The Daily Dose

  • The Macross Frontier website has updated with information about the Ranka Lee/Nakajima Megumi mini-live occurring this weekend at the Odaiba VenusFort. The website also now features a video showing Ranka’s moves while singing her debut song, Seikan Hikou.
  • On the topic of Macross music (mainly because this news came out before I started doing Daily Doses, and I’ve neglected to mention it till now), the second OP starting in July will be the song Lion, performed by both Nakajima Megumi and Nakabayashi May, and the new ED will be Sheryl Nome/Nakabayashi May’s Northern Cross.
  • Famitsu has a preview of Bounen no Xamdou, the upcoming BONES series. Still no official word on which season it’ll be airing in, though I would guess this Fall since it’s not going to be Summer.
  • Popular singer Ayaka‘s song Konya mo Hoshi ni Dakarete will be used as the theme song to the upcoming Oshii Mamoru movie, The Sky Crawlers.
  • The website for the upcoming Sekirei series has updated with airdates, a new 3-minute trailer (requires Internet Explorer), and the advance screenings times at various Comic Toranoana shops across Japan on June 28th. Sekirei is now set to premiere on TOKYO MX on Wednesday, July 2nd.
  • The Hidamari Sketch x 365 website has updated with airdates and opening/ending song previews. Hidamari Sketch x 365 is set to premiere on TV Tokyo on Thursday, July 3rd.
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  • Reminder: There is no new episode of Macross Frontier this week. Episode 11 airs next Thursday, June 19th.
  • GAINAX has now officially announced that Shikabane Hime is getting an anime.
  • GARNET CROW will sing the new ending song, Yume no Hitotsu, for Golgo 13 starting in July. The CD goes on sale August 13th.
  • presepe and famitsu have previews of the third Zero no Tsukaima series, Princesses no Rondo, coming in July. Oh and how about a Tiffania pillow cover
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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.
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  • The third Bleach movie will premiere in December.
  • The Slayers Revolution website has updated with a cast list (the main voice actors are still the same as always) and airdates.
  • The first episode of the mobile phone anime Chocolate Underground will be available this Thursday, June 12th.
  • The production blog for the upcoming Mission-E anime (the sequel to CODE-E) has updated with airdates.
  • The official site for the new Sky Crawlers movie has a trailer for the Ghost in the Shell 2.0 movie. Both are Oshii Mamoru-directed works.
  • According to MOON PHASE, upcoming GAINAX series Shikabane Hime Aka will have Murata Masahiko as director, Aikawa Shou on the script, and Kubota Chikashi & Sadakata Kikuko doing the character designs.
  • The official Nodame Cantabile website has updated with staff and airdate information for the Paris sequel. It’ll be returning to FujiTV’s Noitamina programming block on Thursday nights starting in October, however this sequel will only be 11 episodes long. That’s unlikely to be long enough to cover a lot, so I wonder what point they’ll stop at. As for production, J.C.Staff is still animating the series, but I was surprised to see that Kasai Kenichi will no longer be directing – instead it will be Higurashi director Kon Chiaki.
  • The To Aru Majutsu no Index website has updated to reflect the upcoming anime series.
  • Hearts Grow‘s Sora will be the OP and Afromania‘s will Let’s go together will be the ED to the upcoming Birdy the Mighty DECODE series. The official site also updated its airdates list.
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  • The big story of the day, which made it all the way into the English mainstream media, is that a man went on a killing spree today in Akihabara, killing seven and wounding seventeen, by plowing a truck into the crowds and stabbing people. CNN has the report. Divine writes, “kind of glad i didn’t go to akiba today.”
  • The upcoming Ga-Rei-Zero anime has opened its website with some staff listings. These are the same ones that were announced back in April: Aoki Ei as director, Takayama Katsuhiko on series composition, and animation production by asread and AIC Spirits.
  • Variety Japan reports that the updated 3-D CG Ghost in the Shell movie will open in five cities across Japan on July 12th.
  • It was officially announced that the new Katekyo Hitman Reborn! ending song starting in July will be CYCLE by CHERRYBLOSSOM. As those of you who watch the series might remember, CHERRYBLOSSOM also performed the third opening song.
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  • MOON PHASE has the first promotional image of the recently announced To Aru Majutsu no Index series. It’s going to be animated by J.C.Staff and directed by Nishikiori Hiroshi (he’s also directed Azumanga Daioh, Jyu Oh Sei, and The Melody of Oblivion).
  • presepe has a post-recording interview with Akamatsu Ken and the voice actresses of the Negima anime in advance of the Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba OVA due out in August. Even if you can’t read Japanese, you can marvel at the picture of Akamatsu Ken surrounded by his harem the voice actresses.
  • Neo Angelique is going to continue under the name Neo Angelique Abyss Second Ag starting in July. Source: MOON PHASE
  • New manga Saber Marionette i ~Neo Gene~ is slated to begin serialization in Dragon Age magazine. Source: MOON PHASE
  • New anime Kannagi is going to start this October. Source: MOON PHASE
  • MOON PHASE also has the updated airing times for many of the upcoming summer series, including Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu and Sekirei.
  • As a side note, I know this is a lot of MOON PHASE links, but that’s sometimes all there is to go with on a relatively slow news day.
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  • Welcome to the first edition of the Daily Dose! One of the things I’ve always wanted Random Curiosity to be is a reliable source of news. I’ve tried to do this a little in the past with my Random Musings posts, but that hasn’t really been consistent, and hopefully this will be. The goal is for this to be a daily news digest of what’s going on in the anime world. I’ll be pulling from a lot of sources, and with luck, there’ll be stuff here that you won’t necessarily find from other places (though admittedly that can be hard in this day and age). So without further ado…
  • The 2nd CODE GEASS R2 opening song has been officially announced to be FLOW’s WORLD END. As most of you may remember, FLOW sang the first OP to the original CODE GEASS series, so it’s nice to see this come full circle, especially since ALI PROJECT is also doing R2’s new ED. The WORLD END single is due out August 13th, 2008.
  • The official CLANNAD site is now hosting a short preview video for the Tomoyo-centric episode 24 of CLANNAD. If you listen until the end, you can hear Mr. Ubiquitous Fukuyama Jun. In any case, the episode takes place in an alternate universe where Tomoya and Tomoyo are dating and will be released on July 16th with the eighth DVD. eggplant has a spoiler-filled report of the special screening from last week.
  • Canned Dogs has compiled together some images from the newest issue of Newtype that features Suzumiya Haruhi.
  • Amazon.co.jp is streaming the first five-minute episode of the animated version of Detroit Metal City. This comedy story involves a shy guy who becomes the lead singer of a death metal band, and there’s a live-action movie version coming out in August.
  • Oh and I almost forgot to mention: 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.
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    Random Musings – Raindrops on Roses

