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Archive for January 2011

It was just about ten years ago when Sister Princess kicked the “little sister boom” into overdrive. Twelve pretty little sisters, all loving you so much, all calling you “big brother” in different ways, and all available in light novels (starting in 1999),  game (Playstation, released in March 2001), and anime (26 episodes, starting in April 2001) form. The marketing blitz continued with two sequel games, a sequel anime, and countless parodies (ever seen Dokkoider or Abenobashi?).

Now it’s 2011 and twelve sisters just isn’t enough anymore. So ASCII Mediaworks, the company that brought us Sister Princess, came up with Baby Princess. Now there are 19 — that’s right, nineteen! — sisters, and just for variety’s sake, three of them are older than the protagonist.

Baby Princess: 19 sisters, Mama, and you (Youtarou)

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So I heard a rumor that in 2007 there was an anime called Idolmaster: Xenoglossia. I was living in Japan at the time, and I largely ignored it, because it was… how do I put this gently… an abomination. It took characters from a video game, THE IDOLM@STER, about girls whose dream was to sing and dance in front of large crowds, and turned it into a show about giant robots and girls who used them to save the earth from destruction.

Now, the Idolmaster series has been pretty popular, and between arcade, Xbox 360, PSP, and Nintendo DS, there have been seven games, with an eighth due out in February. So Xenoglossia was a pretty big failure. And now they are making up for it with THE IDOLM@STER anime.

It's high time these girls get to show their real stuff.

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The winter TV season is just starting to heat up, which of course means that the announcements for the spring season are also coming in like gangbusters. Rotte no Omocha (Rotte’s Toy) was announced 3 months ago, but the first promo video hit the ether today.

Boy meets girl, where the boy is a normal human and the girl is a boy-hating succubus.

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Found on the official Voltron store:

Note the careful placement of the light flare.

Yes, these are Voltron boxer shorts.

I have already ordered two.

Today is the day! The day for what, you might ask? It is the day when several dreaded anticipated anime-themed video games are released in Japan: Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai Portable, Toaru Majutsu no Index PSP, Valkyria Chronicles 3Dream Club Zero, and Galgun.

Kuroneko Index

Do not adjust your monitor, that really is Kuroneko dressed as Index.

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There’s a new idol anime coming to town this April, and it’s called Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream. The “super point blank range” seiyuu unit LISP will be voicing the main characters: Asumi Kana as Aira (center, below), Kataoka Azusa as Rizumu (right), and Hara Sayuri as Mion. The three will also be singing the opening theme song.

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream

Is your rhythm this pretty?

Avex idol group SUPER☆GiRLS will be providing the ending theme. The production is a collaboration between Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy and Korean toy and game company Sonokong. In other words, it’s a step towards world peace! Or something.

More details to come, but according to the official website there will be fancy clothes, cute boys, and… ice skating? All righty then.

Edit: I have learned that the original work for this anime is Pretty Rhythm Mini Skirt, an arcade game and toy series by Takara Tomy. The name appears to come from the AKB48 unit Mini Skirt, which appears in the game. Now I have learned more than I wanted to know.

Hi there! I’m Seiya, pinch-hitting for Dom.

Japanese TV is divided into quarterly seasons, and this January brought us a new one. Kicking off with Rio Rainbow Gate on the 4th, to the most recent Fractale on the 14th, at least 17 new anime shows have premiered so far this month.

Magical girls with guns

If you got one wish, what would you wish for?

 

So, what are you watching?

Through the first three weeks, not including today, here are my impressions on the new shows (in the order of the premiere date):