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You Can (Not) Redo

In a tidbit of news, the subtitle of the upcoming Evangelion 3.0 film has been revealed to be "You Can (Not) Redo". Currently, the film is scheduled for theatrical release in the fall of 2012.
This is the 3rd film in the Evangelion Rebuild series, with the 4th concluding the series.

GAINAX Strikes Back: A Look at Medaka Box

Ive been wondering what had become of the GAINAX over this past year, and now I see they have been working on another anime.

Medaka Box is that new project, and interestingly enough, it isn't so much of an original for GAINAX, but that doesn't mean that they won't find some way to foul it up as soon as they got their hands on it.

Scheduled to air in April of 2012, Medaka Box follows the adventures of Student Council President Medaka Kurokami, and her suggestion box, that she uses to get feedback from the students to help her improve the overall quality of the school, and she works to make them happen, be it finding lost pets, helping attitudes, or fixing up the club rooms.

Brave 10 Trailer Streamed

holy crap has it been a long weekend, and to top it all off, at the start of the first work day back, I came down with a terrible cold, which gradually worked its way into a full-fledged sinus infection, so if all goes according to plan, I'll be sick again this New Years, just like last New Years... gotta keep those traditions going right?

Anyway, enough about my grossness, it's time to discuss the anime and stuff.

Here is one of the new trailers for the upcoming anime, Brave 10, and you know what, it really, really looks good. I am thinking it reminds me a little of Samurai 7 meets Bleach only without the holding back.

I'm excited for this, I know that you are excited for this, and if you're not, then well, slap some sense into yourself, cause I'm too tired to.

Dragon Age Anime Trailer

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Dear lord, it's happened. And we all probably thought that if we ignored FUNimation's idiot child talk more than a year ago, then this piece of trash would never see the light of day. Well, wrong.

Apparently the film now has a full run trailer, which means that it's either nearing completion, or it is already finished. In which case, God help us all! Because from the looks of this trailer, they just ruined a best-selling franchise for about a million fans, and they've successfully made it plain, that FUNimation should have stayed in the distribution business, rather than the anime making/producing business, and be any where near this ilk.

Anime Artisans: 004 - Strawberry Literature?

It's a common fact that "cute", "adorable", and "sweet" are many of the words that come to mind when I think of Strawberry Marshmallow, so it's no surprise that this picture captures all of that and then some.

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to some sense of normalcy around here, and what better way to kick off the next week, that with some Ichigo (Strawberry)?

My question though, is what the heck are they doing with that massive pile of books? It's obviously not just any light reading going on.

AMV Corner: Merry Christmas ~ Haruhi Suzumiya Style

I hope everyone is having a safe and great Holiday time, it's really late, here, and I thought I would sneak in with a little Christmas Cheering anime music video featuring our favorite North Side High School girl, Haruhi Suzumiya!

WO Reviews: Lost Universe

First of all, apologies for taking so long in getting anything written on here for the past couple of days; it's been a long week, and with Christmas just a few days away, I've been doing a lot of last minute stuff not only off-line, but between the two blogs as well.

Anyway, let's get right to it, shall we?

This is one of those shows that has garnered a lot of its popularity courtesy of its bigger sister series franchise, Slayers and while the look of Lost Universe is very much on par with that of the other superior Kanzaka effort, the sad fact is that Lost Universe is definitely lacking in many departments.

While the show is a flip-side to everything that Slayers is, it differs greatly in several regards. The most notable is the timing of the show, but I'll get into that a little later.

Ika Musume Christmas Style

It's Christmas time, and to celebrate this season, we've got another great anime Christmas pic.

It's Ika Musume, all ready to hand out some gift in her bag, and spread some De Geso all over the world.

Another TV Trailer

It's finally time we get to see what this anime looks like, and hopefully this trailer won't disappoint anyone.

Another TV is scheduled to premiere in January, and from the looks of it, it's going to be an interesting thriller.

WO Reviews: Hetalia: Paint It, White!

