One-day event in Hull, 30th Sept
A one-day anime convention will be staged at the Central
Methodist Hall in Kingston-upon-Hull on 30th September. For
more information, see the event website at www.mangattack.co.uk.
area on Bandai UK website
Bandai UK have launched
retail area on their website. Titles sold to the UK and
Ireland audience include: Spirit of Wonder, .hack, Cowboy Bebop,
Crest of Stars, Escaflowne, My Hime, Planetes, S-CRY-ed, Stratos
4, Witch Hunter Robin, Patlabor, Wolf's Rain, Yukikaze, Mobile
Suit Gundam Universe, and Ghost in the Shell.
This is reportedly an experiment; if the titles sell well,
there will be a greater selection available online in the future.
Dates: Friday 19th October - Sunday 21st October 2007
Guest: Helen McCarthy
Venue: Britannia Hotel Nottingham
Price: £20-£40 (dependant on membership type)
We have been very lucky to get Helen McCarthy to appear at
our convention; this will be her first UK appearance in several
years, a full biography of her achievements can be found on
our main site.
Registration went live today and this convention will be open
to anyone aged 16 on or before October 19th, we will be carrying
out checks at registration a list of acceptable identification
will be posted on the forums before the convention.
We are going to be offering three types of membership for this
event all of which have different benefits.
Firstly we will be offering a full weekend membership, this
will cost £40 and include; your weekend membership badge,
giving you access to every event we are running. Your conbag
this includes your conbook.
There are two different payment options first off there is
a one off payment of £40 or if you wish to spread payments
over 3 months then we offer a payment plan of £20 then
two payments of £10 every 30 days.
For those of you who will not be able to make the full weekend
but still wish to come to the event on the Saturday or Sunday
we are offering day memberships at the cost of £20 this
includes; Your Saturday or Sunday day badge, giving you access
to convention events from 00:01 to 11:59 on the day of your
choice. You will also have a conbag including the conbook.
Finally for those of you who cannot make the event or are under
the age of 16 we are offering supporting memberships at the
cost of £20 which will include; A supporting member convention
badge, a conbag including the conbook and a convention t-shirt.
Anybody wishing to help out in promoting FuyuCon please feel
free to email me back and ask about flyers or other promotional
materials we may have, your help in this will be greatly appreciated.
If you have anymore questions please feel free to Email me
and I will try my best to get you a speedy answer.
Chairman of FuyuCon 2007
Stars of Manga presentation at London Expo
winners of the first TokyoPop Rising Stars of Manga UK &
Ireland competition will be introduced by John Parker, President,
TOKYOPOP and Dennis McGuirk, Sales Director, TOKYOPOP UK, the
ceremony to be held at London MCM Expo at 11:00am on Saturday
27th May 2006.
"About Rising Stars of Manga UK & Ireland: A Manga
revolution is sweeping the U.K., and a new generation is being
inspired by Manga. As the market leader in localized Manga and
the sponsor of the first-ever Manga competition in the U.K.,
TOKYOPOP is on a mission to identify and nurture the artists
whose work will define Western Manga in the years ahead. In
2005, Manga creators living in the U.K and Eire and working
in English were invited to submit their work annually. The top
seven entries, as selected by TOKYOPOP's editorial staff, are
published by TOKYOPOP in the first Rising Stars of Manga U.K.
anthology, on sale now. In addition, all the winners are invited
to pitch a full-length Manga story idea to TOKYOPOP executives
for possible development as a graphic novel series."
Premiere of 'Oban Star Racers' at London Expo
|TV channel, Jetix will screen the world premiere
of sci-fi anime epic, Oban Star Racers at the London MCM Expo
on Saturday 27th May 2006.
series chronicles the Great Race of Oban, an intergalactic competition
which takes place every 10,000 years to determine the winner
of the mysterious Ultimate Prize and the balance of power within
All competitors have their own agenda for risking their lives
in this frenzied race. For Earth, the Great Race provides an
opportunity to vanquish their deadly and aggressive alien neighbours,
the Crogs, who have an evil plan to annihilate the human race.
Renowned race manager Don Wei gathers star-pilot Rick Thunderbolt,
feisty gunner Jordan and ‘assistant’ Molly, who,
unbeknown to Don Wei is his estranged daughter. After escaping
from boarding school, Molly secretly hopes to reconcile with
her father and get answers to why he left her 10 years earlier,
following the death of her mother.
close collaboration between Japanese and European animators
has heralded a unique and artistic mix of Japanese anime with
western sci-fi styling which includes richly detailed landscapes
and scenery, diverse alien species and amazing race vehicles.
