- SaiAni has word of a new kids anime, Kupuu!! Mamegoma!. No, it's not related to moogles, unfortunately (kupo!); instead it's about the Mamekawa family and a seal named Mamegoma.
- For those of you who can't get enough of the music-making duo Chiaki and Nodame of Nodame Cantabile, rejoice! A third season has been announced; it'll follow sometime after the current season, Parihen.
- Aaaand after launching its video player back in July, Anime News Network has announced its first series to stream actual episodes of-- Media Blaster's Kite: Liberator.
- Over at Comics Worth Reading, Johanna Carlson catches TOKYOPOP bribing users for votes in the Nickelodeon Magazine Comic Awards. Considering that Tpop is only in one category, and it's the Best Manga category, and its Fruits Basket is up against Naruto and One Piece, I'm more upset that Storm was nominated for "Best Hair" and Rogue wasn't. (Hello? Who came up with these nominations anyway?!).
- Meanwhile, over at About.com, Deb notes that Disappearance Diary-- which was on my gift guide, by the way --was also on NY Magazine's Best of 2008 list. In fact, it topped the graphic novel list, and along with Yuichi Yokoyama's Travel, is the only Japanese title on the list.
- This link is probably adults only, or at least NSFW. Over at Topless Robot, Rob finds that Japan has taken the next step in de-evolution: a plug-in device that works in conjunction with eroge. If you're under 18, you'll just have to picture it for yourself. Actually, it might be less sad if you just picture it instead of seeing it, regardless of your age...
- And speaking of smut games, AkibaBlog talks about Japan's first magazine specifically about eroge, which just launched. It's all downhill from here, methinks.
- Nishikaze, an Alberta-based anime convention, has announced that its 2009 convention is cancelled due to a lack of venue, but its team will refocus on the 2010 con instead.
- This is a sad death indeed: ANN has word that the NTV time slot formerly devoted to both Detective Conan and Yatterman will now air an hour-long news program instead. It's unclear what will happen to the Conan/Yatterman block (i.e. whether it will move or break up), but it's still not a great sign. Hey, NTV, why not add them to your list of CrunchyRoll titles?
- Anime mag Otaku USA has announced that it will no longer offer DVDs with every issue, but only once a year, and has dropped the price accordingly: it's now $5.99 an issue. Those who paid for a subscription in advance will have their subscriptions extended by 50%.
- Everyone's favorite ecchi onii-chan is back! Randall has reacquired ikimashou.net, so for those of you who like your figure news frequent and foul-mouthed, get ready for his return.
- A friend passed this link on to me-- I'm not quite sure who all the people running this are, but if you're looking for a cosplay fix beyond scads of scantily-clad young ladies (which are usually good enough for me), this site offers a lot of interesting information and behind-the-cosplay-scenes coverage.
- And finally-- hey, lookit! Japanator's GodLen and Zero-chan made it into Japan's Famitsu magazine as part of Otaku USA! That is incredibly awesome. Congrats, guys!