Naruto Shippuden anime March 2013 schedule

More canon with some filler segments. After Itachi's farewell, which marked an important point and revelation, Naruto and Bee keep fighting with all they have!

Episode 303 "Ghosts of the Past" (過去の亡霊) March 7, 2013 

Episode 304 "Underworld Turnover Jutsu" (黄泉転身の術) March 14, 2013 

Episode 305 "Avengers" (復讐者) March 21, 2013 

Episode 306 "The Eye of the Heart" (心の目) March 28, 2013 

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Author Rumiko Takahashi will draw new Rumic Theater one-shot

Author Rumiko Takahashi will draw new Rumic Theater one-shot

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Shogakukan magazine announced on Tuesday that classic author Rumiko Takahashi, known for her work in Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha, will draw a new Rumic Theater one shot in the next issue that comes up on March 5.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of her career, the story of “Watashi no skies” (My Sky) follows a man arriving at the age of mandatory retirement after leaving his company.

Source: ANT Manga
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Saint Seiya Omega will have new arc in April

Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace magazine is revealing on its last issue that the Saint Seiya Omega series is launching a new arc this April.

The anime sequel to Masami Kurumada's 1986-1990 mythological fantasy manga and Toei's subsequent 1986-1989 television anime premiered in Japan last April as the first Saint Seiya television anime in 23 years.

Awaiting more details on this one, at least we know that the 12 Houses of Zodiac arc will last through all March and the series will continue possibly through all year.

What I love is that the drawings are looking more and more classic, but without compromising too much.

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Vampire Knight manga ends in May

Hakusensha's LaLa magazine announced on Saturday that Matsuri Hino will end her Vampire Knight manga in the July issue on May 24.

The series revolves around Yuki, a high school girl whose unique school features a "day class" of normal kids and a "night class" of vampires. She works with her adopted father and headmaster to prove that vampires can coexist with humans peacefully, but the school and the vampires hide many secrets.

Hino, the author, launched the manga in LaLa in 2004, and the manga entered its final arc last month.
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Luffy from One Piece cosplay

It's not surprising at all that there are plenty of great cosplays of this character.

The clothes are one of the most simple you can find or make. It even allows great variations and reinventions.

Top 10 anime series that are begging for a remake

With the success that the new Hunter x Hunter is having, with greater quality in the animation and the freedom to take some licenses with the manga's storyline for originality, this is a great time for studios to think of other classic series that DESERVE a remake.

The advantage is that there's plenty of material to adapt, so it's not as stressful as creating new animes, and given its classic quality, there's already a established brand to promote. Audiences would watch it for nostalgia alone, yet the most difficult element is the comparison with the original.

So, in order of urgency, we have:
  1. Ranma 1/2 (1989): this stands as one of the most underrated series ever, begging for a proper remake.
  2. Yu Yu Hakusho (1992): it would occur pretty much the same success as with Hunter x Hunter. A supernatural shonen formula that never fails.
  3. Angel Densetsu (1996): this classic shonen manga barely had a 45 minute OVA when it ran in Shonen Jump for 8 years! Talk about overlooked!
  4. Black Jack (198?): with various and disperse appearances in OVAs, movies and specials, I think it's time for a full adaptation of the manga in a consistent, ongoing anime series that would easily last +200 episodes. 
5. Classic Saint Seiya (1986): while some purists would cry rape, a good remake that stays true to the spirit of the manga is always a plus. Just imagine the 12 Houses of the Zodiac arc being redone properly, with all the quality, style and emotion of today's animation. 
6.   Sailor Moon (1992): for the sake of nostalgia and the success that reprints of the manga are having in the US, a good remake is always a plus.
7.  Urusei Yatsura (1981): another 80's classic series by Rumiko Takahashi, author of the number 1 series listed above. It had plenty of success in its day, and that could still be replicated today, if the manga is adapted to fit these times.
8. Rurouni Kenshin (1996): with already a live action film, a remake of the classic anime would be a plus. Forget those confusing OVAS that derive completely from the manga. A proper full remake is a must. Just imagine all the swordfights being done Bleach badass style! 
awww Kenshin, we miss your expressions

10.  Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997): a good remake would be intriguing. This is an exceptionally imaginative story that could relive its success again. 
10.  Patalliro (1982): an still ongoing manga from 1979 with currently 89 volumes, would it be hard to adapt this stylish crazy sauce series to anime again?
Jack Bancoran, the father of all seme types o.o, a blessing to the eyes
There are plenty of other series, such as Lady Oscar, Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Fushigi Yuugi that are such classics that should remain classics, and a remake would not have any function or form today, unless it was exceptionally done well, which is not always the case. 

Today we need to take into account that there is more censorship than before when it comes to show blood, brutality, gore, foul language (yes Bleach anime, I'm looking at you) and a remake of these classics would be a travesty if they take away key parts for the sake of censoring. 
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Funimation will release the DVD/BD of Kamisama Hajimemashita anime in the US!

North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed with ANN on Thursday that the company will release the Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss) television anime series on home video. Funimation had posted a set of Valentine's Day cards on Thursday for the series that included the words "Coming Soon to DVD and Blu-ray!" Funimation could not confirm the details about the home video release.

Only the date of release would need to be confirmed! :)

If this goes well, this would mean a new season of this great series soon!

And while I'm at it, check out and download this must-have wallpaper!

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Toriko, One Piece and Dragon Ball will have a crossover anime special

This special will air on April 7 to celebrate Toriko's 3rd year as an anime series.

The special, titled Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Chō Collaboration Special!! will air in two parts:

The first part will be titled Run, Strongest Army! Toriko, Luffy, Goku!

The second part will be titled History's Strongest Collaboration vs. Glutton of the Sea

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Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet trailer

Also known as Suisei no Gargantia, we finally have more details on this new anime that will premiere on April. So far it looks very promising.

The story begins in the distant future in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings. During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Red (played by Kaito Ishikawa) and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space.

Waking from his artificially induced hybernation, Red realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the long forgotten planet. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas' depths in order to survive.

Red arrives on one of the city fleets called Gargantia. With no knowledge of the planet's history or culture, he is forced to live alongside Amy (Hisako Kanemoto), a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. To Red, who has lived a life where he knows nothing but fighting, these days of peace continue to surprise him.

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Thermae Romae manga ends in March

This clever and hysterical manga by Mari Yamazaki ends in the March issue of Monthly Comic Bean magazine by Enterbrain.

The comedy follows Lucius, an architect of public bath houses (thermae) in ancient Rome who time-travels to various modern-day baths in Japan. Through manga and essay passages, Yamazaki explores the two cultures in the world "that have loved baths the most: the Japanese and the Romans!" Yamazaki launched the manga in 2008, and the fifth compiled book volume shipped in September. Yen Press will publish the second omnibus volume in North America in May.

The manga inspired a television anime mini-series, a live-action film starring Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto, and an upcoming live-action film sequel. Discotek licensed the anime in North America.

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Wish you Happy Chinese New Year

Today is Chinese New Year Eve, Tomorrow is Chinese New Year, and this year is the year of Snake. I wish Chinese all over the world Happy Chinese New Year.

The image is by Dynasty Warriors 8 (真・三國無双7 Shin Sangoku Musou 7) official website.