Made in high-definition, the gripping races are in high-quality
3D and give Oban Star-Racers a visual impact rarely seen on
TV. The serialised story develops in epic style across 26 half-hour
episodes to be screened exclusively on Jetix from 21 October
Press Release: dates, venue change
|New Venue, New Guest, Exciting times for Auchinawa '06!
After much deliberation, Auchinawa, Scotland's first large-scale
J- culture event, has decided to change to an all-new venue
within Glasgow. The Crowne Plaza (FKA Moat House) was deemed
somewhat unsuitable for our purposes as time went on, and we
felt that a new venue was required in order to fully benefit
our attendees as much as possible.
As such, the new venue will be The Quality Hotel (known to
some as the Central Hotel), which is located in the very heart
of Glasgow's town centre and is partially inside Glasgow Central
Not only does the new hotel give us a lot more space to run
the many events we have planned but it also has a much more
old fashioned, Victorian styled decor making it the perfect
setting for cosplay photo shoots.
This change of venue also gives our attendees access to the
entire town centre pretty much on the doorstep! Right outside
the station are the best of Glasgow's shops, restaurants, pubs
and even nightclubs (including one that is cosplay friendly!),
all within falling distance of the hotel infact the station
itself is home to several eateries and bars.
Given that the hotel is inside Glasgow's biggest train station,
it makes travelling much easier with trains direct to Central
from all over the UK and there are also station connector busses
that travel from Glasgow airport to the Station as well as a
circular bus that connects all the major bus and train stations
in the city making travelling to the hotel from anywhere as
simple as can be.
Travel and hotel information (room rates, alternative accommodation,
parking etc) will follow shortly.
Unfortunately, moving to a new venue means that we have to
change our dates ever so slightly. Auchinawa will now be running
exactly a week later. The new dates are 30th Nov - 3rd Dec.
We do appreciate that the date changes will affect some of
you, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if this
is the case.
While switching to our new venue enables us to run a far more
exciting event than was possible in our previous one, the downside
is that we will have to lower our maximum attendee numbers from
650 down to 450. As such, if you want to guarantee yourself
a place at Scotland's first ever Japanese Culture Convention
then you better sign up fast as we expect the remaining places
to fill up quickly.
New Guest: Paul Gravett
Adding to our already packed line-up of guests, we are proud
to announce that Paul Gravett will be joining us in addition
to our previously announced guests Jan-Scott Frazier and Dave
Mr Gravett founded and edited Escape Magazine (influential
British Comic Book magazine) between 1983 and 1989, but is perhaps
better known as the author of Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics,
a highly detailed history of Japanese comics from a western
perspective. Additionally, he contributes to NEO Magazine as
a regular columnist, and is a speaker at the IMAF (International
Manga and Anime Fair - based in London). We look forward to
having Paul join us for Auchinawa.
New Guests: Mugenkyo
Provisionally announced at Minamicon 12 this March past, we
are also proud to announce that Taiko Drumming band Mugenkyo
will be performing at Auchinawa this year.
The first and, in fact, only professional Taiko Drumming group
in the UK, Mugenkyo were formed in 1994 by Neil Mackie and Miyuki
Williams, who both lived and trained in Japan with Masaaki Kurumaya
Sensei, Master Drummer, and perform over 100 times a year across
the country. As a taste of a powerful and traditional Japanese
musical art, this is one performance no one will want to miss.
Finally, please keep your eyes on our official forums and website
for more upcoming announcements over the next few weeks, as
well as an upgrading of our website and the long-awaited implementation
of our official members list (just finishing ironing out the
-The Auchinawa Committee
It's time to add a Scottish twist to Japanese fandom culture.
The brainchild of a group of diehard Glaswegian anime fans who
decided "Let's invite the Southerners up HERE for a change!",
Auchinawa is the first of it's kind north of the border and
promises to mix the best parts of Japanese animation, comics,
music, alternative interests and famous faces into one of the
biggest and most extravagant events in the UK anime calendar.
Set in the Quality Hotel, right in the heart of the City of
Glasgow, Auchinawa will be an event you don't want to miss.
And you won't - it's well signposted.
Anime Club first meeting
|Crawley Anime Club will be holding their first
meeting on 15th April. For more information, see the club's Yahoo
Cafe @ Cafe Manga
|COSPLAY CAFE at Cafe Manga
Sunday 23rd April, 2pm-5.30pm
at Cafe Manga (near Namco Arcade), London County Hall, South
Nearest tube: Waterloo, Embankment
Normal Entry: £2.50
Wearing costume: £1.50
You are welcome to the UK's first cosplay 'only' event for
cosplayers, kameko and their friends! We have many activities
Have a photo taken of your costume with London\'s beautiful
scenery. Cafe Manga is situated in an area with great views
and architecture - imagine your costume set against the River
Thames, Big Ben or even the London Eye! Photoshoot will be free
and photos will be emailed to participants after the event.
