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Saturday, April 26, 2003
Manga events in National Comics Week
As part of National Comics Week, Spread the Word ( are organising three manga related events. Full details are on the website, but here is a summary:

'From Astroboy to Akira and Beyond' is a free talk on manga by comics expert Paul Gravett. Wednesday 14th May, 5:30pm, Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, London SW2.
'We can be Heroes' is a free manga art workshop aimed at 10-15 year olds by cartoonist Steve Marchant. Thursday 15th May, 5:30pm, Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, London SW2.
'Ashita no Jo'. A screening of the classic anime film, preceeded by a talk by the artist Tetsuya Chiba. Saturday 17th May, 11:00am, Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, London SW2.

Friday, April 25, 2003
Burn Up Excess to premiere on Sci-Fi Channel
Can't decide whether to buy that Burn Up Excess DVD that was just released? Well if you have access to the Sci-Fi Channel, you will be able to watch the series starting on 5th June. Here is an excerpt from their press release:

"A new 4 part anime series comes to the Sci·Fi channel in the form of Burn Up Excess. Team Warrior is not your usual police force, Special Weapons and Tactics is understating it considerably. Join the machiavellian Maki, ravishing Rio, munitions-happy Maya, intellectual Lillica and the slightly neurotic Nanvel as they pool their considerable assets together for what is to be considered the most outrageous show of force in police department history."

"Thursday late-nights are Anime nights on the Sci·Fi channel with an Anime series followed by a classic genre defining Anime film. This month, Burn Up Excess will be followed by Wings of Hoonneamise, Yotoden, Ghost in Shell and Roujin Z."

Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Out now: new ADV and Bandai releases
The flood of new releases is continuing, with six new DVDs recently hitting the shops. ADV Films have just released Burn Up Excess vol. 1, Bubblegum Crisis 2040 vol. 2, Gasaraki vol. 6, and Zone of the Enders: Delores vol. 1, while Bandai have released Escaflowne vol. 5, and Escaflowne vol. 6.

ADV aren't even up to full speed yet, as they have seven releases scheduled for next month.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Spy of Darkness banned by the BBFC
You probably haven't heard of ILC Prime. They are responsible for lots of video and DVD releases in the UK in all sorts of genres, including a few kid's anime like "Magnos the Robot". Anyway, some at ILC decided to try and release some extremely pornographic anime in the UK, and the BBFC were not amused. Here is the rather lengthy URL for the webpage where the BBFC explain their descision: 5A8B5476EC64E60980256D0500264117?OpenDocument

Thursday, April 17, 2003
'Colourful!' comes to UK TV
According to Digital Spy (, Sky TV has revealed some details of three new music channels. One of them is 'Scuzz' (, which is aimed at a 15-19 year old male audience and includes in its list of programmes the anime series 'Colourful!'. I won't go into details about the series, other than to say that it appears to be well suited to its target audience.

Thursday, April 10, 2003
Manga Entertainment at Gencon
This is the text of an email I have just received from Manga Entertainment:

"Manga and Gencon have joined forces, the biggest gaming convention and the UK's biggest anime company are on a mission to bridge the gap between gamers and anime fans. The Manga roadshow's going to be gatecrashing the Gencon party, because hey, even gamers need to relax sometime !"

"The Manga Anime screening room @ Gencon 2003 will be featuring several Manga and anime classics, expect to see 'Akira, Blood: The Last Vampire and Perfect Blue,' amongst others, on the big screen and in comfort. For the hard-core fans among you there's plenty of outlandish, leftfield and downright bizarre features...Legend of the Overfiend anyone ?"

"Gencon is at the London Olympia 2 from the 18th - 21st April."

"Check out for more details."

Saturday, April 05, 2003
Onedotzero 7
Details of this years Onedotzero digital film festival have just been announced. Onedotzero 7 will be held from 16th - 25th May at the ICA in London. There isn't any anime this year, but they wil be showing the Korean feature My Beautiful Girl Mari, and the usual programme of cutting edge digital film from around the world including new work by Nishioka Junya and Ichiro Tanida. Details can be found on the Onedotzero website at

Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Anime at the Bristol International Animation Festival
In association with the Bristol International Animation Festival, the IMAX Theatre-At-Bristol will be showing a short season of anime films from 8th - 11th May. The films to be shown are Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Perfect Blue. Details are on their website at


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