Hetalia is a series that I had come to enjoy over the course of 52 bite-sized episodes, for a number of reasons. I was a fan of the stereotypically quirky characters that each embody a different country, the historical nods, and the context notes that often made me a bit more historically aware. It’s by no means an excellent series by my standards, but it was worth the laughs that I got out of it. How does the movie compare to the series?
Not very well, I’d say. The film tries to transform a show composed of several mini-skits within each 5-minute episode into a full-length movie. The movie adaptation attempts a plot, something that was rarely attempted within the show, through the creation of ambiguous alien invaders. The premise of the movie revolves around these invaders, and their transformation of the earth and it’s people into white blobs. This forces the axis and allied countries to band together, which I suppose was the ultimate reasoning behind the appearance of Aliens in a …

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Preview

Well, it has been confirmed that Takeru Satoh is to play the legendary samurai Kenshin, and the project is to be directed by Keishi Otomo.

Here's a sneak preview at the new film, that will be premiering in Japan in August 25, 2012.

You can see the trailer blow after the page break.






Western Otaku Is Now A Net

In case you haven't noticed, Western Otaku has made a few changes yesterday. The most notable of those being the new domain.
Since the blog has been doing so well, and the traffic count has been getting higher each day, I didn't see any reason not to go ahead and give the blog an official site url.
So as an early Christmas present to myself, I secured the name, and Western Otaku now has a nice nifty "dot net" after it.
Of course you can still access the site with the "blogspot" suffix, but that's no longer necessary.
Thanks again to all the readers that have made this blog so successful and popular.

Phoenix Wright Live Action Trailer 2

Well, the new live action Phoenix Wright film is getting another trailer for the viewers, and no doubt they are stoked for this interpretation from legendary filmmaker Takashi Miike.

The basic premise of this version of Wright is that the film takes place in an alternate universe Japan with increased crime, and where the judicial system has a whopping three days to battle out the court cases as hard and fast as possible to make a conviction, or prove an innocence, and so the emphasis of the system is speed, and not good investigation.

You can see the second trailer below.

What Foods Do You Most Want To Eat?

So as it happens, there was a poll from late October to early November by Goo, wanting to know what anime or manga foods the fans would be most interested in trying.

Of course the results were oddly sporadic.

Of the more than 20,000 votes cast, there was interesting top five foods, and most of which I have never heard of before.

I guess it goes to show, that anime and manga has more food in it than I originally thought, or else I need to get with the program better, and start paying closer attention.


You can see the results below.

Bakuman Secures a 3rd Season

The popular TV anime Bakuman, based on the manga of the same name, will receive a 3rd anime adaptation next fall. The series revolves around amateur mangaka struggling to break into the professional manga industry by getting their work published in Shonen Jump Weekly. Currently, the anime is in it's second season, which has been airing for the last few months.

The confirmation of a third season gives me faith in the success of the series. It looks as though the anime may continue in this cyclic renewal, rather than endure the constant weekly broadcasts that typically result in sluggish plot development and excessive filler episodes.

Domestically, the first 8 manga volumes of Bakuman are readily available on bookstore shelves, and the first DVD of the anime adaptation was released last month. As more of the series is on the way for both mediums, fans interested in the series will probably want to check it out soon.

Battle Royale BD

It's been long in coming. Too long it seems, but Battle Royale has finally got a difinitive bluray release.

According to retail stores, the release is scheduled for March 20, 2012. And that's not all. It seems that a 4 disc set is also listed, which will include both a theatrical and extended cut of the film, as well as the film Battle Royale II.

I'm thrilled at this news, since it means I can finally put my region 2 import away, and maybe catch the continued action of the sequel.

Anime Artisans: 003 - The Humanoid Typhoon

Well, I'm almost finished watching Trigun, and even though, I could have used a different subject for this Artisan post, I just have to give another pic of him at his absolute coolest.

I really love the look of the arm for this picture too, it makes it seem harshly contrary to the bright colors of the rest of the image.

The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki Announced

Director Mamoru Hosoda(Girl Who Lept Through Time, Summer Wars) has announced a new film project that will be finished in time for next summer, The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki.
It's the story of Hana, a college student that falls in love with an Okami and the two eventually have a family, though when the father dies, the Hana makes the choice to further shelter her wolf children by taking them into the rural country.
There isn't much to go on for now, but the idea behind the film is original, and I for one really want to see what Hosoda can come up with after the breathtaking master work of Summer Wars.

