English version of Da Capo is officially out

24 01 2009

The bishoujo visual novel Da Capo, supposedly an eroge, has gotten an offical English version that is out already. If it’s an eroge I’m not interested, but if not the title “Da Capo” is something I want in my bookshelf – although, it probably is an eroge. Check out the English site and read up on the story of the game (and find out if it contains hentai or not) and/or buy the game at MangaGamer.

Okay, Da Capo definitely is an eroge...

Okay, Da Capo definitely is an eroge...

Source: Sankaku Complex (I should’ve known from the source)





Suzumiya Haruhi-chan is back!

24 01 2009

The day before Valentine’s Day, Haruhi-chan finally returns – to YouTube! About 22:00 JST (that’s 10 PM in Japanese Standard Time) the channel KADOKAWAanime at YouTube on the 13th February will release the first episode of the new The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya parody online anime, Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu (simply add “-chan” to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and you get The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-chan, or Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu instead of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu… wow, that was long). If you’ve been waiting for more Haruhi Suzumiya, this Valentine will be the best in years! Maybe…

Haruhi-chan

Haruhi-chan

Source: Moon Phase





Anime adaption of Sora no Otoshimono is being developed

23 01 2009

An anime adaption of Suu Minazuki’s comedy manga Sora no Otoshimono which is currently being serialized in Monthly Shonen Ace is currently being developed, according to the fourth manga volume’s cover. So far, no date has been set for the anime.

Sora no Otoshimono

Sora no Otoshimono

Source: Moon Phase





Zakka Films releases the first anime ever

22 01 2009

The newly started company Zakka Films start their journey by releasing eight of the earliest ever anime shows, one of them being the first ever anime Momotaro’s Sea Eagles (桃太郎の海鷲; momotarou no umiwashi) which really makes me want to add this DVD collection to my already way too filled with necessary and unnecessary stuff  and messy room! Whoa, long sentence… Oh yeah, the DVD is called The Roots of Japanese Anime: Until the End of WWII.

An image from Momotaro's Sea Eagles.

An image from Momotaro's Sea Eagles.

With the collection a booklet with early history on Japanese anime that might be interesting to look through. You can get The Roots of Japanese Anime: Until the End of WWII at Film Baby for 34.95 USD, but it seems to be “temporarily out of stock” right now.

Source: Anime News Network





Tomoko Ninomiya discontinues Nodame Cantabile

22 01 2009

Tomoko Ninomiya, author of Nodame Cantabile, again takes a break because of her carpal tunnel syndrome, causing muscle weakness in her arms, after the previous on-hold that was due to her being pregnant with her son October, 2008, the same time the symptoms first appeared. I don’t follow Nodame Cantabile myself, but I hope Tomoko will become better as soon as possible! Is CTS curable, though? I don’t know… I hope it is.

Get well soon, Tomoko-chan!

Get well soon, Tomoko-chan!

Source: Oricon





Instead of school, watch Elementhunters on NHK-Educational

22 01 2009

That’s right. Why go to school when you can stay home and watch the sci-fi adventure anime Elementhunters on Nippon Housou Kyoukai’s (日本放送協会; nippon housou kyoukai, nihon housou kyoukai), more commonly known as NHK, educational channel NHK-Educational and learn chemical elements from your own living room or wherever you decide to get comfortable and learn. The obvious answer is that all your friends are at school, right? Or, well, at least they should be. Anyway, NHK launches a new anime called Elementhunters which is meant to teach children chemical elements as well as entertain them (I assume) this July. Elementhunters will also be aired in Korea as it is a joint production between Korea and Japan; however, I’m not sure when the Korean version will start airing.

Elementhunters

Elementhunters

Hopefully (maybe), NHK has planned out the series’ airtime better than to place it right in the middle of the school day, otherwise the students maybe will stay home instead of going to school. Seriously, if you had the choice of going to school or staying home, watching anime, what would you do?

Source: Moon Phase via Anime News Network





Ultimate Kamen Rider team this Sunday!

21 01 2009

This Sunday TV Asahi will air the first episode of the new Kamen Rider tokusatsu show, the ultimate follow-up to Kamen Rider Kiva and all the other Heisei era Kamen Rider shows, featuring the nine previous main riders (Kuuga, Agito, Ryuki, 555, Blade, Hibiki, Kabuto, Den-O, and Kiva) as well as the new “Decade,” or Tsukasa Kadoya, Kamen Rider Decade. I’m not that into J-drama or Japanese shows other than anime at all, mostly because I’ve never had the chance to watch one, but Kamen Rider is a show I’ve followed and loved ever since Kamen Rider Kabuto, the first, and in my opinion best, Kamen Rider show I’ve seen, no matter how childish you may think tokusatsu shows are. If you haven’t seen Kamen Rider before and is curious about it, start with Kamen Rider Kabuto and you won’t be disappointed. I think. Watch this trailer for Kamen Rider Decade and get ready for an epic Sunday and an epic year!

If Wikipedia isn’t lying, it seems Decade will be fighting all the previous riders, but I guess it will be epic enough even if it isn’t the “ultimate Kamen Rider team.” For a list of more J-dramas (of course, I’m not sure tokusatsu shows even count as J-drama) this season, check out DramaWiki’s list here. If you’re Swedish or can at least read Swedish text, check out 「時々」’s nicer looking, although not quite as complete, list here or view the same page translated by Google here.

Source: Alafista

EDIT: I’m so psyched!! :D