Last week, Kodansha Comics published the first volume of zombie rom-com manga Sankarea. The think about the Japanese covers is that their bishoujo art focuses on latter part of that formula and not the former. So, the publisher has worked with author Mitsuru Hattori to colorize re-purposed interior pages and play up the manga's horror elements. Get a preview of their design for volume three after the jump.
This week AT-X featured an uncensored version of Oreimo featuring a bicycle, with the vehicle in question being a racy itachari (bike equivalent of an itasha) adorned with fictional anime character StardustWitch Meruru. Get a look after the jump.
Going along with all the media mash-ups, Attack on Titan has now inspired a bit of baking. The Japanese instructions on the how-to video aren't translated, but in addition to being fun to watch the culinary action, it features some great remixes of the opening theme, including a music box variant. Get a look after the jump.
Gagaga Bunko has updated the listing for the anime adaptation of Koroku Inumura's Toaru Hikūshi e no Koiuta, a light novel set in the same context/before The Princess and the Pilot. Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange, Dance in the Vampire Bund) is attached as director on the fall anime. More after the jump.
Preseason expectation polls are the gift that keep on giving. It's always fun to go back and see what exceeded or disappointed preconceptions. Personally, I think there's going to a lot of shuffling as this season starts up. Here, we have the Anime One picks for what's raised Japanese otaku expectations. Get a look after the jump.
CoMix Wave Film's (5 Centimeters Per Second) original content Anime Bancho youtube channel is back with the first short in a new series. Trigger (Little Witch Academia) cofounder Masahiko Otsuka and Ren Shimorenjaku bring us Turning Girls, as in "tonight, the girls face yet another sour battle against the turning point of their lives." Get a look after the jump.
If Interlink gets their way, you may be able to locate your website or email under .moe In an application filed June 13th, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is asked to accommodate niche subculture with a .mode top-level domain. More after the jump.
Cinema Today recently profiled actress Ayame Goriki's efforts playing the lead in the live-action Black Bulter. Goriki plays the heir of the Phantomhive family legacy, who, in the year 2020, must assume a male identity to maintain the position and extract revenge. Goriki discusses adopting male speech patterns and mannerisms, as well as making sure that the portrayal satisfies manga fans. See some still of the results, after the jump.
Rondo Robe has posted a new promo for the end theme to this summer's adaptation of bizarre murder mystery game Danganronpa. The single for "Zetsubousei: Hero Chiryouyaku" by Suzumu (known for his vocaloid work) and soraru (best known his his utaite cover singing work) will be released August 7th. The release will be packaged with a short story by Suzumu. Get a preview after the jump.
With sci-fi fishing anime Tsuritama set to be distributed by Section23 on DVD and Blu-ray this August, Sentai Filmworks has announced the English dub cast for the upcoming release. See who's who after the jump.
The first volume of Valvrave is out on DVD/Blu-ray in Japan on June 26th. The limited edition features a bonus disc with event footage, a bonus CD featuring an original audio drama, a booklet, three postcards, and a character card set, along with an illustrated box for the series. In addition to the typical promo art, one poster features a must-see series in-joke. Get a look after the jump.
A number of stores are now taking preorders for the July 10th release of Linked Horizon's Attack on Titan single with the first opening, "Guren no Yumiya" and second, "Jiyū no Tsubasa." Different chains will offer different, linking limited bonus jacket art featuring the 104 grads, Levi and composer Revo. Get a look after the jump.
The campaign to crowd source the funding of tabletop RPG OVA: The Anime Role-Playing Game closes this evening having raised over $110,000 in an effort that originally sought $7,500 in pledges. Beyond funding the 156 page print edition of the newly revised game, the nine stretch goals were reached, funding supplementary efforts such as additional eBooks forms and a companion mobile apps. More after the jump.
Overlap, the new publisher of the recently relaunched Infinite Stratos sci-fi series, has announced that Charlotte Dunois will be the subject of its comedy spin-off web manga IS Sugar & Honey. The first chapter from doujinshi artist Takako Hitsuji is slated for June 25th. More after the jump.
Volume seven of Toka Adachi's Noragami has announced that the Gekkan Shounen Magazine series will be adapted into a TV anime. The 2010 manga follows the relationship between a minor deity, hoping to one day attract a shrine and followers, and a bullied girl. The author's earlier Alive: The Final Evolution was released in North America by Del Rey. More after the jump.