Tokyo Marble Chocolate is an upcoming two-episode “pure” love story OVA being animated by Production I.G in conjunction with BMG Japan.
A quick note before I head off to class: Newtype’s January issue has announced that GEASS’s second series is confirmed for Spring of 2008. As you can see in the image above, there’ll be a new boy named Rollo (I didn’t think we needed a shota character, but whatever), and the white text questions if that Zero is actually Lelouch. Also, the setting for the new series will be the entire world instead of mainly Japan. They haven’t yet declared a broadcast time for it, but I assume that since the Gundam 00’s first part’s ending will coincide with the beginning of this, there’s a high chance it’ll be taking that coveted Saturday 6PM slot.
If you’ve watched Shana at all, you’re probably aware that she loves to eat melonpan. Well there was a song released last month called 「メロンパンのうた」 (Melonpan no Uta – The Melonpan Song) by a nine-year-old singer/songwriter girl named Yuppi. It’s an incredibly cute song with some simple lyrics that have been stuck in my head since I heard it (“there is anko in anpan, there is no melon in melonpan, there is curry in curry bread, there is no melon in melonpan”) and the video above is the PV for the song that debuted on Music On! TV’s Top 100 Countdown at #55 a couple of days ago. At least one person has already suggested that this should be Shana’s OP for next season. 😀
There are some miscellaneous things this week that I think don’t warrant a full post, but are worth a mention.
|This was a bit of odd news today: School Days is getting a Kokoro-chan OVA DVD to be released next year. This was originally an April Fool’s Day project (see this Youtube video) by 0verflow, and from that clip alone, I was on the floor laughing. I had expected the School Days series to be done for now unless they were planning on animating Summer Days, but I’m very intrigued by this, especially if they’re going to be using all the characters in a magical girl setting. The release date is in late March 2008 (right before April Fool’s Day), and MOON PHASE is reporting that it’ll be out March 26th, though Sofmap’s listing indicates a release on the 28th. In any case, it might be something to look forward to.|
For those of you waiting to see the final episode of School Days, some bad news: TV Kanagawa suddenly decided not to air it and replaced it with a nature/scenery program instead. This appears to have been without any prior announcement, so speculation is rampant right now about what really happened. Some people, including MOON PHASE, are suggesting that it might have something to do with how a girl killed her father with an axe yesterday. If true, that would mean that the School Days finale was indeed very bloody.
I’m really disappointed at this point, but there’s really no choice but to wait until tomorrow to see if Chiba TV or TV Aichi air it. Both still list School Days in their schedule, however there’s no telling what will happen. If they don’t air it, then there’s technically still Teletama on Thursday and TV Osaka on Friday (though the latter is very unlikely due to its past record). For now, this probably means that I move the schedule around so that I blog Claymore and Romeo X Juliet today, and Bleach and School Days tomorrow, assuming it airs. Also, I’m still working on the fall preview, but it’s coming slowly because of schoolwork and job-related stuff. Hopefully it’ll be done by sometime next week.
Edit: If you’re curious or bored and have a Nico Nico account, you can now watch the full 28 minutes of scenery.
2nd Edit: Chiba TV, TV Aichi, and Teletama have all taken the show off their schedules.
3rd Edit: Mainichi News now has an article confirming that this was indeed because of the axe murder and that the airings on at least TV Kanagawa, Chiba TV, and TV Aichi have been postponed. It also confirms that there is a scene of violence done by a high school girl in the episode and that they changed the color of blood from red to black, but still decided not to air it. One possible ray of hope lies with AT-X, which the article claims is still considering showing the finale on September 27th since they do R-15 airings.
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…
If you’re a big fan of the anime, you might consider watching it, but for the most part, I didn’t think this was worth it if you’ve already seen the entire series.
With the new season now underway and having watched a lot of anime and dramas in the past week, I’ve decided to make some changes to the schedule. For Fridays, which used to be when sola aired, I’m going to start blogging the new drama Yamada Tarou Monogatari. I’ll talk more about this soon when I write up the first episode, but it reminded me of everything I loved about Hana Yori Dango, without all of the frustrating back-and-forth love crap from the second season. On Mondays, I’m going to be dropping Idolmaster and won’t be replacing it with anything. For those of you curious, today’s episode was about stopping a raging Imber, and the tactics used included dressing all the girls up in revealing outfits (though the final scene did have Haruka getting jealous of Chihaya for being in the Imber’s logs). My main problem with the show is that the level of storytelling just isn’t very good, and to be frank, I’ve grown rather bored watching it.
As for what new shows I’ll be picking up, it’s looking like School Days and Zero no Tsukaima will work out very well with all the other series that I’m carrying over from last season. Jaalin also still hasn’t completely made up his mind about what he’s going to blog either, and that’ll depend on how good second episodes of certain series are. There are still a few more anime that have yet to premiere, and I’m curious about Baccano! in particular, so we’ll see how it all turns out.
I talked the other day about how there was an announcement concerning Suzumiya Haruhi coming on Tanabata (today), which was the same day as some special events in the third novel. Well, it seems that Kyoto Animation has produced a publicity stunt of sorts by uploading a 22-minute flash promotional video onto the official website depicting the events of that night in live action (with Haruhi and “John Smith”) from a security camera point of view. For those of you with niconico accounts, you can watch it here since the official site appears to be down at the moment from probably getting hammered by all the fans trying to access it. For those of you without accounts, there’s also a torrent of it available on Tokyo Toshokan. In any case, I’m very impressed by the extent to which Kyoto Animation is promoting this show since this video matches perfectly with the Newtype magazine announcement. I expect that this will eventually make its way one of the DVDs for the second anime season, but for now, this is almost like getting a glimpse of what a live-action Haruhi would be.