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The OreImo BD/DVDs will include a character commentary for episode 1. Seems like it’ll be a really fun extra!
Now it’s time for us to choose our male protagonist of the year! Wow.. the choice in this image is terrible, so I’m going to go with Doctor Ozaki from Shiki!
Character designs for the side characters of Hana Saku Iroha have been uploaded on the official website here
This promotional poster for some event appears to have borrowed Misaka and Kuroko from Index/Railgun with no reference to or collaboration with the anime! The faces are the same, but they only changed the clothes?
Kyaa~ Seiyuu Santa cosplay! Kanae Itou (left) and Aki Toyosaki (right)
A new figure release is up for preorder! A set of marching Poplars, including the odd-one-out! These look really cute. I preordered a set! (they’re also pretty cheap)
2nd season of The World Only God Knows announced!
Second season of Kampfer announced! So many second seasons this week..
A store in Akiba did a special poll on characters you’d most like to spend christmas with! Seems plenty of female fans voted, but who the hell is that in no.1. Apparently his name is i-nokku (Enock?). Fate Testarossa did well! I wonder which character I’d want to spend christmas with.. someone who’d be fun.. Konata?
Anime announcement: A new original anime for the noitaminA timeslot will be made, with director Nakamura Kenji (Mononoke, Trapeze). The title is ‘C’. Although I’m always happy to hear new original anime being created, to be honest, I’m not all that excited because I find this director’s works and his approach to be too strange to be enjoyable.
щ(ﾟДﾟщ) Stop bullying Ookami-san, she’s a good girl!
An important announcement for Seitokai Yakuindomo will accompany volume 5 of the manga! Could it be an OVA?
This Christmas-themed Ookami-san scan has a strong aura! Ookami-san, I will never forget you!
Manga, Toriko is getting an anime adaptation which is speculated to succeed Dragonball Kai’s timeslot. I’m not too interested in it because it’s aimed at children.
The jacket for the rental edition of Seikon no Qwaser attracted some commentray because of its amusing resemblance to an AV (porn) video cover! If you’ve seen an Japanese AV cover before, you’ll agree!
Seikon no Qwaser 2nd season announced! Interesting to get this announcement right after the new Tokyo Regulations were voted in. It’s either a rush to release the rest of Qwaser before the regulations come into effect (april next year), or a sign that publishers aren’t going to be too cautious over the bill. As you should know, the bill doesn’t target general smut, so Qwaser should be okay (with possibly a few edits).
This was the B★RS propoganda vehicle doing around town!
haha finally some Christmas Spirit I can really get into! Kotobikuya’store in Akiba made an extremely moe christmas tree out of their new Misaka-tachi pyramid figure set! I love that you can see the massive wall of shimapan in the mirror!
lol.. these three “cars” were setup in Akiba to promote Milky Holmes. They look so dumb it’s hilarious.
Yumekui Merry naysayers just got cruel, framing her in this death portraight! This is too harsh! The negativity toward Yumekui Merry seems to be stemming from potential scheduling issues. (ie they only showed 15 minutes of the first episode at their special screening event). Some are saying it’s Ookami-san tier, which means it won’t sell well. I’m not convinced though!
FREEing is releasing an Ookami-san PVC figure! Alter’s Ookami-san looks much better..
Nurarihyon no Mago is getting a second season!
As part of a B★RS promotional campaign the other day, these clear files were apprently being given out! The BRS girls in santa costumes is such a sweet scene!
The top-page of the website of Kazuhiro Takamura (director of Strike Witches) was updated with an announcement of his C79 doujinshi, which appears to feature Ika from Ika Musume! This one drawing of Ika is already really cute!
The special edition release of OreImo manga volume 3 features this ecchi upgrade – Ayase in dark witch cosplay! Someone broke her pride!
These iphone 4 covers will be sold at Gamers this month! I can’t get enough of this drawings!!
KnJ screencap #3: Usa!
KnJ screencap #2: Rin!
Akibablog posted some preview caps for the upcoming Kodomo no Jikan OVA. Clearly, it’s a beach episode with plenty of sexy loli bikini action!
This page in the latest Dengeki G’s mag profile Kirino’s clothing, with the interesting addition of a devious octopus who gives us some extra service! I want to be that octopus!!
A manga version of Steins;Gate (Nitro+’s latest VN and soon-to-be-anime) will be released in the next issue of Comptiq! The artwork has a very nice atmosphere and is well-adapted from Huke’s original art.
After already getting an anime adaptation, the manga Moshidora is now getting a live-action movie adaptation set to show in June next year! The movie will star Maeda Atsuko from the popular idol group, AKB48!
The last Girls DeMo singles have reached 2nd and 3rd places in the CD charts, selling approximately 35,000 copies each. Guess this shows Angel Beats had a lasting popularity after all!
The Dengeki Bunko light novel, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo is getting a manga, and the artwork/character art was released this week. The artwork is really cute, and met with a pretty universal positive reaction.
Thanks to a promotional tie-up with ultra-popular anime, Keion, sales of a black tea have apparently risen 300%!
Goodsmile company has been added to the links on the official website of P.A Works’ new original anime, Hana Saku Iroha. To me, this means some good figure merchandise will be made for this series!
So the cover for the imminent Ore no Imouto PSP game was revealed on the official Dengeki website! Possibly the sexiest game package art ever? *casually wipes away nosebleed* See some more pics here
The guitars and other items that were stolen from the Keion school building have been recovered! Maybe the thieves were afraid of what the Keion fans would do to them..
This comic is an amusing protest on Ishihara’s just-passed Bill 156, which depicts him as an otaku-hating dictator in the making. but the satisfying finish comes from his assassination by GOLGO!
Oniichan no koto zenzen suki janai dakara nePV
Horou Musuko PV 3
Madoka Magica CM
Takeshi Watabe died of lung cancer. He was a cool old dude who gave us a lot of those minor roles we take for granted. Who’s going to play security guard B now? ;_;