Come and swap ideas with other cosplayers or ask more experienced
costumers for advice. The subject of the talk will be confirmed
closer to the event.
Join in the quiz and win some great goodie bags, courtesy of
We will be showing a full program of subtitled anime, live-action
shows and music videos from Japan throughout the day.
You can swap your left-over fabric, accessories, dress patterns,
cosplay clothing items and reference magazines etc. Each person
will receive one 'swap token' for each item they donate, which
can be exchanged for another item at any time during the day.
**Please note items will only be accepted if they re of a mimimum
value and deemed useful to cosplay- or example, pieces of fabric
must be at least 80cm in length and certain clothing items may
not be accepted. However, there will be a 'scraps bin' provided
for getting rid of small fabric pieces.
Cosplay is not compulsory at this event, but we would like
to see as many people in costume as possible!
Changing rooms and cloakroom facilities will be provided for
all cosplayers and a wide range of refreshments will be available.
To join the mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject title 'COSPLAY CAFE'. Updates will be also
posted at http://www.cafemanga.co.uk
Hope to see you all there supporting cosplay in the UK!
|New SWEATDROP webcomics and titles!
NEW SWEATDROP WEBCOMICS
Webcomics section has got a lot of new titles up now for
you to read, including the following;
Dragon Heir Issue 2 - by Emma Vieceli
Biomecha 3.5 - by Laura Watton
Biomecha Special 1 = Colour by Laura Watton
Biomecha Intro by Laura Watton
Pinkaa Fairy - in web-only FULL COLOUR! by
Reluctant Soldier Princess Nami - Part 1 by
NEW COMICS (Soon to appear in the shop):
Killer Cake by Marbles
Squishy-chan's Adventure by Laura Watton
Artifaxis 4 by Morag Lewis
Illusional Beauty 3 by Bex
Those who can dance on the feathers 3 by Denji
PERFECT BOUND VOLUMES (soon to appear in the shop):
Revolution Baby volume 1 by Subi
Looking for the Sun volume 2 by Morag Lewis
Furthermore, Fantastic Cat volume 1 by Selina
Dean is back in stock and available to buy online.
Mizuki to attend Bristol Comic Expo
|Received from Sean Michael Wilson, boychild
This is to let you know that Japanese manga-ka SAKURA MIZUKI
will be coming over to the UK with me for the Bristol Comic Expo
on 13/14th May. We are invited guests there and will have our
own booth, and probably will appear on one of the panels (tba).
Come and meet him and get books signed if you wish - though he
doesn't speak much English!
He is, as you know, the
artist of one of THE RING horror manga books, published in English
by Dark Horse in 2004, and was also in Boychild Productions
MANGA MOVER book. He has done lots of other stuff in Japan,
is a frankly brilliant artist, with a unique style.
Him and I are just finishing off our first collaborative
book now, a unique new manga book: THE JAPANESE DRAWING ROOM,
which I have written and he has illustrated. Its published by
the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth, UK
in assocation with Boychild Productions. This is the first time
a British Museum has commissioned a long manga book! It will
be launched at the Bristol Expo, with a series of events in
Bournemouth the week after.
Preview pages of the book can be seen at:
And soon at the boychild and the Museum's websites.
Copies of the Japanese Drawing Room can be ordered NOW
from Diamond's March 'Previews' catalogue, page 243 (code: MAR06
3078). High quality manga format, 5x8, 100pgs, B&W, $9.99
US, £5.99 UK.
- Comics as graphic literature
Acknowledgement: The Japanese Drawing Room project is funded
Renaissance SouthWest, UK.
anime programme confirmed
|The anime programme at the Memorabilia comics
& cult TV fair (Birmingham NEC, 25-26 March) has been confirmed
to include Full Metal Panic Fumoffu, Heat Guy J,
Gunslinger Girl, Madlax, Samurai 7
and Ghost in the Shell: Innocence. For more information,
see the Memorabilia
Uni Cosplay Event
From Ruth Downes, president of the Anime & Manga Society
at Derby University:-
"We're thinking about hosting a cosplay night at the
new bar thats being built at kedleston road campus in Derby.
