In today’s update: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime gets design sketches, Brave Story exists, infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters churn out a list of 2006 winter shows, Toranoana is market savvy, Rin gets a stuffed doll, Maritan DESTROYS THE EVIL POWER, and fans of striped undergarments dance in the streets.

In today’s update: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni anime anime design sketches, Brave Story exists, infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters churn out a list of 2006 winter shows, Toranoana is market savvy, Rin gets a stuffed doll, Maritan DESTROYS THE EVIL POWER, and fans of striped undergarments dance in the streets.

Media Side

  • Not only is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni being animated by Studio Deen, there are character design sketches up on the official site today. This is being reported elsewhere as if it’s not much of a scoop, so I’m guessing I missed the initial anime announcement back in the void that was my ‘netless September… [edit] it seems I did in fact note this already. A rather forgettable item, I guess.
  • In other Higurashi news, a new installment of the saga will be on sale at Toranoana on December 30th. At 4:00 PM. A specified time in midafternoon might seem odd, until you realize what event ends at 4:00 PM on December 30th and where the people who were at that event will be going next. Toranoana, you clever bastards.
  • Brave Story is an animated film produced by Gonzo, Fuji TV, and Warner Brothers, slated for a July 8th 2006 roadshow, and with an official English site here. I’d recommend checking out the trailer, it looks pretty cool (though not quite as cool as Giniro no Kami no Agito, though I may just be partial to the presence of female characters).
  • Web Anime Style has a handy chronological lineup of the anime offerings for the winter 2006 season as far as their launch dates are known. Here’s a rundown of the more interesting titles:
    • Rean no Tsubasa: initial broadcast is online only, via Bandai Channel. An action-packed sci fi OAV.
    • Kage Kara Mamoru!: wacky ninja high school love comedy hijinks.
    • Yomigaeru Sora Rescue Wings: realistic series about the Japanese equivalent of the coast guard, with a list of supporting contributors longer than this post.
    • Gin-iro no Kami no Agito: a postapocalyptic CG fest that just might lift animated cinema out of its doldrums of the past few years. [trailer]
    • Kashimashi Girl Meets Girl: Though the title is promising, the presence of males on the cast page means it can’t possibly be yuri enough.
    • Fate / stay night: I don’t need to say anything about this, do I?
    • Tactical Roar: one man, nine women, and a bunch of shoddily composited CG on a three hour tour. The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed…
    • Rakugo Tennyo Oyui: girls reborn as “heavenly nymphs” to fight evil at the end of the Edo period. Has a cute tanuki kid.
    • Nerima Daikon Brothers: I really don’t know, but whatever it is I don’t like it. Feel free to ignore this comment.
    • Majikano: tagline: “I’ll make you a man for real!”
    • Lemon Angel Project: a bunch of unknown singers / voice actresses star in an anime about a bunch of unknown singers / voice actresses. Related to an earlier project with the same name.
    • Rec: I will watch the first few episodes of this based solely on the fact that it features a girl wearing nothing but headphones and a towel. All I need to know, really.
    • Binchou-tan: she has a log. On her head.
  • Dengeki Animaga The Best Issue 2 was out on the 30th of November, and like its predecessor it includes only one poster. Unless you want an artbook digest of previous Animaga poster offerings (this time around the theme of “school uniforms and costumes”) I’d give this one a miss.
  • Taito’s Shikigami no Shiro Episode 3 site opened yesterday, for the shooting game fans. In unrelated gaming news, the Ar Tonelico OST has some pretty rad stuff going on ([edit] December 21st release, thanks to VanRaily for pointing out the error).
  • Today’s denpa discovery is Mosaic.wav, with a fair distribution of sample tracks here. Listen to more than ten consecutive minutes of this and your teeth will rot and fall out of your head, guaranteed.
  • This week’s edition of Radio To Heart 2 is online, probing yet deeper into the mystery that is curry and rice.

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