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Over in Japan, it’s April 1st right now, and all kinds of pranks and jokes are flooding the Internet. Like most cynics, this time of year just makes me want to hole up for a day and wait for the Internet to stop being stupid, but there are a few noteworthy gags out there right now. Actual news gets swallowed up on April 1st, as companies dedicate themselves to throwing random stupidity at followers, which is why I’m hesitant to report Baka to Test‘s report of a second season until it’s the 2nd.

I mean, between Arc System Works’ claim of a BlazBlue versus Arcana Hearts crossover, ero-game maker Unison Shift’s Powerpuff Girls rendition of their flagship adult title Chu Chu Idol, Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Deka, and the groan-inducing Angel Eats!, there’s a lot of crap flying around the Internet today, and boy – I have the same to expect from the English-speaking Internet tomorrow, and oogh. I really don’t want to think about it. I think I’ll crawl into a hole now, wake me up when it’s April 2nd.

Kekkaishi!With the recent rush to get the newest and shiniest new shows, it’s nice to see today’s press release from VIZ, which is about a relatively old show (which, these days, means “more than 2 months old”), Kekkaishi. The 52-episode action series, which originally aired between 2006 and 2008, will start airing on Adult Swim on May 29.

Kekkaishi is a pretty good series as far as shounen fantasy goes – unlike many in its genre, it manages to get from point A to point B in the plot without getting horrifically sidetracked for weeks at a time, and is pretty entertaining while it does so.VIZ already streams the show for free via Hulu and VIZ Anime, but the Adult Swim broadcasts will allow the show to get a much-deserved wider audience. The show comes highly recommended to those of you who’re tired of the generic filler-filler-fight fare from other shounen fantasy/action shows (not that I’m naming names or anything). For more information, check out VIZ Anime’s page for the supernatural series, which tells you all about Yoshimori and Tokine, two teens who have inherited the power to defend their homes from monsters.

Boys love robots!

Crunchyroll has added in the latest announcement in the race to for online streaming rights, and it’s a pretty interesting one – the East-meets-West Heroman. The simulcast will be available every Thursday at 3 AM Pacific time, and while I’m not going to stay up for it, I’m definitely going to add it to my morning ritual. The collaboration of the legendary Stan Lee with Studio Bones has me fascinated, and I really want to see how it all plays out. Hit the jump for the list of countries covered by Crunchyroll, as well as their official synopsis of the show.

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Thanks to Kadokawa’s YouTube channel, you can now see a sneak preview of the zombie series Highschool of the Dead, due to come out later this year. Based on the survival action manga by Satou Daisuke and Satou Shouji, the anime has a pretty solid staff already, with director Araki Tetsuo (Death Note) and screenwriter Kuroda Yousuke (way too much to list) anchoring the production. Old reliable Madhouse is taking care of the animation, and while a date hasn’t yet been announced, I’m tentatively tagging this one for a summer air date.

From the trailer, it looks like this is pastiche B horror with a mild Japanese twist, between the T&A shots and the copious amounts of blood flying around. If that’s the case, even a horror wuss like me should be able to have fun with it!

This may be the closest we get to a Daibanchou anime.In a surprise first strike in the spring anime sweepstakes, the Anime Network just announced that it will be streaming the April fantasy/comedy anime Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao from its Anime Network Online site.  The former division of ADV Films will start streaming the show on Friday, April 2. Hit the jump for the text of the network’s press release – the best news is that the series will be available to all registered users, and won’t require the purchase of an Anime Network subscription. Hurray for gateway drugs!

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The House of Five Leaves, AKA The Kidnappers' DenWhile there are more than a handful of shakycam videos of TAF trailers out there, I feel like it’s not worth pointing to them unless you can actually hear what’s going on without hundreds of Japanese convention-goers jabbering over the blurry video. The Sarai-ya Goyou trailer comes as a breath of fresh air, late as I am to this party – the music is gorgeous, and while th eart style isn’t what you’d expect from an average anime, the style and story look like they’ll be great.

Sarai-ya Goyou starts airing in mid-April in the noitaminA time slot, but if you want to know more about this fascinating story about the steady descent of a naive samurai into the underworld, you can read eight chapters of the original manga for free over on VIZ’s IKKI site. I highly recommend it – it’s a far from your standard samurai chanbara fare, and it really makes me want to see what they can do with it.

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That’s right, ladies, two, two, TWO Black Butler news pieces in one day! FUNimation’s latest FUNicon just ended with a trailer for the first Kuroshitsuji, meaning that FUNimation has acquired the rights to the fangirltastic butler series, which starred Sakamoto Maaya and Ono Daisuke as a young boy and his demonic butler.

More info to come as it’s announced.