But we cannot book the bar without interest in the event So
what would be great is to get some feedback, and if you're members
want to go! They will be Djs, music, and a fantastic prize for
the winner of the best costume :D People don't have to come
in costume if they don't want to, but it'll be great to meet
new people that love anime as much as us and to socilise with
others! We're hoping to hold it on the 6th of May (a Saturday)
in the evening (hopefully 7 onwards) More then likely we'll
charge to get in, about £3-4 but it'll be worth it ;D
Any feedback would be great, the more I get back, the more
likely it can be organised!"
Contact Ruth Downes at <email@example.com>
for more information.
Cafe Manga screenings
ADV are repeating their free screenings at Cafe Manga (near
London County Hall), with showings of Noir, Last Exile and Kino's
Thursday 9th March: Kino's
Journey episodes 1 and 2
Friday 10th March: Last Exile episodes 1 and 2
Saturday 11th March: Noir
episodes 1 and 2
Further episodes from these shows will be shown in the same
slots each week, depending on audience reaction.
From the press release: "The newly refurbished Café
Manga is the ideal spot in the centre of
London to chill out in, read from the manga library they will
be stocking, and watch anime on their dual plasma screens on
either side of the bar. The latter two plans are developing
as you read - watch out on their website
for more information and details of upcoming screenings.
Also in development is a larger area inside the hall which
is planned to operate as a proper Tokyo-styled Manga café
- turnstile entry, priced by time spent, manga library, anime
on screen, j-lounge on the sound system, bento boxes, cakes,
drinks, and some form of networked gaming. This also will be
used for future screenings and other events, so keep an eye
out for a possible April opening."
Carta released on PS2 on 7th April
off just the way a classic role-playing game should – with
a village burned to the ground and a main hero in turmoil –
Magna Carta begins with a bang and doesn’t let up. Painstakingly
crafted by Korean developer Softmax and produced by Japanese publisher
Banpresto, Magna Carta is an epic RPG with gorgeous visuals, exciting
heroes, a sweeping orchestral score and a unique and enthralling
name is Calintz, a mercenary from the military unit known as
“Tears of Blood”. Your aim is to exact revenge against
a powerful race of human-like creatures called the Yason. During
your path along the mystical land of Efferia - a land of nature
and powerful magic ravaged by the Human-Yason war - you’ll
experience battles, friendships, and new encounters with mysterious
strangers. One such meeting is somehow the key to your journey.
A young woman called Reith, suffering from a strange amnesia,
seems to have a special link with your mission of vengeance
and a connection with the Magna Carta – an intense magical
ritual that has the power to turn the tides of war against the
Tears of Blood.
Being a member of a hardened military unit, battles feature
heavily in Magna Carta. The game’s unique and comprehensive
battle system offers players a dazzling array of fighting styles,
magical spells and combo effects with which to devastate your
rivals in battle. Innovations include a mixture of real-time
and turn-based combat and a Leadership meter, where the more
respect your recruits have for you, the higher your leadership
will be and the more frequently you can act in battle. Leadership
and respect are gained by protecting your friends, encouraging
them regularly and even by giving them gifts.
Magna Carta also features an innovative “Dash or
Detect” system for exploring the field, which eliminates
random battle encounters. When exploring towns and non-hostile
areas it’s safe to use Dash mode, but where danger might
be lurking, a press of the R1 button switches to Detect mode
which widens the field of view around Calintz, allowing players
to see enemies at a greater range, spot treasure chest and secrets,
as well as ambush enemies from behind in surprise attacks.
In addition to the exciting battle system and compelling
exploration, Magna Carta features sky-high production values,
with two high-profile artists on board: character artist Hyung-Tae
Kim and landscape and concept designer In-Jung Jang. Towns and
cities are brought to life with vibrant colours and minute attention
to detail and there is a rich cadre of beautifully drawn characters
to meet and recruit to your cause.
With its epic themes of friendship through adversity, the
hardships of war and the mystery surrounding the Magna Carta
ritual itself, Magna Carta is a powerhouse of an RPG. It offers
accessible yet highly rewarding gameplay and an extensive quest,
set against a gorgeous backdrop drawn from the minds of expert
designers. Magna Carta is without a doubt an RPG force to be
reckoned with, and releases on 7th April, priced £29.99"
There are plans for a new anime convention
named FuyuCon, to be staged on 19th-21st October 2007, at a
currently unconfirmed location in Nottingham. The convention
is being organised by the East Midlands Anime Group. For more
information, see the FuyuCon
Screening at Cafe Manga, London
ADV Films would like to invite all those anime fans who are in
London, or within easy travelling distance, to come and watch
the first two episodes of Elfen Lied and Boogiepop Phantom at
the newly refurbished Café Manga in London County Hall,
on Monday 27th February 2006, with a repeat screening the next
day, Tuesday 28th.