Haruhi Figures and Coffee?

Now I'm all for getting cool stuff bundled with things, and I'd imagine that getting some Haruhi swag with some nifty bundles of stuff would make me really happy. But this is not exactly the sort of thing that I was expecting. Haruhi and Coffee? Seriously?

Well, why the hell not?

Asahi Soft Drinks, the makers of Wonda Morning Shot, announced that they were going to be offering three dimensional Haruhi figures with their product, starting December 20th. There were going to be limited to pretty much one store, and while supplies lasted.

From what I gather, there are only five figures that are going to be available; Sasaki, Yuki Nagato, and Mikuru Asahina, and of course two of Haruhi.

So if you are a major collector, or just have a huge jones for Haruhi, then get a buddy in Japan to buy you an early Christmas gift.

Familiar of Zero Final Season Trailer

The final season of Familiar of Zero gets a preview, and the fans no doubt are going wild over it. I of course wrapped up my viewing of this series after season 1, and that was enough for me. But to all the fans that are looking forward to it, here's the 33 second trailer, and there is more to follow after the page break.

Christmas Anime Style

It's time for that one thing that we all love, Christmas! And what better way to celebrate, than with bringing the other thing we love and dressing it up with some fantastic holiday cheer?

I'm speaking of course about Anime, and what anime fan wouldn't want to combine the two?

So here's some anime Christmas, Powerpuff Girls Z style!

House of Five Leaves is finally getting a North American release, and it's none other than NIS that is bringing this anime home to us. It's exciting when-ever I hear about a great received anime getting a great edition released.

Of course the set is going to feature the limited edition treatment, and get all that great swag that we've come to expect from NIS box-sets.

Fans can get this release March 6, 2012.

Anime Artisans: 002 - Usagi & Madoka

Well, I have to apologize for the long delay in getting some updates on here but these holidays are not being all that kind to me, and making some huge demands on my shopping needs. Not to mention that I am looking to decide between a "Kindle Fire" or a "Vizio Tablet" for some of my needs. Anyway, here's some art I hope you like, even if Sailor moon is clearly the superior of the two. LOL.

Ano Natsu de Matteru Teaser Trailer

Yay for more new announcements and shows from Japan!

Here's the official Teaser for Ano Natsu de Matteru... it'll be broadcasting on January 9th in Japan.

Savanna Game Anime Announced

You may not be familiar with it, and in fact you may not have even heard of it, but the action fantasy cell phone novel Savanna Game has finally be made into an anime. Yeah, you heard right... it was a cell phone novel.

Shogakukan Creative announced that they intend to take Ransuke Kuroi's novel and adapt it into an anime. This after they published Savanna Game into print form last month.

The story is pretty cut a dry, though it does have some interesting ideas behind it.

It's about three guys that take part in a government sponsored game, where they not only have to battle to the death, but battle people across space-time, and throughout history as well.

It doesn't sound like something that just anyone could pull off, but then I've seen some pretty impressive anime story-telling these past couple of years, so it's anyone's guess.

There is no word yet on any sort of release, c'mon, it was just announced people!

A Letter To Momo Extended Trailer

I just caught wind of this new trailer this morning, and thought it would be a good idea to put it up on the blog. Especially since this looks to be one of the more promising anime movies I've been hearing about in the "up coming" list.
Of course, I already ran through the synopsis for the Momo movie the last time I posted about it, but for those that are needing a refresher, there is some info on Wikipedia.
Anyway, here is the extended preview, I hope you enjoy it. I know this is high on my to watch list.

Final Fantasy VII Fan Remake

There is always a fine line between endeavor and over-achievement, and for some odd reason, I'm thinking this is not that big of a reach or stretch for the fans that are working on this.

We've been wanting a total revamp of FF7 since we saw some of the early footage of Advent Children, and this is only going to make the fans scream for more. I mean, come on... if a fan can do something this good, then imagine how awesome a SquareEnix revamp would be.

I'm just saying.

