There was an earthquake and a tsunami and now there's this whole nuclear reactor meltdown-type-thing going on in Japan. Yet people keep asking me the following question: "Why isn't there anything to watch?" So to satisfy everyone's concern about the lesser of the two issues, here is a list of what has been delayed. You can read more after the jump.
As the situation in Japan worsens, more television stations have announced delays in their anime broadcasts. Today CBC MBS & TBS announced that they will delay their broadcast of the 11 episode of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, in a show of "self restraint." Well without spoiling anything, that leads me to believe episode 11 is somehow darker than all the episodes that preceded it (that would include episode 10). Anything that dark probably shouldn't be on TV during such troubling times.
In related news, detective anime GOSICK, which didn't air on March 11 will not air on regional channels. Regional channels will air the series once it airs on its home network. As of yet there is not date for when that will happen.
What every Sailor Moon fan has been waiting for now has come true. Starting in September, Kodansha USA Publishing via Kodansha Comics will release the condensed version of the Sailor Moon manga that tied with its live-action counterpart in 2003. The "deluxe-edition" volumes are based on the Japanese re-print so it will include things like new cover art, retouched dialogue, as well as bonus material. It also will include two graphic novels based on Sailor V, which is known as the prequel to Sailor Moon, called "Codename: Sailor V", which has never been translated stateside before and will finally (and I emphasize, finally) be available stateside.
The original 18-volume edition was translated by Mixx Entertainment (now Tokyopop) but the manga had been out of print for six years, following disputes over rights and distribution.
All I can say is...it's already a great day, leetNEET. Now I'm crossing my fingers for the anime.
Funimation announced yesterday that they have acquired the rights to the first 48 episodes of popular shonen anime Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail is based on the hit manga of the same name by Hiro Mashima. The manga became popular when it was serialized in weekly shonen jump. Work on the English dub has already started, featuring Todd Haberkorn as Natsu. The series is expected to be released on DVD and BluRay later this year.
The series follows the adventures of Lucy Heartfilia, a young girl who wants desperately to be a full-fledged mage. She runs away from home and towards the land of Fiore to join the most prestigious of all mage guilds in the world: the Fairy Tail Guild. Along the way, she meets Natsu Dragneel, a quirky teenage boy and practicitioner of the ancient Dragon Slayer magic. With his best friend, Happy the cat, beside him, Natsu is looking for his foster parent, a dragon named Igneel. They become a team and take on odd jobs for fame and profit.
Sentai Filmworks announced yesterday that it has acquired the license to Night Raid 1931 (more commonly known by it's Japanese title, Senkou no Night Raid). The 17 episode series was produced by Aniplex and A-1 Pictures. Sentai Filmworks plans to release all 14 episodes, a bonus recap episode and the 2 unaired episodes of the series on BluRay and DVD this coming August.
Personally I recommend this series highly. It was a surprise hit when it first aired but didn't really get that much mainstream attention.
The year is 1931. The City is Shanghai. Ten years before America will enter World War II, the hydra's teeth planted by the first great global conflict are beginning to germinate, hatching into spiders weaving the complex web of plots and conspiracies destined to inevitably draw entire nations, against their will, to the brink of destruction once more. And caught in the heart of these webs, desperately seeking to separate lies from truth, is "Sakurai Kikan," an ultra-secret intelligence agency staffed by extraordinarily talented individuals with abilities far beyond those of normal humans. Their duty: stop the darkest plots and eliminate the greatest threats. But in a city built on intrigue, can even a team of clairvoyants, telepaths and ESPers stand against the ultimate forces of destiny? As the Japanese Imperial Army rolls across China, documented facts and fantasy intermingle in the breathtaking exploration of alternative history that is NIGHT RAID 1931!
CLAMP is a considerably well known Japanese manga artist group that has made many of series that people have come to love. One of their most famous works is Cardcaptor Sakura. A North American anime licensor, Sentai Filmworks, recently announced at Kawaii Kon, that another one of CLAMP’s works is coming to North America. Sentai Filmworks has acquired the rights to the anime adaptation of CLAMP’s original manga, Kobato. (こばと。) (More information on Kobato. here) Fans of Kobato. can expect the anime adaptation to appear in North America around August.
Source: [Anime News Network]
Many fans have come to love the anime adaptation of the Spice and Wolf light novel series. Recently announced was a seventeenth volume for the light novel series, which will be an epilogue. It will be released on July 10th.
Author’s Note: Considering the popularity of the Spice and Wolf series, I think there’s a high probability of it getting a 3rd season with this announcement. Personally, I loved the two anime adaptations. I think I’ll go watch the seasons again sometime.
She’s quite the beauty, eh?
Fullmetal Alchemist on the right, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? on the left
FUNimation Entertainment has recently announced that they obtained the new Fullmetal Alchemist movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (“Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi”), and an anime series called Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? (“Is This A Zombie?”). The Fullmetal Alchemist movie will be a standalone story, not related to the original or Brotherhood storylines of Fullmetal Alchemist. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? on the other hand, is about a boy who gets resurrected by a necromancer after being killed by a serial killer. He then acquires magical powers deprived from a magical girl and is ordered to fight against the anti-mahou shoujo system "Megalo" in her place.