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July 27 2010

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Black Rock Shooter

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly enveloping rock for the past few months, you’ll probably have heard a fair bit about Black Rock Shooter already. The hype machine has been pushed to almost breaking point for this particular anime project, but not without good reason. Black Rock Shooter is a really interesting anime production in a number of ways: it’s an anime that started with a small collection of artwork by then little-known artist, Huke, whose Black Rock Shooter character design planted the creative seed that rapidly grew into this 50-minute OVA. This process was given a massive boost by Ryo, a now-famous music producer (who recently composed the ED for Bakemonogatari) and member of band, Supercell. The design’s likeness to Hatsune Miku, and his fondness for the it led to a collaboration – a music video combining Huke’s visceral artwork and the musical talent of Ryo in the form of a Hatsune Miku song. The video made Black Rock Shooter a sensation, latching on to the popularity of Hatsune Miku and Vocaloid in general.

Then came the anime! Ryo and Huke collaborated with Yutaka Yamamoto and his new studio, Ordet to conceive an anime series, and the anticipation has only grown from there. Ordet is an interesting studio because its core members are ex-Kyoto Animation staff, including the director, Shinobu Yoshioka. As its first solo animation production, Hatsune Miku was a big chance for Ordet to make a triumphant entrance into the anime industry. This is an anime with a great backstory, and strong new talent fuelling it! Now that it has finally been released in full, the only question remains is: does it deliver on the prodigious promise it exudes? ⚫ ⚫ ⚫

July 21 2010



⚫ Occult Academy DVD/Blu-ray releases are going to include extra 'spinoff' episodes. This is basically industry practice to do now, but what's impressive is that there are going to be 4 episodes in total!

⚫ Seven Seas has now officially licensed the Railgun manga (yay!!), and also picked up Amnesia Labyrinth, which is a new work by the author of Haruhi.

⚫ The new single from Ryo/kz, 'Kocchi Muiteyo Baby/Yellow' hit number 9 on the oricon singles charts, selling 18,000 copies to be the first single to hit the oricon charts.

⚫ Moonphase posted an unconfirmed runour that Sunrise will produce an anime adaptation of Owari no Chronicle. As far as rumours go, this seems like a reasonably plausible one.

July 13 2010

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Preview the song and the opening for Project DIVA 2nd! Those visuals sure are pretty. I love the chibi Mikus that pop up around the place!
The first single from Project Diva 2nd is out! こっち向いてBaby / yellow, composed by Ryo/Supercell! I love the cover art, and from what I've heard, the song is nice too.
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