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Done with the manga news round-up, on to anime: news from Japan first, English licenses right after this. And later still we'll add several new trailers, some for this month's freshly started series, some for more distant titles. Well, you'll see.

- Mini-Skirt Space Pirates (Mini-Skirt Uchuu Kaizoku) - announced as an anime adaptation of some recently started space-opera adventure novels by Yuichi Sasamoto. ANN has the story outline, and that's about it for now.

- Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu - this month's "renewed" airing of the 2006 anime series will reportedly be 28 episodes long - which means twice as many episodes as the original run. Could it be that the other 14 episodes really are brand spanking new?

- Naruto Shippuuden: Hi no Ishi o Tsugumono (~ The Will of Fire Still Burns) - as in the third Naruto Shippuuden movie, is now set for an August 1 premiere in Japan.

- Hidamari Sketch - the cute-but-not-cute-enough anime series from 2007 and 2008 (Hidamari Sketch x 365) will reportedly get a new Special Edition episode. Or episodes.

- Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike - announced as the title for the upcoming anime movie based on Namco Bandai's fantasy role-playing game originally released for the Xbox 360, but also coming to the PS3. Premieres in Japan during 2009.

- Full Metal Panic! - a live-action film was announced to adapt the school / action / comedy anime and light novel series. Mandalay Pictures is working on the movie, which has yet to receive a premiere date.

- Omamori Himari - the "slightly risque cat ghost story" manga by Milan Matra was announced to receive a TV anime adaptation from Studio Hibari. "The slapstick romantic comedy centers around an ordinary 16-year-old high school boy named Yuuto Amakawa who is protected by a spirit - specifically, a beautiful, sword-wielding cat girl spirit named Himari." Nekomimi loli? Say no more!

- Miracle Train - an upcoming anime adaptation based on the new web manga and novels that started last month, themed around 5 boys personifying Tokyo's Chuo Line train stations. Girls, they're all yours.

- [Placeholder] - a new, yet-to-be-titled anime project planned by Gainax co-founder Takami Akai, his first one since working on the early production of Gurren Lagann. As ANN reminds us, "Akai was forced to step down as a board director of Gainax and remove his name from the credits of later Gurren Lagann episodes after a controversy [on 2ch]."

- Bakugan 3rd Season - in the works at Sega Toys, intended to "tie into a global online game project that Activision Blizzard will release for the Nintendo DS and Wii, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft Xbox platforms". 'nuff said.

- Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (Idiot, Tests and Summoned Creatures) - announced as an anime adaptation in the works at studio Silver Link, based on Kenji Inoue's fantasy / romance / comedy light novels of the same idiotic title, starring an equally idiotic dude. And, more importantly, a smart dudette with pink hair. Begins in January 2010.
KamiOkurimonowrote on Apr 14, 2009 at 03:46
OMG, Omamori Himari is being made into an anime! I have been waiting for this to happen. I hope it is as echii as the manga.
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