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What you see above is the trailer for Time Paladin Sakura, a magical girl OVA by Circus that’s going to be released in November this year. The story takes characters from Circus’ game series Da Capo and mysteriously shrinks some of the characters to third graders, changing what was originally a high school romance into a cutesy magical girl show. It’s very reminiscent of what turned Triangle Hearts into Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, which is funny to seiyuu whores like me because of Tamura Yukari’s connection to both franchises. Sadly, Tamura Yukari no longer plays Sakura, but given how low the budget of the production probably is, that was to be expected.

Meanwhile, TBS has been busy putting up trailers for Yumekui Merry and Soredemo Machi ha Mawatteiru, giving you your taste of dream-eating monsters and maids alike. Sadly, the MM! trailer is limited to Japanese viewers only, so even though I can link to it on YouTube, I can’t actually show it to any of you.

And then we have the trailer for the OVA adaptation of Koe de Oshigoto!, which you should most likely watch with headphones while no one’s around. It’s not adult content per se, but it’s very, very suggestive, given its subject matter. As you may recall, the story is about a young girl who’s coerced into becoming a voice actress for her sister’s adult game company, and has to learn the ins and outs of… ins and outs.

I can’t believe I just wrote that.

Today’s target for Tuesday Tunes is the talented Kuribayashi Minami, who was recently announced as yet another guest at Anime Expo by MangaGamer. She rose to fame as the voice of Haruka in the (in)famous visual novel Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (also known as Rumbling Hearts in the States), and purely through the power of her voice she’s become  a star in the anisong world. More on her career, and more great songs from her, after the jump.

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Not the direction I expected the franchise to go, no.

So, do you guys remember Jinki: Extend? It was a relatively forgettable mecha anime back in 2005, though the manga has been running on and off since 2002. Today, I was a bit shocked to see it in the purple section of Moon Phase dedicated to adult games. It turns out that the manga property is being adapted into game form by famed PC game maker Giga (publisher of such games as Maid Cafe Curio and Baldr Force) under the name Jinki Extend Re:Vision.

According to the developer diary on the official site, which I will not link because there will soon be adult content on the site, this project has been in the works for two years. It has the full blessing of original creator Shirou Tsunashima, who will provide character designs for the game but leave the writing to Giga’s team of Kyousui Kiduki, Tarou Kajiya and Team Birth-tale.

This is notable to me for two reasons. First, I’ve never heard of a non-adult manga getting an adult game adaptation. Second, I absolutely love mech games made by Giga – I own every game that Team Baldrhead has ever done. This is definitely going to be an interesting story to follow as more information is released…

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They look so innocent, don't they?

This could really well or really badly.

Konno Azure, the author of risque manga Koe de Oshigoto! (“Voice Work,” roughly), announced on his blog today that his strangely popular story is getting an anime adaptation. The official announcement comes in today’s Comic Gum manga anthology, and full details about the in-progress anime are promised for next month. For now, all we know is that it’s coming this fall season.

So… if you didn’t know what Koe de Oshigoto! is, let me explain why this is either going to be surprisingly good, or epically bad. The manga is about Aoyagi Kanna, an innocent young girl who’s conscripted by her older sister Yayoi to be a voice actress in an adult game. Yayoi runs an adult game company, and since most of the voice actors who work in the adult industry live in Tokyo, she needs Kanna to do the dirty work. The manga covers Kanna learning the ins and outs of the industry – learning how to moan properly, learning just how dirty her sister’s business is, and so on.

“Colorful” is the best word to describe it, with all of the euphemism available in that word. From scenes about teaching poor Kanna to talk with her mouth full to her co-star, who believes that his catch phrase “My dick’s hard!” is a compliment of the highest order, the manga’s just full of wrongness and occasional hilarity. It turning into a manga really only has two options, and forgettability is not one of them.

With all this information, it shouldn’t surprise you when I tell you that Koe de Oshigoto! is Konno Azure’s first manga that isn’t 18+ in nature – it rides the edge pretty hard with its dialogue and subject matter, though. It’ll be fascinating to see how they handle this one, but color me skeptical that this can sustain itself for very long.

Her name is Oubama. Because that's subtle.

Yes we can!

Every so often, something comes along that blows me out of my seat in disbelief. When that happens, it will end up as the subject of a Weird Wednesday. I’d like to say that I’m jaded and it doesn’t happen very often, but the ability of the Japanese entertainment industry to out-weird itself from week to week is astounding.

This week: a safe for work trailer (in English, even!) for a game that is so very unsafe for work. I don’t suggest following any google threads for this game unless you’re somewhere out of view. My Girlfriend is the President stars a pair of girls named Oubama and Puuchin, which is about as subtle as you get in these kinds of parodies. Check it out, and don’t blame me for any brain damage you may experience…

Kusakabe Misuzu of 11eyes

Too little of her, too much of everyone else.

Anime based on 18+ PC games, like this season’s 11eyes,  generally fall into two categories: the true visual novels where the sex scenes often felt tacked-on and suffer nothing from the all-ages conversion because they get to focus on the story, and the meaningless fluff games that end up being slapped with the “slice of life” label (read: plotless and pointless) and are blatant money-grabs.

11eyes falls into the first category, but it doesn’t settle into the anime format very well. It has promise as a story, but it develops too slowly to grab you and pull you in – it’s paced like a novel, which has many problems in a 25-minute format.

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