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Hey, you over there. Yeah, you, the Japanese high school senior who’s worried about exams. Chukei Publishing wants to help you do better at the English section of your upcoming college admission exam. And for that express purpose, they released “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu de Eitango ga Omoshiroihodo Minitsuku Hon,” or “The book that, in a fun way, teaches you English words via ‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya‘”.
No need to check the calendar, April Fool’s Day is really over. However, they really are making a live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge TV drama this summer, and a live-action movie for 2012.
In this week’s Young Gangan magazine, Square Enix and AUTB Partners announced the production schedule, as well as the actors playing Nino and Riku. There’s an official teaser website as well. Pics of the cast after the break.
You see, vampire-like beings called Kageyashi have invaded Akihabara, and it appears that the only way to defeat them is to expose them to sunlight. But alas! They’re wearing clothing! Darned clothing, always in the way! What can you do? You can read on, is what you can do.
If you’ve been watching new anime this season, you may be watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica. And if you have been watching that show, you know about the various characters, including Madoka, Mami, and Kyubey (nicknamed QB by many Japanese fans). Perhaps you didn’t know that it’s gotten really popular in Akihabara and other otaku-oriented areas.
Are you having trouble sleeping? Maybe it’s because your older sister is giving you orders all the time. Or perhaps it’s because your little sister is following you around all over the place. Maybe there’s a girl that loves you so much that it hurts… literally? Well, there’s
an app a CD for that.
Edge Records, a company known mostly for its drama CD production, has been producing the Nemurenai (“Can’t Sleep”) CD series since 2008. The first was about older sisters giving you orders. The series really took off, however, with the Yandere CD, featuring the girls who loved you so much they’re willing to kill, and that actually spawned two sequels.
When Dom and I visited Japan in 2004, we got hooked on this weird TV series called “Keitai Deka: Zenigata Ai” where Miyazaki Aoi played a high school girl (named after the fictional crimefighter Zenigata Heiji), who secretly fought crime with her cell phone. (Miyazaki would later go on to play Komatsu Nana in the live-action NANA movie.) It became a bit of a cult hit, and through the years various other girls filled the role of the cell phone detective. Eight total, to be exact. That Zenigata family is big.
So it came as only a mild surprise when I learned that the third Keitai Deka movie was released in theaters in Japan last week: “Keitai Deka THE MOVIE 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! Pandora no Hako no Himitsu” (“Operation Save Morning Musume! The Secret of Pandora’s Box”).
Recently Twitter has been gaining traction in Japan, as 140 characters is not nearly as much of a limitation in Japanese as it is in Roman alphabet-based languages. In fact, as 2010 clicked over into 2011 on Japan Standard Time, Japan set a new record of 6939 tweets per second as people wished each other a Happy New Year. The previous record was in June, when Japan beat Denmark in the World Cup.
So now almost all Japanese companies have Twitter accounts, and anime companies are no exception. One relatively new phenomenon is in-character Twitter accounts, where anime characters will actually tweet as themselves.