  • I’ve been listening to the Macross Frontier soundtrack, and it’s every bit as wonderful as I hoped it’d be. I’m loving the tracks What ’bout my star (both versions), Big Boys (reminds me a lot of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme), and Innocent green. Oh and the Nyan Nyan song is as cute as ever. It’s going to be hard at the end of the year deciding whether this OST is better or the true tears one is – probably this because of all the vocal music (which isn’t to say that Yoko Kanno’s instrumentals aren’t great too). And that’s assuming the next Macross Frontier OST won’t be better.
  • I also managed to scrape together some time this weekend to watch a few episodes of the currently-running drama Zettai Kareshi. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it’s about a girl who gets a robot as her ideal boyfriend, and the love triangle and troubles that this leads to. That might sound silly, but it’s actually really entertaining. I was curious about this adaptation because I read the manga a long time ago, and though a lot of things have changed in the story, it’s still very very good. It has that same spark that I found in the Hana Yori Dango and Yamada Tarou Monogatari dramas – the perfect mix of comedy and romance drama. It can be very funny at times (especially the actor who plays Namikiri), and the romance and drama elements are slightly over the top – just the way I like it. I wish I were blogging it, but sadly I just can’t make the time commitment for a drama series right now (though I may try to next season or the season after that). On a side note, I had the theme song of this series, Okaeri by ayaka in my head all the way until today…when I started listening to the Macross Frontier soundtrack.
  • Also in the news, the official Mai-HiME/Otome website announced a new project. No details about it other than the name and character design of the new heroine, Mao (see the link). While I do wish Sunrise would develop more new original properties, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious what this one will be like, especially since S.ifr’s first episode was better than expected. Speaking of which, the second volume of S.ifr is due out July 25th.
  • Random Musings – The Hot Sheets

  • It’s with great reluctance that I’ve had to make the decision to drop Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. It’s absolutely nothing against the series – which I’ve enjoyed quite a bit – but rather due to my new job keeping me from being able to spare the time. Unfortunately, I had to cut something, and this was it.
  • I put up the current Kanokon poll because of the news yesterday that streaming site GyaO will no longer be showing Kanokon due to ethical regulations. You’d think that they’d have gotten a clue after the hardcore spanking in episode three, but maybe it was the practically exposed breasts in episode seven that led to this. Or perhaps whatever is in the hot springs for episode eight is even more outrageous than anything else so far. Either way, some are speculating that this has to do with Kanokon being #1 a couple of weeks ago on GyaO’s rankings for both the elementary school boys and girls demographics.
  • In CODE GEASS news, episode nine has reportedly been delayed a week. Episode eight will still air this weekend, but episode nine will NOT be airing on June 1st as it had originally been scheduled. Instead there will be some sort of emergency filler show. I haven’t found an official reason, but others have speculated that it’s because of the Chinese earthquake tragedy, and that’d make sense since episode nine involves the Chinese Federation.
  • Finally, and perhaps the most important item in this post: I am currently seeking an editorialist for Random Curiosity. Ideally, such a person would be able to present opinion on the news topic of the day (such as the Kanokon and Geass items mentioned above) or on whatever other current topics they think are relevant to the anime community/industry/etc. This does not require any Japanese language ability, but it does require good English and good writing ability. If you’re interested, please send me an email and include two sample writings, the first addressing the question of “Should anime adaptations strictly follow the manga?” and, the other is any topic of your choice. You could talk about ankles for all I care – the more creative the better, as long as there’s some relation to anime/manga/culture.
  • Image at left courtesy of ism on pixiv (account needed to access). It has nothing to do with anything in this post, but I’m a sucker for good art.