Shelling Out

Monday, September 8 2014
Shelling Out

It’s a seminal Japanese anime title, one that played a huge part in the early years of then fledgling UK label Manga. And now, almost 20 years after its original bow, Ghost In The Shell is returning. A new remastered version, shorn of the more controversial elements of the 2.0 version issued in 2010, is […]

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Making Con-tact

Monday, July 29 2013
Making Con-tact

In recent years, the San Diego Comic Con has become the place to be for genre enthusiasts, devotees, nerds and ubergeeks everywhere. Not only has it grown in size and stature, but it has also grown in influence, as distributors, producers and studios have increasingly used it to launch product. Members of the UK industry […]

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Who Exposes Himself

Sunday, November 11 2012
Who Exposes Himself

The arrival of a Timelord is not to be sniffed at at the best of times, but the current incarnation of the good Doctor’s arrival at the MCM Expo, the bi-annual film, comic and anime convention held at London’s Excel centre in the east of the city, gave a major boost to the event. For, […]

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The Con Is On Part 1

Friday, July 13 2012
The Con Is On Part 1

Manga’s Jerome Mazandarani is something of a San Diego Comic Con veteran now – well, he’s been more than us at The Raygun. He’s out there again for the 43rd event, and we’ve asked him to pen some thoughts on the event for us. Here’s the first in what will hopefully be at least reports […]

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Look Back In Manga (Part II)

Wednesday, July 13 2011
Look Back In Manga (Part II)

In the second part of our personal history of Manga, as told by some of the people who were there, we look at some of its doldrums and its subsequent renaissance after the arrival of current UK head of marketing and acquisitions, Jerome Mazandarani. He gives his thoughts, but we kick off with anime aficionado […]

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Look Back In Manga (Part I)

Monday, July 11 2011
Look Back In Manga (Part I)

Happy 20th birthday, Manga. The pioneering anime label which virtually singlehandedly launched the phenomenon in the UK has notched up two decades at the top of its games in the UK.  So to mark its anniversary, we asked some of the players in and around both the label’s inception, its history and its recent renaissance, […]

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Happy Anime-versary

Wednesday, June 29 2011
Happy Anime-versary

It’s been 20 years since the UK video market was introduced to the world of Japanese anime and the pioneering Manga Entertainment imprint. Akira, a film that truly deserves the epithet game-changing, certainly for Chris Blackwell’s Island World Communications video label, which was making its steady way along releasing arthouse and special interest titles, until […]

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Expo-sure Guaranteed

Thursday, June 16 2011
Expo-sure Guaranteed

The MCM Expo has, over the past few years, become one of the leading events on the calendar for genre devotees  – from children and teens through to people who are old enough to know better, from Japanese anime devotees through to sci-fi and horror geeks, as well as just film fans – it’s the […]

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Going With The ‘Qlo

Thursday, March 31 2011
Going With The ‘Qlo

Manga is getting busy as its 20th anniversary celebrations really kick into gear. It is currently working closely with Uniqlo, one of our favourite clothiers. These limited edition Kurashi cards (that’s a mini-version of a film poster that’s hugely popular in Japan) being given out in the fast-growing retailer’s outlets, including its new Bluewater store, […]

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Professor Layton In Numbers

Wednesday, September 29 2010
Professor Layton In Numbers

To mark Manga’s biggest release of the year, we look at Professor Layton & The Eternal Diva and assess the size of the Nintendo franchise… Four – the total different number of  SKUs being released by Manga on October 18, making this far and away the company’s biggest release of the year… These include a […]

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Mobile Solutions

Tuesday, August 24 2010
Mobile Solutions

More from Manga’s Live Action imprint, Tokyo Gore School has more than a dash of Battle Royale thrown into the mix, but it’s given a hugely contemporary feel thanks to the fact that the conduit for the assorted punch-ups and incidents between teenage schoolkids across the Japanese capital is a mobile phone game in which […]

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Comic-Con 2010: Exclusive Report

Friday, July 30 2010
Comic-Con 2010: Exclusive Report

Manga’s Jerome Mazandarani (pictured left, with Brent Spiner) was at this year’s Comic-Con. We at The Raygun were well jealous. So while his excellent, exclusive report from the event was most welcome, it also made use even more envious… This was my third visit to San Diego Comic-Con. It has become and important date on […]

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Jumping The Shark

Friday, July 16 2010
Jumping The Shark

Manga’s march into the live action arena continues apace with the release of Kamui, a strong slice of more traditional ninja action than its previous release, Bangkok Ninjas. Where that was all modern-day, free running ninja material, this follows a more well trodden path, with swordplay, plenty of wire work and giant sharks.Giant sharks? In […]

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Going Live

Tuesday, July 6 2010
Going Live

Let The Right One In… District 13… Not Evangelion nor Naruto… That’s what Manga’s new live action imprint, Manga Live Action, launching in July with Bangkok Ninja is aiming for with its first batch of titles. While schooled in the long-standing anime giant’s marketing skills and product knowledge, the new label is going after an […]

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Buckle Up

Friday, June 25 2010
Buckle Up

Here’s another little goodie that we were given a few weeks back and have been meaning to stick up for a while… Manga has traditionally been very smart in terms of its promotional and merchandising items – dating right back to its inception (we still regret losing or rather leaving an old Akira varsity jacket […]

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