Anime Reel – Anime & Manga TV News

It’s the second week of April, and the new season is rolling along. I introduced a few of the new shows last week. Before I get too far behind, I figured I’d throw out a few whole slew more.

Akechi Mitsuhide, Date Masamune, Oda Nobunaga, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Historic Japanese figures, all of them. Look it up.

Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox (streaming on Crunchyroll as “Battle Girls – Time Paradox“) knows its audience: People who know their history and are into cute girls portraying versions of the historical figures, much like Samurai Girls or Battle Vixens. Sengoku Otome is not (yet) as blatant as those two. It’s based on a series of characters from pachinko games instead of a manga or novel, so I’m not expecting much from the storyline.

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Three new anime shows were announced recently, in vastly different ways.

Persona 4 The Animation. The title pretty much says it all.

The most recent announcement, via a teaser website, was Persona 4 The Animation, based on the game of the same name. The cast stays the same as the game as well. Animation production will be done by AIC Asta (Sora no Otoshimono series), and the director is Kishi Seiji (Angel Beats!).

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The Magica Quartet team announced on their official website and twitter account that Puella Magi Madoka Magica episodes 11 and 12 will air back-to-back on sponsor TV station MBS (in the Osaka area) on April 21 at 26:40 JST (aka 2 hours, 40 minutes after midnight, technically 4/22). TBS (in the Tokyo area) will air 10, 11, and 12 consecutively starting at 27:00 on the same day.

Homura and Madoka, together again...?

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The official site for Blood C, a media mix project of CLAMP and Production IG, opened today. Blood C is a reimagining of the “Blood: The Last Vampire” series, which had an animated movie, a TV series, and a live-action movie.

Hello there, unnamed CLAMP girl with glasses and a sword.

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Sunrise announced today that they are remastering the original 26-episode Scryed TV series for the 10th anniversary into two parts, with many all-new ingredients.

An example of the character designs for "Scryed Alteration"

The newly-updated official website says that the script will be rewritten, voices will be re-recorded, and new animation will be mixed in with remastered original animation. The site hints that everything will be reorganized, so it’s possible the story ordering will change as well.

I’ll update this post later when the promotion video is released in a form that’s viewable outside Japan. Update 4/17: Promotion video after the break.

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Bioware and FUNimation Entertainment announced today that they are teaming up with animation production company T.O. Entertainment to produce a Mass Effect anime feature. Streaming and video release is planned for summer of 2012.

Shepard and crew, coming in animated form to a screen near you.

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I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Acquire, makers of such games as the “Way of the Samurai” and “Tenchu” series and “Class of Heroes,” has a new game coming out in Japan called “Akiba’s Trip“.

Not just another trip to Akihabara...

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.

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