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It turns out that last night's story about that Devil on G-string manga adaptation based on Akabei Soft2's wicked eroge was just the titillating tip of the iceberg. Aside from that, 6 other manga have also been advertised to begin serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Comp Ace magazine, starting with its July issue (out in May).



So then, here's the (full?) list of new manga titles, via ANN.
- Shin Strike Witches (New Strike Witches, tentative title)
- Canaan
- Shin Koihime Musou (True Koihime Musou)
- The Devil on G-string (G-senjou no Maou)
- Summer Wars Gaiden (Summer Wars Side Story, tentative title)
- Angel Magister
- Valkyrie Complex

Most of the above titles are originally based on games: (...)

>  Continue reading 'Strike Witches, Canaan, Koihime, More New Manga'...
Now this is what I call teasing. It's not particularly exciting to announce an anime's title, staff & cast with no visual goodies on the side, but do it the other way around, and you've got yourself a hype. And a well deserved one, judging by the artwork below - one of two pictures posted on Studio Fantasia's freshrely refreshed website. In other words, they're working on a new project, and by the looks of it / her, it's a new Stratos 4 anime (her being Mikaze Honjou from the Stratos 4 series).



Studio Fantasia's most recent animation work could be seen in last year's Crystal Blaze (Glass Maiden). Although their history goes back over 20 years, they're best known for some of their latter titles - including (...)

>  Continue reading 'Studio Fantasia Teases New Stratos 4 Anime'...
The official website for the upcoming TV anime Sora no Manimani has renewed itself today, bring the usual moonruned details about the staff, cast, characters and story, along with this nice-looking debut trailer. Which is also high-res enough to be worth grabbing some stills out of it, further down below. The anime is in the works at Studio Comet, with a July 2009 debut in mind.



As announced last month, the anime adapts Mami Kashiwabara's astronomy-themed school / romance / comedy manga Sora no Manimani. In it, "Saku Ooyagi returns to his old town after seven years and becomes reacquainted with a childhood friend, the ever-boisterous Mihoshi Akeno; but the reunion is far from merry since his last piece of memory between them is of her falling off a tree and him diving to save her. Regardless, Mihoshi focuses her all into improving their tattered relationship and forces Saku to join her astronomy club." (...)

>  Continue reading 'Sora no Manimani Anime Website, Trailer'...
This is as undetailed as it gets: last year's eroge The Devil on G-string (G-senjou no Maou) will be getting a anime manga adaptation in the Comp Ace magazine, according to a scan intercepted by Zepy. Naturally he yearns for an anime to follow. I mean who wouldn't, after seeing the game's pictures and trailers!



The Devil on G-string is a visual novel eroge released on May 29, 2008 by the Japanese developer Akabei Soft2. In the midwinter, a devil suddenly appears in a city, whose ambition is to destroy all humans. The main character is Kyosuke, a high school student who enjoys his school life with Tsubaki, Kanon, and Eiichi. But one day, rich students go missing one by one. When they are at a loss what to do, a girl with beautiful long hair appears in front of them. Her name is Haru, a the girl he met ten years ago. A deadly pure-love drama now begins... Or something like that.
There's still no press release of this on FUNimation's website at the time of writing, but according to the company's twitter update tonight (via ANN), FUNi has acquired the live-action movie Ichi, originally from late 2008. Yep, it's a fresh one, and it's already planned for screening stateside starting from April 3 (and April 6) at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF); and again on April 11 at the Japan Film Festival Los Angeles.



The movie's lead character Ichi is a re-imagining of the blind swordmaster Zatoichi, except in a most alluring female version played by Haruka Ayase. The movie was directed by Fumihiko Sori - whose most recent accomplishment was writing and directing the CG film Vexille (and previously contributed to the first Appleseed).