Anyway, if you want to see the video of which I speak, you can see it by clicking below.

Gorillaz Get 10th Anniversary Special

In celebration of their 10th anniversary "Singles Collection 2001 - 2011", manga artist Tite Kubo has drawn the group in his special unique style. Kubo has been a fan of the Gorillaz since their beginnings, and has even offered a bit of a write up for the occasion.
"The impact from "Clint Eastwood" still lingers 10 years on.

In the same year I started to draw my current work, Gorillaz released the 1st album.

For these 10 years, Gorillaz have remained very special to me.

They will continue to do so for the next 10.

Before the next 10 years begin, I need to listen to this album.

Thanks Gorillaz. All the best for the next 10 years."
You can see the site here )))CLICKY(((

Kill Me Baby! Trailer

Well the moe hitman anime of the new season just got a preview trailer streamed, and you can check that wacky awesomeness out by clicking the doo-hickey down there!

And is it just me, or does this look like an adorably cute and demented anime?

I guess only time will tell, but one thing is for sure January 5th, the confirmed broadcast date, can't come quick enough.






What If It Was Anime? - The A-Team

It's time for another rousing round of fantasy what if, as we explore the possibilities of what an anime series would be like, if it were based on a North American franchise or title.
This time, I was thinking about the possibilities of what an anime version of the blockbuster hit A-Team would be like, and despite my initial squirming and flailing, it doesn't seem like it would be all that terrible of an idea at all really.
Now the for those of you that have not seem the original TV series that the 2010 film is based on, then allow me to briefly catch you up on the action.

Strike Witches 2 Dual Audio JP Release

So here's a question for you fans of the hit series featuring the scantily clad girls of the 501. Got an extra 450 dollars laying around?
Too bad. Because if you did, then you'd be in luck; March 23, 2012 Strike Witches 2 will get a complete set release in Japan with both English and Japanese audio.
Woohoo!
Now, I'm sure you'll agree that it isn't that uncommon for a Japanese release to get a dual audio track, and despite the excitement of what may possibly be a no doubt Engrish dub, I'm wondering what sort of impact this is going to have on the morale of FUNimation Entertainment.
Last time I checked, they held the North American license for the second season of Strike Witches, and to my knowledge there hasn't been so much as a whisper about a possible release date.
Meh... anyway. FUNi can suck it, we'll wait, then complain when something else comes along. in the meantime, enjoy watching those edited versions of the show you DDL'd from some place.

Dream Eater Merry to be Dubbed

It's probably old hat by now that Sentai Filmworks has acquired the rights to the anime Dream Eater Merry, and while that is yesterday's news, the new dub is certainly not.
Sentai had been rather quiet lately about the release of DEM since its acquisition, and while the anime had been streaming on Amazon, it was still up in the air as to what sort of release it would be getting.
It was confirmed that Sentai will in fact be dubbing Dream Eater Merry and will be releasing it on Blu-ray.

Anime Artisans: 001 - Futami Twins Smile

The Futami twins aren't just cute, they are down right adorable! And this picture is a great example of their playful behavior. I'm a huge fan of Idolm@ster, and these two really make the show.
Anyway, this picture post is not some lame peace offering for the readers for my not being able to post decent stuff over the holiday weekend—though Sabre did pick up some of the slack.
Anyway, have fun with the pics, I'll probably be keeping this up for a while, as I find really good anime art, I'll post it here.
I hope that everyone had a great time over the Thanksgiving holiday, and that you all made it back from your friends and families safely.

Another to Air in Jan

There is a new anime on the loose this coming January, and it's the latest in the horror/thriller genre. It's called Another and it's based on the light novels by Yukito Ayatsuji, and published by Kadokawa Shoten. The anime is scheduled to debut in January, and a live-action film is scheduled for Summer 2012.
Kadokawa pictures released a teaser trailer for the up-coming anime, and you can see it by clicking the link below.




