2-5-07 (12:08PM EST)—- First Byosoku 5cm Story To Be Available Freely Online
Prior to the March 3rd theatrical premiere of director Makoto Shinkai’s Byosoku 5cm, Yahoo has announced it will freely stream “Cherry Blossom Excerpt”, the first part of the 3 part film online from noon (Japan Time) on February 16th – noon on February 19th. The movie’s official theme, Masayo Yamazaki’s “One more time, One more chance” will be released as a maxisingle on March 3rd for 1,000 Yen. The jacket will feature an illustration by the director.
Time to camp in front of my PC.
2-5-07 (10:37AM EST)—- Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica TV Details
The new Shinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica TV series has been cleared for 12 episodes, to begin broadcast on TBS-MBS from April, 2007. Cast will include: Hiroshi Kamiya, Tomatsu Haruka, Ayako Kawasumi, Katsuyuki Konishi, Nana Mizuki and Rina Sato. Staff will include: Original Concept: Sakaki Ichiro (Scrapped Princess), Director: Masami Shimoda, Series Compositions and Script: Ichiro Sakaki, Character Designs: Hiroyuki Horiuchi. Animation Production: TO Entertainment – Gingaya. An accompanying manga will be serialized online via Yahoo and Web Blood.
Ayako Kawasumi is enough reason for me to watch.
2-4-07 (8:33AM EST)—- Sega’s Shining Tears To Be Animated
This weekend, Sega’s Chief publicist Takezaki Tadashi announced their long runnung Shining RPG series would see its debut adaptation to animation in Japan. Closely following the game storyline, Shining Tears will become a TV series scheduled to begin in April, 2007. The news was broke in the Planet Sega World corner of veteran voice actor Megumi Hayashibara’s radio program, Heartful Station. Seiyuu Soichiro Hoshi, who voices the game’s lead protagonist, Xion, has offered to reprise his role in the anime. The show’s theme song will remain the same and be reused which is sung by Hoshi. Hayashibara herself voices the game character Blanc Neige. Auditions for all cast positions will be held in the future. Confirmed staff include director Watanabe Hiroshi (Jigoku Shoujo) and animation production by Studio Deen. The original game was first released for PS2 in 2004. It featured 8 different endings related to each main chracter. Japanese hentai illustrator Tony Taka did the RPG chara designs.
…and animation production by Studio Deen.
Sigh… good luck for fans of the series.
This season is kinda boring already.
Source: Anime News Service.