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Hi Civilians, 

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In the U.K the Syfy channel has always been a channel to go against the grain. The channel has always seen the potential to screen programmes that appeal to a niche market, they have now acquired some key manga films to be screened on the UK network. 

Every Saturday Syfy will be screening a major manga title starting with this Saturday being Akira.  

The Sticky

January 7 -Akira @ 11.10 pm. 

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again.

January 14 - Ninja Scroll @ 11.10 pm.

A ninja-for-hire is forced into fighting an old nemesis who is bent on overthrowing the Japanese government. His nemesis is also the leader of a group of demons each with superhuman powers.

January 21 - The Girl Who Leapt Through Time @ 11.10 pm.

There is a future that we can't wait for.

What would you do if you could “leap” backward through time? When tomboyish 17 year old Makoto Konno gains this ability after an accident in her high school chemistry lab, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. Before long, however, she realizes that even innocuous changes can have terrible consequences. Changing the past is not as simple as it seems, and eventually Makoto will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future for herself and her friends.

January 28 - Redline @ 11.10 pm.

The most dangerous and exciting car race in the universe is held only once every five years. And that’s tonight. The competitors are lined up at the starting block. In his vehicle, JP, the most daredevil driver on the circuit, is ready for the green light. Female driver Sonoshee, with whom he is secretly in love, is also on the starting line. She will stop at nothing to get on to that podium. In this race, not only is anything possible, but also anything is allowed.

February 4 - Summer Wars @ 11.10 pm.

When timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family’s Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Natsuki’s family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era, and they’ve all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the spunky matriarch of the family, Sakae. That’s when Kenji discovers his “summer job” is to pretend to be Natsuki’s fiancé and dance with her at the birthday celebration. As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki’s act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can’t resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world's social and business traffic flows. It’s up to Kenji and his new fake family to put reality back in order.

February 11 - The Wolf Children @ 11.10 pm

Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a "fairy-tale like" love with a "wolf man". Over the course of the 13-year story Hana gives birth to two children - older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame, or "Snow and Rain". At first the family quietly lives in the city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the "wolf man" suddenly dies Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from their previous city life.

Manga UK

 

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So as we always say, keep anime alive in the UK and get on your TV or set your sky/virgin planners to record these amazing movies. 

 

@UKAnifest  

Comicana Festival: Junko Mizuno Q&A in London! by Aisha Anime

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FIne art and manga fans would have tracked done this intimate event arranged by Comica Festival at Foyles Charring Cross road. On Wednesday 22nd October 2014 for an hour and a half we listened to comics artist, publisher and curator Jason Atomic talk to Junko about her career.

Moving from Tokyo to San Francisco, Mizuno has become a global sensation, which was helped by endorsement from Jonathan Ross on his show Japanorama. We celebrated her signature 'creepy cute' blend of art and manga. Her dark-erotic re-tellings of familiar fairytales like Hansel and Gretel, Cinderalla gained her respect and she moved on to Music posters, music art, sculptures at the recent Hello Kitty catwalk and now has completed her EU revamp of her graphic novel Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu.

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Part of Comica Festival 2014, Mizuno spoke with Jason Atomic about her dabbles in different projects. She despised her art being branded as 'grotesque kawaii' and was not afraid to move from manga to fine art and sculptures. Starting off at Japan's famous Comicket to being interviewed by Jonathan Ross she has come along way and eventually moved to the USA for more jobs.

The Q&A was opened up to the floor and the audience asked things like what is your favourite subject to draw and Junko explained food and when she was commissioned to do gig posters without a doubt she would add in food no matter the idea. Her art took up to three weeks but since she got bored easily she took breaks often, hid her work from sight so she always looked at it with fresh eyes. What was really inspiring was she spoke about what came to mind she drew to paper straight away there was never a plan of what she would draw. Whatever she began drawing she would add things along the way.

A great one off event worth the ticket price to meet one of the reasons I was drawn to Manga.

Follow Comica Festival for more events - http://www.comicafestival.com/

See Junko's  Art and projects - http://www.mizuno-junko.com/

~Aisha Anime~

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Cosplay Craze by Aisha Anime

So photogenic :-p

So photogenic :-p

SO the Cosplay Craze has surfaced overground and people of Britain are beginning to question this hobby and see who are the people behind the costumes and why they do it.. At London MCM , May 2014, we saw one of the biggest queues yet to the venue for the Otaku culture community.

Held at London Excel, it houses merchandise and entertainment for people into Sci-fi, television, comics, manga, anime, art, plushies, weapon replicas, fashion, games, guest and cosplay. Here me and bunch of friends encountered a reporter and camera man from the BBC investigating the event and wanted to all what all the hype was about revolving cosplay.

They interviewed around 15 people hailing from London to Devon, the general consensus was female, it seems we all want to either be creative or show our appreciation for our hobbies. Ideally I'd like to be a reporter with a steady incoming reporting for these events full time, thi isn't something that comes will-nilly so till that day I work at a marketing company. Everyone has to pay the bills, feed the cats and buy the fabrics for the next cosplay. Int he feature they follow around my friend Becca Moriarty, part of the press team for Anime League and founder of the blog League of Extraordinary Cosplayers in her routine to cosplay at local meets. Again she is someone who has an interest in anime and holds down a full time job. We aren't y different from anyone else.

Watch the full clip here via BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28297077?post_id=1373252231_10204111050281189#_=_

Read my feature regarding the clash of cosplay and Japanese fashion in the latest issue of MYM magazine, available in WHSmiths. ~Aisha Anime~

BBC cosplay craze behind the scenes photo by Stephan!

BBC cosplay craze behind the scenes photo by Stephan!