Buyer's Guide to Portrait of Pirates

The Portrait of Pirates line of One Piece statues is not only one of the most expensive lines of merchandise for the series, it is also one of the most fiercely bootlegged. It’s terrifying to even consider buying a P.O.P. when you know that the market is flooded with fake merchandise that is as expensive as the real stuff. As a buyer, I searched the Internet for tips on how to determine the authenticity of the figures, with little success. Some tips and tips turned out to be true, some partially true, and some completely false. So Western Otaku is here to help, with what I hope to be a complete guide to weeding out the Chinese fakes.

Buying online or in person: Buying in person has the advantage here by a long shot. On the Internet, there is absolutely no way to determine whether or not you are buying a legitimate figure or not. Stick to buying your figures in person unless you are willing to take a risk on the internet, or you can find a seller that only deals in legitimate merchandi…

Ranma 1/2 Live Action Trailer

We finally have a 30 second trailer for Ranma 1/2 live action special that is going to air in a December.

I figured I'd go ahead and make a post, even though it's Thanksgiving and I'm far from internet. So this is being made from my phone.

Anyway, make sure you all are safe this holiday weekend.

Bandai Store Closes its Doors

In a press release that was posted yesterday, it was announced that the online Bandai Store would close its doors by the end of the year (December 29th). The demise of the shop will be accompanied by the current Black Friday sale, which will remain active for as long as the store itself remains up. Anybody that is interested in buying something from the store should probably browse their prices.

It seems as though this is just a store failure, and does not reflect on the overall success of Bandai. The distribution of Bandai's titles from other retailers will be unaffected.

Hidamari Sketch Season 4 to Air

So the Sunshine Sketch series is getting another season. The slice of life comedy series focused on Yuno and her friends and a certain art school. For right now there is no set date for when the season will air, but it is definitely set for 2012.

So, put your happy faces on, and get ready for some randomness.

Check here for more info >>> CLICKY!

The Wonderful World of WO: The Con Sort

Ah yes, well... I suppose that this sums up a lot of norms for people that go to conventions, I for one have done a fine job of steering clear of my fandom's wackos, but the truth be told, I've encountered my fair share in the anime section of the local entertainment stores plenty.
Anyway, since my computer has been something on the blitz, and I've spent way too much time killing things and collecting treasure in Skyrim, I figured I'd appease you all with a little bit of humor.
I think I could spot a few of these people amongst my close friends and family... not sure if that is a good thing or not. Though I do wonder which one of these people is me.

High School DxD Airs January

The light novel demonic harem comedy finally comes to the small screen this coming January in Japan. Based on the work of Ichiei Ishibumi, the anime series follows the life of Issei Hyodo as a second year student that was killed on his first date ever, and is returned to life as a demon and servant to high demon Riasu.
Yūki Kaji as Issei Hyōdō, Yōko Hikasa as Riasu, Azumi Asakura as Aashia.
It's guaranteed to be an interesting harem comedy to say the least, and I'm interested in seeing what becomes of this new show.

A Letter To Momo

Production IG and Kadokawa Pictures may have a new anime hit movie on their hands. This time it's not Ghost in the Shell, or Blood the last Vampire; instead, it's a heartwarming poignant story of a 13 year old girl named Momo who moves back to an earlier home with her mother while struggling to come to terms with her father's recent death. Her suffering is only compounded by an unfinished letter she discovers from her father, with only the words "Dear Momo,"
The film which debuted at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, is directed by Hiroyuki Okiura(Jin-Roh The Wolf Brigade), and was announced on the 15th during the Production IG lineup of 2011-2012 films to include Karen Miyama as the voice of 13 year old lead character Momo, with Yuka voicing Momo's mother.
This is Hiroyuki Okiura's first feature film to direct in 11 years, since his last work, Jin-Roh, and it is reported that A Letter to Momo took him 7 years to script and storyboard.
The film i…

Fairy Tail Movie

Sorry for the slow posts yesterday, it was a pretty hectic day, and not a lot of time to get everything done. Oh well, here's a bit of late news that I'm sure everyone is all giddy and excited over.
Apparently I missed this bandwagon last month when the news about the new Fairy Tail movie was announced, but yay! I'm back on the wagon, and the horizon is looking pretty damn good.
I haven't heard yet if this is going to follow any sort of anime continuity, or if this is going to be based a little closer to the manga aspect; or if this is just out-right filler all the way, but either way, this is good news. It shows that the popularity of this show is still moving forward at a steady pace, and at a solid hundred episodes of broadcast anime, the TV series is doing just fine.
The film has been scheduled for release August 18, 2012.
There is some additional information to be found on the official site >>> HERE <<< but I wouldn't get too thrilled, unless…

