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Weekend News Catch-Up: Darker than Black and Anisong Kouhaku

Posted on: November 16, 2009

I'm... not Batman.This weekend wasn’t terribly exciting as weekends go, but there are still a few interesting notes to come out of it, including:

– A trailer for the Darker than Black side stories, which will come with the Ryuusei no Gemini DVD releases.
– An anime music “contest” on New Year’s Eve, similar to Japan’s famous Kouhaku program.

Darker than Black

Go to the official Japanese site for Darker than Black and you’ll find a 3:17 trailer for Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha Gaiden, an original OVA episode that fills the two-year gap between the first season and the current Ryuusei no Gemini run. The OVA, which is planned to be spread over the DVD releases of Ryuusei no Gemini, shows Hei and Yin after they leave the Syndicate and are pursued by its assassins. It should also show how the pair became separated, which is a major question in the current series.

Currently, four OVAs are scheduled for release. They will be packaged with every other Ryuusei no Gemini DVD starting with volume 2.

Kouhaku for Otaku

With anime music increasingly making its presence known on the weekly sales charts, the inevitable has happened: Nippon BS Broadcasting Corp has announced the Kingrun Anime Songs Kouhaku program, which will air late on New Year’s Eve into January 1, 2010. The live program will split famous musical acts into Red and White teams and have them perform their greatest hits, just like the famed Kouhaku Uta Gassen program that it is based on.

While the real Kouhaku has recruited seiyuu/singer Mizuki Nana in order to promote itself to the otaku audience, the new Anime Songs Kouhaku program seems to have a lot of more of the old guard of anime singers, with Kushida Akira (best known for Kinnikuman Go Fight!), Mizuki Ichirou (whose mile-long discography covers everything from Mazinger Z to Gatchaman), and Oota Takako (who you may remember from Creamy Mami) featuring prominently on the list.

We’ll see how popular this show is in a month and a half – I don’t know how many years it will run, but it at least has a chance in an age where the real Kouhaku can’t pull 80% of the viewing population in anymore.

(Source: Anime News Network)

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