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The eroge-based anime series Shukufuku no Campanella finished airing last week with episode 12, and this week brought the predictable announcement of an upcoming OVA special. The OVA will be released as a sort of "Episode 13", and it's sure to overflow with ecchi (or outright erotic) content - much like the hawt extras currently included in the anime's home video releases.

Shukufuku no Campanella gallery

This Campanella OVA was revealed last night by the series' director Shinji Ushiro and voice actress Asami Imai (who voiced the character Chelsea), during a live web program hosted by Nico Nico Douga (via ANN). Apparently, though, no release date was given. Which might mean that the OVA will only follow after the TV series' six Blu-ray and DVD volumes - the first of which was released a couple of days ago, and the remaining five will follow throughout February 2011.
With the Yuri Seijin Naoko-san OVA's unveiling out of the way, let's move on to the next entry in ufotable's "10 Biggest Announcements" for 2010. Also revealed this weekend is a twofold project, which ufotable is producing for the 10th anniversary of Animate's mascot character Anime Tenchou. The first work is some commercial footage called "Anime Tenchou Gekijouban", and the second one is a short anime titled Anime Tenchou x Touhou Project (an obvious cross-over with the popular doujin game franchise Touhou Project).

Anime Tenchou x Touhou Project

Both of them will make their debut this November 20, at some Animate event from Tokyo, where several other anime projects will also be shown - including IS: Infinite Stratos, Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! (another freshly announced anime), Steins;Gate, and ToHeart2 adnext.

So that leaves 3 more announcements to be made by ufotable... or maybe 4 of them? (...)

>  Continue reading 'Anime Tenchou x Touhou Project Announced'...
The "10 Biggest Announcements of ufotable 2010" campaign continues this weekend with the revealing of two new anime projects - one of them being this here Yuri Seijin Naoko-san OVA adaptation, based on a surreal gag comedy manga authored by kashmir. The news comes from the Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine (scan, via ANN), which has been serializing said manga since 2005.

Yuri Seijin Naoko-san gallery

Studio ufotable's OVA will be released this December 10, as a bundle with the manga's limited edition Volume 3. The previous two volumes were compiled in 2006 and 2008, and their limited editions included a few songs created by the musical group MOSAIC.WAV for a hypothetical anime version - which, as it turns out now, is not so hypothetical, after all.

The original manga's story follows a timid girl named Misuzu, (...)

>  Continue reading 'Yuri Seijin Naoko-san Manga Gets OVA'...
The wacky, half-chibi ninjas from Nintama Rantarou will be making another return next year, in a second anime film titled - *take a deep breath* - Gekijouban Anime Nintama Rantarou Ninjutsu Gakuen Zenin Shutsudou! no Dan. This will be the first of two new theatrical adaptations of Soubee Amako's 1986 ninja gag manga Rakudai Ninja Rantarou during 2011, prior to next summer's live-action film directed by Takashi Miike (Crows Zero, Thirteen Assassins, and shamefully Yatterman).

Nintama Rantarou Movie 2

This second Nintama Rantarou anime film is planned for a March 2011 premiere in Japan, and is said to retain the same voice cast as the anime series - which began in 1993 and has been airing ever since, if you can imagine that (it's gone past 1450 episodes this summer!). The previous Nintama Rantarou anime film dates back to 1996, by the way.

The original manga follows the adventures of Rantarou and other ninja apprentices (...)

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Another technically-not-incest anime is fine, too! And while some are always quick to condemn this trend, that won't happen here anytime soon; which is why the announcement of a new such adaptation is more than welcome. This one will be a TV anime series titled Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!! (among other spelling variations), and it will be based on a manga otherwise known as I Don't Like You at All, Big Brother! - or simply Oniichan Konazen.

I Don't Like You at All, Big Brother!

The anime is being created by studio Zexcs, whose most recent adaptations include this year's Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu (Denyuden) and next month's Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku. They also contributed to the TV anime version of Kiss x Sis, by the way, so they're quite intimate with this kind of sisterly fun.

