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Oh, so that's what it was! Earlier today I had come across a tiny, cryptic Moon Phase report about this, but didn't know what to make of it. Luckily for us all, however, ANN sniffed out a better-informed source from the Japanese blogosphere, and now it all makes perfect sense: a new anime titled A Channel is said to be in the making, presumably based on bb Kuroda's comedy / slice-of-life manga of the same title.

A Channel manga

The original source of this premature (and so far unofficial) announcement is a guy named Satoshi Kubo, who previously worked as a key animator on dozens of anime projects - including Angel Beats!, Working!! and Bungaku Shoujo, to name just some of this year's titles. But here's the real kicker: it was this same guy who first revealed the upcoming TV anime series Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector last month, way ahead of the official announcement. So he clearly knows what he's talking about.

Pictured above is the cover of the A Channel manga's first and only (...)

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A Japanese manga and anime franchise... spawning a Taiwanese live-action TV series... starring a cute Korean actress in the leading role... is fine, too! The manga / anime in question is Hayate no Gotoku!, the Taiwanese production company is irrelevant, and - more importantly - the cute Korean actress (soon-to-be loli tsundere Nagi) is Park Shin-Hye. Did I mention she's cute? Damn cute! And only 20 years old.

Park Shin-Hye & Nagi

ANN's report doesn't reveal any solid release plans for this upcoming live-action TV series, so we might as well move on to the less relevant details. Joining Park Shin-Hye for the main duo will be 28-year-old actor George Hu, who of course will be playing Hayate the combat butler / bodyguard / boxing bag or whatever else is required of him, by his loli master Nagi.

As an addition to the project's national diversity, it turns out that (...)

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Some sort of Gintama "all-new animated work" is being promised by the Japanese video chain Tsutaya, according to a report picked up by ANN today, to be bundled on a bonus disc with the upcoming DVD release of Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen - this year's anime film. The DVD's standard edition and limited pressing are set for a December 15 release in Japan, but only the latter version will ship with the new anime, it seems.


As for the other goodies offered with the limited pressing, these will include a drama CD, a strip of actual film that was used during the movie's theatrical screenings, a poster, a miniature version of the theatrical pamphlet, and various video interviews with the cast and staff. Additional trailers will also be included on the main disc, with both the limited and standard editions. As if...
A couple of days have gone bye, since news of an Arata Kangatari anime adaptation cropped up on the French website Manga-News, but still no valid source is provided for their story (nor have I seen this on any of the usual English-language sources). So, for now, let's just take this as a perfectly plausible rumor: the manga series otherwise known as Arata: The Legend, they say, will be receiving an anime adaptation in 2011.

Arata Kangatari manga

The original manga is written and illustrated by Yuu Watase, a rather prolific female mangaka, who so far has had two other franchises adapted into anime: Ayashi no Ceres (Ceres, Celestial Legend) and Fushigi Yuugi (The Mysterious Play). The story of Arata Kangatari alternates between two worlds, with two boys - both named Arata - switching places among them. They are both on the run, but for very different reasons: (...)

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Better get those chilled pantsu out of the freezer, 'cause this is a hot one! The Strike Witches franchise will be getting a "major continuation", according to an unsubstantiated report on Sankaku today, which fails to identify the source of this story. While waiting for a more official (and more detailed) confirmation, wishful-thinkers seem to favor a third TV anime season or an OVA, as the most likely - or, rather, most desired - continuations.

Strike Witches gallery

Whatever doubt may arise from the timing of such an announcement (there are still several more Strike Witches 2 episodes remaining, until the end of the current series in late September), there's no reason to believe in the immediate demise of such a lolicious franchise. So any kind of continuation - anime or otherwise - would be quite natural.

The only valid suspicion right now might regard (...)

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Slowly but surely, the xxxHOLiC anime franchise moves on, as Production I.G is concocting yet another xxxHOLiC Rou OVA for next spring. The blunt announcement was apparently made at the end of a newly released short-OAD, according to a screenshot posted by a 2ch user (via Chibi Yuuto). The anime short seems to serve as the opening sequence for the upcoming new OVA episode, and it features the song "Adayume" by Suga Shikao.


The DVD with the anime short in question was a hard-earned prize awarded to buyers of three Japanese magazines that included mail-away cards redeemable for said DVD. This is the same one that was reported back in May, soon after the initial xxxHOLiC Rou OVA came out. So if this new report is accurate, that's a one-year break between just a couple of xxxHOLiC offerings. Fans of the series must have it rough... Or is it "better late than never"?
It looks like Gonzo managed to not only slow down its staff-cutting freefall that began at the end of 2008, dragging the studio down the dreaded "corporate restructuring" path. But maybe - just maybe - the tables are turning and Gonzo is coming back to life, with a rejuvenated staff. Hopefully one that will be capable of animating more than just some random game cinematics (like they did for BlazBlue, Super Street Fighter IV and even Crackdown 2, in the past year).

Solty Rei

This week's good news comes by way of Gonzo's official website, whose "Jobs" section is now listing several openings for animation production staffers. The company is hiring animation runners, one "international production operations assistant" fluent in English, "enthusiastic" in-between animators, production desk managers, and designers. All of these, for upcoming "TV series as well as theatrical films".

Gonzo was last known to work on an anime project for Spring 2011, one that would (...)

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Remember those 3 anime specials based on the Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura classics? You konw, the ones first shown at that "It's a Rumic World" exhibition from December 2008?... Ah, who am I kidding! There must be like five people outside of Japan who got a chance to see them (and I sure as hell ain't one of them). So, with some curiosity, we can now look forward to their re-release this October 20 - and not only on DVD, but for the first time also on Blu-ray.

It's a Rumic World Anime Specials

These 30-minute anime specials are Inuyasha: Kuroi Tetsusaiga (Black Tetsusaiga), Ranma 1/2: Okumu! Shunmin Kou (Nightmare! Incense of Deep Sleep) and Urusei Yatsura: Shougaibutsu Suieitaikai (Obstacle Course Swim Meet). Each of them will be re-released individually in the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD versions, at a price of 4,725 yen ($56) and 3,675 yen ($44) respectively.

You can watch a preview of them in this Rumic World trailer that was just added (...)

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"Tsukurimashou, tsukurimashou, sate sate nani ga dekiru ka na. Hai, dekimashita!" And just like that, a new Yumeiro Patissiere season is coming out. The second TV anime series is being announced in Shueisha's Ribon magazine, and they say it will begin airing from October 2010 under the title Yumeiro Patissiere Professional. The only bad news: Ichigo's loli days will be over!

Yumeiro Patissiere

In just a matter of days - between the ongoing season's late September finale with episode 51, and the start of the second season - the lead character Ichigo Amano will have grown several years. As an adult, she will be joined by new characters on the cookie-cutting fun that awaits in Yumeiro Patissiere Professional. And that's the way the cookie crumbles.
The "English subbed" part may be the one catching our Western attention at first glance, but the real selling point of the newly announced Blu-ray box set is that it will extend the anime film saga Kara no Kyoukai with a new final chapter, of about 30 minutes long, in addition to its original seven parts and several other goodies. All in all, over 10 hours of gory HD glory!

Kara no Kyoukay Blu-ray

This new Blu-ray Disc Box set has been advertised on the official website since last night, with a release date set for February 2, 2011 in Japan, and an exotic price tag of 52,500 yen ($620). But relax, is already offering it for pre-order at only 38,850 yen ($460), if that makes you breathe any easier. And you can probably forget about this getting licensed anytime soon, if past Blu-ray releases have taught us anything about Japan's (...)

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