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New Otaku Cafe in London by Aisha Anime

mcm otaku cafe

Otaku Cafe is Afternoon Tea with a Twist, the maids & butlers will bring you cakes, drinks and engage in fun games making it an experience you'll soon not forget. Maid cafes have been on the boom since 2012 and have been appearing in a variety of places as well as London, Manchester and even Scotland.

In 2011 founder, Deanne,  had gone to Maidreamin in Akihabara, after than experience she could not  stop talking about how fun it was and when she came back to London thought that we needed one here. Time went on and the idea was put on a backburner. But then a year and a half ago her and her friends were talking about it again and the idea was resparked but this time they dove in and made it happen, she registered the name and from there plans were made

A Kickstarter was created to get them to MCM and proved successful, however they fell short at MCM as they were not allowed to sell food and drink which is after all is the cafe's sustenance. A few things happened and Sami (Co-founder) left the business. Deanne then decided to create the pop-up cafe outside the convention restrictions, which was recently funded by another Kickstarter.

For Deanne the Otaku culture is never seen as a negative but more as a positive, she love's all things Japan and wants to be able to share this culture in a fun way. Hence the Otaku Cafe was born!

Spanning from the 7th May till the 29th you will be able to book sessions online to attend the cafe and eat some sumptuous food there and play games with the maids and butlers.

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Shojo Manga: Japanese Girl’s Comic’s Exhibiting in UK by Aisha Anime

Calling all Manga fans! The first major exhibition of Japanese Shōjo manga in the UK has opened and runs till the beginning of June.

After such great introduction from the Japan Foundation suddenly the popularity of shojo manga has been realised and more avenues have been opened.

Running from Friday 18th March 2016 – Sunday 12th June 2016, House of Illustration hosts the first major exhibition of Japanese Shōjo manga. Theexhibition includes featuring ‘Genga’ (Dash) prints of the pioneering work of 1970s manga artists Akiko Hatsu and Keiko Takemiya, and contemporary artist Yukiko Kai.

Japan’s shōjo manga culture dates back to the post-war years, but only evolved into the broad-ranging and hugely-popular form of today as a result of the innovative work of a small group of artists in the 1970s.

 

The exhibition is running in association with the Kyoto International Manga Museum and The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

House of Illustration is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm.

The gallery is also running manga workshops for families and teens during March and April.

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema by Aisha Anime

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 returns to bring Japanese culture ideals to the UK and the theme this year is IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema.

Spanning from 5 February to 26 March 2016 travelling around the country with some great cinematic releases to make you stop and think. Most importantly they have addressed the high demand of anime requests and are showing two this year. 

Anthem of the Heart

Anthem of the Heart

Anthem of the Heart

We follow Jun Naruse a young girl who believes her words have caused unmeasurable trouble. She is one day visited by a mysterious ‘Egg Fairy’ who casts a spell on her preventing her from speaking, stopping her from conveying her emotions. When she enters high-school, Jun is asked to join a musical – a group which turns out to be an unexpected mix of students all suffering from emotional trauma just like Jun. Through the key themes of friendship and music can will Jun be able to find her voice again?

A charming story from the creators behind the smash hit movie, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. The creative team of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, scriptwriter Mari Okada and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka return with a completely original animated film which was a huge hit upon its domestic theatrical release in late 2015, touching many hearts across Japan.

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

A animation from the Keiichi Hara who, who's film Colors Japan Foundation screened previously. (Watch the interview with Keiichi Hara here.)  Set in early Edo period, this animation brings to life the story of O-Ei, the daughter of the ukiyo-e master, Katsushika Hokusai (globally famous for his piece The Great Wave). 

Based on the original manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, an adaptation which Hara, a huge fan of the series, called ‘a dream come true,’ the film brings Sugiura’s comic and worldview to the big screen, creating a wonderfully detailed recreation of Edo life through combining hand-drawn 2-D with 3-D techniques. The film scooped three awards at the 2015 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, including the Satoshi Kon Award for best animated feature film.

Starting at the prestigious ICA London from 5th February - 11th February 

Find the full list of movies and anime on the Japan Foundation website.

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