More brainf*ck, vampires and magicians, while girls drool over manga and supermaids in the Philippines

Some interesting news from Anime News Service, let’s start off with some good ones:

8-6-06 (5:52AM EDT)—- GAINAX Hiring For New Hideaki Anno Anime
Studio GAINAX is now actively seeking to fill several employment positions on a new animated film project called “Color” (Khara) to be directed by Hideaki Anno. Production Staff and Animatrors are sought. Those meeting their criteria can apply via email online.

New Hideaki Anno project?! That’s good to hear.

8-6-06 (1:48AM EDT)—- Kara No Kyoukai To Be Animated
According to information published in the September, 2006 issue of Tech Gian magazine, TYPE MOON’s first novel Kara No Kyoukai will be adapted to a 26 episode anime TV series. The Nasu Kinoko work preceded “Tsukihime”, which gave the Dojin circle super cult status in Japan, catapulting them into a full fledged business and leading to the commercialization of their many properties.

I am so praying that some studio other than DEEN or XEBEC will do this. If possible, KyoAni, but that’s hoping for too much :).
It’s a (horribly cruel) trap.

8-6-06 (12:33AM EDT)—- Negima Second Season And Manga
Negima’s second series is slated to begin on TV Tokyo Wednesday, October 4th at 17:30. A new negima manga by Takuya Fujima will begin serializing in Comic Bon Bon from November.

Announced screen date of the new Negima series. I’m still hoping for a total remake. As for the new manga, I’m not too sure on what to say about that. Takuya Fujima’s art looks nice though.

And… some weird and random news…

8-6-06 (3:55AM EDT)—- Girls Polled On Their Manga “Blush Rate”
Excite Bit looked at the frequency that Japanese girls blushed while reading their favorite manga. Sitting a control group down to read the same comics, 1182 (56.5%) of their 2091 female sample were observed to blush at some point during a reading session. 24.6% were seen to not completely blush, 15.4% were seen to sweat or be pale, 2.3% cried, 0.9% showed anger and 0.3% drooled.

I lol’ed at this piece. I wonder what the 0.3% were reading. I’m hoping for Yakitate over BL.

8-6-06 (3:06AM EDT)—- Philippine President Plans To Train Supermaids
“We will be sending supermaids,” Arroyo said of a new training program during a round-table discussion on efforts to evacuate 30,000 Filipinos in Lebanon, most of them maids, and help them find new jobs. Augusto Syjuco, head of the government’s Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, said the supermaid program includes instruction in first aid, evacuations from high-rises in case of a fire and other skills to help maids get higher pay. “They are not just maids. They are really very well trained now,” he said. “If there is someone injured among the family they work for … how to get out of a fire in a high-rise building, all these are part of our upgrading program.”
Source: The Associated Press

For some reason (actually, quite obviously)… I instantly thought of Black Lagoon’s Roberta. And speaking of which… I need to finish off the series already.


  1. Skane Said,

    August 7, 2006 @ 12:28 am

    “how to get out of a fire in a high-rise building, all these are part of our upgrading program.”
    ~~~~ ~~~~

    I had a really, really weird visual image after reading that segment; of a maid in SWAT gear rappelling down a high-rise building.

  2. pKjd Said,

    August 7, 2006 @ 12:46 am

    That story about a possible anime adaptation of ‘Kara no Kyoukai’ is still being investigated. Apparently there was a scan that was said to be “leaked” from the Sept issue of Tech Gian magazine that spread all over the net since mid July. [Here’s the scan in question] … Now that the actual magazine is already on sale, we know that there was no such scan or news regarding the story. [The guy who runs his Seasons of Change blog evens says so.] There are also no reports from Moonphase or any other reliable Japanese source. But believe me, I so desperately want this to be true that I almost ended up reporting it myself, without official confirmation. Also, seeing that ANS is now just talking about this, makes me question whether or not I should used them as a reliable source in the future.

  3. Ronin Said,

    August 7, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    After the Gainax “bounce” for boys, we have the Manga “Blush Rate” for girls. What’s next? :P

  4. Haesslich Said,

    August 7, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    Supermaids – I’ve got this sudden image of a thousand Tachibanas running around Manila, rescuing people from burning buildings and rendering robbers unconscious.

  5. DrmChsr0 Said,

    August 7, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    The Kara no Kyokai animated series news is FAKE.

    IT’S A TRAP.

    …Wait, Anno’s still at Gainax? He’s still trying to get his ass fired?

  6. meganeshounen Said,

    August 7, 2006 @ 8:45 pm

    Supermaids in Manila? Hell, at the rate of OFWs in the country… by the time the President makes up some top secret Human Super Weapon Project, I’d expect it to be disguised as a “katulong” / maid.

    The typical Inday, so to speak.

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