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  • Weekly Shounen Sunday has confirmed that, after nearly 12 years, the InuYasha manga will be ending in next week’s issue.
  • I’ve seen a lot of discussion recently about CODE GEASS R2‘s relatively poor television ratings. Apparently it’s on the upswing, as episode nine got a 3.3%, the highest of any R2 episode so far. The previous high was a 3.0% for the premiere episode, and the low was 1.4% for episode four. In comparison, Gundam 00′s episode nine got 4.5% last year, but the caveat is that Gundam 00 had an arguably superior time slot. The Japanese blog AAA~Yuukyuu no Kaze~ has the full numbers for last week along with a handy chart comparing the ratings of every major Saturday/6PM series so far with R2.
  • The Macross Frontier soundtrack is not only good, but it’s also been selling quite well, having moved over 72,000 copies and staying in the #2 or #3 spot for the past week. As the Mainichi article notes, no anime soundtrack has done this well since the End of Evangelion one almost 11 years ago.
  • The website for the upcoming Hakushaku to Yousei series has updated with staff and cast listings. Notables include Mizuki Nana and Sugita Tomokazu.
  • The website for the upcoming Strike Witches series has updated its staff and airdates listings. (Note: this is the new television series starting in July, not the OVA from last year)
  • The Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu website has been redesigned.
  • TV Tokyo has posted its preliminary website for the upcoming World Destruction series. The show is set to premiere on TV Tokyo on the night of July 7th.
  • If you find anything that you think I should mention on any particular day’s Daily Dose, please send me an email with the words “ANIME NEWS” somewhere in the subject line.
  • Image at left courtesy of ゆうや on pixiv (account needed to access).

    June 11, 2008 at 5:29 am
    • June 11, 2008 at 5:46 amRmX

      I spy Seitenkan.

    • June 11, 2008 at 5:53 amjustme

      Kyonko! :D

    • June 11, 2008 at 5:55 amKresnik

      It seems those new shows is quite promising. Any release date yet..?

    • June 11, 2008 at 5:58 amShin

      I almost had a heart attack when I thought one of the articles was a confirmation on the Seitenkan….

    • June 11, 2008 at 5:58 amOmni

      Kresnik: Pretty much all the summer shows have airdates now. Refer to MOON PHASE’s list, or wait a couple of weeks for my Summer 2008 Preview.

    • June 11, 2008 at 6:17 amFuruba

      wow inuysha’s finally finshing o_o wonder how it’ll end :O
      oooo Hakushaku to Yousei looks good, and world destruction does too =O!! -adds to list to watch when then come out-

    • June 11, 2008 at 6:36 amGP

      About those poor Code Geass ratings, time slot or w/e aside (that’s often just an excuse imo). Maybe viewers finally figured out that it’s not going to be what they thought originally. I mean what, with people from jupiter coming to earth to steal our pizza and all.

    • June 11, 2008 at 6:39 amoutcast

      So what is your opinion on the ending of inuyasha?

      I’m not familiar on this title and i don’t know the value of this news bit.
      Is it the end of something special?

    • June 11, 2008 at 7:03 amKokWeng

      thx for the news

    • June 11, 2008 at 7:20 amshinigami99

      Well as you probably seen from omni’s post, the Inuyasha manga has been running for 12 years now. The ending is special cause (at least for me) its like a piece of my anime life ending. Inuyasha was my beacon and my igniter into the world of anime-viewing. Im not sure if it applies to everyone but, Im sure that those who DO follow the Inuyasha manga, will have sum sort of sad emotion to see it go(after we followed it for sooooooo long). It had its ups and downs. There were some arcs that nearly turned me off completely but i persevered. Now that its ending, as much as its for the better(as well as the fact that chapter 557 shaped it up pretty good), I think everyone will be sad to see it go.

    • June 11, 2008 at 7:55 amWestlo

      I’m happy to see Inuyasha ending so I can see something new from her.

    • June 11, 2008 at 8:00 amMyssa Rei

      As for Inuyasha, I have to say, it’s about time. Sheesh I was, what, in high school when it started. Talk about drawn-out. I have to wonder HOW the story will end though…

      And I have to wonder if Omni has any idea how much his pic selection for this article surprised people.

    • June 11, 2008 at 8:51 ammundox

      I’m loving this daily dose news thingy, keep ‘em coming.

    • June 11, 2008 at 9:04 amHakurei

      The World [ ends with inuyasha ]. Bout time, sometime to read from Rumiko Takahashi other than Ranma 1/2.

