Tokyo Earthquake: What you need to know

This morning, our kind friend the Pacific ocean decided that it felt rather uncomfortable in it’s current state, and decided to shift a bit. We can’t really blame the ocean for this- it does have to put up with an awful lot of stuff in it’s life, and does all this without moving an inch.
Unfortunately, this shift for a more comfortable position caused a 8.9 earthquake 25 miles underwater, just 250km away from Japan’s coastline. This caused unbelievable amounts of damage, obliterating most of Japan’s infrastructure.
So, here are my suggestions for those caught in this disaster, or those back at home who have friends and family out there.

For those stuck out there (or live there, I’m not judging): Stay in big open spaces, Most parks are offering food and shelter. A full list of shelters can be found here.
Also, stock up on other food and essentials. Most convenience stores and suchlike have been sold out, but vending machines offer their contents for free during states of emergency. Also, many restaurants are also offering food.

If you need to contact anybody, Bic Camera are offering free mobile phone batteries to people. Just head to your nearest store to stock up.
Also, I believe NHK TV are doing a phone in to contact those stranded somewhere without cellular reception. This could be used both ways too, so if you’re stranded, find a working phone and call in that way to let folks back home know you are okay. Folks at home can tune in to NHK via this link here.

My heart goes out to all those out there caught up in the chaos. I sincerely hope that you get out of this all right. Just remember to keep your chin up, and keep in mind that eventually all this will blow over. ^_^

Special thanks for Danny Choo for the images I pinched, (sorry), and for the advice he’s been giving out via Twiter, @DannyChoo. I tip my hat to you, sir.


X-Men Trailer Streamed

The Japanese TV station Animax has launched a website for Marvel’s new X-Men anime adaption by MADHOUSE, along with a trailer. The anime will be starting on the Animax channel in April the 4th. Animax has previously launched an Iron Man and a Wolverine anime and results seemed to be successful. There is also a plan for another Marvel anime adaptation with Blade.

The confirmed characters in this X-men anime adaption are Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Beast and Professor X.
Trailer below:

Stuff goes here.

As you may or may have not of noticed, there has been a severe lack of new content around the site recently. I’m glad that you have been understanding of this and not completely deserted me, I am only human after all 😛

Nethertheless, UKOtaku is now ready to move forward, along with my renewed promise to at least try to update this site once a day. I at least owe that much to you for sticking with me through this period.
TTFN! ^_^

KAT-TUN Apologises For Vocaloid Plagiarsm

The boy-band which plagiarised a vocaloid song, as pointed out by angry fans and a distraught creator has finally admitted its crime, and made amends with its victim.

The creator victimised by Johnny’s boy-band KAT-TUN, AVTechNO!, writes that a settlement was reached with the plagiarists:

Regarding the “DYE” incident, the producers of “NEVER x OVER” have admitted the influence of “DYE” on their song, and have taken appropriate action to settle the matter.

My sincere apologies for worrying any KAT-TUN fans with my words. KAT-TUN were not at fault – I wish them the best in future.

While it remains without a doubt that KAT-TUN have made amends with the creator of the song, it remains to be seen that they can re-gain the trust of their lost fans, and calm the enraged vocaloid enthusiasts.

Weekly UK Anime Releases 17/01/2011

It’s been a while since this feature was updated, so I think it’s time I stopped neglecting it and gave you all the lovely jubbly info you’re craving for.
So without further ado, the weekly anime releases for the UK, starting today:

Aquarion Complete Collection
(RRP: £29.99)

Romeo X Juliet Complete Collection
(RRP: £29.99)

Vampire Knight: Volume 3
(RRP: £12.99)

(Re-Release) Ninja Scroll Complete Collection
(RRP: £29.99)

(Re-Release) Slayers Complete Collection
(RRP: £29.99)


Catbus? Pfft. Meet the cat cab.

As the famous movie trope goes, taxi drivers like to deck out the interior of their cabs with all sorts of trinkets, whether it be bobble heads, football memorabilia, or even religous artifacts. One man however, has taken it to a whole new level.

This man is Mr. Hiraga of Wakayama City, who has transformed his otherwise dull cab into a catmobile, covering the entirety of his cab in 888 lucky cats. The decorations started twelve years ago when Mr. Hiraga bought a lucky cat at Kimii-dera temple. Hiraga then thought the single cat looked lonely, so he sought to add more.

If you’re a fan of cats or shrine trinkets, and if you’re ever in Japan, you can take a ride in Hiraga’s cab, by calling him at 090-7965-2135, though speaking Japanese would probably make it a lot easier to get a ride! According to the news report, there were no mentions that he speaks any English.

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Shane Black to direct American Death Note


It has been reported and confirmed by Variety that Shane Black will be directing the Hollywood based version of popular manga Death Note. Noted as being Black’s favorite childhood manga, “It’s my favorite manga, I was just struck by its unique and brilliant sensibility“.
The famous director reveals his intentions for the upcoming live action film, “What we want to do is take it back to that manga, and make it closer to what is so complex and truthful about the spirituality of the story, versus taking the concept and trying to copy it as an American thriller.”
For those of you who are not familiar with Death Note, it follows the story of Light, the protagonist, who finds a notebook, the death note, that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing their name down and picturing their face in his mind. Light proceeds to go on a mission to rid the world of criminals, he is eventually chased by a top detective who goes by the alias of L.