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Not much longer now, til the third Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei TV series will leave its fans in despair, with nothing more to watch. But relax, it won't be an excruciating wait this time. With 3 more episodes still left from the ongoing season, word is a second OVA is already being prepared for release this autumn. Titled Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Bangai-chi, its first DVD volume will be bundled with the manga version's 19th volume, out in Japan this November 17.

There will also be a second DVD volume released at a later date, but that particular date has yet to be announced. So for now, that's about all.

I wonder how many people are still hanging on to this series. Not that there's anything wrong with it - far from it - but it somehow lost me somewhere around the second season. Too much pausing in mid-playback to read all those random kanji blurbs hurts continuity. And as any lazy guy will tell you, continuity is good, mkay.
I knew I was keeping those Campanella demo screenshots around for a good reason; other than for my own selfish pleasure, that is. Unfortunately I never got around to writing about it more than a flimsy, short-lived draft. But here we are, half a year after this superb fantasy eroge's release in Japan, with an anime announcement on our sticky hands.

The bare-bones revelation was made by, through their listing for the second volume of the game's manga version, so no details are known at this time. But whenever the anime adaptation will delight us, and in whatever format - TV series or OVA - one thing is for sure: ecchiness will be in no short supply. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Campanella Eroge Gets Anime'...
I love religious cults: they have the wackiest ideas about the order of things, god(s) and flying spaghetti monsters. And then they go commit mass suicide, or take over the world... More often the former. Still, none comes to mind with such an amusing and contradictory name as "Happy Science" (Koufuku no Kagaku), one of Japan's controversial religious organizations.

Happy Science has been spreading love and peace for more than two decades, while infiltrating the political scene and even the anime industry. Soon enough, another anime film sponsored by them will follow. It's called Buddha Satan Buddha Saitan, or The Rebirth of Buddha, and according to its official website it should premiere on October 17, 2009. (...)

>  Continue reading 'The Rebirth of Buddha, Religious Anime Film'...
For some time now, we've known about studio Ghibli's plans to make 2 new feature-length anime films over the next 3 years. One of them is said to be directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro (Tales from Earthsea), and the other one by another Ghibli veteran and co-founder - Isao Takahata - upon whom we turn our attention now, as he recently revealed a bit about his next anime film.

Takahata hasn's been directing a movie since My Neighbors the Yamadas some 10 years ago, and prior to that he gained fame as the director of Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday. For his next feature-length project, Ghibli World reports (via ANN) that Takahata will adapt the classic Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari. The story is also known under various other names - The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, Kaguya Hime no Monogatari, Tale of Princess Kaguya... But you can just call it Loli-in-a-bamboo. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Ghibli's Takahata Reveals His Next Anime Film'...
Getting lost in the moutains for a couple of weeks and imploding my vertebrae with a ten-ton rucksack was fun and all, but something was missing. Something like... ze internets! And with it, all things anime that I've lost track of - which I'll gladly recap below (except for those already covered by my comrade), as I also bring myself up to date. Talk about shooting two birds with one stone. Or two lolis with one camera. Yes, twins!

- Aki Sora - if you thought Kiss x Sis was risky, wait till you see this one: a single-episode OVA literally translating as Autumn Sky, based on Masahiro Itosugi's "line-crossing" manga about "the taboo relationship between a high school boy named Sora Aoi and his smart, athletic, "perfect" older sister Aki". Oh noes, the older sisters trend is taking over! The OVA will be bundled with Volume 3 of this incestuous manga, out on December 18, 2009.

- Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu - a "heartwarming comedy" anime series jointly produced by Satelight, Hal Film Maker and JM Animation studios, featuring 3 loli sisters cosplaying as / transforming into various animals. ANN has more details about it, and our local gallery holds some images ninja'd from a random Japanese website. Begins in October 2009.

- Aoi Hitomi no Onna no Ko no Ohanashi - a TV special that aired in Japan on August 13, about a blue-eyed girl from a remote mountainous area during WWII. Looks rather fail.

- Arakawa Under the Bridge - based on a quirky romantic gag comedy manga by Hikaru Nakamura, themed around the "denpa-kei" genre in which strange happenings are caused by electromagnetic waves ( la Denpa teki na Kanojo). In a later update, ANN picked word that the anime adaptation is being done by studio SHAFT, and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (Bakemonogatari, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei).

- Deadman Wonderland - based on a rather violent manga that takes place after most of Tokyo was destroyed by an earthquake. The titular venue is "a bizarre privatized prison that is one part incarceration and one part public spectacle for tourists". The anime's official announcement will reportedly be made on August 26, when the manga's 6th volume will be released in Japan.

- Fate/stay night Movie - the upcoming anime film was recently confirmed to be an entirely new work, covering the Unlimited Blade Works storyline from Type-Moon's game franchise. The core of Studio DEEN's team that did the earlier anime series, along with its voice actors, are reuniting for this promising movie. Premieres on January 23, 2010 (website). (...)

>  Continue reading 'July & August Anime News Round-up'...
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