    • June 11, 2008 at 9:07 ammeh

      wish i could speak and read japanese then i could register for that pixiv site to to view the pics

    • June 11, 2008 at 9:10 amYukiruchan

      OMG!! Finally! Inuyasha is ending!
      I was waiting for it to end before reading the rest, which was so long I forgot all about it.

    • June 11, 2008 at 10:03 amkagebutsu

      While it’s sad to see inuyasha end I can only hope that they continue the anime series, although I doubt that will happen.

    • June 11, 2008 at 10:50 amBurn

      oh ye! talking about the macross soundtrack, its fucking good. It’s almost unbelieaveble that i didn’t want watch macross when i see the preview and in my opinion, macross is doing better than CGR2.
      And congrats to owner of this blog! Always bringing fresh news for us. Thanks!

    • June 11, 2008 at 11:12 amBROOKLYN otaku

      JESUS H. CHRIZZZEIST!!!!!!! I THOUGHT THEY FINISED INUYASHA YEARS AGO!!! how can that have gone on for so long with just “one type of slash attack??” …man….i never forgave that lady for RAMNA 1/2..ohh well

    • June 11, 2008 at 11:54 ammutio

      Yeah, finaly InuYasha will end. Hope Rumiko won’t screw up the ending like in Ranma 1/2..

    • June 11, 2008 at 12:26 pmandy

      yes the macross F OST is very awesome best OST to me in long while.

    • June 11, 2008 at 12:37 pmMark

      The end of the InuYasha manga? I haven’t read it in years, I guess it’s about time I pick it up again.

    • June 11, 2008 at 1:07 pmSyaoran Li

      Yeah! Finally InuYasah is ending in Japan. Crappy series without a decent final…

      Ohh I didn’t know Strike Witches had an OVA; I’ll have to check it.

      Macross F OST is a good one, their insert songs good as Hell.

    • June 11, 2008 at 1:55 pmPhuzyBuny

      Wow, I’m loving these daily doses!!! Thanks omni and randomc!!!

    • June 11, 2008 at 2:18 pmRmX

      @Myssa: Sure surprised me. =P

    • June 11, 2008 at 2:54 pmNette

      woah @ the gender bender-ness. lol

      FINALLY inuyasha is ending. geez.

    • June 11, 2008 at 3:00 pmSenorDelgato

      The Inuyasha ending is going to end like most people thought. With Inuyasha winning and starting a relationship with Kagome. I really never wanted him to end up with Kagome but it was obvious with the direction that they where going. Kikyo was a better partner.

    • June 11, 2008 at 3:10 pmKonata-chan

      I think those low CG ratings are due to the time slot. I also wouldn’t compare Macross Frontier to Code Geass R2, since they are both pretty good at what they are doing and are mostly targetting different spectra of the mecha audience. Good to hear the OST is doing well! I am addicted to every song, although I am praying that Yoko Kanno will shamelessly do what bode well for her in Vision of Escaflowne: Gregorian chants! But that might just be me….v.v Can’t wait for Ranka’s album (or was it a single?) as well!

    • June 11, 2008 at 4:06 pmKururu

      NOW IT ENDS? WHAT? I thought the Inuyasha manga ended ages ago.

    • June 11, 2008 at 4:13 pmPutang

      yay more kyonko ):3!!

      and wow inuyasha was still going? how many 1/4 kids do they have by now =_= and how many kids do those kids have =_=

    • June 11, 2008 at 4:44 pmCC

      nani?! nuuu!! Code geass r2 should get good ratings…well everyones mainly watching the episodes on the internet. i heard they dubbed code geass r2, also my friend saw. its on the television RLY late, at 2am or something…maybe this is the reason their getting bad television ratings? dubbed and on late while everyones sleeping..

    • June 11, 2008 at 5:01 pmLQY


      I think Rumiko can do better this time because Inuyasha is an epic and Ranma is an endless comedy.

      BTW, KYONKO!

    • June 11, 2008 at 7:14 pmThe Crappinometer

      Omni, could you grace us with a list of your top X (where x is 5, 10, etc) anime OSTs?

    • June 11, 2008 at 7:42 pmKadian1364

      Youko Kanno turns in another brilliant set of compositions in the Macross Frontier OST, but Ranka/Nakajima also delivers great performances. One of the very best OST’s I’ve heard in long time.

      I too share an interest with Crappinometer; Omni, what are you’re favorite or most memorable anime OSTs? The best ones I can think of atm are Cowboy Bebop and Simoun, but I’m sure I’m forgetting a bunch.

