A visual guide to the week in anime/otaku news and distractions! Hopefully this new post format is useful and fun for people. 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.
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Ken Akamatsu celebrating the open run of his jcomi website for out-of-print manga. Love Hina was made available and was downloaded many times, with a reasonably good advertisement click rate!
Sexy cut from the Shukufuku no Campanella OVA episode previewed on Akiba Blog #1
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka and Sora no Otoshimono collaboration image! This is Sora Oto dressed up as Kore Zombie! Nymph looks really cute, don’t you think?
The other side of the crossover image, Kore Zombie girls dressed up as angeloids!
Upcoming P.A Works original anime, Hana Saku Iroha got a website upgrade this week, revealing some nice, big images of the anime character designs. Unlike Soranowoto, these designs are an amazing adaptation of Mel Kishida’s original art! This character is extremely cute. She’s the main character, Ohana, and will be voiced by the lovely, Kanae Itou!
Another Hanasaku character, Yuina. Check out more at the official website, here
The author of Earl Box posted some pictures of the cute little Kuroneko figure that came with this month’s Dengeki G’s Festival magazine! I forgot to order this issue! *bangs head on desk*
www an astute observer saw the resemblance between the designs of upcoming anime, Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki ja Nai n da kara ne, and … an alien. The proportions are definitely out.
BD/DVD Volume 3 will come with this special extra – a figure of mini-Ika!! (to scale!!). Wow.. this could be the cutest thing ever.
Kore wa Zombie desu ka seiyuu cosplay promotions! It’s quite cute. These days, seiyuu cosplay is becoming more common.
Maybe my favourite Madoka Magica picture yet. The more I hear about this series, the more interested I become. The first episode staff have been announced, and it’s looking high-caliber indeed!
A new original anime has been announced! Yes, another one! This time the project is ‘ANOHANA’, a TV-anime from Aniplex, Fuji TV and A-1 Pictures. Not much information is known yet, but the official website is set up as a puzzle based on the series’ name which can unlock further information. In no time at all, someone had found this character design! She’s adorable. Another original anime with a moe, bishoujo bent!
Sexy Macross F scan.
Someone dissected the Panty & Stocking music video for all its references/parodies
The composer of the music for Haruhi, Bakemonogatari, OreImo, Lucky Star, and more, is going on indefinite break due to ill health.
Other than the Kuroneko figure, the new Dengeki G’s Festival magazine includes a bunch of sweet OreImo stuff. Wish I had it!
The light novel covers for the original work of upcoming anime, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko! It looks very cute and loli-ish.
At the recent OreImo event attended by the cast, Kana Hanazawa stood out wearing Kuroneko cosplay! I approve.
Three Angel Beats manga..
The Nishio Ishin brand continues, with more anime coming next year and these two lovely figures.
The cast for Spring 2011 anime, Moshi Dora, has been revealed. Yohko Hikasa (Mio from K-ON) and Kana Hanazawa are the heroines!
A manga based on the seiyuu group, LISP, has been revealed. Their manga versions are stunning.
This time we have to choose our favourite megane girl from 2010~! I’m personally not a fan of glasses-moe, but I can still choose my favourite girl: it’s easily Saori!
Anime announcement: Phi Brain – Kami no Puzzle. NHK is jumping aboard the band wagon and doing an original anime too! This one’s being handled by Sunrise and famous director, Junichi Satou (Kaleido Star, Aria, Sailor Moon)! This has promise. The artwork is already grabbing and the premise seems interesting.
The covers for the new Keion character CDs have been released. The images are cute and stylish.
The illustration for the final release of Angel Beats! It definitely has the feeling of a final group drawing.
Interesting graph showing the rise of light novels becoming anime versus the fall in eroge becoming anime.
Haha wow, an otaku polgrimage map! Of course the Keion school and Lucky Star shrine are there!
Certain special attacks in the new Disgea game (4) include parodies of popular anime characters. Here’s the animate Tenchou (Omega Fire spell)
and Horo (God I love Horo!!) (Omega Wind)
and lastly, Index for the Omega Heal spell. Really awesome images, almost encourages me to play the game.
