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Archive for March 2011

Bakemonogatari (English title: Ghostory), the popular light novel series by Nishioi Shin that spawned a TV anime series in 2009, is getting an anime sequel. Aniplex confirmed on the Bakemonogatari official website that the movie will be called Kizumonogatari, which is the name of the third book in the series.

Tsubasa, Nadeko, Suruga, Hitagi, and Mayoi are coming to the big screen. Well, maybe.

Kizumonogatari is technically a prequel, since it tells the story of how Araragi Koyomi got mixed up in this whole mess to begin with. Other than its release date of 2012, no other details have yet been announced.

If you’ve been unable to sleep because you’ve been waiting for news on the next streaming episode of Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can’t Possibly Be This Cute), well, you can sleep easy tonight. On the official web page, they announced the date of the streaming and the availability of the new trailer for episode 13.

When the Kirino's away, what do the black cats do?

Episode 13, “Ore no kouhai ga konnani kusatta wake ga nai” (My junior can’t possibly be this rotten) will be released to the ether on Tuesday, March 29, at noon Japan time. That’s midnight EDT, or 9PM PDT on Monday, for those of you keeping track on this side of the ocean.

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Has it been that long? Not quite, the 10th anniversary of Higurashi no Naku Koru ni (English title: When They Cry) isn’t until 2012. But Japanese anime distributor Frontier Works announced on their twitter account that they are working on a new OVA series,  Higurashi no Naku Koru ni Kira.

New OVA! (Swimsuits not guaranteed.)

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As you may recall, I mentioned Galgun a couple of months ago. It is a video game where you shoot countless zombies girls with bullets pheromone shots and kill them “send them to heaven” in your quest to save bond with the girl of your dreams before the end of the day. Well, last week Galgun got a title update to screw with your head “fix some bugs”.

No low-angle shots for you.

And the biggest feature “bug” they broke “fixed” was the ability to view low angle shots in various modes. Well, let’s not mince words — they removed some panty shots from the game.

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica, probably the most-talked-about new show of the season, has been delayed again. No reason was given on the official web page, but it seems clear that the effects of the huge earthquake and tsunami and nuclear emergency are still being felt.

Madoka, Kyoko, Sayaka, and QB

We'll keep waiting for your return.

Episode 11 was delayed last week due to the effects of the quake; script writer Urobuchi Gen mentioned on his personal twitter account that even on normal weeks Shaft (the animation production company) would deliver the finished product to TV stations within hours of airtime. So speculation is that they were not able to deliver it on time this time. He did imply (in responding to another question) that the script and voice recording were done for episodes 11 and 12.

As fans, pretty much all we can do is wait, and hope that things are going OK over there.

Japan gets a lot of earthquakes — when I was living there, there were at least 3 or 4 medium-sized quakes a year — but this one was definitely different. The Japan Meteorological Agency now measures it at 9.0 on the Richter scale, the largest earthquake in recorded Japanese history.

You’ve heard about the damage and destruction by both the earthquake and the tsunami. Over 2800 are confirmed dead, and hundreds if not thousands more are missing. There are millions of homes without power, and dozens of workers are working frantically to avert a nuclear disaster. In that context, it seems trivial to worry about a small slice of Japanese pop culture, but that’s the connection that many outside of Japan have to the island nation of 120 million people, and that’s where we are.

Haruhi prays.

Ito Noizi presented this picture of Haruhi for the "#draw_for_japan" campaign on Twitter.

In the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami, people both inside and outside Japan have begun to do what they can. The US, Australia, China, Taiwan, Germany, UK, and France, among others, have sent supplies and search and rescue teams to assist. (The Japanese suggested the name “Operation Tomodachi” (friends).) The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and other international non-governmental organizations have sent teams as well.

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For its 30th anniversary, Falcom is bringing its long-running PC and console RPG series Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki (English title, “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky”) to screens later this year.

Estelle from Sora no Kiseki

Explore the legends of heroes with Estelle and friends.

Kinema Citrus (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0) will handle the animation production, and Tachibana Masaki (.hack://Quantum) will be the director. More details (such as dates, and a cast, or even whether it’s a TV or disc-only release) will be coming soon, I’m sure. The game’s main characters were voiced by Kanda Akemi (Akane in Cross Game) and Saiga Mitsuki (Mina in Darker than Black).

The game, “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky”, is set to be released for the PSP by XSEED Games in the USA on March 24.