The Daily Dose

  • Manga Announcements:

    &#149 Full Moon wo Sagashite mangaka Tanemura Arina will be launching a new manga in January called Sakura-Hime Kaden in the shoujo manga magazine Ribon. Saboten no Himitsu’s Haruta Nana and Aishiteruze Baby’s Maki Youko will also be starting new manga series in Ribon in the new year.

    &#149 Happy Happy Clover’s Tatsuyama Sayuri will be starting a new manga in Decemeber called Kumappuri.

    &#149 Mangaka Sawai Yoshio‘s (who previously worked on Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo) Chagecha series has ended.

    &#149 The manga Boys on the Run will be getting a movie next fall. The manga has been halted for some time, but will be restarted next spring.

  • &#149 The Beat has posted a chapter of Black Jack for free viewing to celebrate Halloween.

  • A promotional video for Rintaro‘s Yona Yona Penguin is being streamed. A worldwide release for the film is scheduled September 2009.
  • A new PreCure series will be airing February 2009.
  • The Negima Ala Alba second OAD will be shipping on November 17. The official website has posted promotional videos which can be viewed here.
  • Hulu has added dubbed episodes of xxxHolic for free viewing.
  • Shonen Jump has announced that they will be streaming Dragonball, Dawn (One Piece), and Tegami Bachi specials November 24.
  • The website for the live-action movie Neko Rahmen is streaming a new trailer, the film has been set for release in Japan November 29.
  • Funimation is presenting the first episodes of Afro Samurai, Burst Angel, Basilisk, and MoonPhase for free via iTunes.
  • In this week’s episode of Hayashibara Megumi‘s Heartful Station radio program, it was revealed that Slayers EVOLUTION-R will be starting in January 2009. The OP will be called Front breaking, and the ED will be called Sunadokei (lit. Hourglass), and the CD with both will be out in February.
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  • ToHeart2 artwork at left courtesy of バーニア600 on pixiv (account needed to access).

    Mahou Sensei Negima! ~Shiroki Tsubasa ALA ALBA~ – 01

    「ネギま部(仮)増殖中」 (Negima-bu (Kari) Zoushokuchuu)
    “Negima Club (Tentative) Expanding”

    Episode at a Glance:
    After defeating Chao, Negi is informed by Ku:Nel that his father is alive in the Magic World. With the door to that world back in Wales, Negi decides to go back home, so Asuna creates a new club to help him search for his father.

    The Daily Dose

  • 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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  • Image at left courtesy of みき on pixiv (account needed to access).

    Random Musings – Watching The Negima Drama Wreck Unfold

    As many of you may know, a Negima live-action drama has been in the works for several months now. Well, this past weekend, there was an unveiling of sorts in Tokyo with all of the girls and Negi, who is being played by 13-year-old Kashiwa Yukina. Also there were Takamichi (played by Hiroshi), Minamoto Shizuna (played by Oikawa Nao who I believe used to be an AV star), and the school headmaster (played by Satou Gajirou). I’ll let the pictures from Mainichi’s coverage of the event do most the talking, as the actresses seem to have all been put in the costuming and makeup that they’ll be in for the actual show (unlike the official site’s original class listing).

    Frankly, I couldn’t stop laughing when I looked at some of those images, and it’ll be really interesting to see how bad the drama is what the drama is like. The official site now also has a look into classroom 3-A with some more images of the students, and they’ve announced the OP and ED too. I really hope Asuna, Konoka, and Setsuna’s actresses have some singing ability. Anyway, the Negima drama is set to premiere on TV Tokyo on October 3rd at 25:20, and it’s slated for 26 episodes. I wonder how many episodes I’ll be able to last – probably only one…

    Random Musings – Two Year Anniversary Edition

    Today, the Fourth of July, happens to not only be a national holiday in the US, but it also marks the two-year anniversary of this site. I actually started writing on this blog a little earlier than that, but it wasn’t until I moved here to AnimeBlogger in July of 2005 that I consider the site to have really started. Since then, the site has accumulated 1,646 posts and 45,172 comments, and it’s gotten almost ten and a half million hits. As always, I want to thank all the readers and everyone who’s helped out with the site, and hopefully we’ll have more years of blogging to come.
    Now, on to some miscellaneous newsworthy notes:

  • As you can see in the image above, the cast for the live action Mahou Sensei Negima! drama has been decided. The official site has profiles for each of the girls, and I was kind of surprised by some of the choices, stemming mostly from how the ages of the actresses range from 12 to 24 years old (for easier comparison if you don’t know their names, refer to the Wikipedia pages that list the characters in the same order). Although Asuna and Nodoka’s actresses look about right for their characters, who the heck decided that Kaede should be played by a 13 year old? Anyway, the drama starts in the fall of this year, and you can find some magazine scans of the actresses here.
  • For the guy who specially requested it, here’s the download link (mirror) for the new ED to D.Gray-man, Antoinette Blue by Kitade Nana. However, I still don’t have any plans to blog show again despite the story seeming to pick up.
  • There’s been a bunch of rumors flying about in the recent week about a one-hour CODE GEASS special that’s supposed to be airing on the night of July 28th. Although nothing about it has been confirmed, speculation is that it’s either the highly-anticipated episodes 24 and 25 or it’s a recap special. Given that that’s a week after the premiere screenings, the possibility is certainly there, but I wouldn’t get my hopes quite just yet until there’s been an official announcement. On a related note, ANIMAX’s schedules now state that they will be airing those final two episodes on August 30th and 31st. Whether or not the other channels will get broadcasts before then remains to be seen.