Entry to the venue will be free both nights, with Boogiepop Phantom
screening between 6 and 7pm, and Elfen Lied between 7 and 8pm,
after which the venue will close. Both shows are rated 15 and
uncut, and while a wide variety of drinks are available to buy
at the venue, alcohol is on sale, so with the combination of the
shows and the drinks, staff can and will ask for ID. Please do
make sure you have ID on you in case you are lucky enough to look
young enough to be asked for it! Also, for just these two nights,
sushi boxes will be available to buy, so why not treat it as a
different kind of dinner out? Sushi, green tea, anime perfect!
Collectors' Club at Ottakars
|Salisbury, UK, February 23rd 2006 - Ottakar's Bookstores have
introduced a Manga Collector's Club, launching in all stores on
From that date, Manga fans will be able to pick up a Manga
Collector's Card. Every time they buy a Manga title from either
Tokyopop or Orion's extensive range of titles, they will get
a stamp on their card. Once they have three stamps, they can
pick any book from the selection and get it free of charge.
"Graphic novels have been a real growth area for Ottakar's
over the last few years," said PR manager Jon Howells,
"and Manga sales have rocketed. We've been extending our
range constantly, and have consistently offered the best Manga
range on the High Street, outside of specialist comic shops.
However, we don't want to rest on our laurels, so we've introduced
our Manga Collector's Card to make sure that when people think
Manga, they think of Ottakar's."
Initially the promotion includes titles from Tokyopop and Orion.
"These are the two leading Manga publishers in the UK,"
said Ottakar's Graphic Novel Buyer Janine Cook. "Nearly
every Manga title we sell comes from one of these publishers,
so Manga fans will have no problem filling their Collectors
Among the many titles included in the promotion are Orion?s
Dragonball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh! Tokyopop series include the bestselling
Love Hina, Chobits, Battle Royale and many, many more.
The Manga Collector's Card will be available from Ottakar's
Bookshops nationwide from March 1st. For details of your nearest
branch of Ottakar's, visit www.ottakars.co.uk.
at Memorabilia, Birmingham
|The comics and cult fiction fair Memorabilia will be staged
at the Birmingham NEC on 25th and 26th March. They plan to stage
a cosplay competition, as well as an afternoon of anime in the
cult DVD theatre. For more details, see the Memorabilia
G-Mex is a comics, science fiction and collectors' fair to
be held on 11th and 12th February 2006, at the G-Mex Centre, Manchester.
Guests include anime voice artists Sean Schemmel and Veronica
Taylor. As well as numerous other guests from other genres, hundreds
of dealer tables (including a number of Manga and Anime dealers,
including TokyoPop, XyberToys, etc), there is also a cosplay competition
and Kamehamema Competition which will be judged by Sean Schemmel.
More details at www.collectormaniagmex.co.uk
of Derby Anime & Manga Society
|The University of Derby Anime & Manga Society formed in
Autumn 2005, and actively welcomes new members. The club meets
every Thursday 5-8 in T201 at the Keddie Road campus. For more
information see the club website http://www.udsu.co.uk/animesociety/
or email Ruth Downes, society
|Manga Entertainment has licensed the military science-fiction
OAV Submarine 707R for UK release.
Music official site
January 2006 Titles
|The latest press release from
ADV Films UK lists a number of of forthcoming new releases:-
- Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Edition - 07
- Elfen Lied - Vector One
- DNAngel: Magical Girls
- BoogiePop and Others (live action)
- BoogiePop Phantom Complete Collection
Stars of Manga UK
UK has announced the winners of the first UK Rising Stars
of Manga competition to find new creative talent. Congratulations
to all concerned!
Paul Duffield of Winchester, England
Manga Title: Falling Star
Sonia Leong of Cambridge, England
Manga Title: Fatal Connection
Patrick Warren of London, England
Manga Title: Dojo Dynasty
Jin Sun Oh of Nottingham, England
Manga Title: Legend of the Future
Sinead Lynch of Enniscorthy, County Wexford,
Ireland and L. Hamilton of Duleek, County Meath,
Manga Title: Rose By Any Other Name
Emma Vieceli of Cambridge, England
Manga Title: Between the Lines
Roxanne Chen of West Yorkshire, England
Manga Title: Prince of Cats
Vee Chayakul of Leicester, England
Manga Title: Modern Day Catastrophists
UK appearance by BLOOD
the J-Rock/Visual Kei band that headlined at AyaCon 2005, has
announced a new visit to the UK as part of their 2006 European
tour. They will be performing on 5th April at Barfly in Birmingham.
Tickets will be on sale for £12.50 each (ages 14+ only).
For more information, see the Barfly