• The To Aru Kagaku no Railgun anime was announced in a flyer and an onscreen image at the end of the final episode of To Aru Majutsu no Index. I’m sure Omni will talk about it more when he writes that up.
  • The trailer for Kōkyō Shihen Eureka Seven: Pocket ga Niji de Ippai has been posted on its official website. The film is set to open in Japan on April 25th.
  • Satoru Nagasawa of Maria-sama ga Miteru fame will remake Yukari Ichijo‘s Nichiyōbi wa Issho ni manga in Shueisha‘s Margaret magazine’s next issue.
  • A new Space Battleship Yamato set 21 years after the original will see a theatrical release in 2009. The project was revealed in August when Yoshinobu Nishizaki announced Yamato Studio was built in Tokyo.
  • Ken’ichi Kasai will be directing the Aoi Hana anime which is based off the yuri manga. The official website has launched a staff list and a promotional video (which apparently doesn’t have any actual animation).
  • A promotional video is up for NisiOisin‘s Bakemonogatari anime adaptation. Akiyuki Shinbo is set to direct, Akio Watanabe on character designs with Satoru Kousaki composing the score.
  • At the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009 this past Wednesday Crunchyroll announced that it will continue the following series: Gintama, Naruto Shippūden, and Shugo Chara!. They are planning to stream: Black Jack Special: The 4 Miracles Of Life, Catman, Chi’s Sweet Home, Mainichi Kāsan, and Saki.
  • Toei Animation revealed Toei Robot Girls anime at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. The project will include girls dressed up as the various mecha in Toei’s catalog.
  • Masamune Shirow and Lucent Pictures Entertainment shared their Squad collaboration at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. A tagline of, “A battle for the front mission — I’ll cover your back” was included, but no other release details were presented by the company.
  • At the Tokyo International Anime Fair the Toei booth announced that they were hard at work on a feature film entitled Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~ (Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation~.) There were two pictures taken of the booth: 1 | 2.
  • A promotional video for Hellsing Ultimate VI has been posted after it made its rounds at the Tokyo International Anime Fair this week.
  • Sunrise and Summer Days With Coo director Keiichi Hara revealed at the Tokyo International Anime Fair that they are working on a new film adaptation of Eto Mori’s Colorful for a possible 2010 opening.
  • The English trailer of Musashi: The Dream Of The Last Samurai, a collaboration between Mamoru Oshii and Mizuho Nishikubo, was posted at Anime News Network. Oshii developed and wrote the story with Nishikubo directing. The film will get a summer theatrical release.
  • A promotional video has been posted for Kenji Kamiyama‘s Eden Of The East. Chika Umino is providing character designs, Kenji Kawai will do the score, and Yusuke Takeda on art direction. Surprisingly enough is that English rock band Oasis will provide the opening theme, “Falling Down.” I don’t know about Oasis doing the opener, but this anime looks damn beautiful.
  • 4Kids have posted the first ten episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters unedited and raw on their Youtube account. They also posted the first ten episodes of the same series English dubbed. Well, it’s nice to see 4Kids trying new things.
  • On their website Crunchyroll announced that they will simulcast Gonzo‘s Shangri-La which will premiere April 6th and La Corda D’Oro ~secondo passo~ premieres March 26th to its Anime Membership subscribers. Crunchyroll will also stream the first La Corda D’Oro series March 20th.
  • Mikoto artwork courtesy of はいむら on pixiv (account needed to access)


    1. Nice trailer for Eureka Seven movie! Is the movie a retelling of the original story? Seems so to me at least. However it goes far more into the future than the series (seeing Eureka and other character as grownups). Can’t wait for the movie now! 🙂

    2. That Eden of the East looks awesome, but with the character designs by Chika Umino I can’t help but look at the two protagonists in the trailer and draw a comparison to Morita and Yamada. Especially Morita, since I would also totally expect him to end up like that, and for him to act completely nonchalant.

