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Well, what do you know: the classic Chinese historical novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" is getting yet another anime adaptation. This time, however, we're dealing with a much more loyal (albeit less lolicious) interpretation of the story, than that new Koihime Musou TV series I just wrote about. And to get to the point, it's the Souten Kouro historical manga that's been revealed to get a TV anime series, starting in April 2009.

The news surfaced from the personal blog of Masatsugu Shinozaki - violinist, composer and producer, whose work can be heard in Haibane Renmei and Wolf's Rain. More staff names became known through a recruitment notice for key animators from the Japan Animation Creators Association, and if interested you can check them out on ANN. Suffice to say here that studio Madhouse is taking care of the animation, which will be airing on a late-night TV spot.

The manga was originally authored by Hagin Yi, but after his death in 1998, (...)

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The Koihime Musou fantasy (ero-)game and anime franchise is growing faster than a loli in her early teens - sadly for the loli, but a great thing for said franchise, whose latest addition has been announced to be a new TV series. After last year's first anime adaptation, and this April's upcoming OVA, a third anime titled Shin Koihime Musou is already planned for later this year - specifically October 2009 according to ANN's listing.

As the name implies, this new TV series will be based on the eroge's expanded edition Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Ryouran Sangokushi Engi. This was released by BaseSon at the end of 2008, and it overcrowded the game's genderbending harem to more than 50 characters, some more loli than others.

A very brief trailer promoting the Shin Koihime Musou anime (...)

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Having received its own "Gundam department" as part of Bandai Visual's restructured business earlier this month, it's only fitting that the ultra-popular mecha franchise should continue with a new Gundam anime. And, sure enough, it will - just in time for the series' 30th anniversary this year. The Monthly Gundam Ace manga magazine that is said to carry the official announcement will hit newsstands tomorrow, but already there are plenty of details about it to go around.

For starters, this new (so far unnamed) Gundam anime will be set in Universal Calendar year 0081, and for the first time it will feature the RX-78-7 mobile suit, one of the last models in the RX-78 line that began with the original 1979 anime. This "new" RX-78-7 mecha was designed by series veteran Hajime Katoki (Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War), and you can see how it looks in a couple of early scans - here and here - picked up via THAT Animeblog.

You can read more about the characters and such (...)

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The upcoming anime adaptation of the Kanamemo manga was only briefly mentioned here last month, at which time we knew next to nothing about it. Seeing how the original manga features such a huggable school girl, it saddens me to admit that not munch has changed since the anime was announced. The only (predictable) novelty is that Kanamemo is being produced as a TV anime series, not some OVA, OAD, ONA or whatever dubious formats are being invented these days.

The ongoing Kanamemo 4-koma manga by Shouko Iwami has so far been compiled into a single volume that was released in August 2008, with a second volume currently set to go on sale in Japan this March 26. The story (...)

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The long streak of Oscars with no anime winners was finally broken on Sunday night, six frustrating years after Ghibli's Spirited Away became the first anime to win an Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature", in 2003. Granted, it's only a "Best Animated Short Film" award this time around, but still: La Maison en Petits Cubes got it. So congratulations are in order, half-hearted as they may be.

La Maison en Petits Cubes - which is also known as Tsumiki no Ie in Japan, and House of Small Cubes (or House of Blocks) for the linguistically-challenged - is a 12-minute anime short directed by Kunio Katou. It deliberately uses obsolete-looking paper drawings and 2D computer graphics (reminiscent of Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor I'd say, though not quite that psychedelic), and you can see the end result (...)

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A tentative premiere date for the upcoming Macross Frontier Movie is currently set for autumn 2009, as pseudo-announced at a Macross event in Japan this past Sunday. From what I gather from ANN's report, the date was sticked on an itasha mini-van parked outside the event. But staffers from the Macross F team were quick to warn that the release date is not yet final; nor is the project's title.

The event in question - pompously called "Macross: The Super Dimension Space Launching Ceremony ~It's Really 2009 Already... It's 2/22 (Nyan Nyan Nyan), Deculture!~" - was a flashback of sorts to the first episode from the original Macross anime series that aired in 1982. "Specifically, in February 2009 of the Macross timeline", (...)

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For the third time this month, the popular manga creator Rumiko Takahashi somehow manages to make the news. This time, however, it's not about her new manga series - of which we still know next to nothing, other than it's starting this spring in the Shonen Sunday magazine, and that it's already been licensed by Viz. Nope, this time it's simply about a new one-shot manga that she'll be publishing in the Big Comic Original magazine on March 5.

Titled Unmei no Tori (The Bird of Fate), this will be the latest in Takahashi's annual short stories, and according to ANN's translation of the official tagline, the story will be about "the great modern recession that you couldn't see coming. Have you ever wondered... if you could know if the future holds happiness for you or...?".

Well, that's about it. Now back to waiting for her next full-fledged manga that's practically sure to get an anime adaptation, if her other classics - like Inuyasha, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku or Ranma 1/2 - are anything to go by.
Sora no Manimani, some run-of-the-mill slice-of-life romantic school comedy manga by Mami Kashiwabara, is about to receive an official announcement tomorrow, which will reportedly confirm a TV anime adaptation starting this summer. Kodansha's Afternoon magazine is the one breaking the news, and fittingly so - since it's there that the manga has been serialized since 2005; and still is.

The Sora no Manimani anime is being created by Studio Comet for a July 2009 debut, under the direction of Shinji Takamatsu (School Rumble, Gintama - speaking of which...). Hajime Watanabe (School Rumble) will supervise the animation production and create the character designs. The anime's official website is also expected to go live tomorrow.

So far, the manga was compiled into 5 volumes, and the story goes something like this (...)

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The Japanese premiere date for Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance - also known as Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Ha - is now set for June 27, 2009 according to multiple reports that piled up over the weekend. Much like fans will be piling up in cinemas to see this second theatrical remake of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime series, from the total of 4 animation films planned.

Along with new EVA units designs, more fan "service-service", "a shocking new story", new visuals and a new brunette girl character wearing glasses, Eva 2.0 also promises to feature the return of fan-favorite character (...)

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Old habits die hard, it's been rumored, and so does the increasingly questionable tendency to proclaim Ghibli's works as the finest animations Japan has to offer. But when a film like Ponyo wins not just one, but two major "Animation of the Year" awards in its own country, there's not much left to argue.

And so, studio Ghibli and famed director Hayao Miyazaki are once again honored with the highest animation award, both in the "Japan Academy Prizes" from Nippon Academy-Sho Association (their Oscars of sorts), and the "Tokyo Anime Awards" from Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF).

At the 32nd Japan Academy Prizes, Ponyo also won (...)

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