Kodakawa adds Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi

30 06 2009

JG Suzumiya HaruhiKodakawa’s anime channel on Youtube recently added the first eight episodes of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi to its selection of videos. 

The show, based on a series of light novels, is  high school girl Suzumiya Haruhi, who can unconsciously change reality and is a member of the unusual club, the SOS Brigade. 

The channel seemed to suggest that the episodes would only be available until July 6 (July 5 for us in the U.S.), so those interested should take heed. To watch the videos, click: Here!


Nana manga-ka Yazawa taken ill

29 06 2009

JG NanaThe artist of the manga series Nana, Ai Yazawa, has reportedly fallen ill, it was announced in Cookie magazine, and subsequently the latest chapter will be delayed.

The magazine reported that it will take several months for her to recover from her illness, of which details have not been reported.

Here’s wishing her a healthy recovery.

Second Spice and Wolf DS game announced

29 06 2009

JG WolfThe light novel adapted into anime series Spice and Wolf will be getting a second DS game, Spice and Wolf: The Wind That Spans the Sea on Sept. 17.

The first game (Spice and Wolf: Year One), just released on June 26, is both a dating and business simulation, and the latest game will follow the visual novel style.

A movie for the first game can be found: Here!

Fairy Tale anime series greenlit

29 06 2009

JG Fairy TaleThe popular shonen manga series Fairy Tale will be getting an anime series, says the 31st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine. 

Fairy Tale, which features an art style very similar to One Piece, is a story about a novice sorcerer who wishes to join a prestigious magic guild. After unknowingly befriending a member of the prestigious Fairy Tale guild, she gets her wish, as the pair form a team to carry out missions posted requiring sorcerer’s help. 

A-1 Pictures and Satelight will handle the project, which should be released this fall. The manga has been published in North America, with the seventh volume due out in October. 

Hiro Mashima’s other works include Rave, known in the U.S. as Rave Master. He is also the author of Monster Hunter Orage.

July Anime Preview, part I

25 06 2009

Well, as promised earlier, here is the July Anime Preview. So many shows were being released in July, we decided to release it in two parts. Look for the next part in the coming weeks. (Link to the June edition at the bottom.)

Some of the shows coming in July might be the next big thing — others won’t make much of a splash here. Of course, it’s always important to remember that these shows are created for the Japanese audience — some of them simply won’t appeal to an international audience, nor should they.

As always, other than the factual information, excitement and stateside release possibility is mostly speculation, and should be taken as such.

Without further ado, here goes:


JG UminekoUmineko no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry – Seagulls)

Chiba TV, 07/01, Wed, 25:30

Produced by Studio Deen and directed by Chiaku Kon, Umineko is based on a series of visual novels and the subsequent manga that succeeded them. The story takes us back in time a little bit, to 1986, when a group of people are secluded on an island for two days, with a series of murders taking place. In the games, it’s up to the protagonist to figure out what’s going on, and the series will likely follow the same storyline. It’s unclear which of the game’s (or manga’s) storylines the series will follow, but all have the similar theme of island murders in the 80s.

Level of Excitement: For fans of the games, this is probably a no-brainer; but even for the rest of us, the idea is intriguing. This one seems like it will cater to fans of more mature, subtle anime series.

Stateside release: Pretty good.

Website: Here! 

Trailer: Here!  


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Check it! Hyperion

23 06 2009

JG HyperionNippon Cinema has posted a trailer for the latest addition to the wacky sci-fi genre — Time Evolution Tactics: Hyperion.

The plot revolves around 22nd century detective Koushiro Orio and his four female time cop assistants as he attempts to solve a case of a missing brother. In his way are a rival group of time detectives, and apparently some wacky hi-jinks with light sabers. 

Hyperion will release at the Cinemart Shinjuku Theater, but otherwise will see DVD on July 30.

See the trailer: Here! (Warning, the image might be from the show.)

Apple streams U.S. Ponyo trailer

23 06 2009

JG PonyoThe Apple website began streaming a trailer for the U.S. version of Ponyo, Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated feature. 

The film tells the story of a young boy named Sosuke and his friendship with a goldfish, Ponyo, who wishes to be human. The animation looks outstanding, and the film will be voiced by household name actors like Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson and Tina Fey, among others.

The U.S. version, which will release in over 800 theaters, will be tweaked for an American audience, under the direct supervision of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. The film seems to be poised to have one of the best receptions a Japanese film has ever seen in the U.S.

To see the U.S. trailer for Ponyo, click: Here!