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After the release of the Gurren Lagann Parallel Works DVD, Gainax announced a new project from the TTGL team that was initially titled Pansuto, the Japanese term for “Panties and Stockings.” Thanks to a Newtype blurb, we now know way more about this project, and it’s less like Chu-Bra than everyone initially thought.

It turns out that Panty and Stocking are actually the names of characters in the newly titled Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and not necessarily descriptions of the content. I wouldn’t put it past Gainax to make exciting underwear a prominent feature of the show in addition to naming the characters after them, though. Anyway, Panty and Stocking are two angels who come down to earth in order to fight rampaging enemies known as Ghosts. Together, they work on fighting the Ghost menace.

Will this be any good? Who knows? All we know is contained in a paragraph that describes Panty as a “Blond celeb” and Stocking as a “black-haired gothic lolita.” But hey, the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann crew earned some interest in their next project after a strong first outing. With Imaishi and Yoshinari at the helm, there’s a lot of potential already – this is definitely a project to watch, with the Gainax name and some rising stars attached to it.

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The trailer itself looks way different.

I have to admit: I never heard of the light novel series Rokujouma no Shinryakusha until today, when Hobby Japan released an amazing English language trailer for a mysterious project. The page comments narrow down the possibilities to either an anime or a game, which isn’t very specific, but it does a good job of raising interest in a not-very-notable novel series. An official announcement will follow in June, but  in the meantime, the sometimes hard-to-understand trailer describes the strange tale of starving student Satomi Koutarou.

Due to his family’s financial circumstances, young Koutarou is forced to live in a small apartment (Rokujouma means 6-tatami, which is about 99 square feet) on a budget of 5000 yen a month (~$55US). On the plus side, he lives rent free, but on the minus side, that’s because room 106 of Corona Apartments is cursed. As is the norm in these supernatural high school comedies, the ghost is a cute young girl, and hijinks ensue when she tries to drive him out. Between the haunting, Koutarou’s nosy neighbors, and a self-styled magical girls flying to the unneeded rescue, there’s way too much for the impoverished young man to handle.

Honestly, this isn’t the kind of thing I’d usually check out, but I’m a sucker for trailers that mock the Trailer Guy’s voice. We’ll find out what is going on with this property in June, but until then, I may just add these novels to my queue.

(Source: Moon Phase)


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