Spring Anime Preview 2013: Sequel to To Aru Majutsu no Index premieres on April 12

That's right, and it's titled 'Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S', or 'A Certain Scientific Railgun'. The story continues the Sister arc.

Here's the trailer:

Spring Anime 2013 preview: Aiura High School Girl anime premieres on April 9

Based on the 4-koma story by Chama, the story revolves around energetic but annoying Amaya, zero-motivation Iwasawa, and docile Uehara,  three fairly normal high school girls and their classmates. Their daily life is "what happens when there is nothing happening."

It sounds like a good premise, even if I'm not fond of moe-type.

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JManga site shuts down on May 30th

JManga, a platform for reading legal manga online, announced this week that it "will be concluding its retail and viewing services on May 30th 2013."

Members with unused JManga Paid Points as of March 13 will be issued Amazon Gift Cards.

Refunds will be processed between March 21 and March 25.

 JManga launched in August of 2011 as part of an initiative by the Digital Comics Association, an industry group of 39 Japanese publishers, and it became a worldwide service last year.
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Flowers of Evil anime will premiere on April 5, here's the trailer

Also known as 'Aku no Hana', this "corrupt pure-love story" revolves around Takao Kasuga (Shinichiroh Ueda), a bookish boy who loves the poems of Charles Baudelaire (the original author of the poetry collection Les Fleurs du mal or Flowers of Evil).

 One day after school, he discovers and steals the gym clothes of Nanako Saeki (Yōko Hikasa), the girl he has a crush on. However, he learns that Sawa Nakamura (Mariya Ise), a girl he loathes, happens to catch him in the act. Nakamura blackmails Kasuga into a "contract," or else she will reveal his secret.
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Moretsu Pirates movie will premiere on February 2014

Director Tatsuo Sato revealed that the Bodacious Space Pirates film will open on February of next year.  The film's official website had previously revealed a Winter 2014 opening date.

Sato is returning as the director and the screenwriter at the anime studio Satelight. Akira Yasuda ("Akiman") is once again adapting Noriyuki Matsumoto's original character designs for animation. King Record's Starchild Records label is producing the music.

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Valvrave the Liberator promo and trailer

Also known as 'Kakumeiki Valvrave'. It will premiere on April 11. Looking forward to it! It's been a while since we haven't seen a good new mecha anime!

Here's another trailer, the battles look awesome!

The story is set the year Shinreki ("True Calendar") 71, when 70% of the human race lives in space due to the development of space cities. Between two major powers — the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS) — there is a small neutral nation called Jiōru that has prospered economically. The protagonist Haruto (voiced by Ryota Ohsaka), a high school student who lives in Jiōru, encounters the mysterious "forbidden" humanoid weapon Valvrave when the Dorushia army invades.
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Cosplay 101: So You Want to Be a Cosplayer?

Cosplay, short for “costume play,” refers to the costumed portrayal of a character from a book, film or television series. Cosplay is a great way to showcase your craftsmanship and interact with other members of your fandom, but crafting the perfect cosplay is not as easy as it looks. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for a beginner cosplayer to keep in mind.


Research thoroughly

As soon as you decide what character you’re cosplaying, start gathering reference pictures, preferably from original sources. For instance, when planning a cosplay of Loki from the Avengers, look for stills from the film or production photos of the character. It’s also a good idea to see what others’ past cosplays of that character have looked like.

Budget your money

In general, making a cosplay from scratch will be less costly than purchasing it. Materials aren’t cheap, though, particularly if you’re looking to use more heavy-duty or fancier fabrics such as velvet or brocade. Shop around. Keep an eye out for sales, and check stores’ websites and newspaper ads for coupons. Online distributors often sell items like buttons in bulk, much cheaper than buying them individually at a fabric store. Most beginners are unfamiliar with sewing or prop construction and choose instead to buy a professionally made cosplay. Keep in mind, however, that even a low-quality cosplay will typically cost between $50 and $100 (not including wigs, shoes and accessories).

…and your time

Serious cosplayers begin planning their costumes months in advance. It may seem excessive to start working on a costume three months before the convention, but you never know what could – and will – go wrong. Most cosplays purchased online are manufactured in China, Hong Kong or Japan, which means shipping could (and often does) take over a week. If the manufacturer offers resizing or other customizing services, expect to wait even longer. If you’re making the cosplay yourself, don’t try to whip the whole thing up a week before the convention. Most cosplays require several weeks to fully construct, barring any major fabric- or sewing machine-related crises.


