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If you’ve been watching new anime this season, you may be watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica. And if you have been watching that show, you know about the various characters, including Madoka, Mami, and Kyubey (nicknamed QB by many Japanese fans). Perhaps you didn’t know that it’s gotten really popular in Akihabara and other otaku-oriented areas.

Make a contract with me!

Make a contract with QB... to buy a new laptop!

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I'm not sure how much of this image is real.With the Fall season only days away, we have a couple of new trailers to build anticipation. First, the Arakawa Under the Bridge 2 trailer offers another look at the crazy lives of the outcasts who live under the bridge, while actually showing animated footage unlike the other freaky-ass trailers.

Meanwhile, the semi-autobiographical and industry-savvy comedy Bakuman trailer doesn’t really tell you much of anything, other than that Bakuman and Arakawa Under the Bridge 2 won’t have very good animation. Then again, they’re comedies – who needs those to be well-animated, right?

I’m going to watch Arakawa myself, but Bakuman doesn’t quite appeal to me as a story. What are you guys going to watch?

Those of you who watched Lucky Star may remember Anime Tenchou, a suspiciously hot-blooded presence in an otherwise sprouting series. Well, it’s his tenth anniversary of being the mascot for the Animate store chain, and for some reason, UFOtable has been enlisted to animate a crossover anime between Anime Tenchou and the uber-popular Touhou shooting game series.

How this is going to work, I don’t know, but the possibilities make my head spin. I’m personally rooting for a whole lot of videos of people setting their Shoot the Bullet and Mountain of Faith CDs on fire for the audacity of introducing a male character into the yuri-tastic Touhou series, but at this point I’ll just be happy if Anime Tenchou sticks out like a sore thumb the same way Gouda Jouji stood out in Akane Maniax. That would certainly be epic – especially since Anime Tenchou and Gouda Jouji were both voiced by Seki Tomokazu.

Knowing my luck and the recent direction of the Touhou series, though, it’ll probably just be a montage of Shameimaru Aya running around kicking people’s asses while Anime Tenchou watches. I fell off the Touhou wagon right around when the second Shoot the Bullet came out for just that reason.

Anyway, how many of you guys are drooling in anticipation of this first officially licensed Touhou anime?

WARNING: The audio on this video is only mildly safe for work!

Alchemist, which is mostly an 18+ port and license company (they released the console version of Koihime Musou, for example), announced one of the weirdest titles in years yesterday: Gal Gun. Based on a pun between Gan (gun) and Gan (eyeball), it’s the heartwarming story of how a regular boy is shot with Cupid’s arrow and becomes mega-popular for a day.

Somehow, this turns into a gun game where you “shoot” girls and they emit hearts at you and moan. Amusingly, most of the comments around this are “Man, this is a stupid idea. Where can I pre-order?” The game comes out this winter for Xbox 360, and it may end up outselling expectations simply because it’s so weird.

Thanks, Japan.


Ore no T-shirt!

You have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy Arakawa Under the Bridge, and watching a man in a star mask playing the guitar certainly sets the mood well. The official site has posted a brief trailer for the upcoming second season, which as usual tells you nothing about what will actually happen in the new season. Based on past history, though, expect it to be strange, wacky, and very much out of the cutesy mainstream.

I’m lookin’ forward to it so much… well… check after the jump for how much I’m lookin’ forward to it.

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I’ve been reading the To Aru Majutsu no Index novels recently, and while it’s a rough grind for someone who’s not quite fluent – I now know how to talk about muscular dystrophy, medieval gnosticism, quantum uncertainty, and vector mathematics in Japanese thanks to volume 3 – I’m enjoying the hell out of it.

In a recent Google sweep for more info on the series, I found this:

"Someone in this pyramid has gained weight, says Misaka with some strain."

This is so what I would do with an army of clones.

The Misaka-mori box (“Box with extra Misakas”) comes out this December from Kotobukiya, and I plan on getting it. I mean, how can I afford not to buy it?

Nyarlathotep as a little girl. Because that's not wrong at all!You read that right – Nyarlathotep is getting her(?!) very own TV anime series. The Lovecraftian comedy Haiyore! Nyaruko-san has graduated from light novels to Flash anime, and now is on the fast track to broadcast. The series is a strange little comedy about an Elder God who takes on human form as a cute young girl and hangs around a poor, unlucky boy.

I would be shocked by this, but Nyarlathotep has already been a boss in Persona 2 and a big-boobed villainess in Demonbane, so I’m really not surprised by this kind of thing anymore.

Aww, Usa-kun...

This is Usa-kun. Get it? And no, he's not related to Hetalia.

Pixel Mari-tan started as a Moetan-style joke book about teaching Japanese students the kind of English you learn in boot camp. Most of its English lessons came straight from R. Lee Ermey’s mouth, for crying out loud. But the military-obsessed comedy kept growing in popularity, and now they have released a manga with the blessing of the Japanese Self-Defense Force and the US Military to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security Between the United States and Japan.

The story is about Arai Anzu (Alliance, get it?) and a boy named Usa-kun from America. It mixes comedy with international politics, using Usa-kun and Anzu’s home life to explain what alliances are, how democracy works, and how the American military operates.

It’s actually pretty funny, though it hasn’t been translated yet. Still, thanks to the wonders of manga, it’s easy to understand, so take a look and see the cutesified version of America’s military structure. As an extra bonus, this one doesn’t talk about sucking golf balls through garden hoses or steers and queers, unlike their other books.

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Rrrriiiiiiiight...By now, most of you should be familiar with the Japanese practice of gijinka, where various objects and programs are turned into cute girls or prettyboys. It’s pretty standard now, but Choujigen Game Neptune (Superdimensional Game Neptune) has taken this to an all-new high – or low, depending on your perspective on the trend. Choujigen Game Neptune, an upcoming RPG for the PS3, is a collaborative effort between Gust, Nippon Ichi, Compile Heart, and Idea Factory. It stars cutesy anthropomorphizations of all of the companies as they descend into the Game World and try to put an end to the destructive Hardware Wars.

Yes, that’s right: Neptune must team up with Nippon Ichi-chan, Gust-chan, IF-chan, and Compa-chan to save the world. It’s the most self-referential and strange thing I’ve seen since Sega Gaga for the Dreamcast, and it is mind-boggling to think of the thought process that went into the concept of this game. Crossover specials like Street Fighter X Tekken or Capcom vs. SNK are one thing, but it takes a special kind of brain to say “Hey, let’s turn our companies themselves into cute young girls and have them summon our game characters as their attacks!”

I’m a little ashamed to say that I’m tempted to pre-order this.

In news that surprises no one in particular, Shaft’s screwball comedy Arakawa Under the Bridge is heading for another 13-episode run in the near future. There are two reasons that this isn’t much of a surprise: one, Arakawa was one of the few truly watchable shows of this forgettable anime season. Two, the current 13 episodes of the anime have only covered about half of the manga material that’s been released.

So, in the spirit of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Shaft has made sure that there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that they’ll be animating more Arakawa soon. Heck, the last episode of the current season ended by introducing new characters, which is as sure a sign as any that they’re ready and raring to go for more <s>free money</s> screwball comedy goodness.

I’m totally okay with this announcement, as I’ve been reading the manga lately and really, REALLY like the anime character designs better than the original work. I’m all for a decent comedy that doesn’t look like a punch in the face.

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