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Fujimi Shobo announced today that their light novel series “High School DxD” (DxD pronounced “dee dee”) will be getting animated.

High School DxD's girls, as drawn by Miyama Zero.

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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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Dengeki Bunko announced today that three of their light novel releases -“Rou Cube”, “Kamisama no Memo Chou” (“God’s memo pad”), and “Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon” (official English title “Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere”) – will get anime adaptations.

Rou Cube, Kamisama no Memo Chou, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

Light novel heroines, unite!

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Yeah, you're an otaku, get over it, kid! Wait, don't, it's cute without being creepy.

"A secret she can't tell anyone--"

It’s been a long time since the word takabisha got thrown around – it’s an older character archetype that predates tsundere. It means a haughty and overbearing girl, and it applies to Kirino of Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (“There’s no way my little sister is this cute”) far more than tsundere does. After all, it’s made very clear from the beginning that she has no interest in her brother and thinks the whole brother-sister thing is creepy in real life. But she has to swallow her pride and ask him for help, and that has led us to this wondrous, wondrous 30-second trailer for the upcoming OreImo anime.

I have high hopes for this one, since the novels are good without getting all weird and freaky, and that means a lot in this world of Queen’s Blade and Qwaser.

Yus!Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu fans like me are about to get a veritable smorgasbord of delicious BakaTest over the next year. The comedy series currently has a light novel series, a manga adaptation, two manga spin-offs, and a TV anime under its belt, and every one of those is running strong. Volume 8 of the novel comes out this month, a second TV season is coming in 2011, and now we can add an OVA adaptation to the family!

Kadokawa’s monthly Shounen Ace, which runs the main manga adaptation, just announced that an OVA bridge the first and second seasons of the wondrously stupid series. No details have yet been given, other than that it will be released before the second TV anime starts.

Hopefully, they’ll use this opportunity to get the series a bit more back on track – the first series was charming, but largely ignored the source material. The novels have been an absolute blast so far, and I’d love to see things like the baseball tournament and the haunted house get animated. Those stories are indescribably fun, and they’d make up for a lot of the filler that plagued the first season.

Also: more Shouko, please.

I won't let you get away.

Love hurts. So does comedy, when it's very good comedy.

Here we go!

Cute, but not annoyingly cute. I like it.

The Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai anime will be upon us soon, and AIC has been gracious enough to release a minute-long trailer. The trailer introduces the main characters in 60 seconds, set to whimsically fast-paced music.

As a reminder, the story of OreImo starts when a high school boy named Kyousuke finds out that his younger sister Kirino is a closeted otaku. Their already-complicated relationship gets weirder as Kyousuke struggles between his protective instincts, his natural sibling rivalry, and his distaste for disgust for his little sister’s porn being mostly about little sisters. Meanwhile, Kirino is forced to rely on the person she “hates” most in the world to keep her secret and provide brotherly advice, which leads the two of them into all sorts of strange, awkward, and amusing situations.

The animation looks good, the source material is good, the cast looks good… we’ll see if it all comes together in October.

ZR batwing girl has me in her clutches already.

You have my attention, vampire-ninja-grenade-girl.

Remember back in May, when they announced an anime for Kore ha Zombie Desu Ka? The first bits of news slipped out of publisher Fujimi Shobo today, announcing the main staff of the upcoming adaptation. There are some decent names on the list, though the number of times I see Seikon no Qwaser in their resumes makes me nervous.

Kanasaki Takaomi (School Rumble 2nd season) heads the list as director, while the main writing team will consist of Uezu Makoto (Katanagatari, School Days), Morita Shigeru (Gundam SEED, Dragonauts), and Machida Touko (Lucky Star). Studio Deen will take care of the animation.

Every time I take a look at this series, it gets more and more suspicious. First it was super-powered zombies and chainsaw-wielding magical girls. Now I see that each of the over-cute characters has under her profile a favored method of killing the main character, while the main page lists each character’s sexy underwear horoscope. This is looking more and more like a train wreck that I need to watch when it comes out, if just for a couple of episodes.

I seem to have mixed up the caption and the alt tag. Oops!

Girls who are part robot confuse my boy parts.

The latest light novel to anime conversion is Infinite Stratos, a relatively new and unknown series by rising author Yumizuru Izuru. The science fiction series has sold 400,000 total copies over five books so far, which is a modest success but nothing to write home about – for comparison, the To Aru Majutsu no Index novels have sold 7.7 million over 20 books.

Infinite Stratos is about a world where a new type of powered suit can only be operated by women. This newtechnology, known as the Infinite Stratos (IS), leads to a revolution in society, changing the world into a matriarchy. But, since there are Rules about these things, a boy named Orimura Ichika accidentally activates an IS system and becomes instantly famous. “The only boy in the world who can use an IS” is immediately drafted into an elite IS pilot academy where, because there are Rules about these things, he runs into a lot of his childhood friends amidst the gaggle of cute girls who are all fascinated or threatened by his presence.

All of this is pretty much an excuse to have a high school romcom/robots hybrid, with a Strike Witches-style twist where the girls are hybridized with the mecha. There also seems to be a shortage of pants, judging from the book covers, but I am strangely okay with that.

The most interesting thing announced so far about this anime is that it’s going to have Kikuchi Yasuhito (Macross Frontier) at the helm, while Eight Bit (Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime) will handle the animation. I have a lot of faith in those two names, and that upped my assessment of this announcement from “another light novel to throw into the pile” to “This could explode in popularity like K-On!” Time will tell.

How can you resist that face? Oh right, she breathes fire.

Good names, mostly...

Dragon Crisis, come on down, you’re the next contestant on “Let’s Make a Light Novel Into an Anime!” Kizaki Kaya’s fantasy novels are on the fast track to the anime world, and a lot of anime veterans are conducting the train.

The above image from Shueisha’s homepage highlights the three major announcements: Tachibana Hideki (Bleach: Memories of Nobody, a few episodes of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) will be directing the project, Kurata Hideyuki (Kamichu! and R.O.D.) will be the lead writer, and Ishihama Masashi (Welcome to the Space Show, R.O.D.) will adapt the character designs to animation. Studio Deen (also known as Sunrise Jr.) will handle the animation.

As you might have guessed from the title, Dragon Crisis is the story of a treasure hunting boy, his second cousin, and the young dragon girl they find in a box. It’s very reminiscent of To Aru Majutsu no Index in setting and tone, with a modern fantasy vibe and the usual Japanese spice of romantic comedy. Will it be as watchable as Index? We’ll find out soon.


Not shown: zombies

The anime industry may be jumping on the zombie bandwagon a bit late, but when they hop on a bandwagon, they do it with both feet. On the heels of the upcoming Highschool of the Dead anime comes the announcement that the action-fantasy light novel series Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (“Is this a zombie?”) has an anime adaptation in the works.

From the material available, it looks like this series has more to do with Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao than it has to do with George Romero-style horror. The story starts when young high school boy Aikawa Ayumu dies at the hands of a serial killer. His corpse is turned into a zombie by a cute necromancer (oh, Japan, you’ll add “cute” to anything), but far from becoming a mindless shambling killer, he goes the Buso Renkin route. With all sorts of superhuman abilities that come from his newly immortal body, he becomes embroiled in all kinds of crazy battles, with chainsaw-wielding magical girls and rival vampire ninja clans suddenly popping up everywhere.

This sounds like it could be legendarily stupid, wildly entertaining, or both – we’ll find out soon.