Early Impressions: Sora Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Space)

28 05 2009

JG Sora 1Most anime fans are likely familiar with Sunrise, the company who brought us the oft-revered Gundam Wing, as well as each subsequent series like Gundam Seed and the currently popular Gundam 00. Fans searching for slick-looking space battles between shiny, fast mobile suits know that Sunrise is the ticket.

Not largely known outside of Japan, though popular among the anime insider crowd (those who follow the trends in Japan, admittedly an arduous and never-ending task), is a lesser-known title in the Sunrise lineup, Sora Kakeru Shoujo — literally translated as sky-soaring girl, though generally translated as The Girl Who Leapt Through Space.

Sora Kakeru Shoujo is the brainchild of the creative minds at Sunrise, and to sum up the show very briefly: It’s Gundam with girls. Lots of them. In fact, the vast majority of the cast in this show, whether it’s the space patrol, the security guards, or of course the main characters, they’re all females. Otaku who couldn’t get enough of the female characters in Gundam will get an eyeful in Sora Kakeru.

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Rights acquired to Spice and Wolf

28 05 2009

JG WolfPopular anime series Spice and Wolf has been picked up by Funimation for release in the United States.

The medieval series, based on a light novel series by Isuna Hasekura, is about a traveling merchant who befriends the somewhat human reincarnation of a wolf god, who traditionally protects the fields for the harvest. She has a tail and ears but otherwise looks human, though revealing her transforms her into something terrible.

The series will be releasing its second season in Japan this June. To see the opening for Spice and Wolf, click: Here!