The official website features 3 trailers, and you can see them by clicking the third link in the pink side-menu. I also ripped the photos below from there, but they really don't do the movie justice, action wise - so better watch those trailers as well, especially the last one. It's no Blood: The Last Vampire, but it still has some cool looking swordfights. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Ichi Live-Action Movie Licensed By FUNi'...
Tsundere anime Toradora! is about to reach its 25th and final episode tomorrow, and with the light novels also finished earlier this month, will fans of the series be left hanging high and dry, like Zetsubo-sensei hanging from Pink Gabriel (or whatever sakura tree that was)? Luckily no, at least not those possessing a PlayStation Portable handheld, and the means to procure the upcoming game Toradora Portable!. This PSP adaptation was developed by Guyzware in typical visual novel / adventure fashion, and it will be released by Namco Bandai on April 30, 2009.



Most of the game plays out from Ryuuji's perspective in what is supposed to be an original scenario, but there's also a minigame where you play as Taiga, fending off lovesick guys. The devs used a pretty cool animation system dubbed "TORA" for "Technical Operated Real Animation", which is demoed on the game's website. Looks suspiciously similar to the animation from the first Suzumiya Haruhi PSP game, though.

Anyway, Dengeki recently posted some character art and screenshots, some of which you can see below, and the game's trailer has just been uploaded locally. Lucky you. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Toradora! PSP Game Art, Screenshots, Trailer'...
With just a week left until the DVD release of the Koihime Musou OVA on April 1, Dengeki got together with one of the show's seiyuus (Emi Motoi) for some idle chatter and - more importantly - posted a few screenshots from the OVA. Which I am gladly reproducing further down below, after this overwhelmingly overcrowded image cropped from the official website. So... many... lolis!



This OVA will be the last imminent release by Marvelous Entertainment, and their ownly remaining anime project (afaik) will come around October 2009. And it just so happens to be a new Koihime Musou anime series. Well, assuming they can retain enough employees until then and don't send everyone into early retirement. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Koihime Musou OVA Screenshots'...
Much has changed since we last wrote about the upcoming live-action film based on Production I.G's 2000 anime Blood: The Last Vampire. By now, we've been drooling abundantly over three trailers and dozens of pictures, with the latest batch critting us this week for over 9000 damage. Needless to say, we want it. We want it NOW!



You can watch today's new trailer for Last Blood (as it's titled in Japan) locally, along with the previous trailers, and below we added a whole bunch of new high-res photos from the movie - thanks to a surprisingly generous official French website (via Affenheimtheater).

In Japan, the movie premieres on May 29 under the title Last Blood, and the European premiere will follow in June 2009. There's still no release date announced for North America, but yet another report this week points at MGM as the film's US distributor, under the Samuel Goldwyn imprint. More about the film is attached to the trailer, so I'll just STFU and let you enjoy these 20 new photos.


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>  Continue reading 'Blood: The Last Vampire New Trailer, Photos, US'...
We mentioned the generic "2009" US release of Ponyo in passing last autumn, a couple of times, but now we finally have a final release date: August 14, 2009 (so it turns out ICv2's speculated "Q1 2009" timeframe was waaay off). This latest report also mentions the voice actors for the animation film's English version, with loli Noah Lindsey Cyrus voicing the lead character / lol-fish Ponyo.



The rest of the English cast includes some rocking kid Frankie Jonas as Sosuke (the boy who befriends Ponyo), Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon (facepalm), Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson (win), Lily Tomlin and Betty White. Our source doesn't mention if the August 14 date holds true for the theatrical premiere and/or the disc release, but (...)

>  Continue reading 'Ponyo Gets Final US Release Date In August'...
Following its April 16 release on Blu-ray in Japan, the latest extended edition Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete will also make its way to the United States. According to an Amazon.com listing (via Anime Vice), the US release is set for June 2, 2009, carrying a rather decent price tag of $38.96 (or just $27.49 if pre-ordered from Amazon). And if you're worried about the contents, don't be: everything from the Japanese version should be there.



A slightly different, more official release date according to Blu-ray.com is June 7, 2009. They also provide a thorough list of extra contents - reproduced below - while also confirming that the US release will feature both English audio, and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Blu-ray In US'...
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