The 10th anniversary celebration of Youtsuba&! was cut short because of the deadly earthquakes in Japan, and now has been rescheduled for July. The exhibition will be housed in the Gallery LE DECO, in Shibuya in Tokyo, from July 5-17th.
The song Cantarella, sung by Vocaloid Kaito, has inspired a musical, directed by Yukio Ueshima, with Kentarō Kanesaki and Daisuke Watanabe staring. The show will be preformed from August 3rd to August 7th, in Tokyo's Shibuya's Space Zero theater. If you can't be in Tokyo, the show will be streamed live on the Nico Nico Douga website.

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After two or so years of inactivity, Maki Murakami announced that she will be resuming Gravitation EX, and the newest chapter will be launched in the June 28th of Gentosha magazine.  Gravitation EX was launched as a sequel to Gravitation in 2004, however Murakami set aside the manga almost immediately.
Aniplex of America announced at the FanimeCon that the hit anime Durarara!!will air on Adult Swim beginning this June, on the Saturday evening spot, in a 26 episode series; Durarara!! will also be streamed on the Adult Swim Website.
With the release of the newest Ghibli movie, The Borrower Arriety next year,  Viz will also launch a series of movie comics to go along with them. Two volumes will hit stores in January of the coming year, a month before Disney will launch the movie in February.  Viz has not yet suggested a retail price.

Similar comics exist for other Studio Ghibli movies, including Nausicca: the Valley of the Wind.
Saturday, May 28, 2011


As Christmas time approaches in Sauburne, episode 19 plunges you into the dark past of Cordelia, Victorique's mother, and her connection to Brian Roscoe.

As she is preforming on stage, as part of a dance troupe preforming Rose Colored Life, Cordelia is confronted by the Marquis de Blois.  After the show, she goes out a back entrance, and on her way to meet Roscoe, is kidnapped by the same Marquis de Blois.While attempting to save her, Brian is knocked unconscious, and Cordelia disappears for a year,taken to the Marquis castle fortress, is raped and gives birth to her daughter, the Gray Wolf, Victorique, on Christmas Day. When she recovers she finds herself in a psychiatric facility, with a precious locket, containing a picture of Cordelia and Victorique.

She is rescued by Brian Roscoe, and begins to preform on the stage again, this time inside a wooden mannequin doll, not a frilled skirt.  She and Brian go and visit Victorique, but what Cordelia finds is not what she expected. She sees a younger version of herself, trapped and helpless inside a tower. There she gives her daughter an pendant, not unlike her own, but with a different image inside, and tells her that if she(Victorique) ever needs help, it doesn't matter where, she'll come running.

All these memories are brought on because the Marquis has ordered the "The Blue Rose of Sauburne" to be preformed on Christmas Day. This time though, the story has been altered slightly-it now revolves around Coco Rose, the Queen of Sauburne.  Brian Roscoe's bitterness shines through "Is this a sick joke? Still how much does this contemptible man have to hurt you before he's sated?".

Cordelia sends Victorique a message-  
"The Second Storm will come soon. Now is the time to show your power."
Toward the very end of this episode, Kujo and Victorique are reminded of the words of the elder in the Village of the Gray Wolves (Episodes 6-8). That while a gale will blow the world and themselves apart, they will always be together in their hearts.  It appears the storm has come.
Monday, May 23, 2011

OHSHC To Get Drama

The next issue of LaLa magazine, released tomorrow (July issue)in Japan, will announce a live action TV series based on the hugely popular manga/anime by Bisco Hatori. The series has a green-lit for July, and  will air on TBS. The cast includes Haruna Kawaguchi (Moshidora, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan) will take lead as Haruhi Fujioka, and Yusuke Yamamoto will co-star as "King" Tamaki Sou.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

An Advance in the Field of Cosplay

A Japanese company called Neurowear (English Link), has created the ultimate in cosplay- cat ears that move, commanded by your brainwaves. The sensor inside the machine will picks up signals from your brainwaves, and the ears react as such. For instance, when you are alert, the ears will prick up, when you relax, they will lie down.

Necomimi, as they are called, were tested by the general public in this past week, and had favorable results.  I will be contacting the help desk at Neurowear, and will try to discover when, if at all, these will be released in the USA.
At Kawaii Con, Sentai Rep. David Williams released this statement:
a new title that we haven’t talked about yet will be coming out in August: Kobato. It’s a CLAMP project, and we will be releasing that in August, so watch for that one. … It’s a fun, nice little CLAMP title.
The 24 episode series, produced by Madhouse, ran from 2009-2010.Based on the CLAMP manga, published by Yen Press, Kobato is about a sweet, cute girl who has a mysterious bottle that she is able to fill with hearts of people she heals. Once she fills this bottle, she will be able to go to a special place. But- she not allowed to fall in love.She is accompanied by a loryogi, a spirit in the form of a plushie dog. Kobato was 1st animated in CLAMP's second music video, CLAMP in Wonderland 2.

Yen Press, who handles all of CLAMP's USA releases, will publish Kobato Vol. 4 in July.

Clamp in Wonderland 2 can be watched here.
Kobato Trailer:

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Anime North

For our Canadian viewers, Anime North is coming up later this month, May 27-29th, at the Toronto Congress Center, at 650 Dixon Road, and at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Rd. (directly across the street). Among the guests are Pinku!Project, Momiji Award winner Helen McCarthy, john Swasey and more. For
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