...be afraid to ask for help

When first starting out, beginners are faced with questions about everything from where to find the right wig to how to sew a French seam. No matter what problem you’re facing, chances are there’s another cosplayer out there who’s dealt with it before. Online forums are a great resource for beginners looking for advice and feedback. Checking others’ ratings of online sellers is especially helpful. You don’t want to get scammed by a seller who takes your money and never sends your cosplay, or waste $50 on a wig someone found for $20.

...worry if it’s not “perfect”

A first-time cosplay is rarely perfect. Don’t fret if your shoes don’t have the right number of buckles, or if your seams are a little crooked. Cosplay is about having fun, and as long as you’re recognizable as the character you’re portraying, your cosplay is a success.

Yamato 2199 movie 5 promo

The fifth movie in the installment of the classic Space Battleship Yamato 2199 series is titled 'Bōkyō no Gingakan Kūkan' (The Homesickness of Intergalactic Space), and it will premiere on April 13 in Japanese theaters, and will come out on DVD on May 28. This fifth film is composed of episodes 15-18 of this Space Battleship Yamato remake.

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Media Blasters no longer has the rights to Bakuman, Rurouni Kenshin and Berserk anime series

The CEO  of Media Blasters, John Sirabella, posted a message on his company's official website regarding the state of many of its licenses.

Sirabella confirmed that Media Blasters no longer has the rights to the Bakuman., Rurouni Kenshin, and Berserk television anime series. Sirabella also noted while Media Blasters had once acquired the rights to Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei and Moyashimon, the company has no plans to release them and noted that "these titles can and may be licensed to another company."

The company is going through a restructuring process to pursue original endeavors through Fever Dreams.
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Initial D manga will end this year

Initial D manga will end this year

The cover of the first Initial D tankōbon, rel...

Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that author Shūichi Shigeno is "at last" heading toward the finale of his Initial D manga. However, the exact date of the final chapter has not been revealed yet. The magazine will be giving away Initial D goods to 715 readers of the magazine's 16th issue.

 The 18 year old manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways. The manga debuted in 1995, and Kodansha published the 46th book volume in January.

Source: ANN
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Steve Jobs manga will be created by Mari Yamazaki, author of Thermae Romae

Steve Jobs manga will be created by Mari Yamazaki, author of Thermae Romae

English: Steve Jobs shows off the white iPhone...

I predict lots of hilarious moments and material for this one!!

Japanese publishing giant Kodansha will debut a serialized manga adaptation of Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography in the May issue of Kiss magazine, out March 25, Anime News Network reports.

The manga will be Mari Yamazaki’s follow-up to Thermae Romae, her acclaimed historical comedy that comes to an end March 12 in Monthly Comic Beam. Yen Press publishes that manga in North America. Appearing Tuesday on the talk show Hello from Studio Park, Yamazaki revealed a peek at her rendition of Jobs, and said she felt sympathy for the computer pioneer.

Released in October 2011, less than three weeks after the death of the Apple co-founder, the authorized biography by Walter Isaacson is based on more than 40 interviews conducted with Jobs as well as with family members, friends, colleagues and competitors. Kodansha published the book in Japan.

Source: Robot6 CBR

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Fairy Tail anime will end on March 30

There is still an OAD coming up, though. As long as they don't troll their audience on and off like Gintama anime. o.o

"ANN confirmed that Kodansha's TV Magazine announced on Friday that the Fairy Tail anime's television broadcast run will end on March 30. The adaptation of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail fantasy adventure manga premiered on Japan's TV Tokyo station in October 2009.

The April issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is revealing on Monday that the Driland anime will begin a new run in Fairy Tail's current Saturday 10:30 a.m. timeslot on April 6.
However, Mashima posted a statement to fans on his official Twitter feed on Saturday:

Until the time comes, I cannot say something I've always wanted to say, even on Twitter. Please be patient and wait until the time comes for me to announce some good news."

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Hell Girl R manga ended this month

The April issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine released the final chapter of the Hell Girl R manga by author Miyuki Etoo this past Saturday

The message at the end of the page says, “Thank you for all your support! Let's meet once again in Hell someday...”

The story revolves around a girl who can be summoned by anyone to condemn another human to Hell — but the summoner must also pay an eternal price.

Funimation licensed the first anime series, while the other two were licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Source: ANN
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