⚫ More information has come out regarding the highly-anticipated Fate/Zero project, being handled by Ufotable, who seem to have taken the Type-Moon adaptation rights from Deen. It’ll be airing starting in October, and the music will be done by the outstanding Yuki Kajiura (.Hack/Sign, Noir, Madoka Magica). A PV has been shown, and judging by the screencaps and reports, it seems to have a breathtaking quality to it, which is even more impressive considering it will be a TV-anime. A PV was also shown for the comedy anime based on Type-Moon parody manga, Take-Moon: Carnival Phantasm. It looks hilarious and cute. Having bought Kara no Kyoukai to life with such polish and skill, Ufotable are now leading us into a new era for Type Moon. It seems that more of their work will finally be adapted with the quality it deserves!~
⚫ It was the opening day of the Mahou Shoujou Madoka Magica cafe in Matsudo today. Check out photos of the place and the line here. The food is crafted to be Madoka-themed, but actually looks pretty bad.. but it’s all about the atmosphere, right? The displays look pretty good.
⚫ Anohana’s ED single reached 10th in the charts! The show has very good ratings (it was revealed that it got 5.5% ratings last noitamina showing) and the CD is popular! This is looking like a big success already!
⚫ Biglobe is running an ongoing ranking of the top anime of this season that “you’re going to see through till the very end!”. Hanasaku Iroha tops the chart! Followed by Anohana at a very close second! LINK
⚫ Phase II of GONZO’s comeback campaign has been put into motion! A new original anime has been announced: Kobihan! It’s being sold as a collaboration between KEI (Vocaloid artist) and Gonzo. A PV was shown which revealed a bunch of character artwork for this anime (by KEI). The designs look pretty cool, and I get the vibe this could be a very good anime indeed. (source)
⚫ Madoka BD vol.1 has now sold over 62,000 copies. Awesome! Seems like it won’t overtake Bakemonogatari though. I still feel a little bitter about a studio like Shaft getting such vast income when other studios put so much more effort into their anime for a lot less reward. (source)
⚫ Asumi Kana has been taking a break from her job lately due to unspecified health issues, her agency revealed yesterday. Rather than an illness, the way I read the announcement makes it sound more like an issue of stress or depression, which worries me. I really hope she enjoys her career, because she is definitely a good seiyuu. A general theory is that it’s her role in the seiyuu unit LISP that is the problem. Hmm.. (source)
⚫ a commercial for the next Newtype issue reveals an eye-patch Asuka (from Eva) on the front cover! Wow, I hope we get some Eva news!! LINK
⚫ A promotional collaboration between OreImo and Chiba Urban Monorail! Didn’t see that coming! (source)
⚫ Someone reselling Aoi Ume’s Madoka doujin on yahoo auction Japan has already managed to score a bid of 21,000 yen!
## There seems to be shitloads going on in the sphere of otaku at the moment! Lots of exciting new anime on the horizon, and the promising resurgence of Studio Gonzo, paint a hopeful future for the anime industry (despite what many bloggers and commentators would have you believe). Madoka has already left a big footprint, but I think 2011 is going to have much more to offer to the annals of otaku history. The biggest threat at the moment is any more pushes for regulation certain groups.