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Tomonori Ochikoshi, the head of A-1 Pictures' production group, has revealed that director Koji Masunari (Read or Die, Kamichu!) is still working with the company on his first theatrical film. The January issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine, which was released on December 10, published Ochikoshi's comment in its feature about anime productions in the new year. Newtype had reported this past February that Masunari was working with his core R.O.D. Read or Die team of writer Hideyuki Kurata and character designer Masashi Ishihama on a 2008 adventure film that was tentatively titled The Uchū Show (The Space Show). Ochikoshi did not say in the current Newtype issue if The Uchū Show is still in production, or if the ongoing Masunari film project is a separate work.
Ochikoshi also mentioned that "there are a number of unaired episodes" in Yutaka Yamamoto and A-1 Pictures' anime adaptation of Eri Takenashi's Kannagi manga. This anime, which centers on a goddess who comes to life after an art student carves a wooden statue from a sacred Kannagi tree, premiered in October. The 13th and final televised episode will air in Japan on December 27.