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Yup, Hattori Hanzou, the maid.Fresh off of the success of boobs ‘n’ brawls ‘n’ brains anime High School of the Dead, The Anime Network has acquired the streaming rights to boobs ‘n’ brawls ‘n’ bushido series Samurai Girls. Based on a popular figure series and subsequent multimedia blitz, the series promises pretty much the exact same things that High School of the Dead offers, but with maids and ninjas instead of schoolgirls and snipers.

While I appreciate that the show wears its intentions on its short, frilly sleeves, I’m not really feeling this one after getting bored by High School of the Dead. Those of you out there who already know you’re going to love this, well, I won’t judge.

The simulcast starts this Sunday at 1 AM Central time, and while the first couple episodes will be available to the public, you’ll have to get a premium subscription to see episodes 3 and beyond.

Boy, 2006 seems like a long time ago.

Sweet mercy, I go and take a break to staff AX and the anime companies unleash half of their big announcements! I’m glad I’ll actually have time during Otakon to post the news as it happens, because falling behind on AX feels like a mountain already.

So, here we go with the alphabetical company-by-company roundup:


Durarara!! (DVD)


K-On! (DVD)


Occult Academy (simulcast)
Tono to Issho


Kuroshitsuji II (simulcast)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (simulcast)
Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ (simulcast)
Sengoku Basara 2 (simulcast)
Shiki (simulcast)
Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail (DVD)
Darker Than Black ~Ryusei no Gemini~ (DVD)
Hellsing OVAs 5-7 (DVD)
Shakugan no Shana II (DVD)
Shakugan no Shana movie and OVA series (DVD)
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (DVD)
Toaru Majutsu no Index (DVD)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (DVD)

Ai Yori Aoshi (Geneon rescue)
Armitage III (Geneon rescue)
Haibane Renmei (Geneon rescue)
Hellsing (TV series) (Geneon rescue)
Serial Experiments Lain (Geneon rescue)
Tenchi Muyo (TV series 1 and 2, all three OVA series, and the movies) (Geneon rescue)
Texhnolyze (Geneon rescue)


Sora no Woto (DVD)
Revolutionary Girl Utena
(TV and movie)


Highschool of the Dead (simulcast)


Nurarihyon no Mago (simulcast)
Strawberry 100% (streaming)

Phew! What a list. Out of these, I’m most interested in the To Aru series, the Trigun movie, and the amusingly self-aware Legend of the Legendary Heroes. What are you guys looking forward to owning or watching?

Yes, all of it. Today, FUNimation announced that the potential spring season savior Sarai-ya Goyou (AKA House of the Five Leaves) and lesser-known Tatami Galaxy will both be simulcast under its banner. The deal as announced covers future series that live in the noitaminA block as well, so this is a pretty big win for FUNimation. The noitaminA block has become a bastion of great anime in the past few years, with such hits as Nodame Cantabile, Moyashimon, and Honey and Clover.

It’s going to be great to get House of the Five Leaves out to a bigger audience, so I am all for this announcement!

They're pretty, they're toony, they're all a little loony!

With the end of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood looming at the end of this season, Capcom has stepped up to make sure that the void is filled come summer. Sengoku Basara 2, the sequel to the fangirl favorite starring prettied-up versions of famous samurai, is all set to take over the popular Saturday 5 PM time slot from FMA (and, before that, Code Geass) once its run finishes.

If you’ve never xperienced the over-the-top glory that is Sengoku Basara, you can pretty much just look around for random screenshots and see how crazy it is. You have Date Masamune riding a horse that has cruiser handlebars and oudoing One Piece‘s Zoro by wielding six swords like some kind of medieval Wolverine. You have an androgynous Uesugi Kenshin, a bearlike Oda Nobunaga, and it just gets weirder and more over-the-top every episode.

It’s definitely not for everybody (as mentioned above, its prettified character designs and often unambiguous relationships make it a favorite of fangirls), but between the ridiculous action and the blatantly cheesy overacting, it’s often worth checking out to see if it’s stupid enough to be fun.

The House of Five Leaves, AKA The Kidnappers' DenWhile there are more than a handful of shakycam videos of TAF trailers out there, I feel like it’s not worth pointing to them unless you can actually hear what’s going on without hundreds of Japanese convention-goers jabbering over the blurry video. The Sarai-ya Goyou trailer comes as a breath of fresh air, late as I am to this party – the music is gorgeous, and while th eart style isn’t what you’d expect from an average anime, the style and story look like they’ll be great.

Sarai-ya Goyou starts airing in mid-April in the noitaminA time slot, but if you want to know more about this fascinating story about the steady descent of a naive samurai into the underworld, you can read eight chapters of the original manga for free over on VIZ’s IKKI site. I highly recommend it – it’s a far from your standard samurai chanbara fare, and it really makes me want to see what they can do with it.

Yup, Hattori Hanzou, the maid.

The TAF trailer for Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls is now live on the official anime site, and it looks exactly like you’d expect it to look. The site is made with Flash, so I can’t link it directly – to see the borderline unsafe for work trailer, click on the 動画 link on the right side navigation (it’s third from the right), then click on the video to watch it.

This honestly looks exactly like Ikki Tousen, with the serial numbers shaved off and the loose adaptation of Three Kingdoms characters replaced by even looser adaptations of famed Warring States figures. The exploding clothes and the ridiculous character designs are pretty much the same otherwise, and so you pretty much already know whether or not you care about this series.

This is the safest image I could find on the Hyakka Ryouran site.Given the popularity of Sengoku Basara among the ladies, it was inevitable that another company would swoop in to take advantage of the other half of the otaku population left in the cold by Capcom turning legendary samurai into smolderingly hot men and overly pretty boys. Enter Hobby Japan, whose Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls multimedia project (it has a toy line, manga series, web comic, and light novel series already in print)  is in line to get an anime.

The series promises to be yet another fan service bonanza; the creator’s comments about the anime describe it as “ero-kakkoii” (sexy-cool), and if you look past the jump, you’ll see some of the character designs – Hattori Hanzou as a maid and Sanada Yukimura as lolibait are particularly sacrilicious, and be sure to take a look at Charles d’Artagnan as a kind of gothic lolita-esque… thing.

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