    3. @Novax
      No joke. Railgun anime has already been confirmed at the ending of the last episode of the index anime. They didn’t say anything about scheduling yet but it could be this summer, fall or early next year.

      As for the 2nd season of index series, although they didn’t say anything about it, I think it’s on the way for sure. If they are not sure about the sequel, there would be no point to introduce brand new character(Laura Stewart) and let her talk about the next adventure for Index and Touma in the last episode of the series.

      So we are very likely going to have both Index series and Railgun series in the near future. I just can’t wait, to say the least.

    4. Kind of wished we had more imformation about this Yamato Movie. If it is what I think it is, it should be pretty cool, since they did have a Yamato project in the works (14 years ago) said to take place some 20 years after “Final Yamato” (which came out in 1983 mind you).

    5. Maybe. If the art is even close then it may work as “Yamato” rather than what didn’t quite work “Yamato 2520” or Matsumoto’s own “DaiYamato”. I watched most of “Yamato 2520” (missing an episode), and while the plot seemed a little too weird…even for Yamato, the space battles were grand, and the homages were perfect. It will depend on if the idea is to just finish what was started those 14 years ago, or setup for a major comeback. If they want a major comeback, than Nishizaki can’t just kill them all at the end (again). I’m hoping for the best, since Yamato was probably the first anime I watched (that I can remember at least) in its dubbed version, “Star Blazers”.

      Second Season was still the best thing they ever did story wise. “Be Forever Yamato” and “Final Yamato” were extremely pretty animation wise for the early 1980s….and “Final Yamato” is still artistically on par with even 1990s cel animation movies, or even some of the higher end TV animation studios of today (outside of computer work).

    6. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun?? That name sounds idiotic. I don’t think using her slightly sarcastic nickname there sounds good at all. While it might have been more ordinary, I think To Aru Kagaku no Misaka would sound better.

      As for the actual series, I’ll have to take a look. I’m more fond of Misaka than Touma, so this might be an improvement. I thought the concept of having a splinter story from the perspective of a non-main character worked pretty well in .hack//Another Birth (although those books have other flaws).

    7. i wish i can the spring line up now so i can choose which 1 to watch. (crossed-fingers) no new mech anime series this spring please!. by the way does any1 know if there is really a second season of tora dora cus i really like it alot.

    8. @Justin
      Idiotic or not, とある科学の超電磁砲(To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) was the title which the original novel author Kazuma Kamachi, as storyline superviser, came up with for spin-off manga of Mikoto and Kuroko.

    9. Im looking forward to the Index spin off anime.It should be out later this year maybe summer or fall then I guess after that they’ll announce the second season of Index.Railgun would probably be like 12 episode series though since there’s not enough material out yet.Kinda odd they produced the anime that early,I guess its like the intermission before the real series continues.

    10. Although To Aru Kagaku no Railgun is the best thing since sliced bread, or even bread in general, having biribiri’s anime run in-between To Aru Majutsu no Index’s two seasons has quite a few disadvantages.

      I can see why this would be a good place to put Railgun (it kind of reminds me of Fumoffu’s placement), as all of the stuff in Railgun happens during the beginning episodes of Index.

      However, putting this anime right after episode 24 is like putting a C.C.-based spinoff between Code Geass and R2 – it pleases the fanboys immensely (proud Mikotoist right here), but it ultimately would result in one of two things: 1) people would get something of a “we want Haruhi S2 NAO” mentality and build up too much hype over the release of S2, setting the bar impossibly high for the second season, or 2) people would lose interest in the anime altogether.

      Though it pains me deeply to say it, I think a straight run-through of seasons 1 and 2 of To Aru Majutsu no Index would be better than pushing To Aru Kagaku no Railgun between the two seasons. (This could just be a bunch of crap if the guys at J.C.Staff decide to work their asses off and put out Railgun and S2 at the same time – though that in itself is a bad idea…)

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