Bungaku Shoujo Teaser Streaming Now

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Bungaku Shoujo Teaser Streaming Now

November 12th, 2009 by John


The homepage for Production I.G’s upcoming anime film Bungaku Shoujo (Literary Girl) now includes a 60 second streaming Flash teaser trailer. The adaptation of Mizuki Nomura’s light novel series is a lighthearted drama about the president of a high school literature club who is actually a supernatural creature that feeds on stories – she literally eats book pages – and a reclusive young author who knows her secret and writes stories just for her. The film will open theatrically during the Golden Week 2010 holiday season (late April into the first week of May).


The World is Upside Down!

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The World is Upside Down!

November 6th, 2009 by John


When the Japanese otaku matchmaking service Otakuma conducted a poll of users’ favorite anime between April and August of this year, the results revealed a surprising trend. Among Japanese otaku, men appear to prefer moé anime, to little surprise. However, four out of the top five shows female otaku like most are giant robot anime. The era of the Gunonna and mekajo dawns!

01. K-On!
02. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
03. Lucky Star
04. Gundam (all series)
05. Saki
06. Shin Seiki Evangelion
07. Maho Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
08. Hetalia
10. Toradora!

01. Gundam (all series)
02. K-On!
03. Code Geass
04. Macross Frontier
05. Shin Seiki Evangelion / Toradora! (tie)
06. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
07. Lucky Star
09. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
10. Minami-ke

Kiss×sis Manga Gets TV Anime Green-Lit for Next Spring

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Kiss×sis Manga Gets TV Anime Green-Lit for Next Spring

posted on 2009-11-13 04:09 EST

Bow Ditama‘s “forbidden” romance already inspired 3 original anime DVDs


A television anime adaptation of Bow Ditama‘s Kiss×sis romance manga has been green-lit for next spring. The story follows the “forbidden” love between a boy and his two stepsisters. The manga has already inspired three original anime DVD volumes that are bundled with the limited first editions of the third, fourth, and fifth manga volumes. (The fifth manga volume will ship in Japan on November 20.)

Precure All Stars 2 Trailer Online

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Precure All Stars 2 Trailer Online

November 2nd, 2009 by John


Toei Animation has announced its eighth Pretty Cure motion picture. Precure All Stars DX2: Kibō no Hikari— Rainbow Angel o Mamore! (Precure All Stars DX2: Light of Hope— Protect the Rainbow Angel!) will open on March 20. The first Precure All Stars movie, which included the casts of all six Pretty Cure TV series, hit Japanese theaters this past March. The seventh Pretty Cure movie, the first Fresh Precure film, just opened in Japanese theaters this past weekend. The Precure All Stars homepage is now streaming a 25 second teaser for the new movie.

I’ll definitely be looking forward to this because the first Precure All Stars Deluxe movie was really good. I wonder if this film will ignore the first one and introduce all of the girls to each other (again) or if this film will open with all of the girls already familiar with each other.

Continuing R2 Shangri-la DVD Singles Canceled

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Continuing R2 Shangri-la DVD Singles Canceled

November 10th, 2009 by John


Gonzo’s 24 episode Shangri-la anime television series broadcast earlier this year was scheduled to be released on Japanese DVD on 12 individual DVDs retailing at 6090 yen each. Japanese retailers Neowing and Sofmap now report that the monthly release of individual DVD volumes 7-12 has been canceled in lieu of a single DVD collection available March 26 that will contain the second half of the TV series. The Shangri-la DVD Collector’s Edition will retail at 36,750. The cost of six individual DVDs would have totaled 36,540 yen.

It’s very curious if this change in release format is a response to poor consumer support for the show, a response to declines in Japanese DVD sales overall, an attempt to generate a quick lump sum cash infusion for the financially struggling Gonzo studio, or something else entirely.

Kaito Reinya Anime Announced

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Kaito Reinya Anime Announced

November 11th, 2009 by John

Reina Tanaka as Reinya

The KDDI telecommunications company has announced the development of an anime adaptation of the Kaito Reinya nonsense comedy manga franchise. The 4-koma manga about Reinya, a girl who works by wearing an advertising signboard for the convenience store next to a police station by day, and works as a cat burgler by night (her name is a pun on “Reina” and “nyaa,” the Japanese sound of a cat’s meow), chased by bumbling police is the same traditional story concept used in anime including Kaito St. Tail and Cat’s Eye. The Reinya character is based on real life Morning Musume member Reina Tanaka, who will provide Reinya’s voice in the 12 episode anime serial.

Black Cat, Jubei-chan, and Oh! Edo Rocket animation director Takahiro Yoshimatsu will serve as chief director for the Kaito Reinya anime. The show will premiere on the KBC network in Japan’s Kyushu region on January 9th before becoming available on the KDDI’s mobile phone video service.

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Opening Theme Lands at #3

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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Opening Theme Lands at #3

posted on 2009-11-10 11:22 EST

Anime’s “only my railgun” song by fripSide sells 26,000 CDs in debut week

The CD single for “only my railgun,” fripSide‘s opening theme song for the To Aru Kagaku no Railgun television anime series, debuted at #3 on Oricon’s CD single ranking chart for the November 2-8 week. It sold 26,000 copies in its first week as fripSide‘s first top-10 single. Producer Satoshi Yaginuma formed fripSide in 2002 and Yoshino Nanjou (CANAAN) had only just been hired as the group’s new vocalist earlier this year. The group had previously sung the Koihime†Musō anime’s opening theme “flower of bravery,” which landed at #26 in July last year.

Director Tatsuyuki Nagai (IDOLM@STER: XENOGLOSSIA, Toradora!) and J.C. Staff are adapting Motoi Fuyukawa‘s To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) manga for Japanese television. The To Aru Kagaku no Railgun manga is itself a spinoff from Kazuma Kamachi‘s To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index) light novels that are set in Academy City, a city where about 80% of its 230,000 citizens are students. The spinoff deals with the adventures of Mikoto Misaka, one of the Level 5 psychics in the original light novels. The anime premiered on October 2.