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Starchild released the first promo video for Mayochiki!, a new anime planned for the summer season.

The title is a multi-meaning pun on the abbreviation for mayonnaise chicken, and also for the term “lost sheep” (mayoeru hitsuji), so Mayochiki! is short for Mayoeru Shitsuji to Chikin Yarou (Lost Butler and the Chicken Dude).

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Third week of April. The final batch of new spring anime shows have aired, and so here is the final batch of first looks.

SKET (Support, Kindness, Encouragement, Troubleshoot) Brigade. No actual dancing.

SKET Dance (streaming at Crunchyroll) is a pretty entertaining show about a group of high school students who are… well, basically they’re handymen. They take on jobs that no one else wants to do. I guess you could call it sort of a detective-themed show, with a case or two per week. This was actually from the first week, but got buried. It airs in prime time for kids (6 PM JST on Thursdays), so no naughty stuff and not much violence.

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It’s April, and the new anime season has begun. (Although, due to the continuing effects of the earthquake, several shows from the last season have not yet aired their conclusions.) Since there are so many new shows starting up this month, I decided to break up the “first looks” post into pieces. So here we go.

Boy meets girl... er, princess... er, dog?

Dog Days kicked off the season with a bang. Tsuzuki Masaki (writer), Kusakawa Keizou (director), and Seven Arcs (animation production) from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series and movie teamed up with a first-rate voice cast for this highly-anticipated show. The opening song is done by one of Dom’s favorite singers, the character designs and art are strong, and all the pieces look to be in place. It remains to be seen if Tsuzuki and Kusakawa can tell a compelling story or if this just becomes an eye candy fluff piece.

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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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I’m sure you’ve been thinking, “What ever happened to Lucky Star? Is there going to be a sequel?” The answer is now available, and it’s a definite “not exactly”. In this month’s Comp Ace, Kadokawa announced that they are making a musical. You know, like Spider-Man!

Musical confirmed!

Live action dancing, and singing, and... yeah. WTF?

Details, such as who’s playing the roles, when it’ll be on stage, what kind of story it’ll have, and what they’re smoking, have yet to be announced. At least one or two of those questions may be answered in the April issue of Comptiq magazine, on sale March 10.

So, have you watched Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can’t Possibly Be This Cute) episode 12 True Route? Did you think, “They can’t possibly end it like this!” Well, you’re right, and help is on the way. In the form of at least three more streamed episodes.

Picture only vaguely related to the story.

Episode 13, “Ore no kouhai ga konnani kusatteru wake ga nai” (My junior can’t possibly be this rotten) will be available in the last week or so of March. Episodes 14 and 15 are in production and are due to be released in April and May, respectively. No titles are available for 14 and 15 yet.

Kirino and Kuroneko, on their previously-mentioned twitter accounts, hinted at the contents of next month’s episode 13. In particular, Kuroneko mentioned that a new girl will be introduced. Hmm, I wonder who that could be… Well, we have about a month before we can see for ourselves.

After a long weekend, there’s always a lot of news. First off, the K-On! Movie hits theaters on December 3, 2011. That’s with one exclamation point, which would suggest this is a repackaging of the original TV series.

They're back and bigger than ever!

But wait, there’s more! Lots more.

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The last episode of last season’s Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (My Little Sister Can’t Possibly Be This Cute) was labelled “GOOD END”. And if you follow the kind of games that Kirino likes to play, you probably figured out that “GOOD END” means that’s not what really happened.

Picture only vaguely related to the story.

Starting February 22, those of us who haven’t been reading the light novels will get to find out the real scoop. The “TRUE ROUTE” of the 12th and final episode of the first season will be availble on the official site, plus four other streaming sites, free of charge (in Japanese, and don’t hold your breath for any subtitles).

This should set up nicely for a second season, hopefully later this year. My money’s on Kuroneko, because as Wesley Snipes once said, always bet on black.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your Valentine’s Day is going better than Itaru from the upcoming anime Steins;Gate.

Are you dreaming of a magical girl?

Steins;Gate has a collaborative illustration on their website today, with Itaru dreaming that Madoka wants to be his wife. The other characters, Rintarou and Mayuri, are wondering what a super-hacker would be dreaming of, and noting that he looks so happy. Steins;Gate, based on the Xbox 360 and Windows game of the same name, will begin airing in April.

Dengeki Bunko announced today that three of their light novel releases -“Rou Cube”, “Kamisama no Memo Chou” (“God’s memo pad”), and “Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon” (official English title “Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere”) – will get anime adaptations.

Rou Cube, Kamisama no Memo Chou, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

Light novel heroines, unite!

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