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Here's a second checkpoint today, so hopefully tomorrow morning I'll get around to do some coding - still plenty of things in need of change around here...

The first volume of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica's manga version is now set for release on February 12, 2011, with a few sample pages available at the bottom of this page. The Japanese Amazon website is listing volume 1 at a price of 690 yen, with this cute cover ninja'd below. Volumes 2 and 3 should follow on March 12 and April 12, 2011.

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica manga


Similar to yesterday's novelties about Final Fantasy Versus XIII, some new details about Final Fantasy XIII-2 have also surfaced from the Dengeki PlayStation magazine, through an interview with producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama - via andriasang; clicky if you want to read a summary. And if you missed the game's recent debut trailer, you can watch that locally.


The below picture illustrates the new Thundercats anime's design, as showcased today by Bandai at London Toy Fair. The series is in the works at Studio 4°C, and it should be coming to Cartoon Network this year. This, along with other photos of new Thundercats toys displayed at the event, were posted on ThunderCats Lair.

Thundercats new anime


The B Gata H Kei manga, which spawed a TV anime series last year, will reportedly end its serialization in the next issue of Young Jump mangazine, out in Japan on February 3. Its final compiled volume (#9) will be released there on March 18, 2011 - nearly seven years after Youko Sanri began this 4-koma school comedy ecchi manga.


We know about some of Japan's unreasonable (not to say absurd) laws. But one group of laws that are definitely absurd - and which I wasn't aware of until reading this CNNGo article tonight - are the adult entertainment (fuzoku) laws.
"Under the laws, it is difficult to view most of the city’s nightlife as anything but illegal. Like the speakeasies of prohibition-era America, Japan's clubs and bars are criminalized under draconian laws that make it almost impossible to operate a space that allows for dancing and having a good time legitimately.

(...) In night hours (which in Tokyo law are between 1 a.m. and dawn), customers are not to partake in revelry (yukyou). What that means, is that proprietors of night clubs may be breaking the law when they allow people to have a good time.

(...) Authorities in the areas in which businesses are situated have the power to ban the sale of alcohol through the night."

All right, that's enough quotes; this is getting too depressing!
anonymouswrote on Jan 30, 2011 at 19:56
Is this checkpoint the last one? :D I want more... give me a reason to come here...
Stokkywrote on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:59
Sorry, got hit by the flu-truck last week, and I'm still not quite up for work yet. But any day now...
again me... 2 post abovewrote on Feb 4, 2011 at 21:48
Any day now... any day...
HunteRwrote on Feb 5, 2011 at 13:11
....i want more checkpoints..."any day now" ...i want now ...
again mewrote on Feb 7, 2011 at 20:49
Almost 2 weeks passed by... oh well... a cat is fine to :D
Stokkywrote on Feb 10, 2011 at 14:13
Hokay news round-up coming up, hopefully today, although there's a ton of novelties to go through (and also adding some trailers as I go).
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