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Anime song mega-label Lantis has posted the full 344-second “Yasashii Boukyaku” (“Gentle Oblivion”) as its latest promotional video on YouTube, and I’m surprised at the fan reaction to it being so divided. It’s a melancholy and mournful tune, very fitting for the upcoming Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya movie and its sad-girl-in-snow pace. The movie is a mere week away, and hopefully the American arm of Bandai will be survive long enough to release the movie for us – it’s a good novel, and should be more than enough to make up for that train wreck that tried to pass for a second season.

What do you think?

Rukia... I mean Ruquia and her friends.I have no idea why I like the Quiz Magic Academy OVA so much. I like the arcade and DS games because of my undying love for trivia games and game shows (though my lack of a Japanese education hurts me when it comes time to answer social studies and history questions), but the OVA was a jumble of random fan service, miscellaneous comedy, and fan in-jokes. The trailer for the next episode of QMA is now available on Konami’s webpage, and it really doesn’t show anything that should impress – and yet I find myself vibrating in anticipation of its release.

I have no idea why, so if anyone can offer suggestions I’d be appreciative.

Image from Sora no Woto 4.

You and me both, lady.

I’ve become a huge fan of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu, but I’ve gotten impatient and have started reading the novels to try and devour as much of it as I can in a short time period. I can’t recommend this course of action to anyone else because it’s expensive and requires a working knowledge of moonspeak, so instead I am going to point out some other interesting anime that have been posted over the last week and weekend.

For example, Sora no Woto episode 4 went up yesterday on Crunchyroll.  I personally find it to be a borefest, but those of you with longer attention spans and higher tolerance for random cuteness will find that it’s exactly what you’re looking for. Speaking of brainless cute, FUNimation has also posted the first episodes of Sekirei on its video site, and as boobs-‘n’-brawls shows go, it’s not the worst around. You can see if you like it before the second season airs later this year!

Personally, I’m waiting for the new Durarara in two days. Between Durarara and BakaTest, I’m covered for this season. What about you guys?

If you’ve hung around the otaku Internet at all, you know the song “Omoide ha Okkusenman” (“Memories are Priceless”), a fan-made remix of a classic Mega Man 2 theme. You have a slightly lower chance of knowing about BlazBlue fan favorite character song “Omae no Tettsui ni Kugi wo Ute” (“Bang a Nail With Your Hammer”), which comes up in-game whenever the burning ninja Shishigami Bang performs his Fuurin Kazan move. If you don’t know any of these songs, check out the videos in this post, I won’t leave you hanging.

What you may not know is that one of the fans who made Okkusenman famous wrote lyrics to Shishigami Bang’s theme song, and the creators of BlazBlue were so impressed by his effort that they put his lyrics in the latest iteration of the popular fighting game. In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, the “vocal” version of Reppuu ~Gale~ created by Gomu appears, with Bang’s voice actor providing vocals for the soundtrack. Check it out after the jump.

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That's our Lina!Flash back to the ’90s with FUNimation’s dub of series revival Slayers Revolution, which not only brings back one of the biggest fantasy franchises of the last decade, but brings back the original dub cast well over a decade after Slayers last saw an American release. The style of comedy may seem a bit dated to modern anime fans, but the show is still worth watching. So check it out on FUNimation’s video site or the Slayers Revolution YouTube channel and see if the classic fantasy/comedy still works for you.

A major turning point of One Piece is coming this weekend too, as Luffy and Chief Warden Magellan finally meet face-to-face and fist-to-fist. The show’s really picked up the pace after some slow filler episodes, so you definitely shouldn’t miss this episode.

See you on Monday!

What could go wrong?

As you may remember from a previous Manga Monday, I’m a fan of the Kaichou ha Maid-sama! (AKA Maid Sama!) manga but with reservations about its sustainability. The TV anime version of the popular shoujo manga is coming up after this season regardless of my misgivings, and for those of you who’re interested in the convergence of maids, high school students, and romance, the official site for the show has posted the anime trailer that showed at December’s Comiket 77, which provides a sneak peek at some of the animation and the cast.

Personally, I’m a bit disappointed in the casting, but I’m not going to say much more than that lest I incriminate myself with my knowledge of the drama CDs, which came with various issues of the Hakusensha-published shoujo anthology LaLa. No sir, you’re not getting me to admit to anything.

Nyarlathotep as a little girl. Because that's not wrong at all!You see that girl up there? That’s the goth-loli, absolute territory-wielding avatar of Lovecraft creation Nyarlathotep. Yep, in the eternal quest to turn everything into a cute little girl, Aisora Manta came up with the idea of Nyaruko-san, a little silver-haired girl who gets into lightly comedic situations and happens to be one of the most ancient evils in the universe. If that sounds good to you, check out the 95-second “Loyalty” preview for the 20-minute Flash anime that is on Japanese Amazon now. Expect a lot more shorts like that on the DVD, which will come packaged with the limited edition run of the Nyaruko-san light novels. (Source: Moon Phase)