Detective Conan Movie 15: Quarter of Silence BD Release Date

According to the Amazon.jp, the release date for the new Detective Conan film, Quarter of Silence, is slated to be released November 23, 2011... though they also have the DVD scheduled for the same release date, and that makes little sense, since the SD version of the film has already been released.
Either way, this is still good news for fans of Conan, and it means that if you want to get your hands on this import, you may still have time to get in on the action.
It's very doubtful that FUNimation Entertainment will be aggressively pursuing any more of the Conan films, despite the nonchalant statements that they would. For them, it's clear that Conan is a dead franchise, and now is seen as more of a thorn in their side, than anything else.
I'll be working on getting this film as soon as possible, and just maybe, working out a nice review sometime in the near future.
You can find more Conan stuff here >>> Amazon.co.jp

Negima Movie: The Akamatsu Cut

It's come down through the pipeline that the final Negima film has been extended with modified dialogue for the upcoming 37th volume of the manga. Akamatsu has reportedly stated that he changed some of the dialogue for the release in an attempt to have the characters speak more intelligenT, as well as supervise the addition of more than 40 minutes of additional footage.
This final film project for the hit anime will depict the graduation of the class, and with any luck wrap up the series in such a way that further productions are impossible.
I for one lost a lot of interest in Negima somewhere after the remake series Negima!? and the overwhelming surge of fan-gasming that ensued around that time. So the idea that this series or even the manga will be drawing to a close brings a smile to my face, and I've noted on more than one occasion that Ken Akamatsu has lost his mind, and drove his own creation into the ground long, long ago.
Since reading the manga was never a high priority…

WO Examines: Yuki Nagato Figure

Yuki Nagato is hardly my favorite character in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, as much as she is my favorite piece of SOS brigade furniture. She’s reserved, only speaking when it’s absolutely necessary, and she keeps her robotic disposition even in the most thrilling of circumstances. That being said, when I saw the Yuki Nagato Fraulein Revoltech I had to pick it up as a lover of all things Haruhi and the Revoltech line.
One thing really stands out above everything else in this set. The Extras. Oh man, the extras. Opening up the box, accessories literally fall out of the package. In almost every Revoltech set that I have seen, the extra sets of hands sit in slots on the plastic tray, but with Nagato they have been confined to a plastic bag on the underside of the tray in order to make room for everything else. Nagato comes with practically everything associated with her in the show, including her fortune-teller costume, the talking cat that sits on her shoulder, a wand, a guitar, a …

20,000 Hits!!!

For the past few days I've been watching the hit counter on the blog slowly make its way toward the twenty thousand mark, and I've been scratching my head and pondering about what i would write, and how I would react to those numbers.

I realize that for a lot of blogs and websites out there on the internet, there are more visits, and more hits, and that's more than fine. I'm not really worried about competing with the giants of the blogosphere. I'm just beside myself with gratitude and appreciation for all the views that I do have, and that this blog has made it not only this far, but lasted this long.

I started the blog from a desire to rant, and rave; later it turned into a desire to educate and entertain. I feel that on some small level I have done that, and if in anyway one of you readers have come away from an article, or a post thinking about things for longer than a fleeting moment, then I'll take that as a resounding success. I would have certainly nev…

Ranma 1/2 Live Action Special to Air

In December of this year, a special Live Action Ranma 1/2 will be aired in Japan. Sure I realize that the information is probably old hat now, but for a lot of us out there that are fans of the original and or unprecedented genderbender fighter anime, this comes as fresh and exciting news.

The move to make the special is from a desire to generate more interest in the manga series, and certainly they are going to do that. Not only did they manage to find actors that match their animated counter-parts, but the news comes as a sigh of relief after so many failed films and TV adaptations.

