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Yeah, that's not cryptic at all.

Sadly, this is the least cryptic screenshot.

The tease for the new Code Geass anime is officially on! On the official Code Geass website, creators Taniguchi Goro and Okouchi Ichiro have released the first solid details about the much-anticipated third series. The details are a bit sparse, but fans will be tickled pink to know that the tentatively titled Code Geass Gaiden: Boukoku no Akito (Code Geass Side Story: Akito of the Ruined Country) brings  back almost all of the important staff from the first two series.

CLAMP and Kimura Takahiro will once again team up to design the characters. Morita Akira returns as the head writer. Yasuda Akira will keep on designing Knightmare Frames. Okouchi Ichiro and Taniguchi Goro are still the masterminds behind the whole thing, with the backing of Sunrise. The only newcomer is Akane Kazuki, who will be the director for the new series. His other credits include Tetsuwan Birdy: Decode, Noein, and the Escaflowne movie, so at the very least, he’s very experienced in the genre.

So rest assured, Geass fans – the new series will look, move, and flow  just the same as its well-loved predecessor. Personally, I couldn’t care less about all that – the real question is, will it sound the same? I need to hear that Nakagawa Koutarou is back to do the soundtrack before I get excited. I’d be in musical heaven if he and his partner in crime Sakai Mikio came back.

I feel a Tuesday Tunes coming on…

Warning: these characters are unlikely to appear in the sequels. If Sunrise knows what they're doing, at least.

Everyone wants to know if these guys will show up again.

Ah, the Japanese entertainment industry – if it even has a shred of a chance to make some money, they’ll do it. The Code Geass team released some tidbits of information about its plans for the series after the new manga, which takes place the feudal Japan of the Geass universe. While I ruled out a musical in a previous post about the new Geass projects, a NewType interview with producer Kawaguchi Yoshitaka stated that they were open to the idea of seeing Code Geass adapted for the stage, whether in musical form or a less flashy format.

The important part of the Geass news won’t be fully revealed until April, though – that’s the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the special Geass event held for Lelouch’s birthday. It’ll include footage of the new Code Geass anime, and an entire fanbase is holding its breath to see just what the DVD will reveal. There are still so many questions about the project – when it will be set, whether it’s a TV series or a movie or an OAV, and pretty much everything else.

My bet is on a new TV series set before the events of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, but my last guess was pretty far off the mark, so you should take that with a grain of salt.

There’s really no need to explain this one: it’s j-pop/dance idol Amuro Namie’s latest music video, which features legendary Gundam hero Amuro Ray. It’s a super catchy tune, and it definitely features the Gundam series and music a lot better than the other Gundam music video from Gackt:

Gundam Unicorn

He's a Gundam hero: expect whininess.

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about robots. Gundam Unicorn is a series of novels that follows the original Mobile Suit Gundam story, and it’s being released as a series of streaming videos starting in February of next year.

I’m hugely excited about it, because it’s been a decade since Gundam returned to its roots in the Universal Century and over twenty since Char’s Counterattack seemingly ended the story of Zeon. The recent spate of prettyboy-based Gundam series has only made me want this more and more, and the trailer shows a lot of promise.

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Warning: Code Geass not actually this cute. Image from mao on pixiv

The Japanese site for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, the smash hit sci-fi/political thriller from Sunrise, was updated today with an announcement from producer Kawaguchi Yoshitaka. Yoshitaka’s message contains some notes about the future plans for the world of Code Geass, with a full-on multimedia blitz coming in the near future. From a new manga set centuries before the events of Lelouch of the Rebellion to a whole slate of new books, CDs, merchandise, and visual work, Code Geass looks like the next coming of Gundam for Sunrise.

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