The source material for the anime is Kouichi Kusano's ecchi / comedy manga about the "slightly dangerous" relationship between (...)

>  Continue reading 'I Don't Like You at All, Big Brother! Gets Anime'...
The Final Fantasy XIV saga of pre-launch failures continues this week, as well, making it impossible to resist beating a dead horse... or should I say "horsebird"? Brain-damaging as it sounds, that's what chocobos - the franchise's most fluffy trademark - appear to be called in the new game's Japanese version. According to San'plex, the word "chocobo" was renamed using two absurd Chinese characters, literally meaning "horse" and "bird".

Final Fantasy China dress

Several other names are also written with Chinese characters in the game's Japanese version, instead of the series' usual "Engrish" terms. This gives players one more reason to suspect that the game was not only made for the Chinese market, but actually made in China, to some degree.

Their paranoia was further fueled just a couple of days ago, when Square Enix and (...)

>  Continue reading 'Final Fantasy XIV Made in China? [Update #2]'...
Studio Madhouse is just about ready to premiere its latest anime film Redline in Japan, this October 9, some five years after it began working on this furious sci-fi racing feature (which at one point last year seemed to have been cancelled). As proof of the project's well-being, the studio has been revealing a whole bunch of Redline trailers recently, with the latest ones also added locally today.

Redline trailers

Over on the other side of the world, Viz Cinema has just announced its own premiere for Redline in the U.S., in the same week as the Japanese debut - albeit on a much smaller scale. The San Francisco-based theater will screen the anime film between October 8 and October 14 (for one week only), with tickets priced at $10 sharp.

Redline was already screened at various film festivals in various countries. And, in fact, it's also being shown today in Austin, Texas at (...)

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Great news for fans of Shimoku Kio's otaku-themed manga Genshiken, and presumably for those of us who are more interested in its anime adaptations. According to the November issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine (via ANN), the manga will return with a new series titled Genshiken Nidaime - or Genshiken II (or even The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture II, if you have too much time to waste on pointlessly long titles).

Genshiken's gallery

The new manga will start in the same magazine's December issue, out in Japan this October 25. The story is said to focus on the yaoi-loving Chika Ogiue, the 5th president of the "Genshiken" otaku club, as she struggles to hang onto the club's freshman members (yaaay!). And the cross-dressing boy Hato will also appear (booo...).

A new Genshiken anime is also sure to follow: maybe next year, maybe in 2012, or (...)

>  Continue reading 'Genshiken 2 Manga Sequel Announced'...
Oh, looks like this is the first time I get to post about the upcoming TV anime MM! here. That's odd... But anyway, to cut things short, MM! is one of the new anime series brought by the Autumn 2010 season, and it will start airing in Japan less than two weeks from now, on October 2. As implied by the image below - and the whole local gallery - this one will be a decidedly ecchi anime, featuring a lead male character who's into masochism. Mmm!...

MM! anime gallery

Even though the anime has yet to begin, already we are informed that the series' future home video releases will bundle half a dozen of "somewhat extreme" anime short stories called "SS!" (extra-sadistic shorts, for an extra-masochistic series?). Each Blu-ray / DVD volume will include one such anime short, starting with Volume 1 this December 22, and throughout Volume 6 - which should be released (...)

>  Continue reading 'MM! Anime Gets 'Extreme' Shorts On Blu-ray, DVD'...
Today brings not only the final episode of the Tono to Issho TV anime series, but also the announcement of yet another animated entry in the franchise - the third one - planned for a Spring 2011 debut in Japan. Accompanying this news is a purely symbolic trailer, devoid of any actual footage.

Tono to Issho

That's about all that was revealed today on the official website for these anime adaptations of Ohba-Kai's 4-koma gag manga Tono to Issho - about the humorous exploits of generals during Japan's tumultuous sengoku period (Era of the Warring States). The current season's ending episode 12 should be coming up any moment on Crunchyroll, and once it does, you'll also find it in our Episodes section. Update: It's up.

For now, the latest addition there is Bleach episode 289.
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