The Anime Fix Was On August 14th On Blogtalkradio, Here Are the Stories that Were in The August 14th Edition.
Story 1: [Sengoku Gyōjin Dullahan Anime Opens Preview Site]
The official website for the Sengoku Gyōjin Dullahan ~Kagen no Keishōsha (The Inheritor of the Crescent Moon) anime has opened
with a preview page. The anime re-imagines Japan’s violent Sengoku (Era of the Warring States) — instead of armored Japanese
samurai, the story features powered-suited heroes from Japan and various countries around the world.
The anime is based on the top winning entry in northern Japan’s Sendai-Miyagi Animation Contest from the visual novel creator
group Ra-sen in 2008. Various companies then collaborated on a teaser trailer that ran during the Tokyo International Anime Fair
this past March. Sayaka Katou designed the characters, and funbolt was responsible for the original mechanical design sketches.
The Sendai-based software and video company GrapeCity worked on production and motion-capturing, while the anima studio
produced the animation and modeling. The THINK corporation also produced the project.
Story 2;[Da Vinci Mag’s Koishigure Love Short Stories Get Anime]
Koishigure ~Yoshitaka Yuriko to 6-tsu no Koi, an anime anthology of short stories read aloud by 21-year-old actress Yuriko
Yoshitaka, will air in Japan on September 16 and 23. The anime is based on six love stories and their accompanying illustrations
from the Koishigure short story series in Media Factory’s Da Vinci magazine. A popular artist is contributing a love song to each
story, and Yoshimoto is acting in the music videos for those songs. Yoshitaka guest-starred in the Michiko to Hatchin television anime as the character Vanessa in the 13th episode.
|Rank||Prev. Rank||Title||Author||Publisher||Price||Weeks on List|
|1||4||Vampire Knight #7||Matsuri Hino||Viz Media||US$8.99||2|
|2||5||Rosario + Vampire #8||Akihisa Ikeda||Viz Media||US$7.99||2|
|3||1||Naruto #45||Masashi Kishimoto||Viz Media||US$7.95||5|
|4||2||Fruits Basket #23||Natsuki Takaya||Tokyopop||US$10.99||5|
|5||–||D.Gray-man #14||Katsura Hoshino||Viz Media||US$7.99||1|
|6||7||D.N.Angel #12||Yukiru Sugisaki||Tokyopop||US$10.99||2|
|7||–||Otomen #3||Aya Kanno||Viz Media||US$8.99||1|
|8||3||Fullmetal Alchemist #19||Hiromu Arakawa||Viz Media||US$9.99||4|
|9||–||Black Bird #1||Kanoko Sakurakoji||Viz Media||US$8.99||1|
|10||–||Bloody Kiss #1||Kazuko Furumiya||Tokyopop||US$10.99||1|
Story 4: [Gundam Rock English Cover Album to Ship in Japan]
Californian singer Andrew W.K. will release Gundam Rock, an album of English-language rock covers of Gundam anime songs, on
September 9 in Japan. The CD release from Universal Music Japan will feature the music from the first Mobile Suit Gundam
television series and movie trilogy as part of the ongoing 30th anniversary celebration (pictured at right). Last November, Andrew
W.K. had already released a cover album of J-pop songs that included the “Ai Senshi” song from the Mobile Suit Gundam II:
Soldiers of Sorrow film.
Besides the English covers of theme songs and the rock versions of background music, Andrew W.K. will reenact the anime’s
opening narration and the famous memorial speech that the Gihren Zabi character gives for his fallen brother.
Story 5:[Japan Prints Manga to Explain Economic Growth Policy ]
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Japanese government has put out a book this month to explain Japan’s
New Economic Growth Strategy to manga readers. Nihon no Mirai wa Nozomi ni Omakase! ~Manga de Wakaru Shin Keizai
Seichō Senryaku (Count on Our Hopes [Nozomi] for Japan’s Future! Understanding the New Economic Growth Strategy with
Manga) features a “charismatic” 16-year-old high school girl named Nozomi Mitsuno as its heroine. The heroine’s name can be
read as a wordplay that means “hope of light.” Nozomi and her 18-year-old female rival (both of whom have the title of “Management
Consultants”) were created with the intent of making Japan’s economic policy easy to understand and even “fun.”
The book’s heroine covers such topics as “making the economic unification of East Asia a reality,” “making the low-carbon society
a reality,” and “developing new techniques through the cooperation of mid-sized and small businesses.” The book is aimed at
young readers from middle school to college, as well as young company workers.
