⚫ Both Ro-kyu-bu! and KamiMemo (Kamisama no Memo Chou | God’s Memo Book) has official site renewal’s today (the title links). The updates websites show the character designs for the respective anime. The aura from KamiMemo fades a little when you get a good look at the anime character designs, but Ro-Kyu-Bu looks cuter than ever! I do like the tagline on KamiMemo’s site: It’s the only NEET thing to do!.
⚫ So they had an AKB48 general election! (source) For those not in the know, AKB48 is a large (the largest, in fact) idol group who perform regularly at their very own theater in Akihabara (where the name comes from), as well as releasing best-selling singles and with many members performing on TV and other media. They’re extremely popular, but unfortunately that fame has to be spread across its 53 members! With so many girls, their performances are rotated and there is a popularity contest element. This is pretty clear in this general election, where the rank of the entire group and the number of votes are published.
I honestly feel a little sad by this situation. While it’s fun to vote for your favourite people, this feels a little mean spirited to those who aren’t so popular. The top three were:
1. Maeda Atsuko (Group A) (age 19) 139892 votes
2. Ooshima Yuuko (Group K) (age 20) 122843 votes
3. Kashiwagi Yuki (Group B) (age 19) 74252 votes
It’s interesting to see such a comprehensive overview of all the members, in any case. The ages range from 14 to 25. According to wikipedia there are 53 members, but this ranking only has 40 spots. Harsh..
⚫ If I’m reading this right, Toei Animation will be producing a new original manga series, Mahoushoujo Onizuka Sakura, about a magical girl who’s a gang-leader freeter. The first part of a mixed-media project? Anyway, the premise seems interesting. I think it’ll be cool to see a crass and tough Magical Girl (like Kyouko from Madoka I guess). Serialisation starts on the 9th of August. (source)
⚫ OVA episode announced for the World God Only Knows (episode 14). It’ll be released on the 16th of September (source)
⚫ Production I.G and Toho (Studio) are working on a promotional anime adaptation of the manga Mushibugyou. ANN describes the story:
The action story is set in Edo-era Tokyo in the early 1700s. The eighth shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune ordered boxes to be installed so commoners can submit their thoughts. After hearing their voices, the shogun creates a new magistrate unit — Mushibugyō — to protect the people in the heart of the city. Each member is a specialist with unique fighting skills.
Sounds like it could be interesting and I like the sound of this kind of promotional anime; it means the production should be pretty slick!
⚫ The official website for C3 has been updated with a PV! I had a look, and I was surprised to see some pretty nice animation in there, and the presentation of the PV was quite stylish.
⚫ Similarly, PV2 has been uploaded to the official site for Sunrise’s upcoming original anime, Sacred Seven! On the downside it’s region-blocked, so, yeah. Region blocking a PV still seems like the stupidest thing ever to me. It’s a promotional video we don’t want people to see!
Usagi Drop PV
Ro-Kyu-Bu Opening PV preview