⚫ The first volume of the new light-novel series, ‘The shock of Suzumiya Haruhi‘ will be released on the 25th of May, and will have a limited-edition release that comes with a full-colour, 64-page booklet with side-story material and illustrations by Noizi Itoh. #1
⚫ The staff for the upcoming Idol Master anime have been revealed! The staff list and studio for this anime has been much discussed based on several earlier rumours and the question of whether Sunrise would still be involved after their earlier Xenoglossia anime. I thought that would be unlikely, and actually thought A-1 Pictures might have been given this one. Turns out, they are!
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director & Character Designer: Atsushi Nishigori
Series Composition: Touko Machida (Lucky Star)
Series Director: Touko Takao
Chief Animation Director: Haruko Iizuka (Ookami-san) & Akira Takata (Haibane Renmei)
To my mind, this is a really promising lineup! Atsushi Nishigori sounds a little risky as the director given that he hasn’t been in charge of his own show before, but when you look at the caliber of his work for Gainax as animator and animation director, you can’t deny he has a lot going from him. The load will be shared with KyoAni veteran Touko Takao. Already, his character designs show a promising aura. Then you have the twist of having two chief animation directors! More importantly, I’m a fan of both of them, especially Haruko Iizuka for Ookami-san. This is shaping up really well. (source)
⚫ Milky Holmes ranked 3rd in phile-web’s top 20 BD ranking! It’s looking like Milky Holmes will be a success, alright! #1
⚫ The next issue of Nyantype will feature an important announcement for Nanoha Force! Many Nanoha fans are predicting an anime announcement, and the prospect seems good! #1
⚫ The design and details of a new character to appear in Madoka Magica, the Red-headed ‘Sakura’ (who appears in the OP, I think?), have been revealed! #1 Her seiyuu is the lovely Kana Asumi, and her description paints her as a bit of a selfish bitch kind of character! That’s going to be interesting for Kana to play.. and it’ll also be good to shake things up a bit.
⚫ Ika Musume BD changed in volume 2. Again, lots of minor changes. #1
⚫ There will be a tie-up between online game Tartaros and Madoka Magica to celebrate the game’s anniversary. #1
⚫ Bushiroad got a half-page advertisement in the Nikkei newspaper for their three big projects: Index/Railgun, Vanguard and Milky Holmes! Good job! #1
⚫ It’s been leaked out that the anime adaptation of the Bakemonogatari prequel light-novel series, Kizumonogatari (by Nishio Ishin) is more than likely going to be a movie version! It was previously thought that it would be an OVA series. This just shows the growing trend toward movie versions the anime industry is going through at the moment! source
⚫ Anime Announcement: Kaiji season 2! AWWWWRIIIIGHT!!!!!! I really enjoyed season 1, and I’m starting to get desperate for more badass underworld gambling stories. It will start on TV from the 4th of May #1
⚫ Main Seiyuu for the Nana to Kaoru OVA (which I’m looking forward to most extremely!). Kaoru Mizuhara (Gisen Yagyū from Samurai Girls) is playing Nana. I await her ero voice~ #1
⚫ The announcement for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai turned out to be a drama cd! Now anime yet for this highly-popular light novel series, but a drama cd is often the first step. #1
⚫ The new issue of Dengeki Daiou comes with a lovely set of Railgun playing cards! I ordered a copy~ source
* I watched Asobi ni Ikuyo 6 (BD version). It reaffirms my suspicion that the show has amazing fanservice, and also makes a good argument that it shouldn’t ever be watched unless as a background time-sink. I also checked out Heart Catch Precure episode 48, on account of its excellent animation values (I don’t normally watch the show). I was surprised by how dramatic and entertaining it was. The fierce combat sequences are a lot of fun.
Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA PV: