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Shinonono. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

With Comic Market 78 coming this weekend, there is a helluva lot of fall anime being put on display in anticipation of the year’s biggest otaku event. First in line: Infinite Stratos, the girls-in-powered-suits sci-fi action/romcom from Eight Bit. A new 90-second trailer has been posted on the official site, and fans are already hailing the adaptation of Yumizuru Izuru’s light novels as the “next Sakura Taisen.”

It’s hard to argue with the enthusiasm. From the brief bits in the trailer, it looks great on both the mecha and cute girl sides of the equation. If this is the average quality we can expect from this series, it’s going to be a must-watch for me. I was a huge fan of Sakura Taisen back in its heyday, and with its “Only one boy can pilot these powered suits” premise, it hearkens back to the wonderful cheese that Sakura Taisen fans loved so much.

Plus, the cast they’ve assembled is pretty top-notch. The tsundere samurai miko is played by Hikasa Youko (Mio from K-On!), the British twin-drill is played by Yukana (Teletha Testarossa in Full Metal Panic!), the Chinese childhood friend is played by Shimoda Asami (Chihaya of iDOLM@STER), the French girl is Hanazawa Kana (Nadeko of Bakemonogatari), and the one-eyed German military girl is voiced by Inoue Marina (Yoko of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann). The main character isn’t very well-known, but then again, in a production like this, who cares about the guy?

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I admit it, I want to read this book now.

FUNimation is always good for a truckload of announcements at an anime convention, and they didn’t disappoint at this year’s Otakon. At its panel in Baltimore, they announced a handful of series that should please all segments of the fan population.

For the ladies, they have Hetalia World Series, the third season of the uber-popular “Let’s take countries and turn them into cute boys” fantasy. This makes it almost a shoo-in that they’ll have the newly-announced 4th season of Hetalia, which starts in September.

For the guys, they have Strike Witches 2 and Shukufuku no Campanella. Strike Witches 2 is a fan favorite due to its cute girls and distinct shortage of pants, appealing to that fetishized portion of the population that can’t decide which is sexier, military hardware or young anime girls. Shukufuku no Campanella is much more honest about its origins as an adult game, being 100% about anime girls being sexy with very little in the way of plot to get in the way.

The fourth title announced, Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi, has been the subject of a lot of discussion recently, most of it involving the overly chatty narrator and whether or not she gets in the way of the show itself (she kind of does, but that’s okay because the show itself is spotty in quality at best). And the fifth title, a rescue license from Geneon, wasn’t actually announced at the panel. Instead, it started streaming today on FUNimation’s video site, like a pink-haired ninja with giant boobs, surrounded by other ninjas with similarly big boobs and a propensity for fan service.

In movie news, Eva 2.0 and Summer Wars were both picked up for DVD release, with the Hetalia movie coming along for the ride. Evangelion and Summer Wars were both big hits, while Hetalia is pretty much a license to print money at this point.

There are plenty more announcements to come at Otakon, and even FUNimation isn’t done – so stay tuned to see what’s still to come down the anime pipeline!


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