Things are ramping up for the holidays, and I'm distracted trying to make sure I have presents for everyone on my list. Man, I'm never going to finish in time...
- Keen-eyed users over at AnimeSuki spotted that the anime adaptation of the popular game 428 (by Fate/Stay Night creators Type-Moon) is finally moving forward. The new anime will actually be called Canaan and its official website has opened up already.
- Interestingly, the OVA based on the manga Denpa Teki na Kanojo (“Eletro-Magnetic Girlfriend”) will be released as a bonus along with the third volume of the manga Kurenai. Huh.
- Meanwhile Nebs tipped me off to FUNimation's online VOD site, which now features over 500 episodes, and in many cases entire series available on a download-to-own basis. If I recall correctly the files DO have DRM.
- If that's not enough anime for you, or just not the right title, VIZ has uploaded the final five episodes of Naruto's first season (i.e. the ones leading up to Shippuuden). You can get 'em on the official Naruto site.
- Aaand Dwight Whorley, a man convicted of receiving child pornography of both the photographic and anime kind, had his sentence upheld by a federal judge. His lawyer says they'll keep pushing on to the Supreme Court if necessary. This is so depressing.
- Ever-vigilant Kuri notes that troubled yaoi publisher Drama Queen has announced yet another delay in what has been one of the most highly-anticipated yaoi releases ever, The Tyrant Falls in Love. I hope they can pull it together...
- Speaking of ever-vigilant, Muhyojo announces that the newest spinoff manga for Fist of the North Star will feature the character Jagi, a manipulative man with a disfigured head and a grudge against Kenshiro.
- ANN has word that Mayu Shinjou is going to finally get around to continue her previously two-part miniseries manga Ayakashi no Koi Emaki starting in January.
- Broccoli may be shutting down, but that doesn't mean they're slowing down-- they have a final costume of Chitose from Galaxy Angel for sale, as well as about 45 Juvenile Orion goodie boxes. They're only supposed to be for the fan club, so I recommend joining their mailing list for details on that. They're also giving away free goodies to some of the users who comment on this post talking about all of the Broccoli books they've owned, favorite Broccoli series, and anything else to show why you're a fan of the company.
- Finally, G-Man and I talked a bit about comics and manga, particularly a few manga titles that are being developed into western comics. Check out the video here.
- Hashihime has some details about when The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya seiyuu Aya Hirano's Riot Tour will appear in your town. By which I mean, when you can import the DVD from Japan. It's hitting streets there on February 25. And yes, it does appear that they have a photo of her licking her dog. (Who do you think you are, Aya, Shoko-tan?)
- The recently-popular anime Kuroshitsuji, about a demonically perfect butler (which is totally different from a demon gay baker) is getting a new DS game courtesy of Square Enix. Now, Squenix doesn't necessarily have a reputation for awesome games based on its manga/anime franchises (*cough cough* Fullmetal Alchemist RPGs), but the adventure game will feature mini-games like dishwashing...which at least says to me that they're actually thinking about what the show's about.
- And speaking of licensed games, if you're sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the Afro Samurai game, Kotaku has some pretty promising video footage for you.
- The latest addition to New York Comic Con: Robotech's Steve Yun and Tommy Yune (no relation). You guys want me to try and interview them? Let me know and I'll see if I can still arrange it!
Whew, I think that's everything. And damn, that was a lot, too! Don't worry, I'm not planning on letting them get this long very often.