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Kimi ni Todoke (Reaching You), the high school slice-of-life manga started by Karuho Shiina in 2006, made several headlines over the past year, but this is the first time we have a valid reason for bringing it up here. And that's because Kimi no Todoke is now officially on its way to becoming an anime - according to an upcoming announcement in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine.



As is obvious from the above picture, mainly girls (and very confused boys) should be looking forward to this anime. And they may also know by now that the manga is allegedly being adapted into a live-action TV drama, as well, which is said to begin in April. The anime itself, though, will only begin (...)

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While the long-rumored PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia remains just as uncertain as it was last year, Namco's fantasy RPG for the Xbox 360 is now sure to get an anime movie in 2009. The announcement made in this month's special issue of Kinema Junpou magazine claims that Kadokawa Pictures will oversee the theatrical anime adaptation, under the direction of Kanta Kamei, while Gia speculates that Production I.G might be working on the actual animation - since they also did the anime cutscenes from the game. And as a random curiosity, this will be the 5th title in Namco's "Tales of..." RPG franchise to get the anime treatment.



At this point, either of two thoughts might be spinning aimlessly in your mind: "who the hell is Kanta Kamei?", or "where do I click for more Vesperia lolis!!?". (...)

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As a follow-up to last week's news that Rumiko Takahashi will launch her new - and still unnamed - manga this spring in Japan, word from the recent New York Comic Con is that Viz Media is already planning an English release later in 2009. As reported on ANN:
"At its New York Comic Con panel on Sunday morning, the manga publisher Viz Media confirmed that it will be handling the English-language translation and North American release of this title. The first English volume will be available before the end of the year."

Just as a needless reminder, Rumiko Takahashi is the manga creator of such popular classics as Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha - the latter of which will have its final volume 56 released in Japan on February 18.
In case the previously known "April 2009" timeframe wasn't precise enough, the TV debut of Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Fullmetal Alchemist (2009) is now decidely set in stone for April 5, 2009. The announcement is being made in this latest promotional trailer (via Sankaku), and by now FMA 2 looks more like a remake of the original manga, rather than a sequel. In fact, even the title seems to have remained simply Fullmetal Alchemist - with no extra numerals and such. Or Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, if you prefer.



In other FMA news surfacing from this past weekend's New York Comic Con, FUNimation expressed their intention to eventually license the new anime series. But for now it's just that, an intention. Meanwhile, FUNi restated their plans to release the Fullmetal Alchemist Premium Collection DVD in late summer 2009. This one was originally released in Japan back in 2006, but its contents will remain the same for the stateside release: a 10 minute long original movie called "Seven Homunculi vs. State Alchemists", two 6-minute long original anime shorts, and various other videos and features.
We had this coming for a pretty long time - or at least my comrade's been pestering me to make it for... ahem, a while. Well, I've just emerged from a coding-mimi-mode frenzy, so we can now invite you to yet another imouto-website: Animekon Feeds, conveniently parked at feeds.animekon.com.



Nothing fancy, just a bare-bones anime news aggregator where you'll find the latest otaku happenings from around the webs, quite handy for whenever we're slacking (which does tend to happen more than we'd like to admit). The news sources are hand-picked from the very best out there, but there's always room for more. So if you can think of any other worthy website focused on anime news, do tell.

Next stop... Animekon Forum? Discuss!
Needless? Needles? Noodles?... Animu?! Oh, hai. It seems that Kami Imai's futuristic action comedy manga with "bishoujo x violence" will be getting a not-so-much needed Needless anime, according to some shady Moon Phase comments picked up by ANN. The following 3 names have already been linked to the anime adaptation: director Masayuki Sakoi (Kamen no Maid Guy, Strawberry Panic!), script supervisor Satoru Nishizono (Naruto Shippuuden, Welcome to the NHK), and character designer Hiromi Kato (Azumanga Daioh - The Very Short Movie, Kobato.).



Once the report turns out to be accurate (no reason to think otherwise), we should find out when to expect the anime's release - or when to ignore it, if the story below doesn't sound like your kind of thing. (...)

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Even more confusing news comes by way of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine, whose March issue is announcing a theatrical anime movie for Eden of the East. The confusing bit being that it's not quite clear if this is a separate project than the previously-announced TV anime, or just a selection of scenes from the series, mashed together for a short watch.

The way ANN puts it, it sounds like Production I.G is treating the theatrical version as a distinct project. But either way, the Eden of the East Movie will only premiere in Japan after the end of the TV series - which remains set for an April debut. So we can probably expect the movie to follow in the second half of 2009.
While others are doing everything in their power to hype (and delay) certain anime sequels, the production team behind last year's Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu cares not for such pseudo-viral marketing tricks, and pushes forward with a newly announced second season.



The new Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2 anime will continue adapting Yuusaku Igarashi's otaku romance comedy light novel, about a boy who discovers that his high school's most unattainable girl is a secret otaku. The seiyuu duo Mamiko Noto and Wataru Hatano will return to voice the main characters, and - among other staffers - so will director Munenori Nawa - whose recent work on the Kiss x Sis "OVA 0" left us deeply, deeply impressed!

The "Dengeki no Kanzume" pamphlet that made this announcement also confirmed that Spice and Wolf II will start airing in summer 2009, and Asura Cryin' in April.

Now, I believe, a gallery update for Nogizaka Haruka is in order - stay tuned... done.
Fans of Rumiko Takahashi's manga works (Inuyasha, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and Ranma 1/2 come to mind) should be thrilled to hear that her next manga series will be launched this spring, in the Shonen Sunday magazine. The news story was picked up by Rumic World, and they say that the cover for the Takahashi's final Inuyasha manga volume was also revealed... but I'll be damned if I can find it.

Anyway, the Inuyaha manga volume 56 will finally be released on February 18, more than 12 years after the series' debut, in the same magazine mentioned earlier. At 51 years of age, Takahashi might want to consider shortening her future works - we wouldn't want her to suffer the same morbid fate as her fellow mangaka Kaoru Tada, whose Itazura na Kiss manga was left hanging high and dry, without an ending... Or was it?
Bollocks. No, we still don't know when Suzumiya Haruhi 2 will start airing in Japan - or anywhere else for that matter - even though, earlier this week, it looked like they had it nailed down for April 2009. But as it turns out, the only Haruhi g(o)odness airing on TV this April will be a re-broadcast of the original series from 2006, not the long-awaited, much-discussed, yet still-enigmatic sequel.



Fear not, though: new details about the story and staff of Suzumiya Haruhi 2 are indeed coming, according to a short TV commercial for the March issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine - coming out next week.

And, in case you forgot, next week will also mark the debut of the Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu web-anime chibi-series, based on the Haruhi-chan gag manga and the Churuya-san parody manga. Better keep an eye on Kadokawa's YouTube channel, just in case.
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