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Sadly for fans of the K-ON! manga series, and in particular its "high school version" that began serialization in April 2011, it's all coming to an end next month. The manga's main series, which follows Mio's group through college, was already announced to have its final chapter published this June 9. But as it turns out now, kakifly's remaining K-ON! manga - the high school edition with Azusa, Ui and Jun - will also end next month.

K-ON! - Azusa

In related news, an online auction for a K-ON! guitar signed by all 5 main voice actresses from the anime has reached bids of over 5.5 million yen (close to $70,000) (...)

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Old news, indeed. But for whatever it's still worth, a new TV anime series titled Mangirl! was announced earlier this month, as an adaptation of Kagari Tamaoka's four-panel manga originally titled Soukan! Comic Earth Star Henshuu-bu (Launch! Comic Earth Star Editors). The anime is being created by studio Dogakobo, whose upcoming projects also include the Yuru Yuri 2 sequel and Natsuyuki Rendezvous, both airing from July.

Mangirl!

The Mangirl! anime, however, is only expected for 2013. The original manga's story follows the daily life of naive Editor-in-Chief Hana and "Japan's cutest manga editors" (...)

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The official website for the upcoming OVA sequel Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale has just revealed the release dates for the OVA's four planned episodes. The first Blu-ray and DVD volume will be out in Japan on August 29, and the others will follow on a monthly basis - on September 26, October 31 and November 28, respectively.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale

Like the first two TV anime series that aired in 2008 and 2009, this third anime adaptation is also based on Yusaku Igarashi's school / comedy / romance light novel series (...)

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The K-ON! manga is ending again. The main series, that is, the one following Mio's group through college - as opposed to the separate K-ON! manga with Azusa, Ui and Jun who are still in high school. Apparently, kakifly will continue writing this separate manga with Azusa's fellow lolis. As for the main series, its "grande finale" will be published in the next issue of the Manga Time Kirara magazine, out in Japan on June 9.

K-ON! - The End

Also ending is the Mardock Scramble manga. Its final chapter has, in fact, just been published in the June issue of (...)

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The official website for this summer's TV anime series Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi. has been updated with several bits of news. They're mostly irrelevant stuff, but among them is also the announcement of the anime's broadcast starting date in Japan - set for July 2. Additionally, a new key visual is now being displayed there, as well as below (essentially leaving you with no reason to bother visiting the official page, how convenient!).

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi.

This TV anime adaptation, simply known as Uta Koi., was announced back in March. Studio TYO Animations is creating it, based on a historical josei (for women) manga (...)

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The recent interview with James Cameron that everyone's been linking this week isn't as bad as it sounds, for fans of Battle Angel Alita (Gunnm) who were hoping to see its live-action film adaptation at some point in life. The interview made it sound like Cameron would only make Avatar sequels (and deep-sea diving documentaries) for the rest of his career. But that's not entirely accurate, as it turns out.

Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm

Ain't It Cool News got in touch with Cameron for a comment on the state of the Battle Angel Alita movie project, and although it is indeed a far-fetched dream of his, (...)

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The upcoming TV anime series Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, previously known to be starting this summer, now has a firm TV premiere date: July 1. The announcement was made at a stage event where various production artworks were also shown (see them all further down below), and the event also included some singing. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube, if you have nothing better to do with 45 minutes of your life.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

The animation studios Satelight and Ixtl are co-creating this anime, based on the eroge, novel and manga adaptations of the same title (and in particular (...)

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Last update - May 7, 21:53 GMT (16:53 EST, 13:53 PST)

The official Twitter account for last year's TV anime series Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) has just revealed the existence of an unaired 13th episode for the anime. This new episode / OVA - titled Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Add-on Disc - will be released in Japan on September 26, 2012.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai lolis

The announcement was made just an hour ago, at a "premium event" held for fans of the series. Studio AIC Build (Oreimo) animated it, based on a romantic school comedy (...)

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For the first time in four decades, there is no nuclear power coursing through Japan's electrical veins! All 50 nuclear reactors that had remained operational there, in the wake of last year's March 11 quake and tsunami super-special-combo disaster, are currently shut down. The last of them to go offline today, "for mandatory routine maintenance", was the Tomari nuclear plant's third reactor (the other two had been halted earlier).

No Nuclear Power In Japan Today, Children's Day

This joyous moment for the nation's largely nuke-o-phobic population coincided with their celebration of Children's Day, also on May 5. As such, the traditional (...)

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Last update - May 10, 20:01 GMT (15:01 EST, 12:01 PST)

Reports from the Japanese blogosquid are showing a certain magazine scan announcing that this July will bring a proper TV anime series of Upotte!! - the ongoing web-anime that's been streaming on NicoNico (and on Crunchyroll as well) since last month. Hopefully this upcoming Upotte!! TV anime will be a brand new series, not just a rerun.

Upotte!! TV

Aside from this, there's also an Upotte!! OVA coming in October 2012, as a Blu-ray bundle with the 4th volume of Kitsune Tennouji's manga that spawned these adaptations. (...)

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