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Official anime news are still nowhere to be found today, but at least the rumor mill keeps spinning. The latest major report originating from 2ch was intercepted today by Sankaku Complex, claiming that the Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei franchise will continue with a 3rd anime season. If true, this would effectively become the 4th anime in the series (since the latest one was just an OVA), and the report even provides an approximate broadcast date for it, as being July 2009.

For now, it all comes down to trusting - or not - an anonymous source. To its credit, said source is credited with several other major rumors, all of which have either come true, or are yet to be proven otherwise. San'plex has a pretty convincing list, which includes the inital rumors about Strike Witches 2 (confirmed), the Railgun anime spin-off (just confirmed), and the Spice and Wolf II starting timeframe in July 2009, among others.

Anyone still having doubts?
Slayers Light Magic is a spin-off manga that we forgot to mention last year, I think. It began in July 2008 around the same time as the Slayers Revolution anime series, and its final installment was published yesterday in the Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace children's magazine, according to reports from Japan cited by ANN. As it happens, the second anime season Slayers Evolution-R is also coming to an end real soon, on April 6. Time for another six-years Slayers break?

For whatever it's worth, Slayers Light Magic (cover) was a pretty futuristic deviation from Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi's original fantasy comedy light novels. It was drawn and co-authored by Shin Sasaki, and early on it was known as Slayers Future. The story, (...)

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Since our previous report about UK's proposed bill banning virtual child pornography, things have been getting worse for British lolicons; and for certain artists alike, who have grown fond of portraying their underaged muses (imaginary as they may be) in sexual situations. Just a short couple of weeks ago, the dreaded bill - known as the "Coroners and Justice Bill 2008-09" - was still tangled up in the parliament's House of Commons.

Sadly, the bill's brutal attack on people's freedom of expression was met with little resistance, allowing the would-be law to get one step closer to fruition. This week, the bill's first reading took place in the House of Lords, which is "a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords". A more formal debate on all aspects of the bill (the so-called second reading) will follow on April 27.

At the same time, a more firm opposition is finally starting to take shape. (...)

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A little over a month after its Japanese premiere this June 26, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance will already be screened for Western audiences. That, is the good news. The bad news is that by "Western" I mean "German", as said screening will take place in Bonn, Germany at their local Animotion Filmfestival. According to the event's presentation (via Affenheimtheater), Animotion is part of a larger convention called AnimagiC, and it will take place between July 31 and August 2.

Several other anime films will also be shown there: Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Piano Forest (Piano no Mori) and Summer Days with Coo will add to the already laudable showing of Evangelion 2.0 - which will feature the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

As happy as we are for them Germans, we can't help but wonder when similar screenings will happen for English-speaking fans. (...)

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Last year's fighting game Fate/unlimited codes - originally for the arcades and more recently for the PlayStation 2 console - is also getting a PSP version, aptly titled Fate/unlimited codes Portable. That much has been known for some time, but according to a Dengeki article today, the handheld port's final release date is now set for June 18, 2009.

Fate/unlimited codes is mostly a 3D fighting game, with some adventure elements. It was developed by Cavia and Eighting based on Type Moon's more popular Fate/stay night eroge. Capcom first released 'codes in Japan for the arcades in June 2008, and the PS2 port followed in December.

The PSP version (...)

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Sorry for giving you false hopes by using "joint" and "free" in the same title, but it's not like that. You may recall us writing about various new manga titles coming this spring from famed mangaka Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura). Well, the least exciting of them - titled My Sweet Sunday and co-authored with fellow mangaka Mitsuru Adachi - has been posted online here for free viewing ("in the linked page, select the yellow button labeled "読む" on the lefthand side", as ANN advises).

My Sweet Sunday was recently published in Weekly Shonen Sunday, to mark the magazine's 50th anniversary issue. This one-shot manga mashes together various characters from the two authors' previous works, including this one who looks strikingly similar to Chi-chan (yours truly's favorite Ichigo Mashimaro loli). Publisher Shogakukan will leave the manga online for free perusal May 24.

As for the new manga series by Rumiko Takahashi, (...)

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That's a first. It's hard enough to come by official releases of low-profile Japanese games (eroge come to mind) outside of Japan. But when the niche is squeezed even tighter than a loli, down to fan-made / doujin games, the Western market is pretty much void. Not for much longer, though, because recently formed game publisher Rockin' Android is taking a chance with 5 doujin games, which they plan to release in America and Europe starting from summer 2009.

All 5 titles are side-scrolling, shooting / fighting action games for the PC: Suguri Perfect Edition, Gundemonium Collection, Flying Red Barrel: A Diary of a Little Aviator, Qualia, and Miku Miku. Only two of them (Suguri and Gundemonium) will be released for direct retail sale, while the others will be exclusively available as download-only titles.

The first one to hit shops on June 30 will be Suguri Perfect Edition. Its DVD package will actually include two complete games (Suguri, and Acceleration of Suguri), plus (...)

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A new Saki preview was shown last week at the Tokyo Anime Fair, and after decrying the lack of a proper version online for some time, today we finally have it. With the latest update of the upcoming mahjong anime's website, comes this TAF 2009 trailer showing quite a bit of new footage from Saki.

As one of Gonzo's only four anime offerings for 2009, I'm awaiting the start of this series on April 6 with above-average interest. Keeping most of my hopes for Shangri-La - which is also starting on the same day.
A new Haruhi game for the Wii titled Suzumiya Haruhi no Heiretsu is being released tomorrow (March 26), bringing the grand total of officially released Suzumiya Haruhi games to 4. Previously, the franchise spawned a PSP visual novel at the end 2007, a PS2 adventure in early 2008, and a Wii music game this January. Another one for the DS will be released in May, and I'm not counting here the various doujin games such as Suzumiya Haruhi no Chourantou.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Heiretsu (The Parallel of Haruhi Suzumiya) was developed by SEGA as a visual novel / adventure game, and it boasts a "completely new story" that takes place on a cruise ship, apparently playing the same day over and over again, with more-or-less-subtle changes. The characters are animated in 3D, with full voice support from the anime's seiyuus. So perhaps this is what Aya Hirano was talking about, when she said she was "really happy to be able to voice Haruhi again", amidst the latest Haruhi 2 anime confusion this month?

Below are the latest screenshots from this new Wii game (...)

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Another bare-bones quickie from Canned Dogs: looks like the newly announced anime spin-off To Aru Kagaku no Railgun already has an approximate release date set for October 2009 - according to this scan from the Dengeki Daioh magazine.

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) is originally a spin-off manga derived from the To Aru Majutsu no Index novels, which were already animated last autumn with great moe success. Its 24th and final episode aired just last week, and today the 3rd DVD / Blu-ray volume is being released in Japan.

P.S. And so is the 3rd DVD volume of the Toradora! anime, on a totally unrelated note.
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