The New Economic Growth Strategy is the policy to strengthen the Japanese economy that METI initially drafted in 2006 and
finalized in 2008. According the ministry, Japan is in danger of losing its status as the world’s second largest economy in 10 years,
due its low birth rate and the inertial resistance to change within government bureaucracies and business institutions.
Midori Natsu wrote the story with input from METI, and Hitori Renda drew the manga. METI compiled the work, while the Nikkei BP
Publishing Center sells the book. DrMaster published Natsu’s Feng Shui Academy manga in North America.
Story 6:[18-m Eva Poster, Akemi Takada Sketch on Charity Auction]
To celebrate the milestone of the Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha) film’s two millionth
viewing, an 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) movie poster is being auctioned for charity on the Yahoo! Auctions Japan website. Co-
director Kazuya Tsurumaki (FLCL, Gunbuster 2) signed the poster, since it features his storyboard sketch that has since become
the iconic image of Evangelion: 2.0. The 3.5-meter-wide (11.5-foot-wide) poster, which was created with weather-resistant printing
on vinyl-covered cloth, hung on the 109-2 department store building in Tokyo’s Shibuya district for three weeks starting on June 13.
The auction will benefit the Japan Committee Vaccines for the World’s Children (JCV).
A separate 2.78-meter-tall (9-foot-tall) character poster is also being auctioned for the same charity. The second poster features an
illustration of the three main Evangelion pilots by animation director Hidenori Matsubara (Ah! My Goddess!, Sakura Wars). Like
Tsurumaki, Matsubara signed the second poster. This poster hung during the elaborate opening weekend event just outside a
participating theater in Tokyo’s Kabukicho neighborhood on June 27 and 28. Both auctions end on August 19; as of August 14, the
larger storyboard poster is going for 70,000 yen (about US$734) while the smaller character poster is going for 111,000 yen
In a separate development, characer designer Akemi Takada (Creamy Mami, Kimagure Orange Road, Maison Ikkoku) is one of
several Japanese anime and manga creators donating sketches to support the victims of this week’s flooding in Taiwan. The death
toll could top 500 in the country’s worst flooding in 50 years. Author Kei Sazane (Tasogareiro no Uta Tsukai) is among 20 other
Japanese creators who are contributing to the cause. Takada personally initiated the donation effort; she also contributed to a
similar 1999 relief effort during Taiwan’s worst earthquake in modern times.
Story 7: [Baka to Test to Shōkanjū Anime Promo Streamed]
The Japanese production company Media Factory has begun streaming a two-minute promotional video for the anime adaptation of Kenji Inoue‘s Baka to Test to Shōkanjū (The Idiot, the Tests, and the Summoned Creatures) fantasy romantic comedy light novels on Thursday. The story centers around Akihisa Yoshii, the “baka” of the title. His academy rigidly divides up the student body into classes based on the results of tests. The prodigies are in the A class with reclining seats complete with air conditioning, but Akihisa is in F class, the lowest rung of the school ladder which is furnished only with low, decrepit tables and worn-out straw tatami mats.
A smart girl named Mizuki Himeji had a fever on test day and was pigeonholed into the F class. Besides Mizuki, the F class also has Yūji Sakamoto, the class president who has been Akihisa’s partner-in-crime since the freshman year. The school happens to have developed experiments to summon fantasy creatures, and Akihisa decides to rally F class to take on the higher-tiered classes and seize their perks. The F class uses the summoned creatures in an all-out battle for school supremacy.
The anime was revealed through an ad for Kadokawa Shoten‘s Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in April. Monthly Shonen Ace runs the manga adaptation of the novel series, which Enterbrain has been publishing since 2007.
Story 8:[Kanokon ~Manatsu no Daishanikusai~ OVA Trailer Uploaded]
The Japanese production company Media Factory has begun streaming the 113-second trailer for the Kanokon ~Manatsu no
Daishanikusai~ original video anime project. Both the new video project and last year’s Kanokon television series adapt Katsumi
Nishino and Koin’s Kanokon romantic comedy light novels about an ordinary boy with two female schoolmates — who happen to be
fox and wolf deities. As he did on the television series, Atsushi Ootsuki will direct the animators at Xebec on the new project. Series
script supervisor Masashi Suzuki, character designer and animation director Akio Takami, and the cast led by Mamiko Noto, Ayako
Kawasumi, and Miyū Takeuchi will also return. Yui Sakakibara sings the opening theme song “Komorebi no Sordino.”
Seven Seas Entertainment had announced in 2006 that it would be translating the original light novel series into English, although
the company has since said in April that it currently has no plans to put them out.