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Anime News: “The Five Killers” trailer up at Clockwork Machina

CMWilly has just posted a trailer for one of Gonzo‘s newest projects, an American / Japanese coproduction entitled The Five Killers. Designs are by Maeshima Shigeki, a brilliant but frustrating artist who abandoned his website and lives on only in the pages of Robot and on the covers of a few light novels. Production is being helmed by Eric Calderon, with the pilot animated by Hirata Tomohiro and script from George Krstic and Mark Waid. While I haven’t experienced any of these creators’ past works, the prospect of a brilliantly animated badass Gonzo tour de force is a compelling one. The first step out of mourning the loss of Mardock Scramble? Perhaps… we’ll be keeping an eye on the project as it develops, and watching the trailer several more times in the interim. (no more)

Figure News: Max Factory Shana, Griffon Etna on the horizon

A couple bits of figure news scrounged from the past week of eventing: the Goodsmile collective updated last week with a page for an upcoming Max Factory Shana PVC figure from Shakugan no Shana. It’s due out in November from the hand of sculptor Hashimoto Takakimi (Amiami search), a release well timed to coincide with the middle of the second Shana TV series scheduled to air this fall. In other red-headed figure news, Akiba Hobby has posted a review of a production model of Griffon‘s upcoming Etna PVC from Disgaea. No word on a release date or pricing yet, but this is one that fans are likely to pounce on regardless… (no more)