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This is the image I found that is still safe for work.

Image from Media Factory.

When I started watching Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells From the Sky early this week, I tried to go in without any prior expectations. The problem was that my sheer hatred for ToLoveRu (Trouble) tainted the “Cute alien descends to earth, hijinks ensue” formula for me. So imagine my surprise when it turned out that not only was the first episode of Asobi ni Ikuyo watchable, but I actually enjoyed it enough to fly right to the second episode.

More thoughts – and a recipe for creating your very own Urusei Yatsura clone – after the jump.

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Remember when all we had was a splash image and a few names? Now we have a DATE! News!

Whee, more vague details.

Hey look, some answers about the mostly mysterious Fafner project! The new details are that the new Soukyuu no Fafner: Heaven and Earth will open at Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro on Christmas of this year. Beyond that? No real details. Could we see some actual trailers please, guys?

Or better yet, some music?

Do I really want to know?As part of the TAF 2010 newstravaganza, we have a new property ready to take the Anime no Chikara time slot after Sora no Woto and Senkou no Night Raid are done. Say hello to Occult Academy, coming to Japanese TV this July!

The details are sparse right now, but the premise of the show is that Kumashiro Maya inherits a school dedicated to occult studies from her father. Because he dedicated his life to the study of the supernatural, she has a strong distaste for it and everything that the school stands for. When she meets a man who claims to be a time traveler and a spoon-bending telekinetic, she finds herself carried away by the very forces she hates, even time slipping back to 1999, when the school was founded.

I can’t say I’m impressed by this capsule description, but the staff announcement has me at least mildly interested – this anime will be directed by Itou Tomohiko, who was an assistant director for Death Note. We’ll see how I think when the air date is closer and there’s more solid information than an image, a cast list, and a summary.

The logo gets things right.

My gosh! Who was expecting this?

Dragon Ball Kai, meet your American cousin, Dragon Ball Z Kai. FUNimation finally let the cat out of the bag today, posting the above logo with the title “The Answer is Yes.” There isn’t much to say beyond that – FUNimation hit it big with the original Dragon Ball Z, so it’s only natural that they acquire and release the recently edited/censored  remake of the mega-hit sci-fi action series..

The problem is that FUNimation has already started releasing a repackaged and remastered version of DBZ here in the states, so it remains to be seen if people will want to buy Dragon Ball yet another time. However, DBZ has strong numbers and FUNimation’s usually a pretty shrewd dealer, so with any luck and a patient timeline, they’ll be more than fine. It’s just that the timing is a little strange for this announcement, since it’ll be a few more months before the Dragon Boxes finish their run and avoid bumping into the new Kai series.

Yeah, THAT's descriptive.

It’s been five years since Fafner (AKA Soukyuu no Fafner) brought its world of robot-pilots vs. aliens and bromance to life, and XEBEC has seen fit to make a delayed sequel to the popular show. Over on the official Fafner site, there’s now a brief teaser that declares the existence of a new series, and not much else. There’s no sign if it’ll be a one-shot work, like the unfortunately named Right of Left, but I’m expecting a full series with this one.

Honestly, I didn’t like Fafner very much back when it aired, but I absolutely fell in love with its music. More angela, please!

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Not shown: disappointed fans.

The return of the sad girl in snow! You know you missed it.

Two years ago today, the website for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was replaced with a gimmick that teased fans with the existence of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Fans were left hanging for years, but today, the official Haruhi site has been replaced with a false 404 page (the page has disappeared – get it? get it?).

But, if you wait for a minute, you can see a brief trailer for The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the breathlessly awaited anime movie version of the fourth Haruhi novel. The animation looks to be more than up to Kyoto Animation’s high standards, and if they’re at all faithful to the original work (which is likely, given the extended running time of the movie), it should be the best Haruhi offering yet.

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Birdy the MightyWith FUNimation’s licensing announcement for the Tetsuwan Birdy TV series, this week’s Manga Monday is the manga that the series is based on. Note that there are actually two Tetsuwan Birdy manga series – the recent series is Yuuki Masami’s (Patlabor) remake of his own 1980s manga, which he never completed. So, two decades later, he decided to reboot his idea and start over from the beginning with another Tetsuwan Birdy, and the results have been mostly better this time around. Mostly.

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