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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.