⚫ Ichigo Mashimaro-themed taxis running in the place where the manga is set, Hamamatsu. How cute! I’d ride one even if I didn’t have anywhere to go! link
⚫ .Hack//Quantum 2 BD is out, and this review of it seems pretty positive (naturally!). Apparently it has less action scenes and has more of an emotional, character focus. That is okay by me, because I really liked the characters from the first episode. Can’t wait to see this. (source)
⚫ Madoka Magica vol.2 jacket and details revealed (link). Coming out 27th of April and includes audio commentary, special booklet, and, most importantly, vol.1 of the soundtrack! Fans of Madoka’s music should be happy at that news!
⚫ (uncomfirmed) plans are being made for To Love Ru Darkness to get an anime adaptation. source
⚫ Actor Beat Takeshi (Battle Royale, Violent Cop, Zatoichi) gave strong advice to prospective Tokyo Governors: Those who will reverse the new manga/anime regulations are good candidates! Wow, I’m not sure I can respect this guy more than I already did, but this is seriously awesome.
⚫ I saw a chart of which TV stations are airing which anime next season. The main point that everyone noticed is that Tokyo MX is amazing, showing nearly all the anime of the season! It’s definitely one of the most anime-friendly stations in Japan at the moment.
## Each month I usually like to weigh up Megami and Nyantype magazines against each other, in terms of their poster selection, and then purchase the best one. But this month is so difficult because both magazines have an amazing array of cute/sexy posters! Nyantype’s | Megami’s. Which is your pick this month? I love the catgirl Yumekui one, the Kodomo no Jikan one, the Index one and the Hanasaku Iroha one from Megami! From Nyantype.. well, that IS artwork is super-sexy, and I also like the Gosick poster, the Sora no Otoshimono poster, the Madoka poster, and the Index one. Maybe I’ll give in and get both?
## Went on a short nostalgia trip after skipping through some Gankutsuou and catching some of the amazing soundtrack. Where are the epic anime soundtracks like that these days? Well, I went and listened to the Shiki soundtracks -as an example of a good recent OST- to comfort me. But, music aside, you should watch Gankutsuou (Count of Monte Cristo) if you haven’t already!
As I won’t be able to make a post tonight, and some interesting stuff came out last night, I thought I’d prepare this morning version instead! I’m calling it ‘Morning Rescue!”
⚫ Volume 6 of the Railgun manga is out! link I’m pretty sure this volume marks the end of the epic Sisters’ Arc, which was about 300,000 times better in this manga than in the Index TV-anime! I’ve said it before, and I”ll say it again, give the Railgun manga a go!
⚫ Infinite Stratos Volume 1 will come with a special short-novel. Looks like it gives plenty of love to France, and features swimsuits! link
⚫ Weekly DVD/BD sales numbers are out! New entries:
Keion vol. 6: 26,397 BD (3,718 DVD)
Amagami SS 8: 4,324 BD (1,690 DVD)
Asobi ni Ikuyo 6: 1,929 BD
Kuragehime 1: 422 BD .. seriously, that’s too cruel. I think Shiki did better than that (which I’m totally okay with btw).
⚫ Next-season anime Lotte no Omocha has had a sudden official name change! It is now Asutarotte no Omocha! I’m not sure what they mean Asutarotte to be (Asterotte maybe?), but it’s likely the change was related to the fact that there’s a large company in Japan called Lotte (http://www.lotte.co.jp/). The manga is still called Lotte no Omocha.
⚫ The ED for Softenni (next-season anime) will be sung by the lovely Kanae Itou! Kanae Itou is one of those few seiyuus I follow closely, after falling in love with her first role as Amu in Shugo Chara! She has an adorable voice. source
⚫ The latest ranking using torne(toru) numbers is out. I admit I don’t actually know what torne/toru data is, and I don’t really have the time to investigate at the moment. I assume it’s some kind of survey group. But anyway, this ranking is of the most popular anime this season! What’s interesting is that Madoka Magica isn’t in the top 5! Even more interestingly, Fractale is second! Maybe that’s a sign that it really does have much higher ratings than Fractale. The top place is taken by Level E. Infnite Stratos being 3rd is no surprise, but Yumekui Merry coming 5th is a pleasant surprise. source
⚫ A complaint was made to the BPO about the scene in Madoka Magica episode 3 (you know the one!). The complaint goes on to mention that the script-writer (Gen Urobochi) has said that he’s going to try to shock every week after then, and used that to argue that it uses cruelty a a marketing technique. That may be true, but this is a pretty weak argument. Nothing will come of it. (source)
⚫ The new season of Seikon no Qwaser begins on the 11th of April, and airs on Tokyo MX, Chiba TV and AT-X. The director’s cut (uncensored) version airs on Anime One. (source)
⚫ The OVA, .Hack//Quantum, will air on Tokyo MX! (source
⚫ The Hen Zemi (OVA) OP, Punctuation, will get a CD release. (source)
A visual guide to the week in anime/otaku news and distractions! Hopefully this new post format is useful and fun for people. It was a pretty interesting week in the otaku-verse, with lots of anime adaptation announcements (including more movies announcements), and of course, a good supply of high-quality ero pictures from the monthly magazines, Megami and Nyantype.
Please comment to share your thoughts, observations, additions, corrections, et cetera! Let’s get a discussion going! I really want to know what people think of this post format, so I’m encouraged to continue doing them every week.