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The Magica Quartet team announced on their official website and twitter account that Puella Magi Madoka Magica episodes 11 and 12 will air back-to-back on sponsor TV station MBS (in the Osaka area) on April 21 at 26:40 JST (aka 2 hours, 40 minutes after midnight, technically 4/22). TBS (in the Tokyo area) will air 10, 11, and 12 consecutively starting at 27:00 on the same day.

Homura and Madoka, together again...?

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I mean it, it's not like Gash Bell at all.

Demon baby come to earth. Totally not Gash Bell, though.

The latest Shonen Jump project to get a TV anime is Beelzebub, as announced in this week’s edition of the manga anthology. Tamura Ryuuichi’s high school battle comedy is scheduled to start airing in January 2011. The manga stars hot-headed, dim-witted delinquent Oga Tatsumi, also known as “Ogre,” who finds himself in the unfortunate position of playing foster father to a demon baby named Beelzebub. In order to rid himself of the troublesome and deadly infant, he has to wade his way through the worst of the worst at his high school while still keeping the lightning-shooting infant safe.

With the usual blunt instruments of Jump anime, a huge amount of talent has been assembled to play the leads, from Konishi Katsuyuki (Kamina, Gurren Lagann) as Oga and Sawashiro Miyuki (fricking everything) as baby Beelzebub to Toyosaki Aki (Yui, K-On!) in the role of Kunieda Aoi, the strongest girl at school.

Yeah, I don’t know how that last casting will work either, but I am trying my hardest to ignore the existence of this anime, since the manga is pretty forgettable. What’s that, you say? One of the main characters is a busty demon maid? Well, crap.

"Touma's days of misfortune are starting again?!"

Yup, wasn't a hoax.

Thanks to images gathered up by Moon Phase, we now have printed confirmation that To Aru Majutsu no Index is getting its much-awaited second season. Sparse information has been provided, but since a PSP game is scheduled for the winter, it’s safe to assume that this one won’t slip any later than the Winter season. I still have 16 more Index novels to slug through before I’m caught up, so I need to get cracking soon…

Sora no woto, AKA Sound of the SkyOkay, okay, I know that it’s officially spelled SO-RA-NO-WO-TO. But after years of writing out iDOLM@STER, I’ve had enough of silly Japanese typography and just want to write something that people will understand, like Sora no Woto.

Anyway, the last batch of Crunchyroll announcements for this anime season are Sora no Woto and Hanamaru Kindergarten, two shows that are very cute in their own ways – Sora no Woto is described as “K-On! in the army,” while Hanamaru Kindergarten is about exactly what you think it’s about – the lives of a bunch of kindergarteners and their teacher.

I liked the first episode of Sora no Woto. It was cute without being obnoxious, which counts for a lot these days. Hanamaru Kindergarten is still an unknown, so I’ll get back to you when I’ve seen it – it looks like it’s going to be cute to the point of tooth decay, but given that its subject matter is kindergarteners (and not the creepily oversexualized Kodomo no Jikan kind), the cuteness is both understandable and expected.

Both shows will become available starting next week, so check them out! I will be.

The Durarara!! cast and style.

Well, that pulled us out of the doldrums pretty quickly. Both simulcast king Crunchyroll and anime market leader FUNimation dropped the names of big titles today, with FUNimation rescuing Gainax’s FLCL from the defunct Synch-Point/Broccoli, and Crunchyroll starting up simulcasts of Durarara!!

Both of these titles come with strong pedigrees. FLCL is one of Gainax’s best works post-Eva, though the collaboration from powerhouses Production IG and Starchild certainly didn’t hurt. It’s a festival of weirdness that I really hope has aged well – I’ll have to pull out my old DVDs and check, but it should be just as much fun as it was when it came out. FUNimation hasn’t yet announced what they’re going to do with Synch-Point’s original, fairly solid dub track, so that’ll be some news to look out for when they finalize contracts.

Meanwhile, Durarara!! comes with a strong recommendation from anyone who has ever watched Baccano!!, with its story of street gangs in Ikebukuro and the motorcycling Dullahan they all fear.

This is a pretty strong start to 2010 already, and both Crunchyroll and FUNimation are far from done with their announcements. Let’s see how it all plays out!

You can pretty much tell what all of their personalities are from this image.

Over the holiday, the Kadokawa Anime channel on YouTube was updated with three new trailers for the upcoming anime Omamori Himari featuring all three aspects of its appeal: action, romantic comedy, and blatant sex appeal. Appropriately, the various trailers are called the “action version,” the “romantic comedy version,” and the “sexy version.”

Check out all three trailers of next week’s supernatural catgirl anime after the jump.

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Wizards! At school! This idea has never been done before!

Over on Media Factory’s YouTube channel, they’re streaming a new promotional movie for the upcoming Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu anime. It shows off the characters and light comedy of the fantasy/school life anime, as well as a clip of the opening theme sung by relative newcomer Asou Natsuko. Check out the video after the jump.

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Durarara!!, the anime adaptation of an ongoing series by Baccano! writer Narita Ryougo, just can’t come soon enough. The official site has put up a new trailer for the January show about a group of street punks in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo, where the locals are terrorized by what appears to be a motorcycling version of the Headless Horseman.

It looks amazing so far, and I can’t wait! Is the new season on yet?

Kadokawa Anime’s YouTube channel has been updated with a trailer for January’s catgirls/fan-service extravaganza, Omamori Himari. It’s exactly what you’d expect it to be: bouncing boobs, plentiful panties, and catgirls acting sexy.

Are you looking forward to this anime at all? If so, why? I’m morbidly curious about how plotless this will be, so I’ll check out a few minutes before my brain implodes, but I don’t think I’ll go any further than that.

Sora no woto, AKA Sound of the SkySomewhat lost in the weekend’s flurry of anime announcements, the official site for Sora no Woto put up a 30-second streaming trailer for next month’s new anime series. The trailer plays a bit of the opening theme with narration from the main character, Kanata.

Sora no Woto, which has been described as “K-On! in the army,” starts airing on January 4th and is already being hailed as the highlight of a sparse season. I never bought into the K-On! hype myself, and if this series does prove to be just a military reskin of K-On! (I have to admit that there are some similarities in the character designs), then I won’t even bother taking a look. If it has some actual substance to it, though, then count me in.