to the audience their highlights of the year, future plans, and some upcoming releases to look out for! It was Andrew Partridge … Continue reading
April has been chockablock with exciting releases, but there’s plenty more to follow over the next few months, so here’s a quick overview of what to look out for this April and May! …Read More.
WE LOVE JAPAN Tohoku Earthquake Relief Concert Presented by hmvlive, Manga Entertainment and Japan Underground When: Sat 2 April 2011 Where: The Relentless Garage, 20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD Tickets: £10 adv (http://www.hmvtickets.co/events/2718) £12.50 on the door. A night of live music, comedy and karaoke will be hitting the Relentless Garage in Highbury on … Continue reading
Diana Wynne Jones, the author of the book Howl’s Moving Castle, passed away today at the age of 76. The British author had been battling Lung Cancer since 2009, and made the decision to cease chemotherapy last June, as it made her feel “very ill indeed”. She passed away in hospital in Bristol this morning. … Continue reading