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Fukou da!

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Comic Market 78 came and went with a great deal of fanfare last weekend, and animation studios didn’t miss the opportunity to tease hundreds of thousands of fans with their upcoming shows. If you’re willing to endure the sound being drowned out by the buzz of a convention floor, hit the jump and check out previews for highly anticipated shows like To Aru Majutsu no Index II and Kami Nomizo Shiru Sekai, as well as quirky dark horses like Shinryaku Ika Musume and S&M comedy MM!

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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?

"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…

This may be the closest we get to a Daibanchou anime.

Well, this is definitely out of the ordinary: it turns out that the Anime Network isn’t the only outlet for the simulcast of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimao! Crunchyroll announced today that it will also be streaming the high school fantasy/comedy. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is unprecedented, but it’s interesting to see the same show licensed for the same medium by two different companies.

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes

Yes, that's really its name.

It’s been a while since we had a proper comedy-fantasy, with the Slayers series and its many imitators going into general dormancy after the ’90s. That’s why I’m mildly hopeful for the redundantly-named The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, which follows the good ol’ fantasy formula of a lazy, dumb guy and a hyper-violent girl going on adventures to make the world a better place – if she doesn’t kill him first.

The anime, based on Kagami Takaya’s long-running light novel series, starts airing in summer, but thanks to TAF this week, we can already take a look through the online trailer. Putting the trailer’s use of “Pomp and Circumstance” aside (it makes me think of high school graduations), it looks like this will be a nice, brainless fantasy, and to be perfectly straight with you guys, I cold really use that after all this time.

This may be the closest we get to a Daibanchou anime.We’ve been getting a lot of good spring anime previews over the last couple weeks, and Marvelous Entertainment adds to the momentum with its promo for Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (“The Demon King in the Back”), now available on the anime’s official site.

The anime is based on a series of light novels (seriously, is there a light novel series that hasn’t been turned into anime yet?) about Sai Akutou (a pun on the word for “Villain”), a young man who comes to the prestigious Constant Magical Academy in the hope of becoming a benevolent wizard. But on the first day, his aptitude test tells him he’s most suited for becoming a demon king, and that starts a chain of events that lead to him being shunned by all the right people and wanted by all the wrong elements…

The ending song will be sung by Asou Natsuko of the BakaTest opening, and the opening will be performed by the popular seiyuu idol group Sphere, which is most notable for Tomatsu Haruka. The stars are lining up for this show to be a very fun series, but we’ll see what happens in April – it could be another BakaTest, but it could also end up being more like Qwaser or Rosario + Vampire. Pray for the former.


The weekend is over, and that means that the usual suspects are up on the official streaming sites – the new One Piece is up on FUNimation’s side, Fairy Tail and Sora no Woto on Crunchyroll, and InuYasha: The Final Act on Viz. The new One Piece is interesting, since it’s one of the few times you’ll ever see Luffy utterly beaten, while Fairy Tail has a lot of topless Gray for your fangirl pleasure.

There are two older shows that deserve your attention, though: first, Crunchyroll has decided to get people ready for the upcoming Gundam Unicorn by posting the original Mobile Suit Gundam series, and while it’s incredibly dated, it’s still worth seeing as a historical piece. The second is Buso Renkin, a series that has old-school action sensibilities and perhaps the most awesome opening theme in the history of anime.

Out of the two, I’d suggest skimming Gundam for a few minutes as a historical frame of reference, but you really should go back and watch Buso Renkin because it’s actually way more fun in anime form than it was in manga form.

Rukia... I mean Ruquia and her friends.I have no idea why I like the Quiz Magic Academy OVA so much. I like the arcade and DS games because of my undying love for trivia games and game shows (though my lack of a Japanese education hurts me when it comes time to answer social studies and history questions), but the OVA was a jumble of random fan service, miscellaneous comedy, and fan in-jokes. The trailer for the next episode of QMA is now available on Konami’s webpage, and it really doesn’t show anything that should impress – and yet I find myself vibrating in anticipation of its release.

I have no idea why, so if anyone can offer suggestions I’d be appreciative.

That's our Lina!Flash back to the ’90s with FUNimation’s dub of series revival Slayers Revolution, which not only brings back one of the biggest fantasy franchises of the last decade, but brings back the original dub cast well over a decade after Slayers last saw an American release. The style of comedy may seem a bit dated to modern anime fans, but the show is still worth watching. So check it out on FUNimation’s video site or the Slayers Revolution YouTube channel and see if the classic fantasy/comedy still works for you.

A major turning point of One Piece is coming this weekend too, as Luffy and Chief Warden Magellan finally meet face-to-face and fist-to-fist. The show’s really picked up the pace after some slow filler episodes, so you definitely shouldn’t miss this episode.

See you on Monday!

It's not gay if your swords don't touch, guys, remember that.

The weekend’s always a busy time for anime, since so many popular shows air on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Three of the big streaming highlights were the usual shounen fare, but there are some hidden gems with a lot of potential that you should keep an eye on, too.

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