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The Surprise of Suzumiya Haruhi may very well become the title of a new anime project someday (with the complementary Kadokawa marketing fiasco, of course). But for now, that is simply the title of the next volume - the 10th one - from the light novels series which spawned this whole over-hyped franchise in the first place. The actual Japanese title is Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyougaku, as was announced yesterday in Kadokawa Shoten's The Sneaker magazine.

The same magazine's next issue will publish an excerpt from said volume, which will be Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's first new one in three years. The word "slackers" is right on the tip of my tongue, but I dare not utter it, since I'm not much better either. The previous, 9th volume was called Suzumiya Haruhi no Bunretsu; and just as a quick reminder, this month's Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) anime film was based on the light novels' 4th volume - so rest assured, there's plenty more material left to be animated. (...)

>  Continue reading 'The Surprise (Sex) of Suzumiya Haruhi'...
Close to 100 clips were stuffed into our trailers section over the past few days, some new ones, though most of them admitedly old, originally from January and even from last December. We wouldn't expect any sane person to have watched them already without missing a single one, so this here simple list should come in handy.


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Staying true to its core theme, the Vampire Hunter D anime franchise is slowly rising back from the grave, a decade after its latest incarnation as the 2000 anime film Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. That said, the overall franchise has since spawned several novels, manga and video games, but nothing else in the moving-pictures department. Not until word came out about a new VHD anime series, as well as a VHD live-action film. Plus a new novel titled "Yashakiden", by the way.

The news originated in a recent interview with the original novels' author Hideyuki Kikuchi, published by the Canadian horror fan magazine Rue Morgue (via AnimeVice). Despite his 60 years of age, Kikuchi is still working his shriveled ass off to keep his blood-sucking baby in great shape. (...)

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That's not to say immediately after Avatar 2, as there should still be an Avatar 3 to complete the trilogy. But certainly after Avatar 2, at some point, mister James 'Slowpoke' Cameron is expected to finally bring his vision of Battle Angel Alita into a live-action movie. One that he's been talking about since 2002, if Google's cached memory serves us right. And one of the very few anime-to-live-action adaptations that stands a real chance at awesomeness. You see, we've had this throbbing thing for ass-kicking lolis, ever since Chocolate...

The latest report on this topic came a couple of days ago from producer Jon Landau, who also confessed his and Cameron's initial ignorance towards the Battle Angel Alita franchise - better known as Gunnm in Japan. As it turns out, it was filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) who brought it to Cameron's attention. (...)

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Talk about kicking some serious ass! Not even Ponyo's awards-sweeping spree last year can't compare with the crushing monopoly set by Summer Wars, at this year's 9th Tokyo Anime Awards. Hosted by the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF), the competition has recently announced its winners across the various categories; although the award ceremony itself will only take place on March 27, during the actual TAF 2010 convention.

The heavyweight categories topped by Summer Wars are as follows: Animation of the Year for 2009, Best Domestic Feature Film, Best Director (Mamoru Hosoda), Best Original Story (Mamoru Hosoda yet again), Best Screenplay (Satoko Okudera), Best Art Direction (Youji Takeshige) and Best Character Design (Yoshiyuki Sadamoto). Epic pwnage.

Other titles to be awarded in the animation department were (...)

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... and the list can go on, with the likes of Nodame Cantabile: Finale and So-Ra-No-Wo-To. For some odd reason (lazy / unpaid / unemployed animators?), a worrying new trend is emerging these days, as more and more anime series are receiving "unaired" episodes that were not originally shown on TV, well after their original airing. This obviously provides a wonderful incentive for would-be buyers of each series' polished (and uncensored, where appliable) DVD or Blu-ray editions. Which - let's face it - is a perfectly valid marketing trick, frustrating as it may be at times.

The most anticipated of the above is probably the 2nd-unaired episode of Bakemonogatari, which we were expecting quite some time ago, considering that the 1st-unaired episode was released online last autumn, with some delay itself. This new one is effectively Episode 14, titled "Tsubasa Cat - Part 4", and according to a recent interview, the staff was supposed to have it finished by now. Apparently they failed. Again.

Anyway, once it's ready for the world (and vice-versa), it will be streamed for free on the official website, where the old Episode 13 is still the one being streamed at the time of writing. Episode 14 will also be included on (...)

>  Continue reading 'Unaired Episodes: K-ON, FMA, Bakemonogatari...'...
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