This Nendroid Puchi figure of Fuuka comes with the limited edition of the game! It’s really cute.
Nice Madoka Magica scan.
Some lucky bastard got an autographed Hana Saku iroha poster!
Here’s a better view of that Kore Zombie panty-shot from last week. Pink-striped panties? I’m sold!
lolol live-action, AV (adult video) release parodying Ore no Imouto. Kirino looks pretty sexy, but I can’t buy that dude as Kyousuke lolol!
This is probably the coolest Yumekui Merry pic I’ve seen yet. The Aura is strong with this one!
Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru figma!?
As a bonus for buying the first 4 volumes of Index II, you will get a poster with this design! A divine wind embarasses Misaka, and many expert commentators suggest that she’s not wearing any pants at all. You can clearly see her lack of shorts. This would be a nice poster.
ｷﾀ━━━━(ﾟ∀ﾟ)━━━━!! MY GOD, the dakimakura for me is here! Maybe this time I won’t be able to resist. I’m very fond of the fiesty Ookami-chan, and the image of her undressed in cute underwear is too much! 11000 yen is no obstacle.
The cast and staff for Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko were announced. It will be a SHAFT anime directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, and the cast isn’t so great, other than Emiri Katou (Kagami!)
Pretty cool Highschool of the Dead Cosplay!
China has copied Japan and erected a full scale Gundam, in a Sichuan theme park. Of course, this is an unofficial project..
Charming new Fractale artwork. I don’t agree with others that they’re going for a Ghibli look, but I think this is the best art released so far. I’m still a bit dubious about the success of this anime.
Awesome Biri-biri itasha! Is it an electric car? haha
This is just awesome. NASA discovered new life in Mono Lake, California and some clever Eva fans noticed it’s the spitting image of the scene from the TV-anime shown above. I guess the Neo-Tokyo future is more likely than you think! Via mangajet.
Love Live bed sheets. Love Live is a project in which Sunrise is a participant – a virtual 2D bishoujo idol group. Hopefully they will get an anime soon.
New anime announcement: Yet another Type-moon project, this time with the best studio, Ufotable, and collaborating with Newtype. The details of this anime are unknown, and there are many guesses about it’s identity, including a Tsukihime remake! I’m not ready to guess yet.
Cute Index scan. Biri-biri looks cute in uniform but Touma looks a bit dopey..
Take Moon scan! This anime will be an OVA based on a Type-moon joke manga by the author of Kannagi. It looks funny.
Tenshi is pimped out again! Official bed-sheets featuring an erotic Tenshi-san. Her expression in the right image is so inviting!
Sora no Otoshimono Forte DVD/BD 1 jacket! Fucking hot!
The casualties of this year’s Tokyo Anime Fair due to 10 major companies withdrawing from the event. At this point, it’s basically dead. This is a response to the contempt the Tokyo Governor, Ishihara has shown for publishers in his new Bill to further restrict and regulate anime and manga. The bill has attracted widespread criticism for its ambiguity and scope, but there remains a good chance it may pass, resulting in a terrible strike against the freedom of the anime and manga industry.
This month’s Newtype character popularity ranking, for the year! Also includes an anime ranking for 2010. Keion tops both lists, as expected.
The World God Only Knows volume 1 cover! It’s cute. I still love bloomers!
Governor Ishihara Responds to TAF drop-outs
He basically says “they can do whatever they like”, dismissively. This creepy old, religious fool is the enemy of all anime and manga fans, whether they know it or not!
Hanasaku Iroha PV4
キタぁああああああああああああああああああ！！ This is the PV I’ve been waiting for, after all the glances of this stunning anime we’ve got. Now we finally get to see P.A’s new work in all its glory! This thing has enough aura to destroy a small planet.
This is a Fractale CM that aired a few days ago and has since been put up on the official website along with another, 15second CM. It’s still only a glimpse at what remains a largely unknown anime, and the fact that they’re not showing off much animation at this stage does have me a little worried about the schedule..
Panty & Stocking OST preview
Short clips of the tracks on the Panty & Stocking OST. I have to say, I’m really pumped for this release! It’s the first anime OST I’ve genuinely been interested in for some time and seems like a pretty solid piece of work.