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New Japanese Holiday: Anime Announcement Day?

FIVE new announcements, and two bonus rumors as well.

 You know, it's not uncommon that a week will go by that is particularly heavy with new anime announcements as studios and TV stations get ready for new TV seasons and the like...but I think five new anime announcements in a day is a new record for me.

Yes, FIVE new anime announcements, all from Moon Phase and 2ch. Let's take a look at 'em.

Psychic Detective Yakumo:

 A gorgeous young man with heterochromia-- that's different-colored eyes --has a special ability in his left eye, which is red. He can see ghosts and spirits, and in order to help them rest in peace he likes to eliminate whatever causes them to be bound to earth. With the help of a young woman named Haruka, Yakumo mostly solves murder cases.

Giant Killing:

 This soccer manga revolves around a rag-tag group of players in East Tokyo who are doing so poorly that even their fans are turning on them-- which results in coaches being fired, players being sold, and other such disasters to one's career. Will they be able to pull ahead? Only the anime will tell! Or, you know, the original manga. Ahem.

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san:

 Kubo Yasuhisa's award-winning manga revolves around another detective, but this one summons really goofy-looking demons to help him solve crimes. Also, they uncover a planned demon rebellion.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei:

 A third-year college student reflects back on his college career before graduating. That may not sound very exciting, but the anime is going to be directed by Masaaki Yuasa, the master of the mindfuck and director of such titles as Cat Soup, Mind Game, Kemonozume, and Kaiba.

Starry Sky:

 Not unlike its predecessor-of-the-heart, Miracle Train, Starry Sky is a franchise of drama CDs and games, and features the 12 signs of the Zodiac, anthropomorphized as hot boys. Sounds an awful lot like Fruits Basket, except it's the Greek Zodiac, not the Chinese. And there's no sign of a girl to put at the center of a plot, either. But it'll probably be pretty!

But that's not all!

 Moon Phase also lists a couple of RUMORED anime adaptations: one is B-gata H-kei (aka Type-B Group H), which would be based on the ecchi seinen manga by Yoko Sanri, and Bakuman, a manga about manga-making from the writer and artist of Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, respectively.

Insanity. Pure insanity. This was like doing a little mini-season preview almost! So, what of these sound interesting to you? I really hope Bakuman is getting an anime adaptation; I'm really looking forward to VIZ's release of the manga in English. I'm also looking forward to Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, sice Kaiba was so awesome, and Yondemasuyo Azazel-san looks pretty funny.

How about you?
AjayRazon Dec. 7, 2009 at 4:22 p.m.
Giant Killing actually looks really awesome. I'll await more news on that very anime. 
giaon Dec. 7, 2009 at 4:25 p.m.
@AjayRaz: I know Ed from Vertical, Inc seems excited about it (or so it seems on his Twitter account), and he's got really great taste in manga, so I'll definitely want to see that one too.
John_Martoneon Dec. 7, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Psychic Detective Yakumo:
Oh no, not yet another anime focusing on a mysterious figure with a special case of heterochromia

Giant Killing:

You had me at Soccer Anime  
Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san

Will probably be enteraining, totally not worth looking forward to imo.
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
WHOA. MADE BY THE KAIBA DUDE? Sign me up.
Starry Sky
Greek Fruits Basket sounds like a good idea, but lets see if it lives up to that.
giaon Dec. 7, 2009 at 4:44 p.m.
@John_Martone: Heterochromia is a really cool stylistic choice, but it DOES feel like it's getting a bit old...no one will ever do it better than
Slimon Dec. 7, 2009 at 4:52 p.m.
  Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei seems to have an ilistration that, at least, nods to one of my favorite authors.
 

Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A'Tuin. The books frequently parody, or at least take inspiration from, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft and William Shakespeare, as well as mythology, folklore and fairy tales, often using them for satirical parallels with current cultural, political and scientific issues.

Baku_Senseion Dec. 7, 2009 at 7:03 p.m.
@Slim: I was about to comment on that...
Konandaon Dec. 7, 2009 at 7:12 p.m.

Psychic Detective Yakumo has an interesting premise at least. 
Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei is by the guy who made Cat Soup. Nice if it's as crazy and awesome as that half hour long film was they may have something there. 
Starry Sky sounds like it could be decent depending with the interactions between different personalties and such.
HeeroYuyon Dec. 7, 2009 at 10:23 p.m.
So who had the song from Persona 3 pop and get stuck in their head when they read the title "Starry Sky"?  *raises his hand*
damswedonon Dec. 8, 2009 at 11:26 a.m.
Giant Killing? wow that name is almost as good as Dragon Ball Z: Sparking

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