The real trick now, is if, this version of Ranma will be a good enough actors to pull off the role. It's some pretty big shoes to fill. Additionally, I'm hoping that the special won't end up making a mockery of the show, though the truth be told, there were times it managed to that just fine on its own.

Click below for more pictures of the cast!

To Heart 2 OVA

On February 22nd the first of a new two-part OVA based on To Heart will be released in Japan, and there is much excitement over the new anime, which is adapted from the 2011 PSP game.

The second volume of To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers will be available on March 21st. There are limited editions of both volumes being released, and of course that means lots and lots of cool merch packed inside!

12th Witch Revealed

Since the silhouette group shot of the 501st Strike Witches poster for the upcoming film, the fans have gone ape-shit aver the identity of the mysterious figure standing to the left of Miyafuji.
Well the anticipation was rewarded with an answer.
According to an issue of Nyan Type magazine, the new character for the movie is Sergeant Shizuka Hattori, aged 14, and will no doubt be the talk of the SW fan circles until next Spring when the film opens in Japanese theaters.

Stuff We Want! - Opera Milky Holmes Swag

Feast your eyes fans on some of the swag that is hitting the shelves in Japan this holiday season!

That's right, it's a Limited Edition Opera Milky Holmes SS Blu-ray/DVD combo with all sorts of coolness thrown in for the hell of it!

The set hits Japanese shelves on December 7th, so if you feel froggy and want to start jumping, then go ahead and make plans to get this imported from somewhere, as I'm sure the "Limited" in this Edition is exactly that!

Lolipop Chainsaw "Rock and Roll" Trailer

I've tried my best over the past year and a half to make sure that anime and manga stuff are the normal types of posts that are being made around here, and despite my best efforts to keep the gaming industry and the anime from intersecting, I had to make something of an exception on this video game title by Grasshopper Manufacture and Kadokawa Games.

It isn't just your normal zombie apocalypse hack and slash, and yes, because this comes from Kadokawa means that I get to list it in the A-Pop and J-Pop tags of the blog. So bite my ass nerds.

Anyway, like I was saying, this isn't your normal hack and slasher with hordes of the undead. It a hack and slasher with hordes of the undead, and chainsaw wielding hottie wearing a skimpy cheerleader outfit.

The artwork is amazing, and the theme is, well, what can I say? It's every nerds basement wet dream come true on multiple consoles.

If you want to see the trailer, you'll have to click below, and be warned: it contains gra…

First Impressions

Most of the time, we as anime fans fail to follow the adage; "Don't judge a book by its cover." Often, when we walk into a video store, or a best Buy or some popular place that sells anime, we invariably make every assertion of what sort of show or series it is, based exclusively on the cover art alone.

Anime companies have caught onto this nasty habit of ours, and from the beginning of the industry's darkest days of inception, they've fed us illustrations of anime that features busty babes, and muscle ripped dudes, and this has not changed in almost twenty years. What the industry knows, even if we do not, is that eye candy sells shows, scantily clad supple bodies are every fan-boys dream, and against our better judgement, we will fall prey to a show that is a total hunk of garbage, just because we were led by an advertisement, or a bit of box-art, or a cleverly spun trailer in the bonus feature section of another anime DVD.

Media Blasters Delays Squid Girl DVD 2

Well it comes as no surprise, and to be quite honest, I might have expected such rubbish from these people. In fact Media Blasters's track record for getting quality merchandise out into the hands of the fans in a timely manner has gone from good to blatant crap over the past year, and let us not dear friends forget that Queens Blade fiasco.
So it shouldn't be any surprise that now Right Stuf, which is part of the MB distribution ring has announced that the second DVD volume of Squid Girl has been delayed until December 6th.

Strike Witches Movie and Gurafigu

Advance tickets for the upcoming Strike Witches movie will be available at www.famima.com in advance for November 11th, and as an added bonus they are giving out Gurafigu of the Strike Witches girls.
I don't know about anybody else, but I'm not only wanting to get my hands on a couple of those things, but I'd love to get a chance to see the movie too.

Reportedly the new movie will be premiering sometime in the Spring, lets hope that people can hang on to their butts for that long.