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It feels like a year ago that... oh, wait, it really was exactly one year ago that game maker Key (Kanon, Air, Clannad, Little Busters!) first revealed their new project called Rewrite. They have this issue about making serious announcements on April 1, while everyone else is mostly fooling around. And they also have this issue about taking a pretty long time with each project - which ultimately works out great for everyone, but the most impatient of fans.



And so, after a year of nothing but a teaser page, Rewrite's official website has finally reopened today (cheers Zepy). It still doesn't go into much detail, but at least we can finally see the first few images from the game (you'll find them in the local gallery), (...)

>  Continue reading 'Rewrite, Key's New Game Website Reopens'...
And yet another anime series joins the "recently-ended-but-not-quite" club today, with the announcement that Stitch! will continue with a second season in autumn 2009. Studio Madhouse will once again be in charge of animating it, loosely based on Disney's 2002 film "Lilo & Stitch!".



That's everything there is to know about it (not that any more would be needed), so for the remaining filler text, I'll just copy-paste ANN's brief description of the first Stitch! anime. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Stitch! 2nd Season Announced'...
As I was keeping myself busy with the various novelties involving Hayao Miyazaki earlier today, another update popped up on Ghibli World. It brings a rather good news, in that the upcoming Japanese DVD release of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no Ue no Ponyo) will feature English subtitles, when it comes out on July 3, 2009 - way ahead of the US premiere.



The "English subs" part will probably hold true for the animation film's Blu-ray version, however that one isn't due out until the end of 2009, around December. When it does release in that format, Ponyo will become the first Ghibli film on Blu-ray.

Ghibli World offers the following details about the DVD version's contents, (...)

>  Continue reading 'Ponyo DVD With English Subs, Blu-ray Later'...
Kouta Hirano has been teasing his fans with a new fantasy manga series since last year, when he ended his popular manga Hellsing after 11 years. But it sure took a while for some details to transpire about this new work - now known to be titled Drifters. We have the Young King Ours magazine to thank for that (via ANN): the same publication where the Hellsing manga had been serialized, and also the one where Drifters will begin on April 30, in the mag's June issue.



The story of Drifters will take place during Japan's Sengoku period (roughly XV to XVII century), a time of constant warring between the island's states, and a natural setting of choice for samurai stories. The manga will apparently follow a band of adventurers, (...)

>  Continue reading 'Drifters Manga, From Hellsing Creator'...
I just had a flashback of Interplay's messy end-of-days saga a few years back... What a mess that was. Seemingly stepping in the footsteps of that once legendary game company, the Japanese group Gonzo keeps on cracking and shattering, in the midst of escalating corporate "restructuring". Just yesterday I was pitying them for their rumored loss of the Strike Witches 2 anime project. And today ANN brings word of another major, self-inflicted blow: the "divestment" of Gonzo's online game development studio Gonzo Rosso.



By the way, since it's April 1 in Japan already, we can stop using the parent company's obsolete GDH name. So as I was saying, Gonzo will cut off its game subsidiary in an attempt to further consolidate whatever resources is still has, entirely abandoning the gaming scene in order to focus on its anime business.

Some of Gonzo Rosso's best known MMORPGs include (...)

>  Continue reading 'Gonzo Cuts Off Game Division, Gonzo Rosso'...
Always in touch with all things Ghibli, Ghibli World brings news today of the latest visual work done by aging director Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaa, Laputa, Totoro, Spirited Away, Ponyo, so on, so forth). Miyazaki has created a special cover art and an abundance of illustrations for "Suishin 5 Hiro" - which is said to be the first ever Japanese translation of Robert Westall's World War II themed novel "Fathom Five".


"The children's book takes place in 1943, at a small pot town called Garmus in northern England. At midnight, the 16 year old Chas McGill sees a U-boat sinking a cargo ship. The next morning, he finds a transmitter at the beach. He and his friends start searching spies for fun, but this results in a serious situation..."

"Suishin 5 Hiro" is currently being published by Iwanami Shoten in Japan. In the meantime, Miyazaki seems to be enjoying his Kaze Tachinu manga that we wrote about last month. So much so, that he is continuing it beyond the not-so-final 2nd part, and could even (...)

>  Continue reading 'Miyazaki Illustrates Novel, Continues Manga'...
Kadokawa, the Japanese anime / manga publisher that has inspired us with so many feelings of hatred lately, is turning its twisted eye over to the gaming industry. As of April 1, 2009, the parent consortium Kadokawa Group Holdings is opening a game development and marketing subsidiary called Kadokawa Games Ltd. The news has slowly been creeping its way to a few English websites since Friday, but the only known details are still those contained in the early reports.



Kadokawa Games is being set up with a capital of 250 million yen (US$2.5 million) as a fully owned subsidiary. Its focus will be on online games and the international market, with titles developed based on the already popular content owned by the publishing group. But the real kicker is the name (and former position) of Kadokawa Games' president: (...)

>  Continue reading 'Kadokawa Penetrates The Gaming Industry'...
Another anime ending today, another follow-up announcement. The second season of Gundam 00 had its final episode aired today in Japan, and after the grand finale, a message revealed the production of a Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Movie. It should be coming out at some point in 2010, as long as it won't disappear along the way - like that Gundam Seed movie announced three years ago, which has yet to materialize.



It's also said that the movie's announcement was followed by a showing of the planet Jupiter, accompanied by the tagline "The Childhood of Humankind Ends". But since I'm not exactly a Gundam fan, I'll let you decipher its meaning. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Gundam 00 Movie Announced For 2010 [Update]'...
It takes a very special kind of people to watch a bloody, trashy movie like Tokyo Gore Police. And it's that very same special kind of people who are likely to enjoy the upcoming "erotic-grotesque action film" Samurai Princess (Gedou-Hime). This new project reunites TGP's writer Kengo Kaji and director Yoshihiro Nishimura (this time in charge of special make-up effects), in a narative context that looks a lot better on paper than it probably will in motion.



Above you can see a poster from the freshly updated Samurai Princess website. You won't find any actual info there, but luckily the film's sales agency CREi offers a few tiny stills and this hefty synopsis. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Samurai Princess Erotic-Grotesque Movie'...
Today's round of idle chatter between Dengeki and another one of Koihime Musou OVA's seiyuu brings a fresh batch of screenshots, as well as some character artworks - leaving us with less and less to be excited about when the OVA is released a couple of days from now, on April 1.



Above you can see the DVD covers for the limited and regular editions, respectively, and below are the new screenshots. I didn't think the character art was worth posting here, but if you care to disagree, (...)

>  Continue reading 'Koihime Musou OVA Screenshots #2'...
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