    • June 11, 2008 at 7:49 pmChiisai

      Wow I wonder how InuYasha will end. I’m so pumped!
      And I thought Code Geass R2 was doing better at first…

    • June 11, 2008 at 7:53 pmKadian1364

      I also thought Gurren Lagaan had some exceptional pieces, but it’s hard to objectively rate music from the animation. So much of enjoying music is about emotional connection, even nostalgia, and personal taste. Memorable anime tracks also happen to be from shows I enjoyed very much.

    • June 11, 2008 at 8:45 pmdraksig

      I think it is just about time for Inuyasha to end. How many times can a bad guy keep coming back? Judging by the way it is going now, you can expect to hear a lot of fans demand more like a what happened to them because it looks like when it ends, it may leave many unanswered questions (unless it is an extended chapter).

    • June 12, 2008 at 1:52 ambakadez

      Thanks for the news :)

    • June 12, 2008 at 3:01 amoutcast

      it was hard to imagine anyone following a manga for 12 years. since i just watch anime for a couple of years now.
      But yeah you are very right when you say if you follow something for 12 years you’ll be pretty interested to hear that it will end.

      So from what i read in the comments it’s a manga where there is one type of slash attack a love triangle which is directed to the girl less popular and the author is the one who wrecked the ending of another long during show ranma.

      I hope we get a spoiler update now. How it ended :)

    • June 12, 2008 at 3:31 amdojikyo

      Is Code Geass doing better or worse as a result of the time slot?

    • June 12, 2008 at 3:40 amKagekyuubi

      Any chance Inuyasha being animated again? I really want to see kaguya’s final scene get animated.

    • June 12, 2008 at 3:47 amDan

      “but the caveat is that Gundam 00 had an arguably superior time slot”
      No lame excuses, please. Gundam 00 is just way superior.

    • June 12, 2008 at 3:00 pmXanathos

      Wow, that image pierced through my brain like drugs… COOL! :D
      I’ll let you know if something new happens… and keep posting cool images like those.

    • June 13, 2008 at 4:20 amphatmlrd

      Wow Inuyasha has been around for 12 years? Cose Geas R2 deserves it’s lower ratings, like many Sunrise sequels it just doesn’t compare to the original. Should have done a 50 episode series from the start.

      Btw, I love the Daily Dose, thank you so much!

    • June 13, 2008 at 5:14 amKGFJ

      Man, CG got low rating really lets me down. I think the story is so far so good… It deserves better ratiiing!
      InuYasha… finally! I stopped reading it about 1 year ago… the story has developed too much for me to keep on, but I will read it! For sure!

    • June 15, 2008 at 4:25 amHi

      inuyahsa ending was shitty read the spoiler treads on free lance manga website. point in case i do not like where and hoew kaome ended up she should stay in her world with her family i hope its open ended and she never gets with inuyasha just visits… she deserves someone better.

      enidn was vauge it look like shouta says she went off to get married buy after three yrs of hs she just returned to fuedal era.. that day so it is just like Jii chans aka kagome’s grandfather and shoutas excuses so think of it like that and other of it. atkeast it had an ending.. evne people in japan aree not satified wth it so i think she will have to add more and write a whole ova series and an exclusive canon movie..

    • June 15, 2008 at 4:26 amHi

      please rt i can ee it anyway i want based on what was said in spoiler

    • June 24, 2008 at 10:42 pmv1cious

      if i may be controversial, Code Geass R2 is pretty awful so far. it’s like the writers had no idea where to go with series after the first season. instead of fleshing out the plot, they insist on giving us an endless barrage nobody cares about. NEWS FLASH! Ashford Academy isn’t that interesting. nobody cares about Lelouch’s love triangle, we wanna know more about Geass!

    • June 25, 2008 at 2:02 pmCamario

      v1cious: You’re entitled to your opinion and I’ve already typed about what I think of R2 a dozen times, so I won’t repeat it here.

      But the point is awful stuff can still get good ratings, whether we want to talk about anime or reality shows (I hate those), so I don’t think that’s the reason.

      Code Geass season one also had poor ratings, yet it became a commercial hit because people actually went and bought the episodes when they came out on DVD. Even after it had already become “cool” to bash the series online.

      Dan: It’s not a lame excuse when you consider that there was no anime at all in R2′s current time slot for over 20 years. Did you know or did you not know that, huh?

      C’mon, Sunday afternoon (R2) vs. Saturday afternoon (the Gundam shows)?

      Just because it’s a daytime slot and not in the middle of the night / early hours of the morning doesn’t mean it’s a good slot.

      If there was no anime at all in that Sunday time slot, for over two decades, it probably wasn’t because of a mere oversight. Making such changes isn’t a good idea, especially in such a busy, disciplined and organized society as Japan’s.